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Dali's Persistence of Memory. It was painted in 1931 and is part of the Museum of Modern Art's collection in New York City.

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Dali's Dream Caused by the Flight of a Bee Around a Pomegranate a Second Before Awakening, from 1944. It is part of the collection of the Thyssen Bornemisza Museum in Madrid.

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Dali's The Broken Bridge and the Dream, from 1945, is part of the collection of the Salvador Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Fla. The museum collection includes more than 2,000 Dali works, with works on exhibit changed regularly.

This is what I believe about dreams:

• They are the only way for us to erase the boundaries of time and place.

• They do so in a surrealistic way.

• They often are affected by normal things we have eaten. Dali painted "The Persistence of Memory" after eating some soft Camembert cheese and then taking a nap. He once said, "I, therefore, can only paint after certain delirious occurrences in my digestive system."

• They sometimes deal with situations in life that we have not resolved, even though we have forgotten about those situations.

• They provide us with questions about those situations in life.

• Sometimes they do not provide us with the answers. At least not right away, and sometimes not until years later.

• Sometimes they provide just the answers, and then it's up to us to determine what the question is. It's like the TV show Jeopardy, only for higher stakes, and there are no Daily Doubles.

• Their subjects often provoke surprisingly strong feelings when we awake. Sometimes those feelings linger beyond reason.

That is what I believe about dreams.


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Jan. 5th, 2013 10:42 pm (UTC)
You seem to spend a measurable amount of time pondering the meaning and purpose of dreams. Me, too. But you've taken it a step further by capturing some of your thoughts here on the screen.

I know for me, there is a certain theme in my dreams that is a big clue that I'm either avoiding dealing with something big, or am in the midst of dealing with something big, depending on how it presents itself. Mi "issue indicator" theme is the bathroom. Maybe I have to go and can't find one, maybe I'm in one but can't get the door to close for privacy, maybe the floor is inches deep in shit and I must slog through it... I don't know if this is a universal dream interpretation, but I sure as shit know that I need to stop and take stock when I have a bathroom dream. Weird, but there it is.

Save this for a "secrets revealed" episode of my nondescript life someday - it could be a highlight.
Jan. 5th, 2013 11:28 pm (UTC)
Whenever I dream I'm back at the OTH, the bathroom is always a sanitary Chernobyl.

Last night I dreamed I was back in the newsroom and my boss was a world-class asshole. I woke up at 3 in the morning and realized how lucky I had been to work for Chuck Ward. So first thing this morning, I wrote him a letter to that effect. I haven't talked to Chuck in at least five years, but he's in his late 70s, so ... and that's a loose end I've been meaning to get to for quite some time. It took a dream to spark me to do it.

My dreams over the past couple of years helped me find the answer to the lousy self-image I've had of myself for doing my first real girlfriend wrong in college. The answer is "There could not have been any kind of a happy ending," and it's true; you know enough about my Lost Decade to understand why.

Sherry is the one who pulled me from the pit, so I'll always owe you and Dick a huge amount of gratitude.

In an unrelated matter: Have you started your book yet?

Jan. 6th, 2013 12:35 am (UTC)
Oooh, nice job on the letter. I wish I did more of that sort of inspired thing.

Re: you and Sherry - we were just earthly vessels used by the divine to divinely bring you together.

I haven't started any book yet, but what book do you suppose is my book? Well, I do have a draft of a home staging bookLET or workbook that needs attention...
Jan. 6th, 2013 12:58 am (UTC)
Your book is a workbook on clutter clean-up, organization and staging. It's 8 by 11, soft cover. Each page has one idea related to the three topics above. On that page, you break your idea down to maybe half-a-dozen "here's what to do/how to do it" bulleted items. The page have art/photos as needed. For photos, I'm seeing befores/afters. I'm seeing a 14-point body font (I like Georgia) and a display font like Verdana. Bullets should not be traditional bullets, but rather a different but unobtrusive type device.

Here's how write it: One idea at a time. It might take a year, maybe two, but writing it is like eating salted peanuts: You can't eat the whole can at once.

You'll need a three- to four-page forward, but that shouldn't be difficult.

We can talk about finding a publisher later.
Jan. 6th, 2013 02:14 am (UTC)
I actually do have an idea for the home staging book that's partially written - my idea is to create it as a workbook that people can write in and check off little boxes of the stuff to do in each room as they work through their home. The reason I see that as marketable is because every book I've ever seen on home staging is WAY TOO LONG and WAY TOO WORDY. Home staging is a hands-on, practical thing, it's not mired in the psychology of clutter, because it doesn't matter what, why or how things got the way they are. For home staging, it's simply about turning your home into a marketable commodity by creating the illusions necessary to sell it quickly and for the most money the market will bear. It's about making your home look better than the four other like-styled houses on your street that are for sale. There are tried and true methods for doing this, but for some reason, I think home staging book writers must think they're getting paid by the word. Most of the books out there stink and I think a practical how-to workbook could be a sellable thing. When people are looking for a home staging book, it's because they're planning to sell their home in the near future, not looking for something to read over the course of the next year.

In my mind, if I did this thing first, it would accomplish a number of things:
1. I'd actually DO something - create something instead of yakking about it
2. It's already started and I've used the text of it in client homes and it works.
3. It's probably a fairly easy one to self-publish, which isn't a bad venue for self-help products. (even though I don't know much about that process, but I've been doing some noodling...)
4. I could then call myself an author, which could open doors for bigger and better projects down the road, which is exactly what your vision sounds like to me. I love the idea.
Jan. 6th, 2013 04:04 am (UTC)
A big plus for this would be your writing voice. It would be a fun book to read. Plus, I think you know where the "enough" line is when it comes to humor. I bought a book about dieting by Dr. Oz, and I got about halfway through it before the strained effort to be funny got to be too much.

I'm glad you've been giving this so much thought. John Lee Hooker sings a song ("Boogie Chillun") about staying out late at night and making his mother mad, but his father says, "Let that boy boogie woogie. It's in him, and it got to come out."

Jan. 6th, 2013 04:19 am (UTC)
Yeah, I've got the thinkin' part down, it's the doin' part I'm avoiding.

I'm going to be on Ch. 2's "the Healthy Zone" show again this coming Friday, just like I was back in October. I've spent at least two hours working on this 5 minute interview. I have to give them the 4-5 talking points phrased as a question or a "tell me about..." sentence for the host, and then formulate my answers. So it's fully in my control to direct, but sweetjeezus, it's about January being "Get Organized" month, and I have to find an approach to this that's cohesive and connected, informative and general enough AND it has to fit into 5 minutes.

For some reason, that seemed relative when I started writing...must be that had to come out!
Jan. 6th, 2013 04:24 am (UTC)
And they want you to do all that while juggling chain saws, right?

Seriously, you were really good the last time I saw you on TV, so no worries this time 'round.
Jan. 7th, 2013 02:17 am (UTC)
Thanks - I think it would actually be easier if THEY just asked what they wanted to and I could answer off the cuff, but having to develop the questions AND formulate the answers AND make sure the content will flow AND fit into a 4.5 minute spot - yeah, that does feel kinda like juggling!
Jan. 6th, 2013 12:07 am (UTC)
Ever read the work of Jung and dreams? Truthfully I have trouble sledding through the serious work and tend to read other people's thoughts on his theories. I do like that he wrote that you can interpret your own dreams as you see them. I seldom dream - but when I do remember a dream they are vivid 3D textural events - almost like time travel because I totally know and recognize the people in the dream.

Dream on.
Jan. 6th, 2013 01:00 am (UTC)
I've never read any writing about dreams. Maybe a Jung-lite approach as you describe it would be a place to start.

I have to admit that the first phrase that came to mind when I saw your reply was "All the Jung Dudes."
Jan. 7th, 2013 08:05 am (UTC)
Some good things to believe, although I am a little weirded out to think Alex Trebec is lingering somewhere in my head.
Jan. 7th, 2013 05:14 pm (UTC)
I'll take Japanese authors for one hundred, please.
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