Sarah + Tim

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Women Who Run With the Wolves September 16, 2008

One of my favorite books of all time is Women Who Run With the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes.  It is filled with myths, stories and fairy tales collected from all over the world that are then dissected and mined for lessons of life.  Anciently, it is said that women were taught about life’s rites of passage – love, marriage, sex, child-bearing, death – through stories, which is exactly what she does in this book.  My copy, purchased for $5 from a used book store, is dogeared, underlined and well loved.

This weekend, I had a terrible dream about a man who was following me and couldn’t be defeated.  Recalling Estes’ discourse on Dark Man Dreams, I looked it up and here’s what she had to say about dreams like these:

“There is one specific instance in which women are highly likely to experience dark man dreams and that is when one’s internal creative fire is smoking and banking all by itself, when there is little fuel left in the corner…

“In these cases, the dark man dream, even though accompanied by heart-jumping fear, is not an ominous dream.  It is a very positive one about a proper and timely need to awaken to a distruction movement within one’s own psyche, to that which is stealing one’s fire, intruding on one’s vim, robbing one of the place, the space, the time, the territory to create.  … The dark man dream is often enough to scare women into creating again.”

If I were stranded on a desert island, Women Who Run is the one I just might bring along.

What are some of your favorite books that you’d never be without?


Random Acts of Kindness February 7, 2008

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My new favorite place in Utah, besides my home, is Flour Girls and Dough Boys Bakery in American Fork.

After driving past their sign every day for weeks, I stopped in one day when craving a cinnamon roll and was astounded. The aroma is evident the moment you walk in the room, the barrage of beautiful pasteries and breads to behold, and the warm, genuine people behind the counter are outstanding. Needless to say, I have been back every week since.

photo compliments of American Fork blog

Yesterday, I had some time before picking up Tim and stopped in to chill at the cafe. The girls, Kelly and Tina, were delightful and we had a pleasant chat as I was paying for my pumpkin chocolate bar with cream cheese frosting. I snuggled up in the corner next to the fire with a Real Simple magazine and my delicious pumpkin bar. Next thing I know I hear my name and Kelly is coming towards me with a cup of almond and raspberry steaming milk on the house! Then Tina comes to check on the flavor – what incredible consideration. My visit to the cafe made a great afternoon extraordinary.

saratoga sunset
Photo credit – Tim. The sun dipped behind the clouds and the snow, being blown in the air, reflected the sunshine and this sensational photo is the result of this phenomenon.