Welcome to my World

Welcome to the domain different--to paraphrase from New Mexico's capital city of Santa Fe which bills itself "The City Different." Perhaps this space is not completely unique but my world shapes what I write as well as many other facets of my life. The four Ds figure prominently but there are many other things as well. Here you will learn what makes me tick, what thrills and inspires me, experiences that impact my life and many other antidotes, vignettes and journal notes that set the paradigm for Dierdre O'Dare and her alter ego Gwynn Morgan and the fiction and poetry they write. I sell nothing here--just share with friends and others who may wander in. There will be pictures, poems, observations, rants on occasion and sometimes even jokes. Welcome to our world!

Thursday, April 12, 2012


The word dream has several meanings and a lot of connotations. Most of us are very familiar with at least two of three of them. First there are the sleeping dreams, those often strange and puzzling adventures that come to us at night. We may be simply an observer, an active participant, or even seem to be someone other than who we are in the here and now. Some of them are very vivid and seem 'real' when we wake up while others are fragmented and seem to make no sense at all. I think most of them do carry a message from either our subconscious mind, departed spirits or souls linked to ours, perhaps a guardian angel or spirit guide or maybe from some other source. But unraveling what that message may be can be a huge challenge.

I do not put a lot of stock in most of the books that purport to tell us the 'real' meaning of various objects, people or situations we may experience in the dream realm. I think most of them were written by the same school of analysts who declare with lofty contempt that women who smoke suffer from p**is envy or a desire for a certain male appendage! Bull hockey! I never smoked a lot but I can assure you I never once in my life really wanted to be male or sport male equipment! As the song went, "I enjoy being a girl!" However, I was a tomboy and maybe that met any needs I might have had to take on some masculine attributes or activites.

Then there are daydreams--those mostly pleasant scenarios we construct to pass time or to escape from a boring or unpleasant reality that we find ourselves in the midst of. Those of us who are of a creative bent were probably often chided in school for gazing out the window and drifting off into a daydream when we were supposed to be studying or listening to a hugely boring dissertation about English or algebra or ancient Mesopotamia! I know I was but a lot of those daydreams found their way into poems and stories that I wrote.

Sometimes, if we are a believer in the such philosophies as The Secret and The Law of Attraction daydreams could be considered visualization and maybe if we build them with enough substance could materialize desired events or objects to appear in our lives! On that I am not quite sure; so far my efforts have not succeeded very well. Maybe I just do not have enough faith or focus! But I do keep dreaming...

And then there are 'dreams' which might also be called goals or wishes or items for our bucket list or other collection of things we want to see, do, be, accomplish or acquire. For me some of those are watching the Iditarod sled dog race in person--once I even dreamed of competing but at my age that is a bit far fetched even to dream of! Others are to learn to fly an airplane, again probably out of reach for this lifetime and maybe to make a significant best seller list with someething I wrote. I would love to travel to the British Isles and visit some of the ancient sites and places where my Celtic ancestors walked, to Australia, and to regions in the Middle East which are now very dangerous and hardly hospitable to a liberated western woman! Again not likely but one never knows. Maybe a 'sugar daddy' will show up who wants to take me to my dream places! And yes I do 'dream' of kilted laddies and cowboys and the idea of being able to dance as they did in Riverdance!

Do these far-fetched wishes and goals have a purpose? Yes, I think they do. Even when we know rationally that they are far out of our reach, they tend to draw us along, keep our imaginations active and maybe inspire us to do related or somehow connected things that are more within our grasp. I know my special dreams do start my 'what if' mechanism working and many a story evolves from that start. A few of my writings have actually begun as a sleeping dream too. More on that another day.

Just a suggestion: why not start a dream collage? Cut out pictures from magazines, collect images on line or do your own art work to build some scenes and events and post this visualization where you can see it every day and be reminded and inspired. Who knows what might come of it?

Follow your dreams with confidence and devotion!


  1. Really enjoyed this post. Dreams fascinate me. Loved how you broke them down into different types. And I absolutely agree about the 'dream books.' The meanings and origins of dreams are too individual to classify as such books attempt to do.

    1. without our dreams we would be so much less than we are! It is also interesting to note our canine companions dream too--have you ever seen your furred friend 'run' in his or her sleep and maybe softly whine or yip? I am sure that is a doggie dream!