Some Interesting Facts About Dreams!

I will admit to you all that I am a fact junkie, in fact I'm often compared to Sheldon Cooper from The Big Bang Theory because of my tendancy to mention facts ranging from mundane to utterly fascinating...well at least to myself. So when it comes to dreams you can bet your Moonpie that I have a ton of facts to anyone who wants to listen

For example, did you know thast everyone dreams, but some people simply don't remember them very often? Actually there is one exception, which is that some individuals with severe psycholical distorders, who many times do not experience dreams.

Did you know that individuals who were blind dream in sounds, scent, and other sensations?  Those who became blind later on in life dream can see images.

Are you aware that all the faces we see in dreams are of real people that we've seen, even if in just a brief glance?

Yep, those are all true, check out several others here.


Myth and Dreams...

I am fascinated by both dreams and myths and the relation of the two intrigues me. In many cases a figure in myth finds the answers they seek or prophetic visions in dreams, while other times a character is visited by a deceased loved one or even someone they killed or betrayed.

I found an article from Psychology Today that delves into the topic of dreams and myth, here's a segment of the article and the link to the article in it's entirety.

How can a cultural phenomenon like a myth—a set of stories told round campfires or enacted in dance and ceremony or celebrated in religious rites; how can these cultural entities create a dream? Presumably dreams are influence by social learning just like any other part of human psychology so it is not so far fetched to think that myths can influence dream content.
Could it be the other way round as well? That dreams influence social behaviors of groups? I invite the reader to do an experiment. Read a bunch of trickster tales from around the globe and see if you don't agree with me that they are curiously dream-like, unlike many other mythical forms.

Dream Art

I am a fan of good art, so I decided to share some of my favorite works of art. Most are related to dreams but a few just look nice!

The Dream by Pierre Puvis de Chavannes



A Shepards Dream by Henry Fulessi









That's all folks, I hope you enjoyed the art!

Descartes on Dreams

I am accustomed to sleep and in my dreams to imagine the same things that lunatics imagine when awake.

~Rene Descartes

David Farland: Update on Ben Wolverton and Another Way to Help


Fantasy author David Farland has recently updated the status if his son Ben, who as you saw in my previous post is recovering from a serious sporting accident. Here is what David wrote on his Facebook Page.


Update on Ben Wolverton: Ben is still recovering from his accident and remains in a coma. His blood count was low this morning, so they're giving him two more units of blood. (They gave him a couple during brain surgery last week, and I think he got some while on the life flight.)
Ben also got a CAT scan this morning, and we compared this one to his three previous CAT scans, and spoke with his doctor. Ben has significant damage in a couple parts of his brain. The biggest worry is the area that controls his speech/word recognition, and the area that controls the ability to walk. His vision may also be affected, and there are some other questionable areas. The doctor says that Ben will probably need months of intense therapy to help with his rehabilitation.
It sounds as if Ben will remain in the ICU for a couple more weeks, but I'm not sure about that. Doctors do want to do surgery to repair his knees, which may need some skin grafts, and we don't have word yet on what might be done for his broken pelvis bones or spinal injuries.
Of course, we don't know until Ben wakes up whether he will be better off or worse off than predicted, so we're keeping our fingers crossed.

There is going to be a "Book Bomb" to help raise funds. Details are as follows:

Ben Wolverton, age 16, was in a tragic long-boarding accident on Wednesday the 4th, 2013. He suffers from severe brain trauma, a cracked skull, broken pelvis and tail bone, burnt knees, bruised lungs, broken ear drums, road rash, pneumonia, and is currently in a coma. His family has no insurance.
Ben is the son of author David Farland, whose books have won multiple awards, and who is widely known as a mentor to many prominent authors, such as Brandon Sanderson, Stephenie Meyer, and Brandon Mull. Costs for Ben's treatment are expected to rise above $1,000,0000. To help raise money for Ben, we are having a book bomb (focused on Nightingale and Million Dollar Outlines) on behalf of Ben

You can learn more about Ben's condition, or simply donate to the Wolverton family here: http://www.gofundme.com/BensRecovery

WHAT IS A BOOK BOMB?

A Book Bomb is an event where participants purchase a book on a specific day (in this case, Wednesday, April 10th) to support the author, or, in this case, a young person in serious need: Ben Wolverton.


WHAT BOOK SHOULD I PURCHASE?

David Farland’s young adult fantasy thriller NIGHTINGALE has won SEVEN awards, including the Grand Prize at the Hollywood Book Festival--beating out ALL books in ALL categories. It is available as a hardcover ($24.99), ebook ($7.99), audio book ($24.99), and enhanced novel for the iPad ($9.99).

You can purchase it on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006P7SEBY/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il?ie=UTF8&camp=211189&creative=373489&creativeASIN=B006P7SEBY&link_code=as3&tag=davidfarnet-20

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/nightingale-david-farland/1107084747?ean=2940016100463

on the Nightingale website: http://www.nightingalenovel.com/

or, you can get the enhanced version complete with illustrations, interviews, animations, and its own soundtrack through iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/nightingale/id560309064?mt=11


WHAT IS IT ABOUT?

Some people sing at night to drive back the darkness. Others sing to summon it. . . .

Bron Jones was abandoned at birth. Thrown into foster care, he was rejected by one family after another, until he met Olivia, a gifted and devoted high-school teacher who recognized him for what he really was--what her people call a "nightingale."

But Bron isn't ready to learn the truth. There are secrets that have been hidden from mankind for hundreds of thousands of years, secrets that should remain hidden. Some things are too dangerous to know. Bron's secret may be the most dangerous of all.


IS IT GOOD?

Authors such as James Dashner (The Maze Runner), Brandon Sanderson (Mistborn), and Paul Genesse (Iron Dragon series) all PRAISED it. Nightingale has 4 and a half stars on Amazon. Read what other people are saying here:http://www.amazon.com/Nightingale-ebook/dp/B006P7SEBY/ref=tmm_kin_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1365432857&sr=8-2 Or, purchase the novel and find out for yourself.


WHAT IF I ALREADY OWN NIGHTINGALE? OR I'M NOT INTERESTED IN IT?

If you are a writer, you may want to consider purchasing David Farland’s MILLION DOLLAR OUTLINES. It has been a bestseller on Amazon for over a month and is only $6.99.

As a bestselling author David Farland has taught dozens of writers who have gone on to staggering literary success, including such #1 New York Times Bestsellers as Brandon Mull (Fablehaven), Brandon Sanderson (Wheel of Time), James Dashner (The Maze Runner) and Stephenie Meyer (Twilight).

In Million Dollar Outlines, Dave teaches how to analyze an audience and outline a novel so that it can appeal to a wide readership, giving it the potential to become a bestseller. The secrets found in his unconventional approach will help you understand why so many of his authors go on to prominence.

Get it on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00B9JYJ6W/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il?ie=UTF8&camp=211189&creative=373489&creativeASIN=B00B9JYJ6W&link_code=as3&tag=davidfarnet-20

Or on Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/million-dollar-outlines-david-farland/1114285069?ean=2940015965148
Read one of the 26 reviews here: http://www.amazon.com/Million-Dollar-Outlines-ebook/dp/B00B9JYJ6W/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1365434120&sr=8-1&keywords=Million+Dollar+Outlines


CAN I JUST DONATE MONEY?

You can donate money to Ben here: http://www.gofundme.com/BensRecovery

(Or you could purchase a book as a gift for someone else.)


I WANT TO HELP BUT I DON'T HAVE ANY MONEY!

The best way you can help is by spreading the word of Ben’s donation page, and/or this book bomb. Share it on facebook, twitter, pinterest, your blog—anywhere you can. Invite others to the event.


TELL ME MORE ABOUT BEN. WILL HE BE OKAY?

David Farland has been keeping everyone posted on facebook. Subscribe or friend him to get up-to-date information: http://www.facebook.com/david.farland1. At the moment, Ben is stable and appears to be improving.


Thank you!
Ben and his family greatly appreciate your support, and so do all who love and care about them.

You can learn more about Ben's condition, or simply donate to the Wolverton family here: http://www.gofundme.com/BensRecovery
WHAT IS A BOOK BOMB?
A Book Bomb is an event where participants purchase a book on a specific day (in this case, Wednesday, April 10th) to support the author, or, in this case, a young person in serious need: Ben Wolverton. 

WHAT BOOK SHOULD I PURCHASE? 
David Farland’s young adult fantasy thriller NIGHTINGALE has won SEVEN awards, including the Grand Prize at the Hollywood Book Festival--beating out ALL books in ALL categories. It is available as a hardcover ($24.99), ebook ($7.99), audio book ($24.99), and enhanced novel for the iPad ($9.99). 
You can purchase it on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006P7SEBY/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il?ie=UTF8&camp=211189&creative=373489&creativeASIN=B006P7SEBY&link_code=as3&tag=davidfarnet-20
Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/nightingale-david-farland/1107084747?ean=2940016100463 
on the Nightingale website: http://www.nightingalenovel.com/ 
or, you can get the enhanced version complete with illustrations, interviews, animations, and its own soundtrack through iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/nightingale/id560309064?mt=11

WHAT IS IT ABOUT?
Some people sing at night to drive back the darkness. Others sing to summon it. . . .
Bron Jones was abandoned at birth. Thrown into foster care, he was rejected by one family after another, until he met Olivia, a gifted and devoted high-school teacher who recognized him for what he really was--what her people call a "nightingale."
But Bron isn't ready to learn the truth. There are secrets that have been hidden from mankind for hundreds of thousands of years, secrets that should remain hidden. Some things are too dangerous to know. Bron's secret may be the most dangerous of all.

IS IT GOOD?
Authors such as James Dashner (The Maze Runner), Brandon Sanderson (Mistborn), and Paul Genesse (Iron Dragon series) all PRAISED it. Nightingale has 4 and a half stars on Amazon. Read what other people are saying here:http://www.amazon.com/Nightingale-ebook/dp/B006P7SEBY/ref=tmm_kin_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1365432857&sr=8-2 Or, purchase the novel and find out for yourself.

WHAT IF I ALREADY OWN NIGHTINGALE? OR I'M NOT INTERESTED IN IT?
If you are a writer, you may want to consider purchasing David Farland’s MILLION DOLLAR OUTLINES. It has been a bestseller on Amazon for over a month and is only $6.99.
As a bestselling author David Farland has taught dozens of writers who have gone on to staggering literary success, including such #1 New York Times Bestsellers as Brandon Mull (Fablehaven), Brandon Sanderson (Wheel of Time), James Dashner (The Maze Runner) and Stephenie Meyer (Twilight).
In Million Dollar Outlines, Dave teaches how to analyze an audience and outline a novel so that it can appeal to a wide readership, giving it the potential to become a bestseller. The secrets found in his unconventional approach will help you understand why so many of his authors go on to prominence.
Get it on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00B9JYJ6W/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il?ie=UTF8&camp=211189&creative=373489&creativeASIN=B00B9JYJ6W&link_code=as3&tag=davidfarnet-20
Or on Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/million-dollar-outlines-david-farland/1114285069?ean=2940015965148Read one of the 26 reviews here: http://www.amazon.com/Million-Dollar-Outlines-ebook/dp/B00B9JYJ6W/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1365434120&sr=8-1&keywords=Million+Dollar+Outlines

CAN I JUST DONATE MONEY? 
You can donate money to Ben here: http://www.gofundme.com/BensRecovery 
(Or you could purchase a book as a gift for someone else.)

I WANT TO HELP BUT I DON'T HAVE ANY MONEY!
The best way you can help is by spreading the word of Ben’s donation page, and/or this book bomb. Share it on facebook, twitter, pinterest, your blog—anywhere you can. Invite others to the event. 

TELL ME MORE ABOUT BEN. WILL HE BE OKAY?
David Farland has been keeping everyone posted on facebook. Subscribe or friend him to get up-to-date information: http://www.facebook.com/david.farland1. At the moment, Ben is stable and appears to be improving. 

Thank you!Ben and his family greatly appreciate your support, and so do all who love and care about them.

That's all folks! The Wolvertons appreciate all help they recieve.

Let's Help Author David Farland Through A Terrible Storm


Recently the prolific fantasy author David Farland's son Ben had a terrible longboarding accident and he sustained some serious injuries. Fortunately the doctors have managed to stabilize Ben and the worst has past, but Ben has a long recovery Unfortunately, the family is not insured and the bill is currently in the millions.

Several methods have been set up for those who wish to and are able to help financially. One option is to donate directly to the "Ben Wolverton Fund" (acct. 253151772865) at US Bank Provo, Smiths Branch. The second method is via GoFundMe.

I'll try and keep you all updated on the situation. Thank you all and take care.


P.S. You can also help by purchasing David Farland's (David Wolverton) books, which include the Runelords series, The Golden Queen, Nightingale, On My Way to Paradise, Million Dollar Outlines, and many more great fantasy novels and books on writing. Here is the link to his website and Amazon page.




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Edgar Allen Poe, Eleonora

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