Tuesday, August 12, 2014

It's happened to most of us. 
We've had a dream and wondered, 
"What did that mean?"

Author and clinical psychologist 
Mary Kennedy 
is here today to answer that question!

If you want to know what your dream means,  
post it in the comments section. 
Mary will be checking in through the day to answer.

Mary is also giving away a copy of her new mystery
Book 1 in the Dream Club Mystery series
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Mary answered a few dream questions this week.
See what she had to say!

From Laura -  I have had dreams that I've had about my father, who died 36 years ago when I was 17. Three times in the last week I have had a dream where my father and my older brother, who basically became my father when dad died, show up at my house to help me pack to move. They talk about what is important to keep, and what is important to leave behind. The first two dreams were centered in my house. Today's dream took place in Sears.

Mary’s answer -  I think the "packing" and the comment about "what is important to keep and what is important to leave behind" is a metaphor for the inevitable losses that strike us as we go through life. You may be worried--both consciously and unconsciously-about your mother and this shows up in your dreams. Hope she is doing better, a tough time for you, hang in there. It's so hard when our loved ones are sick or hurt.


From Raquel - So I have a recurring dream about toilets. Either the toilet is too high or too low or missing. There are times when it is overflowing. Most of the time there are rows of toilets with no stalls. Or if there are stalls, the door is so narrow, I have a hard time fitting through the door. Sometimes the stalls only go half way so that the people on either side of me are able to see me. Look forward to hearing the meaning.

Mary’s answer - It might be that you were a cat in another life and used a litter box? Sorry, that's the best I can come up with.


Dawn Frazier asked - This is one I've had repeatedly since I was a kid. I am walking on a tightrope pushing a big steel ball with my pinkie. I always wake up scared after that one. Can you tell me what that means?

Mary’s answer - .I had a client who had a similar dream. He was pushing an enormous boulder down a highway and cars were whizzing by him on both sides. It reminds me of your tightrope dream in two ways...it's an impossible task and also, there's a danger element. You were on a tightrope in your dream and he was on the highway, but one false move, and you would be toast. This is definitely an anxiety dream. Anxiety means you are facing something and you feel you are not up to the task. Hope this helps.

Some interesting dreams.
Thank you Mary for your insights into them.

If you'd like to learn more about your dreams, check out
A Psychologist's Guide

Dream Team

Business consultant Taylor Blake has returned to Savannah, Georgia, to help her sister Allison turn her dream of running an old-fashioned candy store into a reality. Allison is also interested in dream interpretation and invites Taylor to her Friday night Dream Club, where members meet once a week to share and analyze their dreams.

When a local dance instructor, Chico Hernandez, is found dead in his studio, and the murder scene has an eerie resemblance to one of the dreams shared at their meeting, Taylor can’t help but be intrigued. And when her sister, who was briefly involved with the dance teacher, becomes the prime suspect, Taylor and their fellow club members can’t be caught napping. It’s up to them to dream up a solution to the murder before Allison faces a real-life nightmare.

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About the author
Mary Kennedy is a national best-selling author, and a clinical psychologist in private practice on the east coast.  She has sold forty novels, all to major New York publishers, and has made the Waldenbooks, BookScan and Publishers Weekly best-seller lists.  Her early novels included middle grade fiction and young adult fiction for 
Scholastic and Penguin.
She blogs every Saturday with Cozy Chicks.
Currently, she's writing the Dream Club Mysteries for Penguin-Random House. Set in Savannah, the series revolves around a group of Savannah women who meet once a week to analyze their dreams and solve a murder or two. Since the Dream Club meets at Oldies But Goodies, a candy shop/cafĂ©, the members sample southern desserts as they do their sleuthing. The first release is Nightmares Can Be Murder (Sept 2, 2014). 

Mary is a member of The Cozy Chicks along with  authors 
Ellery Adams / J. B. Stanley 
Lorraine Bartlett / Lorna Barrett 
Duffy Brown
 Kate Collins
 Mary Jane Maffini / Victoria Abbott
 Meggie Sefton
Leann Sweeney
 And they're having a wonderful contest!

To enter their Sweet Dreams giveaway, be sure to send an e-mail with your name, e-mail addy and DREAMS in the subject line to cozychicks@gmail.com The prize package contains a signed copy of Nightmares Can Be Murder, 
a Navajo dreamcatcher, tea and cookies and more!

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Answers to Mystery Monday Mashup

1. Nightmares Can Be Murder by Mary Kennedy

2. A Tough Nut To Kill by Elizabeth Lee

3. Book, Line, And Sinker by Jenn McKinlay

4. The Long Quiche Goodbye by Avery Aames

5. Sketch Me If You Can by Sharon Pape


  1. Thank you Mary for answering that one for me. Its had me wondering over the years what it means. I hadn't thought of it that way before. And thanks to you too Lisa!

  2. Mary....I. have to comment, on Raquels dream...I have had this very same dream, numerous times. Very bizarre. I could never figure that one out.

    1. Wow Dawn. You don't often hear of people having dreams so similar.

    2. Dawn, I thought she was kidding! :-)

  3. Once again, last night, I dreamed about moving. Hubby was career Air Force, and is now a United Methodist pastor -- moving has been a way of life (fortunately not as often as some however). We've been here just over a year, and anticipate our next move will be into retirement. We've got a lot, too much, 'stuff'!

    1. Donna, this is big move in your life, even though you've experienced it many times before. I'm not surprised that your mind is tossing over the idea as you sleep. Let's hope there will be more positives than negatives in the move. Good luck and thanks for stopping by...

  4. Thanks Mary for your answer on my dream. I really appreciate it. And thanks, Lisa, for giving me the opportunity. --Laura

  5. I dreamed for many years that I would die in an air plain crash. Took my first plain trip when I was in my mid thirties. Interestingly enough, a storm kept us from landing in DC and we ended up landing in NJ. Then we were told that the plain had mechanical failure and we had to de plain for two hours.. I was telling an old lady about me dream. She asked if I was scared, so I told her that if it was my time then it was my time. I went on the continue the flight home--safe and sound an hour or so later, but my lady friend called her daughter in DC and told her that she refused to fly anymore on a jinxed plain and she demanded that the daughter drive up to NJ then drive her back home to DC. Oh well, i'vevyet to die in that air plain crash, nor have I had that dream since that eventful day. Interested to see how you use dreams in a cozy!! Ronnalord(at)msn(dot)com

  6. You always have the most interesting conversations here.

    Sometimes I dream in black and white, other times I dream in color.
    Is that because some dreams are more important or my brain is perceiving them differently?

    1. Usually dreams in color have more of an "emotional content" and dreams in black and white are more mundane and deal with the "residue of the day" as they call it. Creative people frequently dream in color and report seeing magnificent landscapes and sunsets, etc. Hope this helps!

    2. I don't remember ever having had a black and white dream.

  7. I think you'll find the book interesting, Ronna. Ali Taylor (who founded the Dream Club in Savannah) is a "believer" and Taylor (her sister) is more of a skeptic. The Dream Club seems to uncover clues in their dreams that help them solve murders...but is just coincidence? I leave it up to the reader to make their own interpretation. (of course, as the series goes on, you'll see that they have a really good track record.) In three books, they manage to solve 4 murders! Thanks for stopping by, mary