Posts Tagged ‘Death’

Dream Chronicles – A Reassurance

In Opinion/Personal, Personal on August 8, 2014 at 12:22 pm

A History In Review            A Lover’s Quarrel            Home Invasion

Again, napping on my couch.  I’m seeing a pattern here in that all my vivid dreams occur when I take mid-day naps on my couch by myself.

I find myself in a home.  It’s not familiar in real life, but in my dream it was a family member’s home that I was very used to.  The details of the home are lacking, as my attention was instead of my deceased family member, who was standing perfectly healthy and chatting right in front of me.  For a second, nothing seemed out of place.  We carried on a casual conversation before getting into a vehicle similar to an RV, with the driver’s seat at the front end of a small walkway of chairs.  It was just me and my family member in the vehicle, and as he began driving, I slowly felt memories of his death and funeral creeping back in.  I wanted to hug him, but was afraid to.  Somewhere deep down, I knew that if I tried to touch him, he would be gone.

But I couldn’t ignore the elephant in the room.  I asked him, “how are you here?”

He didn’t seem to understand my question.  So I put it more bluntly.  “You died.  How is this possible?”

And he hit me with an explanation that I would’ve never imagined.  He explained to me that he is always available.  He explained that his death and funeral had happened, that part was and will always be real.  He stated that he wasn’t completely dead, but he wasn’t really alive either.  He can come back when his family and loved ones really need help or really need him.

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My Valentine’s Day Love Story to Music

In Opinion/Personal, Personal, Random on February 14, 2014 at 8:26 am

I think I’ve finally figured out my love for music.  Despite bring completely oblivious to the technical side, knowing any real musical terms, or having any knowledge whatsoever on how to play any kind of instrument, I have still always felt very drawn to and moved by music.

There is that girly side of me that hears a song and says, ” oh my god, that’s EXACTLY how I feel right now!” There’s also the side of me that enjoys the pure creativity of it.  As a writer and (recently dabbling) painter, it’s very easy even without any real knowledge to appreciate another’s form of expression and that’s a very important thing for the artistic community, no matter what your craft is.  And a good play on words or an intellectual and beautiful flow of words that reads or sounds so elegant and pretty on paper or on the tongue set to a melody? I’m a sucker…

But what really sparks my love for music is the ability it has to remind me of who I am, that magical moment during the first few seconds of a song that somehow transports me to another time and place that I may not have even thought about in years.

Example A: anytime I hear Journey‘s “Don’t Stop Believing” I am taken back 4-5 years to a grungy Irish pub on a busy street a little over an hour from my home with 2 of the best friends I’ve ever had.  We’ve all started our lives outside of the college world now – jobs, responsibility, marriage, kids even – and it makes it hard to stay in touch as much as we’d like. But as soon as  that very well-known bit of music begins, whether it be on the radio, a cover by a band in a bar, or a terrible karaoke rendition, I’m right back in my early 20’s with my two best ladies on each side singing our hearts out and living it up alongside at least a hundred other strangers doing the same exact thing. No care in the world, being invited to sing and shimmy on the bar top, feeling as free as we possibly ever may in our lifetimes.

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In Personal, Poetry, Writing on January 31, 2014 at 4:10 pm

Today, I will not mourn you,
but celebrate the wonderful things you left
within us and here for us.

With those things –
wisdom, words,
passions, progeny –
you carry on.

You carry on,
and on, and on.

Today, you will be celebrated
Because that is what you deserve.

Copyright © 2014

This is Halloween, Part 3

In Non-Fiction, Opinion/Personal, Personal, Writing on November 1, 2013 at 4:04 pm

Part 1 & Part 2

Now we’ve reached present day.  Yes, I know Halloween was technically yesterday.  However, many places in my state cancelled trick or treating due to inclement weather, and lots of bars and friends are still throwing costume parties this coming weekend, so I think it’s just fine!

So I had my run-ins with Ouija Boards and strange happenings.  You would think one would learn, right?  Apparently not me.  Things like this don’t generally scare me and I find it all very intriguing.  Curiosity killed the cat, they say…

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This is Halloween, Part 1

In Non-Fiction, Opinion/Personal, Personal, Writing on October 24, 2013 at 10:40 am

I’ve always loved the supernatural: movies, documentaries, reality ghost hunting shows, costumes, all the like that spikes in popularity through the month of October.  So in honor of my love for this area and for my favorite holiday, Halloween, of course, I decided to share a few stories I’ve heard over the years and a few of my own experiences.  For the first story, I feel I should start at the beginning with part of the reason I ended up getting so interested in this area to begin with.  This is a story that happened long before my time that I’ve heard told and retold many times over the years from childhood.

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The Wisdom of Fictional Characters: Bones Got Me…

In Uncategorized on February 2, 2013 at 1:40 pm

I have a television obsession.  I DVR so many shows it should be illegal.  And even if it were illegal, I’d still do it.  One my shows is Bones.  I love it.  I love the crime and mystery aspect of it, but I also love the quirky characters.  The last episode was called “The Twist in the Plot” and focused on a two bodies found in the same shallow grave, one that was supposed to be there as part of her burial plans and one that was not even supposed to be dead.  If anyone watches this show, then you will be familiar with Dr. Sweets, the psych guy, and his now ex-girlfriend Daisy, who was an intern in the lab for a while.  Sweets and Daisy were perfect for each other, but Sweets got cold feet when they were planning to move in together and broke up with her.  This episode was Daisy’s return to the lab after the break-up.  In addition, during this episode, Bones and Booth discussed their own wills and plans for burials, etc.  If you watch the show and haven’t seen this episode, do not read below this line, as it will discuss details of the show.

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An Undelivered Letter – To My Loved One

In Opinion/Personal, Personal, Random on February 1, 2013 at 11:26 pm

To you,

I don’t know whether to feel relieved, sad, or guilty.  Right now, I feel a little of all three.  But mostly guilty.  I was dreading the day, watching the calendar as it crept up.  But then I got so caught up that it came and went and I hardly noticed.  I didn’t even realize until just now that I had missed it. And now I battle this gang of emotions and the only thing I knew to do was this: to write it out.  To write it to you.

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Rows of the Deceased

In Fiction, Writing on October 25, 2012 at 4:21 pm

As promised, here is one of my first legitimate fiction writings.  It was for a writing portfolio for a class I was in many, many years ago and I ended up getting an almost-perfect grade on both this writing and the portfolio as a whole.  I intend to revisit this writing at some point to flesh it out a little bit, update it so it’s more mature, etc., but I haven’t taken the time yet.  So I give this to you, Blog World, in its original form straight out of the mind of 17-year-old me.

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