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The Deep, Dark Well and the Bright, Shining Son


Imagine you’re in the bottom of a really deep well.

Overwhelmed and haunted by memories:

A loss that cut deep in your soul.  Arguments with loved ones.  A history of past abuse.  A history of deep shame.

Memories of (insert yours here). Read more

Soakin’ In The Sun At 25 Degrees


For any of you that don’t live in Northern Minnesota – you’re going to think I’m nuts.  And maybe I am!  But after the coldest winter in MN history (since something like 1917) and a stretch of overcast, gloomy days –  I NEEDED SUN!

I peeked out at my deck this afternoon and saw the tiniest of walkways open by the house, so I pulled open the sliding glass door and looked out.  Low and behold, in what is probably the ugliest (but sunniest) outside corner of our house, was a piece of deck completely clear!

A fist pump, a ‘YES’ and a quick run to my garage for a lawn chair and I was about ready.  OK, so this chair isn’t in the best shape ever with a broom handle holding the bottom together and paint on the arm.  Let’s just say it’s well-worn.  Besides, I love that my sister-in-law Jane made it years ago for my husband.  It would aptly serve it’s purpose for today.

I quick grabbed my book and out I went.

Sitting and soaking up the sun.

The temperature outside was 25 degrees…above zero.  Nothing like the many days below zero (like down to -50) we’ve had this winter!

Was I in my swimsuit?  No.  I opted for my yoga pants, fleece jacket and scarf.

Did I care?  No.

Thank God for sunshine…warm sunshine.  The kind that makes you feel alive again.  That makes you realize just what a compliment the writer of the song “You Are My Sunshine” was giving as he sang it to his loved one!  Yes, I am a romantic, in my mind I picture him writing as his little child peacefully drifts off to sleep.

I’m leaving my little chair there.  I have high hopes for this weather.  I may be a bit delusional right now considering there’s a Winter Weather Advisory out for tomorrow saying we will get more snow, but I’m leaving my little chair there.

I’ll be back little chair.

And you and I will lap up some more sunshine together.

Ahhhhhh.

You are my sunshine…my only sunshine…you make me happy…when skies are gray…you’ll never know dear…how much I love you…please don’t take my sunshine away… (she sings softly to herself as she smiles, eyes closed, face turned up into the sun).

Oh!  Just in case you’re wondering, we have lots of snow left.  This is what I was looking at when I didn’t have my face pointing up:

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It’s the little things in life that help us survive the big things (like 6 foot snowdrifts in March with more snow on the way)…

Patty O

ps…I say it’s the ugliest outside corner of our house because, as you can see, it has the fireplace vent and the dryer vent, complete with fuzzy lint blown out – and NO I didn’t clean it up before I sat down or before I took the picture!

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