In some Native American cultures you will see an artifact called a dream catcher. The dream catcher is traditionally a hoop made of willow that is woven with sinew strands that look similar to a spider web. The hoop is then decorated with sacred items such as feathers and beads. The resulting dream catcher is then hung above the bed as a charm to protect the sleeping children. The belief was that bad dreams are caught within the webbing while good dreams filter through and slide down the feathers to the sleeper. Dream catchers are both a beautiful and somewhat eerie sight that is seen quite often in the southwest. They are beautiful to look at but I always viewed them as a piece of art rather than a lucky charm. After the previous few nights I’ve had I’m beginning to think perhaps I need to befriend a dream catcher artist.

Extended road trips especially ones when your favorite team goes 2-5 followed by an off-day almost completely destroys any thoughts of going to sleep having a good night’s rest filled with wonderful dreams.


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