Dream by Abbie Johnson Taylor

I woke up in a hospital room. In the next bed, a friend of mine, with whom I attend water exercise classes at the YMCA, was talking, apparently, to someone visiting her. It wasn’t clear how I got here, but I had a vague recollection of being sick at home and another friend stopping by and taking me to the emergency room, where I was admitted after a battery of tests.


How had my friend gotten into my house? As sick as I was, it would probably never have occurred to me to unlock the doors so someone could get in, let alone call for help. I’d given my friend a key once so she could stay in my house while I was out of town, but she’d long since returned it to me.


Now, I felt a lot better. I didn’t seem to be attached to an intravenous drip or other equipment. Maybe I should get up, find my clothes, then call a nurse and say I was ready to go home, I thought, but as I lay there, mulling this over, I kept dozing off. I realized that I was still weak and needed rest.


It was only a dream, I realized with relief, as the brightly lit hospital room dissolved into the semi-darkness of my bedroom, and my clock radio came on, signaling that it was time to get up, but it was so real, I thought. As I pulled myself out of bed and started getting ready for my day, I remembered that my late husband Bill had a similar experience when he suffered from West Nile virus two years before we were married. He was sick at home for three days before neighbors looked in on him. He was in bad shape by then, so they called 911. To make a long story short, he was laid up for three months. Was my dream a prediction that this would happen to me?


How about you? Did you ever have a dream that felt so real that you were disappointed or relieved when you woke up? Was this dream based on something that happened to you or someone else? Do you think it’s a prediction of what could happen to you?


Now, please click below to hear me sing about a different kind of dreaming. I hope that for you, bad dreams don’t come true and good ones do.




I’m the author of a romance novel, two poetry collections, and a memoir. My work has appeared in The Avocet and Magnets and Ladders. I have a visual impairment and live in Sheridan, Wyoming, where for six years, I cared for my late husband, who was totally blind and partially paralyzed by two strokes. Before that, I worked as a registered music therapist in a nursing home and other facilities that served senior citizens. For more information, please visit my website and blog.





Author Abbie Johnson Taylor

We Shall Overcome

How to Build a Better Mousetrap: Recollections and Reflections of a Family Caregiver

That’s Life: New and Selected Poems

My Ideal Partner: How I Met, Married, and Cared for the Man I Loved Despite Debilitating Odds

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Vacation-Dream Spot by Cher’ley

This blog by Cher’ley Grogg

What is a vacation-dream spot? 

A  husband and wife booked a city bus tour in Athens, Greece. We were told to wait in the hotel lobby at 7 a.m. and hop onto the bus when it arrived, which they did. First red flag? Their guide spoke only Portuguese. Second red flag? The bus stopped at a port, and everyone was herded onto a boat. It turns out that they, two 69-year-olds, had boarded a 12-hour party-boat tour of the Aegean Islands with a Brazilian tour group! They had no IDs and very little money, so they decided to stay put (instead of getting off at one of the island stops), drink a few beers, and get some sun. Lesson learned: Speak up at the first red flag.
This is a story from Vestina Forkel a residence of Orangeburg, South Carolin.

My husband and I are planning our mini vacations around 3 spots. One is our house in Florida, the other is our kids’ homes in OH, and the other is our grandkids’ home in TX. We see relatives at each one, so they are all good. This is one of the advantages of driving a truck.

We are thinking about taking a cruise in the next year or so. We have never been on a cruise, except we took a cruise to nowhere when our kids were young.

This time of year vacations come up a lot. Here is a link to 50 favorite vacation spots 

Hwaiian beach

The beach or if you prefer the mountains, some people even enjoy the dessert. The Mountains

Berry Springs Lodge in the Smoky Mountains







A mountain view-breath taking.



I was curious about what the best time of year to think about taking a vacation, I had always heard August. I think it was until they started beginning the School year in August instead of September.

Favorite vacation months in the United States.


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Margaret Branson isn’t on a vacation, but she’s getting to see a terrain she only dreamed of. This is her Vacation-Dream spot. Going from a city back “East” to the Wild West is an eye opening experience for a young lady. She had always been under the protection of her Daddy, and now she was all alone, relying on her instincts and her inner strength.


Four Moons and Fair Maidens


She has never seen an Indian, and now she is making arrangements to bring the Indians and the Calvary together. She has some great news articles and fantastic photographs to send back to the Cincinnati Newspaper that is owned by her father. Join her for many adventures.  


***What is your Dream Vacation Spot? Do you prefer hot or cool? Do you have a vacation planned for this year? ***


Cher’ley’s Books are listed below and on sale at Amazon and local bookstores. And she has a new one that is freshly published with 11 other authors.

Stamp Out Murder”.
 The Secret in Grandma’s Trunk” This is an especially good book for your Tween Children and Grandchildren
The JourneyBack 3The Journey Back-One Joy at a Time and the B&W Edition of The Journey Back
Boys Will Be Boys   The Joys and Terrors of Raising Boys-An Anthology
 Cowboys, Creatures, and Calico 

All About the Girls 5(3)

Four Moons and Fair Ladies Four Moons and Fair Maidens


Memories from Maple Street U.S.A: Pawprints on My Heartlink coming soon
Fans of Cher'ley Grogg,AuthorAnd please join me on my Facebook Fanpage, that’s managed by one of my most faithful fans: Cindy Ferrell
Here’s a link to Cher’ley’s WEBSITE