Word Advisory: Stay in and Write

storystormI think a picture of the “storystorm” in my head would look just like this picture. This colorful photo is printed here with the permission of artist Mike Patnode.

Soon, 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.

2 responses to “Word Advisory: Stay in and Write

  1. The book your writig about lake julia tb sanatorium has it been published to buy yet or no? Me and my husband are from minnesota and always wanted to know alot more about the sanatorium!

    • I have done lots of research and some of the writing. I had to take a break from it for quite awhile because of our business, but I am ready to get back to the writing. Did you or do you live near the San? It has an interesting history. Currently, I am co-creating two anthologies for Publishing Syndicate: Not Your Mother’s Book . . . on Parenting and Not Your Mother’s Book . . . on Grandparenting. The publishers co-authored Chicken Soup for the Soul books for ten years, and they now have their own anthology series, which is fun, humorous, and sometimes even a little edgy. Maybe you would like to submit some stories. For guidlines and to submit a story, see http://www.publishingsyndicate.com. Thanks for asking about the San. I always love to hear from someone who knows of the place. Oh…if you live in or near Bemidji, visit the history center at the depot. They currently have a Doctor Doctor display, and they have a photo book about the San that I created for them.

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