Interpreting Your Dreams: What your dreams are telling you

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Written by By Carole Cravath

Dreams are a mirror for us. They reflect back to us our thoughts, attitudes and feelings. They show us specific behaviors and ideas about ourselves and our lives that need our awareness and consideration.


Dreams can reveal to us how to resolve problems, relate to specific people, give us new directions and show us things we weren’t aware of. They also give us creative ideas, intuitive information and solutions we hadn’t thought of. They can be prophetic and give us truths from our soul.

To understand dreams, we need to learn the language of the right brain, which is our vehicle for dreams. The right brain speaks to us in images and symbols, feelings, intuitive knowing and allegories (double meanings, puns, pictures, metaphors and parallels).


Most dreams apply to our inner or outer personal lives. The symbolic meanings of scenarios, characters, landscapes and actions are messages from our inner self to help us.

Symbolic interpretation can be translated into valuable insights, instruction and breakthroughs. Our dream symbols have a universal interpretation as well an individual one that applies only to us. Focus on what the car, storm, spoon, elevator, rug or scenario means to you.

To decode the symbols of the creative mind and understand the dream, we must realize that it is not confined to logical sequences or literal meanings. All parts of the dream are symbolic for things that are going on in our unconscious or our lives. 


Pictures, images and scenarios in a dream represent the abstract connotation of a concept or image. Usually our dreams speak to us about the most pressing current issue we are dealing with. Your inner self is telling you that it’s important to deal with it now; that’s why it has created this dream. 

If you are being chased in a dream, you aren’t in actual danger but possibly are “running away” from a problem, fear or situation in your life that you need to face. What is it? Going through a doorway in waking life means entering a room or leaving it, but in a dream, it means a new door is opening for you, a new project or relationship is coming.

A desert in the dream-state is not a physical place. It means you are going in a barren, fruitless direction in relation to a person, project, job, attitude or decision in your life. You are driving in your car and can’t slam on the brakes when you need to. You wake up in a cold sweat. The dream likely means that you must slow down in some area of your life or need to be clearer about a decision before proceeding.

People in dreams may be familiar or unknown. If you know them, it probably pertains to that relationship. If unknown, focus on the qualities of that dream figure because they reflect you and the personal qualities and behaviors your inner self wants you to pay attention to.

TO BEGIN interpreting A DREAM

To begin interpreting a dream, do the following:

  • Write down all the major aspects of the dream; a house, people, a party going on, an argument, being trapped, singing—whatever happened in your dream. Every part of your dream is a symbolic (not literal) message.
  • How did you feel in the dream? What emotions were prominent? This is a big clue that can illuminate the overall meaning.
  • Note the people in the dream and make a list of their qualities, behaviors and words. How are they like you?
  • What do you think the various elements of the dream mean? You can dialogue with each part of the dream and ask it why it has appeared. 
  • Intuitively, what do you feel the dream means?

Record your dreams, give a meaning to each symbol (component of the dream) and intuit the overall meaning. Practice daily and you will be surprised how easy it is to understand your dreams.

Carole Cravath (B.A.) has 30 years of experience in the fields of counseling and teaching. She has taught dream interpretation workshops for 15 years. Call her at 507-287-0884 for a consultation. She also teaches The Perceptive Awareness Technique workshops, which link the intuitive and conceptual minds for rapid control of higher awareness in three days. Visit and



The Male Perspective: Life, love and [early childhood] relationships

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Written by By Pam Whitfield, Photography by MikeHhardwick photography

Name: Kevin Ewing
Age: 60
Hometown: Whitehall, Wisconsin
Family: Wife, Janet; children Lydia, Julia and Ben
Job: Director, Aldrich Memorial Nursery School 

PAM: What lessons did you teach your kids about relationships?

KEVIN: When our children were younger, my practice was to take one of them out for coffee before school. I spent some one-on-one time with each child, individually, each week. The message was, “You’re important enough for me to get up a bit earlier and not go to work right away. You are more important to me than work.”




Recycled Creations: Magazine Farmers Market Tote

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Written by By Melissa Eggler, Photography by Melissa Eggler

Many of us are trying to live a more sustainable life, so we do our best to recycle and be “green.” People are carrying reusable bags everywhere, from the grocery store to the gym, as a conscience effort to keep plastic grocery bags out of the landfills. With anticipation of gathering harvest goodies at the farmers market, what better project than a recycled magazine tote?


        • Colorful pages from a magazine 
        • Ruler or yardstick
        • Roll of clear packing tape


          • Sides: 10 strips x 8 strips
          • Bottom: 8 strips x 8 strips
          • Handles: 2 strips

Begin by tearing out several (like 400!) colorful pages from your old magazines. Place the long edge of the magazine page along a ruler or yardstick, and fold it over and over into a strip. Remove it from the ruler and flatten it down. There’s your first strip. Now make 399 more. This is a slightly time consuming project, but it’s worth it!




Grandma, Mom & Me: Disagreeing

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Written by By Mariah K. Mihm, Photography by AMN photography

Me: My grandma, my mom and I, we are a tight-knit, spend-lots-of time together, huggy kind of clan. We enjoy meals and movies, plays and picnics, phone calls, shopping, cooking and doing most anything together. We are together in groups of two or three on a weekly basis. We genuinely like to be around one another. 

As much as we love each other and as much time as we do spend together, we still manage to overstep boundaries and annoy each other. There have been raised voices and tears. We are human beings navigating relationships to other human beings. So what do we do when we disagree?



As a Newcomer: Be courageous

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Written by By Sylwia Bujak

When you’re a newcomer, it is normal to get lost or do something not very wise—like turning onto a one-way street downtown—or feel uncomfortable at local gatherings. A newcomer has to have courage to say hi to new people, to leave the house. All those simple things can suddenly be a challenge when you are new.

If you haven’t done it, you can only imagine how it is to arrive in a totally new place, where you absolutely don’t know anyone and quite possibly English is not your native language. Yes, it is pretty stressful. However, there is this amazing mixture of excitement and wonder of a new place and all its offerings.



The Male Perspective: Loving A Woman 20 Years Younger

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Written by By Pam Whitfield

Name: Dr. Bob Sanborn

Age: 67

Hometown: Muncie, Indiana

Family: Wife, Dawn; daughters Kristi, Samantha and Maddie

Job: English professor and musician



Recycled Creations: Wine Cork Memo Board

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Written by By Melissa Eggler, Photography by Melissa Eggler

Many of us love to drink an occasional glass of wine in the evening after a long, stressful day, when we celebrate with friends or when we toast to the good things in our lives. If you are like me, you don’t throw your corks away because there is something about them that keeps those memories alive. They fill up your favorite basket, wine cork holder or drawer until they are spilling out all over, and you say, “Wow, that’s a lot of corks. I surely didn’t drink all of that wine!” Well, you did, so let’s put them to use and recycle them into something useful. 



Grandma, Mom & Me: Mothering

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Written by By Mariah K. Mihm, Photography by AMN photography

Mom: Before you have a child, you think so much about logistics. Then you realize there is so much more to being a parent.

Me: The feelings are so overwhelming, indescribable at times. 

Mom: You realize you’re responsible not just for their physical wellbeing, but your child’s mental and emotional care as well. The love is insurmountable. 

Grandma: I felt so responsible all of a sudden, but I was afraid too. You immediately become another person and your priorities shift. Their welfare is consuming.

Mom: This tiny little human being is relying on me for everything.  

Me: I read so much the first year it became hard not to question myself and to trust my instincts. I had access to so much technology and information. I don’t think it was always a good thing.

Grandma: You learn [parenting] one day at a time.

Me: A life-changing moment came while reading a parenting article. There was a quote from Dr. Spock that went something like, “No parent has ever done wrong by their child while acting on instinct.”

Mom: I remember when you talked to me about that. You became a lot less stressed and a much happier mother.

Me: Finding the quote saved my sanity. It is fun to learn [childrens’] personalities. Many characteristics in Landon showed up really early and have not changed.

Grandma: We didn’t have the resources you did. We relied mostly on our friends and family who had children.

Me: Family and friends were indispensible because they were real. They are the experts who I really trusted. I gained confidence from being around other great parents. The other sanity-savers were the other moms in my mommy group. All our kids were the same age. We relied on each other when it came to concerns about the kids, but the emotional support from each other was priceless too. We all grew close very fast.

Mom: And the joys of parenthood are endless! 

Grandma: Being a mom is the hardest job in the world. You have to have strength, patience and love. Then you teach those things to your kids. Show them empathy and that you love them through good and bad.

Mom: Balance is the key. How much is too much, and how much is too little?

Me: Balance is important but very hard to let happen. No matter how many times I was told, I had to learn for myself. It was a hard lesson, too, because mommy guilt is powerful. But that is a whole other subject.

Mom: The rewards far outweigh the troubles. 

Me: I can’t imagine life without my little guy. 

Grandma: Have fun with your children. Play and laugh with them, no matter their age.

Me: I thrive on the simple things Landon does that make me laugh, smile and my heart swell. I really enjoy his company and conversation. I knew I would like motherhood. I knew I would change as a person, but I didn’t know how much.

Mom: A mom is a very powerful feeling. 

Me: It’s a beautiful feeling.

Grandma: It sure is...and so much more!



Recycled Creations: Essential Oil Aromatherapy Pack

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Written by By Melissa Eggler, Photography by Melissa Eggler

The smells of spring and summer are hypnotizing and healing at the same time. Bringing the smells of nature inside can help relieve many things that ail you. Aromatherapy packs can be expensive to purchase, but they are incredibly easy to make at home with things you may already have. Now that essential oils have come into the mainstream market, it is possible for everyone to experience them. This craze has been “essential” in soothing the mind, body and spirit and makes users feel like they are at their own private spa. Here are easy instructions to make your own essential oil aromatherapy pack.



Grandma, Mom & Me: Memorable Women

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Written by By Mariah K. Mihm, Photography by AMN photography

Mom: It’s interesting to look back in history at the women who were influential to the country or the world and also those who made an impact on me personally. Due to my age, Gloria Steinem was a major influence in my life. She revolutionized the role of women in daily life, broke barriers.


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