Blog of the Week: First Church of Metaphor

One of my favorite new blogs is Laura K. Deal’s First Church of Metaphor blog. From the title, you might not guess that this is an amazing resource for writers—but it is. The site offers an eclectic mix of inspiration and education in the form of music, poetry, art, and discussion of dream symbols.

In the About section of the site, Laura writes, “I hope you find something here that touches your spirit.” If you check out her site, I think you’ll find that, and more.

From earlier this week:

Whale as a symbol


On Monday, I featured Brenda Ferrimani‘s painting of her dream “Whale Speaks.” Whales, as the largest mammal, and also very intelligent mammals, are complicated dream symbols. They are apparently conscious and self-aware, and they swim in the ocean, which is often associated with the unconscious. For me, that suggests that they come in dreams as reminders to expand conscious awareness. They communicate through vocalizations that sound to us more like song than speech, so if a whale shows up in my dream, it might have come to remind me to sing or use music to get closer to spirit. If a whale breaches in my dream, it could be a suggestion to take a creative leap, to bring something out of the depths and into the world. In many cultures in the world whales are associated with creation, perhaps from a deep, genetic and mythic memory of life arising from the ocean depths….[Click here to continue reading]

Artwork created by Brenda Ferrimani. You can see more of her artwork at

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  1. says

    Cheryl, I just love that you’ve highlighted this blog! I’ve never visited there before. Thanks a lot. Have a great weekend 😀

    • says

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it! You have a great weekend, too :)

  2. says

    I’m honored that my site is your pick for blog of the week! I’ve been fortunate to have so many talented people participate in the fun. Thanks, Cheryl!

    • says

      That’s one of the things I love about your site: you pull together so many creative and inspiring people and their work. Can’t wait to read your new post :)