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To: Vilcabamba With: Love and Gratitude

Wow, I can hardly believe I’ve been home from Ecuador for 22 days and haven’t blogged one thing about my trip. I guess there is so much to say, so many experiences to share and so many energies to describe I really didn’t know where to begin.

And then, just like magic it all came flooding in this evening after coming home from a much needed yoga class.

The Place: Healing Movements Yoga Centre     or on   Facebook

It has proven to be my sweet oasis, a safe and healing place that allows me to nourish my body and being on so many levels.

The owners are loving, kind, nurturing and conscious. They have worked hard to create a sacred space where we join together as a community to learn one of the oldest, most powerful and sacred teachings of all time.

It’s the perfect space for those with extensive knowledge of various healing modalities, meditation and yoga, yet comfortable for newcomers who are ready to enter a path of spirit development and de-stress their lives.

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The Instructor: Patricia.

A breeze of fresh air. I peek up and see that she watches the entire class, paying close attention to their body, breath, life force and movement, all while teaching and holding the energy for each person to receive exactly what they require. Magnificent!

Patricia

As I lay in Shavasana at the end of the class in complete gratitude, in comes “spirit” with a message. “Gift your necklace to Patricia”. The necklace is made with a tagua nut seed and crushed rhodochrosite crystal inside. It has kind of a hipster look, not something I’d normally wear but once I put it on, wow! I’m like, “WHAT…I just wore it for the first time today and I fell in love…You gotta be kidding!”

It is said that the meat of the tagua nuts and it’s seeds have the strength and intelligence of an elephant, thus natives of South America call it vegetable ivory. Because of its sanctity and healing properties, tagua has occupied an important place in every aspect of life.

Indigenous healers use tagua to replenish vitality and cure diseases caused by low energy and a weak immune system. It has a direct bearing on our bone marrow.

Tagua corresponds to the sun and the energy corresponding to the solar plexus, and therefore is especially good for enhancing vitality, boosting the immune system, and cultivating will power and determination…Nice, right!

My mind immediately went through all the back and forth arguing and detachment stuff that comes with surrender, then I finally chose to follow my guidance. Something felt off, like it wasn’t a piece she would wear, so after everyone left, I asked her if she would wear a necklace like this, and much to my delight and confusion she said NO. Delighted that I wouldn’t have to give it up, confused about why my guides were telling me to give her this necklace.

Maya was in the car, hungry and ready to go, so I told Patricia that when I got home, I would dowse to see if there was a crystal in the piece she needed. I made it to bed around 10:00 or so and as I began my evening rituals, in the back of my mind, still wondering what was going on, I was given a very cool message…”It’s not the energy of a crystal Pat needs…It’s Vilcabamba”.

And that my friends is how my instructor Patricia inspired me to finally write this blog, here goes…

It’s hard to explain the magical energy of a little town called Vilcabamba in Ecuador. I will start by saying that I have yearned to go to South America for over 30 years, so finally getting to go was a dream come true.

Ecuador, has a wide-range of scenery. Hills and mountains, huge cities and quaint towns, interesting wildlife, amazing flowers and trees, big bugs and beautiful coastlines with wide sandy beaches. I was so fortunate to have seen so much of the country. Transportation in Ecuador is inexpensive and so convenient. You can sit and enjoy the view while others are at the helm. I will blog about other parts of Ecuador in my next blog, for now let’s talk healing.

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Nestled on the edge of this remote town sits an oasis, Vilcabamba. I found Vilcabamba to have a deeply spiritual and unique international community that thrives in this “Valley of Longevity.” From a spiritual perspective it is the hard to explain but the energy there is different, it’s a feel good kinda place, the kind that makes you want to be more yourself, more present and in tune with source.

In metaphysical terms:

  • The veil is thinner, so if feels as though you are closer to spirit
  • There are orbs everywhere
  • Thought forms manifest especially fast
  • Synchronicity is unstoppable
  • Almost everything is spirit directed
  • The energy field is clean and pristine
  • It touches a specialness deep within you
  • It transcends boundaries of all types
  • It embraces and connects you on many levels
  • It’s like giving yourself the biggest most loving hug ever

After travelling to over 19 countries and living in several of them, I am confident in saying, “there’s magic in the air”, quite literally in Vilcabamba. I have seen a ton of ET activity and multi-dimensional cross over’s, still, nothing like this.

There’s a cosmic force and a new kind of ET activity happening there. One with a Conscious Rising that is unique and brilliant one that changes perspectives and lives very quickly. I met some great new friends; David and Liz (she is Ecuadorian) who live in Vilcabamba. They say “It’s high energy that will swallow you whole, chew you up and spit up out”. So if you’re looking for change, to get closer to the Divine and really work on yourself and many aspects of your being, this is the perfect place to be. The individuals there, truly are “meant to be there” and a very interesting cast and crew I might add.

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I have often wondered how little old me could reach more people, share more love, raise more awareness, somehow open a door for the masses to experience gifts they may never discover on their own. Well, the energy of Vilcabamba allowed me to do just that. I met soooo many awesome people, and one in particular who touched my being and inspired an aha moment…Nelson Denman

Remember the unstoppable synchronicity and transcending boundaries of all types I mentioned? It turns out that with a little support from the cosmos, added with a sparkle or two of fairy dust and an open heart, Nelson and I co-created a simple and effective way to raise the consciousness of groups of people. How you ask? Through Reiki; I had the pleasure of initiating Nelson into Reiki.

He is currently writing and composing a folk opera entitled: “The Rights of Nature.” Nelson is an accomplished musician and cellist. He is spiritual, with real heart and creative inspiration running through his being. If you follow the link you can stay up to date with his project.

Nelson’s accomplishments are many, he performs and teaches guitar, bass, violin and cello and has collaborated musically with Paul Winter, Larry Littlebird, Peter Kater, Robert Sequoia, Consuelo Luz, Richard Russell and many others. He plays cello on the CD of the World Premiere of Voyages by Paul Cisze. He has completed 2 CDs of music: Earth Doctor, The Chakra Mode Cycle, and is working on Slack Key Cello.

Now every time Nelson plays to an audience or anyone, that Reiki energy is going out there with his intention, passion and music…Well Done! I was also guided to activate and initiate his three fold flame (Love, Power and Wisdom) so that when others hear his music theirs will also be activated. As Vilcabamba and Nelson magic would have it, Dominique and I were the first to receive and experience the gift of Nelson’s cello and new vibration that day. How enchanting. I so encourage you to hear him play.

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Vilcabamba inspires you to touch a specialness deep within yourself in remarkable ways:

  • I had the pleasure and company of two amazing individuals, then I taught them (David and Liz) how to activate their 3 breath Merkabah, now they can really shake things up in town, lol.

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  • It was a delight to work with another awesome, high vibration woman named Ann.

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  • I taught 14 year old Cort how to dowse and spend a touching evening with his parents.

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  • We played and prayed with orbs in the woods at night.

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  • I learned how much commitment is needed to deliver great photographs from Paul, not many people can snap a great picture of me. Kudos Paul.

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  • Most importantly I re-connected with Dominique, a beloved friend who I hadn’t spent real quality time for years., It too was magical in many new and powerful ways. Wow, did we do loads of spiritual work and have tons of fun!

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Dominique and I stayed at a place called Rumi Wilco. It was a 15-20 minute walk to the centre of Vilcabamba. Rumi Wilco is an Ecolodge that provides a human habitat within the only remaining semi-natural protected setting in the valley. We stayed in one of the River Cabins which are located in the midst of nature, a healing river and surrounded with 12 trails to explore. The cabin was the perfect size for us, with a well equipped kitchen and the most comfortable beds you can imagine.

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Every morning we wake up to the sound of the river and songbirds in the background. We had a gorgeous path through the forest daily, encounters with donkeys and cows, a river filled with quartz crystal, cool stone walls and domes in the middle of the forest and vibrant butterflies… fairly normal stuff for our daily trek to town and back.

Vilcabamba, is remarkably free from most kinds of pollution: electromagnetic, air and water. No planes overhead dropping chemtrails on the population, either. The ground water is amazingly clean because it’s recharged from rainfall on the nearby Podocarpus National Forest, where water flows down into the valley on a regular basis. It creates a unique situation for several types of healing. This leaves the air remarkably clean and energetically perfect for a great night’s sleep. I haven’t slept that well in 12 years…seriously.

Another grand design and wonderful manifestation was the convenience of our friend Paul, staying in town at Le Rendez-Vous. A quaint, beautiful hostal with gardens and mountain views from each adobe style room. After our 20 min trek through the forest with backpacks on in the heat, we were grateful to have access to Paul’s space. We were always welcomed with a warm smile and a glass of water. We had access to his Wi-Fi so we could skype with loved ones and change from our sneakers and damp clothes into our flip flops and sundresses before heading to the main square. Thanks Paul!

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Practically every restaurant around Vilcabamba serves fresh, raw fruit juices. Organic food is everywhere. I have to say that the environment energetically supports self development and spiritual awakening, whether you see it coming or not. The people in Vilcabamba are relaxed, welcoming, helpful, considerate and oh ever so interesting.

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Food production in the Valley of Longevity is so easy and abundant that it’s almost hard to believe. In mere weeks, you can grow a huge garden full of vegetables from the rich topsoil. In a few months, you can grow papayas, figs, babacos and berries. And…believe it or not, in a few years, you could have your own orchard of oranges, macadamia nuts, jungle almonds, noni fruit, avocados and much more if you wanted to. This is one of the reasons that Dominique is thinking of selling her beautiful home in Salinas, to buy a farm in Vilcabamba. We were lucky enough to experience some great fresh fruits and veggies while staying with Elizabeth (Liz) and David, they have amazing gardens, fruit trees and animals. I know it is a lot of work, and Liz certainly loves it and puts her heart and soul into it daily.

Dominique and I did most of our own cooking. We did our big shop in Loja 4 minutes from town before we arrived. It was hilarious watching 7 bags of groceries and two suitcases being packed in a wheel barrel through the bush to get to our cabin. The Sunday markets, both in Vilcabamba and Malecatos are amazing, check out the photos from Paul below.

 

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The essence of Palo-Santo loomed everywhere, in shops and from venders in the square. Palo Santo is a mystical tree that grows on the coast of South America and is related to Frankincense, Myrrh and Copal.  In Spanish, the name literally means “Holy Wood”.

It is an uplifting scent that raises your vibration in preparation for meditation and allows for a deeper connection to Source.  It is also said that Palo Santo enhances creativity (sniffing it now as I write, lol) and brings good fortune to those who are open to its Magic.  It is burned in ceremonies by Shamans and Medicine people for its energetically cleansing and healing properties similar to Sage. I am so grateful that I brought some home with me, the smell is a reminder of the energy and essence of Vilcabamba.

Wow, writing this blog and emailing my new friends, makes me want to move there…No wonder Pat’s spirit wants to connect with the vigour and power of Vilcabamba…who wouldn’t?

I’m glad to have so many reminders that hold this sacred energy with me. I asked the river for a rock, it surprised me with two. I asked Mother Earth for some clay and she gave me a wonderful stone buried within the clay. I asked for cleansing I received Palo-Santo. I asked for strength and vitality and I received a beautiful tagua nut seed necklace. All these gifts hold the energy and magic of the “Valley of Longevity” within them and reminders of the heart connections I made that will forever remain in my soul.

A: Vilcabamba Con: Amor y Gratitud

Carol Lefevre

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And the Liebster Award goes to….

Hi All,

I have the honour of passing  the Liebster Award on. I have revealed my five choices below. Although it was a challenging choice I would like to present  it to…Kate Hawkes http://wellnesswithkate.wordpress.com

Kate has been assisting others to find their Personal Magic, In her own words  “the uniqueness that is YOU, is your empowerment; the miracle of your being here is the gift with which you have arrived.”


The Award; The Liebster Blog Award is given to up coming bloggers who have less than 200 followers.

The Meaning; Liebster is German and means sweetest, kindest, nicest,dearest, beloved, lovely, kindly, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome.

The rules for the Liebster Blog Award are:

1. Thank your Liebster Blog Award presenter on your blog.
2. Link back to the blogger who awarded you.
3. Copy & paste the blog award on your blog
4. Reveal your 5 blog picks.
5. Let them know you choose them by leaving a comment on their blog.

Like everyone else, narrowing it down to 5 favourite bloggers is no easy task. Here is who I chose and why.

Kate Hawkes http://wellnesswithkate.wordpress.com is an arts in healthcare and theatre specialist and actress, work with horses, facilitate personal wellness workshops. She inspires creativity and magic in those around her. I enjoy her energy and her blogs very much. Kates new book, ‘Personal Magic: Conscious Empowerment through Creativity and Spirit’ is now available.

Talin http://talinorfali.wordpress.com has a passion for writing and in the last 8 years and has done a whole lot of writing. She has published articles for my Armenian community and church, on facebook, and other websites. She believes in not throwing our talent and our gifts away, but in using them to make a difference in our world. Discover her and her world of words. She loves writing her blog and that message comes through loud and clear.

khushbu http://jennyjain.wordpress.com is interested in music, reading books, playing guitar, photography. She  loves to explore topics related to health, happiness, spirituality, and success. so you can probably guess how I spend most of my time. And I am frank, friendly, fun loving and straight forward girl ..No complaints about life. She believes “it’s the time to make best use of time and energy, and…..”LIFE IS FUN”

Joan http://angelsofsecrets.wordpress.com in her words, “I have survived unspeakable crimes against humanity. I survived the hands of a psychopathic killer. I’m the only survivor that can speak for the silenced. I began this blog because I needed to give a voice to the Angels that did not survive.” Disclaimer: This blog contains true accounts of my life and is meant for mature audiences only. Graphic, descriptive language may be used as appropriate. If you are offended by graphic, mature language then please move on to a blog that is more appropriate for you. I send you love.

Isabellart http://isabellart.wordpress.com, Isabella is a very talented young artist. I enjoy the diversity that her blog brings. It is full of all sorts of gems from poetry, painting, drawing and fashion design. Isabella is an inspiration to all of us especially youth.

Congratulations to you all, I hope others will take the time to visit your blogs and enjoy them as much as I do!

Carol

Yikes, me turning 50 years old, is this right?

Last week was an extremely challenging one for my husband and I. Loss is always heartbreaking, a little disorienting and quite uncomfortable. After spending most of my actual birthday day in shock and crying, I’m so very grateful for the b-day luncheon that John and my wonderful friends had to help me celebrate my 50th solar return. April 28th, 1961 @ 4:01 pm, Kirkland Lake, Ontario

For all you astrologers out there, my birthchart

Nothing can express the joy that sang in my heart from being with friends I haven’t seen for years and sharing time with new friends I have come to treasure. The luncheon was so fabulous and continued into the evening.

Friendships bring elements of stability, intimacy, emotional security, positive feelings and self-validation to our lives. Over the years I’ve realized that not all friends serve the same purpose in our life.  One friend might challenge us intellectually, while another provides emotional solace when things get tough. When I looked at the beautiful faces around the table I was deeply touched and appreciative of the many levels and quality of friendship that this precious group held.

Jackie a best friend from the past,  so much so that at times we had been inseparable; gosh, we’ve known each other 30 years! As it often does, life got in the way and it was 8 plus years since we’ve seen one another; within a few moments it was like we never missed a step.

She blessed us with a surprise new man,  Lou great guy, I’m looking forward to getting to know him better.

Carol, wow 27 years we’ve been friends; she has always been a constant in my life, through tears, celebrations and everyday stuff, her husband Michael is a rock and a softy whom I also love.

Beach friends, Shelley and Todd; what happens on the beach, stays on the beach! Except these lovely souls made it off the beach and into our hearts, we always have a pleasant time when we see them.

Nancy, dear Nancy. A powerful Goddess and fantastic friend for 12 years or so now; this one knows how to tell a GREAT true story, love ya.

Christine, my sweet new friend who is so kind and loving, always willing to give encouragement and listen; she is my get out of town Goddess friend for those days we can’t take one more moment of life and shoot off somewhere to escape.

Christine (left) Ann (right)

Ann, also a new friend she always needs to know, this keeps her searching and getting solutions, one day she’ll tell us all the answers; Ann makes herself available for others in so many ways, she is extraordinary.

Shelley,  a beautiful blossoming spirit, I love watching her shift and change, she has grace and the courage of a warrior.

Michel is my workout friend, we committed to several months to training last year so I saw him almost daily for 4  1/2 months.

His wife Serita is a patient and loving women who works way to hard! Thanks for all those entertaining mornings of conversation while doing cardio and solving the problems of the world.

And last but not least my best friend, John. This man is simply amazing, a real saint, after all, look what he has to live with; he is the yang in my yin, John adds so many precious elements to my life that I’m in tears writing about it. Balance, stability and so very much love; I give gratitude daily for our companionship.

After having a fun evening with friends, laughing those hardy belly laughs, feeling all social, happy and carefree for the first time in a while I got up feeling a little, hmmm, let’s say, ” harsh ” I just can’t drink as much alcohol these days!

Jackie, Me, Nancy and Carol on top of us

As I looked in the mirror the next morning, I mean REALLY looked in the mirror, I was a little shocked! I admit; I still seem to have a vision of the fresh-faced 30-year old version of myself dancing around in my head and I continue to reinforce this image with my old photo albums. I looked again; ” Yep, it’s the real me, hung over but me, complete with crows feet, frown lines, newly sprouting…  ug, jowls, and those oh-so-special baby “marionette” lines.” Sigh!

I still have this glorious perception that a woman can be valued for her brains and not just for her face – this makes it possible for us Goddesses to become 50 and not grieve.  It enables us to choose and do meaningful work. So what the hell, “forget about what you’re seeing, it’s an illusion anyhow”, I tell myself. Surely there must be some practical application for those string theories, quantum physics,  black holes and future timelines.  “God I must be part way there by now” I tell myself, after all I have been heavily invested in the law of attraction, positively affirming my life, a somewhat healthy lifestyle and all those so called quirky metaphysical whatnots for years.

I have even managed to change some basic and proverbial paradigms.  For instance my paradigms related to everyday experiences like having dirty dishes in the sink. Now having dirty dishes in the sink isn’t the end of the world, I’ve moved to a new paradigm in which it simply means we’ve had another fine meal and are practicing the art of relaxation. Brilliant!

With that awareness, I take a step back, close my eyes and realize some truths, at least they are truths today:

  • At 50, I now understand what was vague to me at 30
  • I realize that I won’t have time to do everything, so what I choose to do I consider to be important
  • I seem to find profound spiritual meaning in the simplest everyday experiences.
  • I need reading glasses to increase the size of the ridiculously small font on today’s supplement containers. In fact I see the number of people needing to use them for this reason has increased exponentially (it is smaller font, right?
  • “Fifty is the new forty” or as my friend Jackie says, “Fifty is the new twenty five” this phrase reflects a renewed energy; everyone is saying it, so it must be true. It’s likely the result of improvements to our diets, spiritual connections, embracing healthier lifestyles and integrating the previous 40 years of our lives on many levels.
  • Turning 50 comes with a huge respect more than ever before of diversity, unity and co-creation.
  • I now have a greater appreciation for time over money; time is one of my most valuable commodities at this point in life. I’d rather work smarter than harder and create more time to just be, with myself, family or God.
  • Living in the present is so much easier now, not being able to remember everything has certainly helped! It’s all about trust and knowing and trust and being and trust and, did I mention TRUST?
  • It’s a time when it’s easier to separate myself from what other people expect of me, and do what I love without guilt or regret or being worried about what anyone thinks.
  • I appreciate that I’m not really working for myself, I’m employed by God, doing service for humanity and that together we really are making positive differences.
  • I have more energy, less anxiety, a stronger immune system, and an unbelievable  overall great attitude, in my youth, it never would have occurred to me that being 50 could feel this good.

The only major drawback to entering my fifties seems to be the assumption that life will soon begin to accelerate in a downhill motion. It appears the only thing left to do is change that paradigm, after all, I hang out with folks in their 60’s, 70’s and 80’s who are still kicking butt and having a blast doing it. There is little else to say other than, at age 50 I am for the most part happy and grateful to be an empowered woman!

The Empowered Woman

The Empowered Woman, she moves through the world
with a sense of confidence and grace.
Her once reckless spirit now tempered by wisdom.
Quietly, yet firmly, she speaks her truth without doubt or  hesitation
and the life she leads is of her own creation.

She now understands what it means to live and let live.
How much to ask for herself and how much to give.
She has a strong, yet generous heart
and the inner beauty she emanates truly sets her apart.
Like the mythical Phoenix,
she has risen from the ashes and soared to a new plane of existence,
unfettered by the things that once that posed such resistance. Her senses now heightened, she sees everything so clearly.
She hears the wind rustling through the trees;
beckoning her to live the dreams she holds so dearly.
She feels the softness of her hands
and muses at the strength that they possess.
Her needs and desires she has learned to express.
She has tasted the bitter and savored the sweet fruits of life,
overcome adversity and pushed past heartache and strife.

And the one thing she never understood,
she now knows to be true,
it all begins and ends with you.

by Sonny Carroll

Words for charging the grid

Hello Brothers and Sisters,

Well it seems the time is upon us to come together in co-creation of something glorious and spectacular. Everything has come together nicely and we are so excited about being in service to our beautiful Gaia and all those who inhabit her.

It has been a marvelous few days with emails pouring in. Some of you sharing, some confirming your visions, and so many offering to assist by holding the energy.  I am so very grateful to you all.

Brian called from Tucson today to let me know that the crystals have been couriered and will arrive here tomorrow. I also received a call from the woman who will be performing the blessing, she is wonderful and I feel honoured to have her join us.

I believe everything is on schedule and ready to go. I have to say that when I was given the info to charge the grid with I got a little desirous. Yes, it sounds so remarkable I would like to set the same energy pattern up here! I have asked if it is appropriate for us and if so, I will receive info on locations and procedure. For now we focus on our brothers and sisters in New Zealand, their homes, land, hearts and beings.

These are certainly exciting times to be on the Earth plane. It is times like this when I so many come together for the greatest good that make my heart soar. This is what being in service is about, YES!

I have the statements for the charging of the grid listed below so that you all know what to focus on. Please feel free to share you love in whatever words hold truth for you as well. Tomorrow I will post the addresses of where to tune-in.

These are the words given to me this morning from my guidance:

We are grateful for:

  • Miraculous healing on all levels, Miraculous healing on all levels, Miraculous healing on all levels
  • Universal love in all areas, Universal love in all areas, Universal love in all areas
  • Light from all sources, Light from all sources, Light from all sources

 

We are grateful for:

  • Brothers and sisters in harmony, Brothers and sisters in harmony, Brothers and sisters in harmony
  • Rejoicing in unity, Rejoicing in unity, Rejoicing in unity
  • With absolute balance, With absolute balance, With absolute balance

 

We are grateful for:

  • Spectacular strength, Spectacular strength, Spectacular strength
  • Incredible Grace, Incredible Grace, Incredible Grace
  • Luminous Wisdom, Luminous Wisdom, Luminous Wisdom

 

We are grateful for:

  • Magnificent Enlightenment, Magnificent Enlightenment, Magnificent Enlightenment
  • Extraordinary joy, Extraordinary joy, Extraordinary joy
  • The welcoming of peace, The welcoming of peace, The welcoming of peace

 

So with this my friends I bid you a good night, and head off to my bed. Sleep well and I look forward to the day we all are joined in oneness again. Thank you so very much for all your love, support and graciousness to support humanity in these amazing times.

Carol