Ride The Snake With The Gold Dust Woman

Every Sunday morning I make a point to participate in the five minute brain dump. It is a useful tool for practicing my writing and I like the way it helps to clear my mind.

I like trying to wash away the grains of sleep before I sit down with my children and listen to their Sunday morning stories. It is about being present and they need that from me.

My mind has always worked quickly and it is not unusual for me to be thinking about two or three things at once, but I don’t like doing that with them. I want them to get my full attention and that is not always easy to do.

Maybe it is because of me and maybe it is because of the journey I am on now because I am most certainly walking down my own yellow brick road but I don’t have any companions yet.

Or maybe I do, maybe there are a few that I just haven’t recognized. Maybe I am too focused on doing what needs to be done to recognize them. I ought to slow down and think about it because we all need a helping hand.

Someone might want to tell the flying monkeys and the witch to give me some clearance because although I am excited and quite happy I haven’t any time to fool around with their antics. I won’t just dump a bucket of water on the witch nor will I let the monkeys mess with me.

Unless they want 240 pounds of nasty they ought to stay away. Just ask the devil what happened the last time he met me in Georgia.

This journey is something else, it is fun and exciting but there is a certain amount of “nervousness” attached to it. But they are good nerves and I am still smiling.

Don’t know why but in the background of my mind I hear a mix of Dylan singing Knocking on Heaven’s Door, The Doors playing The End and Fleetwood Mac singing Gold Dust Woman.


This was my 5 minute Stream of Consciousness Sunday post. It’s five minutes of your time and a brain dump. Want to try it? Here are the rules…

  • Set a timer and write for 5 minutes.
  • Write an intro to the post if you want but don’t edit the post. No proofreading or spellchecking. This is writing in the raw.
  • Publish it somewhere. Anywhere. The back door to your blog if you want. But make it accessible.
  • Add the Stream of Consciousness Sunday badge to your post.
  • Visit your fellow bloggers and show some love.

(Visited 37 times, 1 visits today)


  1. Jules January 20, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    Wandering by from SOCS …

    Fascinating combination of images, thoughts, and tunes. I can relate to being in the moment – something I don’t do as well as I’d like. Seems I’m constantly worrying about past issues or future problems, overwhelmed by what shoulda/coulda/woulda – none of which are productive.

    Think I’ll take a page, as they say, and let tomorrow take care of itself just a little more often.

    • Jack January 20, 2013 at 11:51 pm

      Hi Jules,

      It is really easy to get caught in the trap of worrying about what happened or what could happen which I think is why so many of us relate to it.

      But for me when I look at what I have control over and what I don’t, well it just seems silly to worry because some things happen or don’t happen regardless of what I do.

      • Jules January 20, 2013 at 11:55 pm

        Nicely said: “… some things happen or don’t happen, regardless of what I do.”

        I have to say, one of the greatest pieces of advice I’ve ever read (and consistently fail to follow) is: Ask yourself if you can change {whatever you’re worrying about}. If not, let it go.

        Maybe, some day, I’ll finally adopt that attitude. Here’s hoping!

  2. Julie Jordan Scott January 20, 2013 at 10:31 am

    I know that feeling: the yellow brick road, but alone. Great metaphor for it.

    I also read “Waiting for the Click.” Have you ever seen the play (not the movie) Cat on a Hot Tin Roof? Brick talks about the click and waiting for the click over and over and over again. The words of Tennessee Williams always take hold of my spirit. Tragic story… I played Big Mama in a local stage production.

    Great to read you on today’s SOCSunday.

    • Jack January 20, 2013 at 11:50 pm

      Hi Julie,

      I haven’t seen the play in many years so I have just the vaguest memory, but I am familiar with many Tennessee Williams quotes.

      He has some great work out there, very cool stuff.

  3. Julie Barrett January 20, 2013 at 10:10 am

    The witch and the monkeys will test your resolve. Suggest maintaining the feeling that this is exactly what you deserve and the natural consequence of your actions, that you fully expected to appear before you. Something about getting too excited seems to send it into hiding sometimes…not sure why exactly.

    • Jack January 20, 2013 at 11:21 pm

      The witch and the monkeys aren’t a match for my resolve, been through too much and weathered too many storms to let those things stop me.

      I do deserve this and am excited.

      Hardest part is being patient, but I made it this far so I see no reason why I can’t go the distance.

  4. Gina January 20, 2013 at 10:00 am

    Stop and smell those roses, pick those tulips and talk to those munchkins because they might have something important to say. I think we all need practice “being” in the moment.

  5. jana January 20, 2013 at 9:08 am

    Interesting mix of songs and movie images… sounds like this journey is something else!

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

You may also like