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Cloud Gazing and Other Imaginative Things

20190901_132845I often see things that aren’t really there.

My bathroom ceiling has a swirly pattern that when viewed just right looks like boot prints hiking across a mountain trail.

My nightstand light casts shadows over the globes and blades of my ceiling fan that look like an angel taking flight.

I see schooners in the clouds and animals in the moss on a log. And no, I’m not hallucinating. I have what is called apophenia, also dubbed “patternicity” in the psychological world. 

This dubious gift allows my brain to perceive patterns in random data. I share it with many authors who tout apophenia as a secret weapon in writing, allowing us to connect events, clues, and characters in unique and satisfying ways. It’s probably why I’m seldom surprised by who-dunnits–an uncanny attribute my hubby hates when watching movies with me.

Fortunately, I’m often surprised and delighted by nearly everything in the physical world around me. Like my pre-covid stroll through a gardening department which turned an innocent cactus into an icon of spring.

Thanks to a heightened form of apophenia–or pareidolia, meaning “wrong image”–and a few photoshopped dots, the Easter Bunny has arrived!


sending you and yours warm wishes~ jody


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