In the late 70′s Shamcher introduced me to Sitara Dolphin, who had been a sufi in the Seattle area for many years. Her husband had started a successful eye drop company in the 50′s, and after he passed away, Sitara had taken it over, and when I met her in her 70s, she was running it with the help of her pupil, a younger 40ish man named Fred.
The eyedrops were a natural product, a tincture made of different barks. The story went that Mr. Dolphin had been diagnosed with an eye problem that could leave him blind. (This was probably cataracts). Distressed, he felt a great urge to go upstairs to the attic and lie down on the couch. Immediately he had a dream. Indians came to him and showed him various tree barks, and how to boil them to create the eyedrops. He awoke refreshed and soon after made the potion which healed his eyes and restored his failing sight. They began the Dolphin Eye Drop company, and distributed through health food stores. Sitara’s face was smooth and radiant – she also used the drops on her skin. They gave me some, and the drops were restorative, even though they did have an astringent feeling at first.
Did Fred, or anyone, continue with the eyedrops after Sitara died? This magical formula will have to come to someone else in another dream before it can be rediscovered once again.
In the early ’70s, when we were recording ourselves for fun, a few of us recorded a conversation, which we decided we should put on the community channel, the Calgary cable station. No idea what the response was, or if anyone watched it, but there we were, sending our signals through the tv set, in black and white, sitting at a table discussing our opinions and our lives. Poor quality 1/2″ footage, and we went on for over an hour. I don’t know how we managed to get it on there. We were, in a way, pioneers, and it was really great to do something like this. Talking over tea, cablecasted: Roberta, Carol and (if I recall correctly) Claudia, passing the camera between us, talking and laughing, intimate and natural.