I think a picture of the “storystorm” in my head would look just like this. This colorful photo is printed here with the permission of artist Mike Patnode. After the holidays, I will start telling you Mike’s incredible story and that of his dedicated family. After Mike’s graduation from college, he never had a chance to market his artwork because he and his wife have a 24-hour-a-day job caring for their son A.J., who was born severely disabled. You will be amazed at what this family has accomplished and the care they unselfishly provide, as well as the ingenious contraptions Mike’s father has invented to allow his young grandson to be all that he can be.Through all of this, Mike still sees the beauty in life…maybe more than ever…and he captures it in his unique and artistic photography.
My blog Storystorm allows me to grab onto the colorful thoughts swirling around in my brain and to place them on my hard drive before they can get away. Who hasn’t waited a second too long and lost a fantastic idea? Like spotting a beautiful leaf falling in an autumn storm, thoughts can blow away as quickly as you recognize their beauty. That’s a good reason to carry a notepad and pen as your constant companions, and a good reason to blog.
Thanks, Mike, for sharing your artwork with me. Readers, be sure to come back in a few weeks and select the category “Art” to hear more about this family and to see more of Mike’s photography.