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These gloves served as a source of inspiration for aspiring novelist T.S. Garp.
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OKLAHOMA CITY – Rainbows. They’ve been everywhere ever since Robin Williams tragically passed away over two months ago.

Sync master Jake Kotze has a video, created in late August, called “Rainbow” and how Williams was a “rainbow resonator and his suicide’s entrainment with Jupiter.”

It’s an amazing video. Kotze’s synchromystic talents are quite remarkable and inspired me to pursue a study of synchronicity ever since. Dust Devil Dreams is the forum where I write about dreams, synchronicity and synchromysticism.

And so, coming out of a dream this morning, I felt a Robin Williams sync had taken place.

In this dream, that jumped around a bit, I found myself in several tall buildings and high places. There was a yellow oven mitt, or something like that, that I was dropping or throwing off of these high buildings. And yet the wind would catch it and blow it back to me. It was incredible and weird. I think the oven mitt read: “Good Morning, Little Schoolgirl,” which comes from the title of a blues song written by Sonny Boy Williamson and famously recorded in 1963 by The Yardbirds. I had listened to that song and other “Greatest Hits” from The Yardbirds (Eric Clapton on lead guitar) compilation The Yardbirds: The Ultimate Collection the other day.

The seemingly “magical” properties in this yellow oven mitt really struck me. And when I awoke, I found myself thinking about a scene in the 1982 comedy-drama The World According to Garp. It’s my favorite Robin Williams movie and one of my favorites – ever.

Based on the humanistic John Irving novel, T.S. Garp is a kind, creative boy without a father. His feminist mother Jenny, a nurse, raises him at a boy’s academy in New England. He realizes he wants to be a writer as he gets older.

But as every writer knows (myself included), writing is a difficult process. Garp is facing this “writer’s block” but something “clicks” when he spies some forgotten leather gloves in the gutter, next to the sidewalk. Seeing some moving men hauling a piano up the side of a building with a pulley, followed by an arguing couple getting out a taxi, Garp imagines that the gloves on the ground have magic properties.

When Jenny asks Garp what The Magic Gloves is about, he explains that it about a man who “can do wonders when he wears his magic gloves.” And yet the man can’t feel. He decides to rid himself of the magic gloves once and for all and end his life. And in that final moment, Garp tells his mother, he can actually feel. “He yearns to feel,” says Garp.

There is a move afoot in Marin County, California to change the famous, rainbow-colored Waldo Tunnel to the Robin Williams Tunnel (Sign the Change.org petition here). Williams famously dons rainbow suspenders in Mork & Mindy, wears a rainbow-colored outfit and is named Rainbow Randolph in Death to Smoochy (2002). His characters yearn to feel. Mork, as an alien, wants to fit in (just like Williams' best friend Christopher Reeve, whose Superman character never quite fits in - and check out Somewhere in Time), but maintain his eccentric ways.

Most of his characters have a depth and a sadness about them. Garp is definitely among them, and that's why The Magic Gloves sequence (and the arc of Robin WIlliams' creative output) is so significant. Recall that during the opening credits of The World According to Garp, a baby is flying through the air as The Beatles' "When I'm Sixty-Four" is playing (a track from the synchromystic Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band). Had he lived, Robin Williams would have turned 64 next July.

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