Book: Recurrent Dreams of Painted Faces by John Robert McCauley
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John Robert McCauleyabout this book: The year was 2015. The San Francisco Giants reigned as World Series champions fostering a sense of endless possibility in the bay area. It was a thrilling time to come of age. While America moved forward, Haley spent her teenage years under the strict thumb of her mother. Then, Haley started having recurrent dreams of people with painted faces dancing in the streets. Tillie, her mother and a Stanford Psychology Professor, tried to help Haley solve the mysteries of her intriguing dreams by getting her to remember the details of the dreams and looking at them objectively. The dreams continued to knock at Haley's door night after night. They were relevant to the dreamer. The story unraveled into a teenager's chance, choices and fate.
The Author decided to put up one of my favorite passages from the book, just to tempt you to give it a chance.
On the way back to Cody, Toby said to Haley, "You got the smell of horses on you."
The tour guide heard their conversation and cut in, "Men like the smell of horses on a woman."
"Are you sure?" Haley asked.
"I went to school in Kentucky, where there's only horses, basketball and Bourbon."
"Did you ever have dreams of horses?"
"When I was a teenager, I saw the John Huston movie, 'The Misfits,' staring Clark Gable that had painful scenes in which airplanes and trucks were used to capture wild mustangs. The mustangs were rounded up and sold for a pittance…headed to a slaughterhouse and rendered into pet food. After the movie, I started having dreams of painted horses."
Haley interrupted her and said, "I have recurrent dreams of painted faces."
The tour guide continued, "In 1971, congress passed the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act which placed wild horses under the supervision of the Bureau of Land Management."
"So, what did your dreams mean?
"I was like dreaming about wild horses, and then, lo and behold, it came to pass that I started working for or with them. Every time I take a tour to see them, I have a long, loving conversation with them, say grace and give heartfelt thanks. They are a blessing from the creator."
Haley thought about it for a while, and said, "Now you are showing the people the last of the wild Mustangs. Your fondest dreams have come true."
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