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BOO! It’s the Northern Lights/Where are my Dreams?

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. You get to eat too much, you get to party too much and you sleep too little. This year, it was made extra-special by some weird kind of sonic solar storm, which drummed up all kinds of mad cosmic happenings. I got to see the Northern Lights.

Now, I’m not traditionally a big fan of the northern lights. I mean, when I lived in Postdam, they were around all the time and I just sort of took them for granted. But, there’s something about seeing them in Texas, where the sky is big and the sun is warm. Something about getting to enjoy the great northern lights without having to wear a coat, without having to put up with the cold, that really gets me. I mean, I love them when they are just decorations in the sky, but I guess it’s safe to say I didn’t like them so much when they came with a wind chill factor of 20 below.

One of my favorite TV shows, Northern Exposure, once had a great episode prominately featuring the Northern Lights. In this episode, the natives believed that the Northern Lights would steal your dreams and that you and your neighbors would all swap dreams when the lights appeared. Needless to say, the folks in that Alaskan town had some pretty strange dreams. I do wonder if there’s some truth to it. Is it possible that the Northern Lights spurs on dreams? Maybe it makes them easier to remember? Or perhaps it instills some added creativity into all of us, which manifests itself in our dreams. I suppose we’ll never really know. But we can still enjoy the lights, especially without the winter coat.

They were out a bit again last night, although not as spectacular as Halloween. Still, I could see them peeking out from behind the clouds, casting an eerie glow on my boring suburbia. It was kind of cool, if only for a brief moment of autumn. Hey Mr. BigSky, is that an aurora in your pocket or are you just all that happy to see little old me?

Until next time, this is Carol, the Carol in “Carol’s Little World” signing off.

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