Bedside Reading

Today I felt drawn to spend time reading. Although getting lost in a good book is one of my favorite things to do, I don’t indulge in this past time as much as I used to. Nevertheless, I keep a stack of books next to my bed, and typically read in several concurrently. You can tell a lot about people, by peeking at the books on their bookshelves or bedside tables. What interests them? What troubles them? Where is curiosity leading?

I actually have 15 books on my bedside table at the moment, fiction and nonfiction, covering a variety of topics. This evening I read in five of those, jotting down a quote from each book, that grabbed my attention.

A Mind at Home with Itself by Byron Katie

This is the fourth book that I’ve read by Katie. She has done much to free me from stressing over reality. When I can clearly see and accept what is, without creating stories around it that are not true, fear and worry, anger and frustration fall away.

“But the mind can never be controlled; it can only be questioned, loved and met with understanding.”

By questioning a troubling thought with the words…is that true? and answering honestly, I can prevent my mind from getting caught in a loop of endless angst and turmoil. What a gift Byron Katie offers.

Ageless Soul by Thomas Moore

This new release by the author of The Re-Enchantment of Every Day Life, comes at a good time in my life.

“We fear growing old when from a more subtle point of view, we were old from the very beginning. We’re just discovering our age or putting it into practice. In this way of picturing it, aging is a fulfillment of who we are, not a wearing out.”

I am appreciating Thomas’ insights. He suggests aging is more about growing into the person we are rather than becoming less than ourselves because the body ages.

Thyroid Healing by Anthony William

I have shared briefly about this book already. As I read, I am more and more convinced that we are all becoming sicker and sicker. Sadly, the disorders and diseases that are plaguing us are showing up earlier, in youth and children. There is hope. We can heal.

“Stage Four Epstein Barr Virus is not a life sentence. When you learn the true cause of what’s keeping you ill, and when you learn to use the tools contained in this book about how to resurrect your health, you hold the power to rebuild your immune system and regain control. It is not solely about getting back your liver or your reproductive system or your thyroid or your nervous system…it’s about getting back your life.”

I love that. It’s about regaining control of your health and getting back your life. Everyone would benefit from reading this book and putting Anthony’s protocols into practice.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

I need something magical to read, amid all the life changing books! I’ve seen the Harry Potter movies many times. I am enjoying reading through the series of books for the first time. And there are life lessons to be learned from the boy wizard and his friends and teachers.

It matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be.” Dumbledore

A great reminder that we grow into the person we are meant to be. Our life is a journey of becoming.

Braving the Wilderness by Brené Brown

I confess this is the first Brené book I’ve read, although I am familiar with her teachings. It was the subtitle that drew me to this new release: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone.

Brené: I’m doing that thing I do when I’m afraid. I’m floating above my life, watching it and studying it, rather than living it.

Murdoch: I know. But you need to find a way to stop and bring yourself back here. This is a big deal. I don’t want you to miss it. Don’t study this moment. Be in it.

The conversation above was between Brené and her manager, a Scotsman, on the eve before her first appearance on Oprah. I can so identify with Brené’s words about floating above her life. I learned to deal with fear by doing the same, taking myself out of the moment.

Brené realized the next morning that she needed to write herself a permission slip, as she would for a child going on a school trip, giving herself permission to have fun. That was the first of hundreds of permission slips she would write for herself. I like that idea and I will be playing with the concept.

I enjoyed my time of reading tonight. And although the books are very different, topic wise, there was a flow to my reading and a thread that ran through each one, connecting them and connecting to me. I vowed to do this more often, once a week at least, read a chapter in several books or several chapters in one book, with a steaming mug of hot tea in hand.

I’d love to know…what books are on your bedside table, or next to your favorite chair?

Choose a Book for Me

Most of us have picked up a book, opened it to a random page, and jabbed our finger down without looking. I have done that many times, usually while asking a question aloud or in my heart, looking for inspiration or confirmation or direction in that arbitrarily chosen sentence. 

I have learned that guidance comes in all kinds of seemingly random ways. A song on the radio, a snippet of overheard conversation, a bumper sticker on a car can deliver the message needed at the perfect time. I call these signs and synchronicities my ongoing conversation with the Divine. There is always great significance in those cosmic signs, and sometimes great mystery as well. 

After visiting Joplin’s new public library last month, I felt inspired to suggest a game to the Divine. This afternoon, it was time to play. 

Choose a Book for Me
What if, rather than opening a book and flipping to a page and choosing a sentence at random, I allowed myself to be guided to an entire book? Using the library as my playground, I did some prep work beforehand in the Fiction and Non Fiction areas, counting the number of rows, the number of sections in each row, and the number of shelves per section. 

At home this afternoon, I wrote numbers on slips of paper, dropped them into a glass bowl, and mixed them up. First I drew numbers for the Fiction area…row, section, shelf and book number. Then I did the same for the Non Fiction area.  I only asked to be guided to the non fiction and fiction books that would be perfect for me today. 

Choose a Book for Me

I arrived at the library 12 minutes before closing time. That was ok. I had my numbers written out on a piece of paper. It would not take me long to find my books. 

For the Non Fiction area, I drew:

Row 9, Section 7, Shelf 3, Book #33

The book selected for me was The Independent Inventor’s Handbook by Louis Foreman and Jill Gilbert Welytok. I was excited! Who hasn’t dreamed of having a million dollar idea that becomes an invention? As a child, I was always trying to come up with an invention that no one else had thought of. My grandson Oliver has such thoughts and I love listening to his ideas. 

The blurb for this book reads, Have a million dollar idea? Make it real. From sketch on a napkin to finished product, Everyday Edisons creator Louis Foreman and patent attorney Jill Gilbert Welytok show step by step how to be a prosperous inventor and how to harness your imagination and follow the systematic process of problem solving that’s required to convert a raw  concept into a profitable business venture. 

How cool! And this was probably not a book I would have ever looked for on my own. I’m curious to see what creative ideas surface as I read through this intriguing book that was picked for me. 

Choose a Book for Me
The library lights dimmed, indicating it was almost time to close. I hurried to the Fiction area. 

Row 7, Section 11, Shelf 3, Book #19

The fiction book selected for me was The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, by Rachel Joyce. I was immediately captivated by the word Pilgrimage in the title. I just wrote a blog post about a pilgrimage…referencing the one I took recently through northern Italy and my life journey. And the word Unlikely hinted at a journey of destiny, reminding me of the first Hobbit film, An Unexpected Journey. 

The blurb for this book reads, Meet Harold Fry, recently retired.  He lives in a small English village with his wife Maureen, who seems irritated by almost everything he does, even down to how he butters his toast. Then one morning the mail arrives and within the stack of quotidian minutiae is a letter addressed to Harold in a shaky scrawl from a woman he hasn’t seen or heard from in twenty years. Queenie Hennessy is in hospice and is writing to say goodbye. 

Harold decides to hand carry a reply to Queenie, a 600 mile walk to the hospice, believing that as long as he walks, Queenie will live. Along the way, he meets one fascinating character after another, each of whom unlocks his long dormant spirit and sense of promise. 

Although I have not heard of this book or the author, I am very excited to begin this story. My eyes filled with tears, just reading the blurb inside the jacket cover, a sure sign this book is meant for me. 

Choose a Book for Me
This was a fun experience, and one built on trust. I had a moment of doubt as I wheeled into the library parking lot. What if I ended up with some book I had absolutely no interest in? Well, what if I did? I could play with an open heart, mind and spirit and see what happened. Or I could choose not to play at all. Did I trust or didn’t I? I decided that I did. 

I am most curious about what I will find for my heart and journey as I read these books that were chosen for me. Because, I don’t believe in randomness or coincidences. I can play like this because I believe that everything has purpose,  and every incident has a message for me. I am continually invited to dance, to converse, to engage with the Divine. 

We play…even at the library. 

Choose a Book for Me

Joplin’s New Public Library

Out running errands this morning, I seized an opportunity to stop by Joplin’s newly opened public library. The grand opening took place while I was in Italy. I have driven by the building site for months, watching with curiosity as the library rose on the corner of 20th Street and Connecticut Avenue. Moving from its former location downtown, the library was taking up residence in the heart of the tornado zone. 

Joplin's New Public Library
Wishing to take a peek inside the gorgeous, contemporary building sprawled on its six acre landscaped lot, I thought I would dash inside for a few minutes and look around. I should have known better. I love books. A fun outing for me involves leisurely browsing through a bookstore, pulling intriguing books off the shelves. 

The moment I stepped into the Joplin Public Library, I was wowed. My immediate first impression was that this place had less the feel of a library, and more the feel of a bookstore. Except the books are free…as long as you return them! 

Let me show you around. Join me on a visual tour of the library. 

Joplin's New Public Library
Joplin's New Public LibraryClean contemporary exterior. Huge parking lot. 

Joplin's New Public LibraryFront lobby includes check out area with automated self check stations and New Books sections, fiction and nonfiction. 

Joplin's New Public Library

Joplin's New Public LibraryGathering areas, right and left of the main lobby. 

Joplin's New Public LibraryGenealogy, Local History and Post Memorial Art Library section. Beautiful!

Joplin's New Public LibrarySnack area with vending machines!

Joplin's New Public LibraryGeneral reading section includes computer labs, dvds, music, audios and books, of course. New bookshelves are lower, creating an open, spacious look. Ample floor to ceiling windows let in lots of natural light. 

Joplin's New Public LibraryMy favorite additions to the new library…cozy, inviting seating areas! 

Joplin's New Public Library

Joplin's New Public Library

Joplin's New Public Library My favorite chair in the library! It swivels and feels secluded…a true reading nook. 

Joplin's New Public LibraryThere are “unconference” rooms and study rooms around the perimeter of the building, available for  use. 

Joplin's New Public LibraryThe colorful and amazing children’s library. 

Joplin's New Public LibraryComputers for kids

Joplin's New Public LibraryChildren’s play stations

Joplin's New Public LibraryHere too there are inviting seating areas that are playful as well. 

Joplin's New Public LibraryThe round windows in the children’s area are padded and function as fun seats. 

Joplin's New Public LibraryArt gallery leading to conference room. 

I was so impressed with the new library. Although I was a frequent visitor at the old site, I never lingered in that library. The building wasn’t all that old, but it seemed dark to me, with a heavy energy. Perhaps that was due to the building’s design. Or perhaps my intuitive senses picked up on the fact that the downtown library was built on the site of the old Connor Hotel. A man died there, trapped in the building, when a planned demolition went wrong. Whatever, the reason, I always felt uncomfortable there. 

Not so in the new library. I love this space. It is beautiful, spacious, and full of light. The energy is incredibly positive and uplifting. I felt inspired and invited. I wanted to linger there. I wanted to curl up in a comfy chair with a good book! 

And I shall do exactly that, very soon, when I have a free afternoon. I hope to see you there. 

Joplin's New Public Library

Drop Everything And Read

Tonight’s activities and blog post were inspired by my friend Sara, a teacher at Joplin High School. In recognition of National Library Week, she encouraged her friends to open the book they are currently reading to the fourth chapter, and share the 12th sentence.

I was intrigued! After I shared the appropriate sentence from  Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban on Sara’s Facebook page, I looked up info about National Library Week and discovered today is Drop Everything And Read day. I considered that a personal invitation, and dropped everything else I had planned this evening and curled up in my recliner with a cup of hot thyme tea and four books.

Drop Everything And Read
Drop Everything And Read, or DEAR, is celebrated each year on April 12 in honor of beloved children’s author, Beverly Cleary, who is 101 years old today. This award winning author published her first book in 1950.

Among her best known characters are Henry Huggins and his dog, Ribsy, Ramona and Beezus Quimby and Ralph S Mouse. My children enjoyed these books as youngsters. And I was especially fond of the irrepressible and fearless Ramona.

Drop Everything And Read
To celebrate Beverly Cleary on this remarkable birthday, I read this evening. Loving Sara’s idea, rather than write a brief synopsis of each of my current books, I opened them to chapter four, and found the 12th sentence.

Here they are:

From Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, by JK Rowling –

Drop Everything And Read
From 20 Things to Do in Dublin Before You Go for a Feckin’ Pint by Colin Murphy & Donal O’Dea –

Drop Everything And Read
From An Italian Journey by James Ernest Shaw –

Drop Everything And Read
And from Making Life Easy by Christiane Northrup, MD –

Drop Everything And Read
I read more than the one sentence…I read at least a chapter in each book as I sipped on my herbal tea. I thoroughly enjoyed this impromptu activity. But you know what? I struggled just a bit with it first.

The Drop Everything And Read part gave me pause because I had other activities planned. And that is the whole point of this celebration, to stop doing chores or watching tv or playing on the phone…and read, for the simple pleasure of reading. Once I gave myself permission to literally drop everything, I was able to embrace this unexpected treat and savor it, just as I did the tea.

So thank you Sara, and happy birthday Beverly Cleary. I am grateful for the invitation to relax and read and have fun. Perhaps I could celebrate Drop Everything And Read once a week!

Drop Everything And Read
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Read a Book Day

Today is Read a Book Day. And what is better than reading in one book? Reading in six! I always have several books going at once, since my interests change throughout the week or even during a single day. 

Dr Seuss said, “You can find magic wherever you look. Sit back and relax, all you need is a book.” 

I discovered the magic within books at a very young age. I learned to read before I ever stepped inside a school. My kindergarten teachers didn’t quite know what to do with me. Reading wasn’t taught until first grade. I have a clear memory of sitting on the floor in the “big kid” library, reading aloud to a group of perplexed adults that included the principal. 

I overheard their whispered conversation as they discussed whether I was actually reading or had somehow memorized the story. The principal pulled book after book off the shelves, and invited me to read. At last he shrugged and suggested I be allowed to visit the library every day and have a reading time. I’m grateful that rather than ignore my interest, they catered to it. 

My parents had no such confusion about my ability to read. They enrolled me at age five in a book club. Each month a new book arrived, wonderful classics such as Black Beauty, Alice in Wonderland and Big Red. I loved holding that new book in my hands every four weeks, aware that a fresh adventure was about to begin. I still have that set of classic books. They are a little worse for wear, as my sisters and I read through them often and played school and library with them. They still possess magic. 

This is my current stack of reading material. No classics there. Instead there is an eclectic mix of fiction and nonfiction, cookbook (if a book full of recipes for raw food can properly be called a cookbook!) and creativity. I’m rereading Anthony’s life changing book, Medical Medium, after purchasing a second copy so that I can loan out my first book. 

The Whoniverse feeds my love and knowledge of the Doctor Who fandom and came from the Joplin Library. Dean Koontz is an amazingly complex fiction writer. I’ve read many of his books and introduced his writings to daughter Elissa. That’s her book! And Walking in This World continues to awaken my creativity. 

I mentioned I was reading in six books. Although I still prefer the feel of an actual book in my hands, it is convenient to have the Kindle app on my iPhone. If I am waiting somewhere, I can easily read to pass the time. E cubed is a fascinating sequel to E squared, with energy experiments in it that prove how magical the universe really is. 

I don’t need an excuse to read, however it is nice to have a day set aside for celebrating the wonder of books. I’ve traveled through time and space, learned about other cultures and countries, and found a way into my deepest heart, all by way of a ticket with B O O K stamped on it. 

It is not a surprise that writing naturally flowed from my love of reading. I hope to open up new paths to new adventures for others, as so many authors have done for me. 

Journey 316: From this Moment Emerging 

Today I only had one appointment, late in the day, a final walk through with buyers before we close in the morning. With chunks of free time before me, I was delighted by the delicious prospect of reading in my current stack of books. I had a similar day, back on Journey 95. I enjoyed that so much, I decided to do something similar. As I’ve noted before, I read multiple books at a time, enjoying the way the messages from each book combine to bring inspiration into my life. Of the six or seven books that I am currently reading, here are the four that I savored today. 


The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron

I’ve shared about this phenomenal book that offers a twelve week course, designed to remove the limitations that block creativity. I am on week two, day 12, and I have done the Morning Pages, three pages of free writing, twelve times. I’ve taken myself on two artist dates so far. This afternoon I had the opportunity to do my assignments for this week. 

What I’m receiving from this book:

Julia, with the Morning Pages, the weekly Artist Date and the assignments, has already helped me deeply reconnect with my creative side. I love the dates with myself and look forward to them each Sunday afternoon. I am having fun with my creativity and expressing it in multiple ways. 

Quote from today’s reading: 

“In order to be an artist, I must be alert, always, for the presence of the Great Creator leading and helping my artist.”

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

Written to encourage readers to embrace the creative life, whether as a writer, artist, musician or any of the myriad other ways creativity can be expressed, Liz gives us permission to move boldly beyond fear and infuse our everyday lives with more mindfulness and passion. 

What I’m receiving from this book:

I didn’t realize that I needed permission to live as my creative self, but I feel like I have been given that slip of paper that grants freedom. My biggest take away so far from this book, which has changed the way I view my writing in particular, is to do what I do for the simple joy of creating. I don’t want to put the expectation on my writing, or other creative endeavors, to support me. I will support them. The most important thing I can do right now is express myself and enjoy that process. The outcomes will take care of themselves.

Quote from today’s reading:

On perfection, and her first novel…”At 75 pages in, I nearly stopped. It felt too terrible to continue, too deeply embarrassing. But I pushed through my own shame only because I decided that I refused to go to my grave with 75 pages of an unfinished manuscript sitting in my desk drawer. I did not want to be that person. The world is filled with too many unfinished manuscripts as it is and I didn’t want to add another one to that bottomless pile. So no matter how much I thought my work stank, I had to persist.” 


One Spirit Medicine by Alberto Villoldo

Drawing on more than 25 years of experience as  a medical anthropologist, as well as his own journey back from the edge of death, this shamanic teacher shares how to detoxify the brain and body with superfoods and how to use the body’s own energy field to heal the body. 

What I’m receiving from this book:

I bought this book earlier this year, began reading it, and set it aside. My recent bout with severe sciatica has once again brought my awareness back to how I care for my body, or don’t care for it. I’m knowledgeable about how eating certain foods affects my health. But this book goes way beyond a healthy diet. As one who is aware of and interested in energy work, I’m excited to learn more about working with my body and soul to live in optimal health. 

Quote from today’s reading:

“Every schoolchild knows the value of green plants in the diet. What most of us don’t realize is that plants provide vital information to the body beyond simply ensuring a balanced diet. Scientists have found that plants are master regulators of gene expression in humans. They have the power to switch on the genes that create health and to switch off the genes that create cancer, heart disease, diabetes and many of the other ailments of civilization.”


The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

Marie is a Japanese cleaning consultant who takes tidying up to a whole new level. She offers detailed guidance for determining which items to keep in your home, by giving them the “spark joy” test. A decluttered home allows you to enjoy a calm and motivated mindset, and the unique magic of a tidy, organized home. 

What I’m receiving from this book:

My daughter Elissa found this book, which has been perfect for me. I have desired to decluttered my house and display and use keepsakes and family heirlooms that I keep. Marie’s test for whether to keep an item, or discard or give it away, is simple. Hold the item. If it sparks joy, keep it. If it doesn’t, get rid of it. If the item has been used and enjoyed in the past, Marie suggests thanking the item for its usefulness and then releasing it to go elsewhere. I like that expression of gratitude and the recognition that everything, even inanimate objects, have energy. 

Quote from today’s reading:

“Let me share a secret. Putting your house in order is fun! The process of assessing how you feel about the things you own, identifying those that have fulfilled their purpose, expressing your gratitude, and bidding them farewell, is really about examining your inner life, a rite of passage to a new life.” 

All four books that I read from today are about examining my inner life, with resulting outward expressions of creativity, joyful freedom, optimal health and a tidy home. Each of those is an amazing journey in itself. Combined, they are creating powerful and exciting shifts in my life. 

Stephen Nachmanovitch wrote, “The noun of self becomes a verb. This flashpoint of creation in the present moment is where work and play merge.” From this present moment of work and play merging, I am emerging. 


Journey 258: Dog Day Afternoon at the Joplin Library

What a fun afternoon, as Aubrey and I joined a group of excited children and their parents and grandparents at the Joplin Public Library. Aubrey was excited as well, because today, during a special program in the Children’s Department at the library, kids had the opportunity to read to dogs. For Dog Day Afternoon, the library brought in real dogs for the children to read books to.

Dog Day Afternoon at the Library

What a great way to encourage reading. During our last visit to the library, Aubrey picked up information about this event. She loves animals, and the idea of reading to dogs appealed to her for a couple of reasons: not only did she get to be with one of her favorite animals, she also had the freedom to read to a living, breathing, adoring listener who would not criticize her reading abilities or correct her. That’s the beautiful intention behind the program….that kids can enjoy reading, even if they are just looking at the pictures in a book and making up a story, all without any criticism. This is about reading for the simple joy of it, not to improve ability. The wise creators of today’s fun event are leaving learning in the classrooms.

Dog Day Afternoon Aubrey Reads

Owners graciously brought in their dogs, who all work as therapy dogs in various organizations. These gentle animals are used to people and each dog’s owner stayed with the kids to monitor the interaction. Four dogs sat in different locations within the reading room, in the Children’s Department, and the boys and girls selected books to read and added their names to the list. As we waited for Aubrey’s name to be called, she selected several books, mostly about dogs, or featuring that lovable canine, Scooby Doo. We discovered a coloring table set up in a quiet corner and we both colored preprinted pages.

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When it was Aubrey’s turn she was paired up with Ricky, a gray Airedale. She carried in the book, “If I Ran the Dog Show” and after petting Ricky and getting acquainted for a few moments, she opened her book to read. I was so proud of her. Parents and grandparents were only allowed to watch from the doorway, to avoid the temptation of “helping” too much as the kids read. We could slip into the reading room to take pictures as long as we stayed off to the side and didn’t distract the kids.

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After five minutes of reading to the first dog, the kids were allowed to pick another to read to. Aubrey selected a pretty brown and white dog, whose name I didn’t catch. Over any feelings of shyness by now, she readily opened her book back up and read to the second dog. I smiled, and felt teary-eyed, watching her. Aubrey is such an adventurous child. Even though she was doing a first today, she stepped right up and met the challenge. As a first grader, she still has lots to learn about reading, but that didn’t stop her from participating whole-heartedly and doing her best.

Dog Day Afternoon Aubrey and Ricky

And her best was more than good enough. The dogs certainly enjoyed listening to her, especially Ricky. My favorite pictures from the afternoon are these last two. In the pic above, Ricky appears to be reading over Aubrey’s shoulder, fascinated by the unfolding story. And when Aubrey sat back, laughing, Ricky seems to be studying the page himself, perhaps in disbelief at an unexpected plot twist. This was such a good experience for my little granddaughter. I appreciate the Children’s Department in the Joplin Library for offering such excellent programs, and for allowing kids to be kids and have fun as they experience books and reading in a casual atmosphere. The next Dog Day Afternoon is October 20, 2015. Aubrey and I already have plans to be there.

Dog Day Afternoon So Funny

Journey 237: What Happens in Book Club, Stays in Book Club

This evening the wonderful book club that I participate in finished our latest book. We first met late last fall, the six of us, and during this journey together, meeting every three weeks or so, we’ve completed two books. 


As we read through Eckhart Tolle’s book, The Power of Now, we not only learned together but learned about each other. It was a trial time, of settling in to walk together, keeping pace with each other and building trust so that sharing could take place freely.  That happened beautifully. 

What I love about our book club is that we all have different backgrounds, different types of families, and even different first languages! We think our own thoughts, grew up with our unique sets of beliefs, have faced and walked through our own challenges.  We bring that rich variety of differing perspectives freely and openly to the group, and share, united in our desire to learn and grow and journey well. There is no judgment, no condemnation, no correction. Just curiosity and love and encouragement. 

We finished The Untethered Soul with interesting and thoughtful discussions around the last two chapters. This has been a life-changing book for me and it was a joy to read through it again, in the company of such an amazing group of women. I deeply appreciate each person’s input, questions, and honest stories of journeying through life, with the desire to free the heart and soul. How powerful it is to travel together. 

We selected our next book, The Mastery of Love, by Don Miguel Ruiz. I have read other books by this author but not this one. I look forward to reading it and to the continuing journey with these dear souls. 

I pulled a quote out of our upcoming book: “The quality of your communication depends on whether you tune your emotional body to love or to fear. If you know what love is and what fear is, you become aware of the way you communicate your dream to others, and you can choose to communicate with love.” I look forward to the next few months, as we communicate our dreams to each other.