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we can only appreciate the miracle of a sunrise if we have waited in the darkness. ~ author unknown

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the view out of my window

this morning in glen arbor,  michigan

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one hour after we left

the storms began

every kind of bad weather

rolled in

and

left this beautiful little town

by the lakes

isolated

and

damaged

my family members

who are still there

 are all okay

hoping that all the others are too

tomorrow

the sun will rise once again

and the cleanup

will begin

with gratitude.

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Staff report from the Glen Arbor Sun:
Glen Arbor was hit by a very severe storm on Sunday afternoon, Aug. 2. Winds of 93 miles per hour reportedly pummeled the town next to the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore at the height of the summer tourism season. As of Sunday night, the Glen Lake Fire Department was reporting that all roads into Glen Arbor, and around the Glen Lakes, are impassible.

you can find peace amidst the storms that threaten you. – joseph b. wirthlin

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sirens blaring

phone blowing up

with alarms

take cover

take cover

tv buzzing

if you can

see this

or

hear this

take cover

take cover

so

i went to

my bathtub

safest spot in my cottage

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and

rode out

the storm

relaxing

and

blogging

and

reading

and

listening

to music

and

my daughter

texted me

to say

‘that’s exactly how you’d like to go, isn’t it?’

and

i had to agree

and

i kept

my laptop

and

my head

above water

and

all the while

something like this

was going on outside

but inside

all was calm

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if you want to see the sunshine,

you have to weather the storm.

– frank lane

image credits: google images

“you have to jump into disaster with both feet.” ― chuck palahniuk

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worst walk ever

yesterday

on a very, very hot

late summer’s eve

humid as hell

headed out

on a

forced death march

downtown

all in the name

of being healthy

and

enjoying the city

at eye level

when i

noticed the signs

that i was headed

right

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looked up

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into a black cloudy sky

rain

the air began to swirl

 rain blew sideways

into my eyes

i had happened

into

a

wizard of oz

storm

somehow

and

made a decision

to head on back

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lightning flashed

a mile to go

put my phone

in my shorts

to save my connection

to the world

i-pod

deep in my pocket

 to save the music

people running

kind of scary

as i

quickly

transformed

into

an

unwitting

wet t-shirt contestant

cut through the park

ran into wall

of construction

turned around

shortcut down street

closed off

for resurfacing

finally made it

home to the cottage

nacho the cat not the food

was outside and missing

flipped on light

to put key in door

no light

opened door

glowing in the dark

pitch black

only light

came from my eyes

power out

fumbled for flashlight

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apparently it is a 1910 model

didn’t have much effect

on the darkness

so, so sweaty

and

rain sodden

no hot shower

cell phone

powering off

internet gone

decided

only thing to do

was go to bed

stumbled up the dark stairs

still no cat

still no light

room was 157 degrees

or so

no fan

no air

heard sirens

fire department

on my street

buzzing

 flashes of electric light

couldn’t just lay

on the bed

naked

and

fall asleep

in all my glory

trying

to cool things down a bit

had to be on high alert

kept the teva’s on

shorts, shirt

ready to flee

at a

moment’s notice

drifted off

dreaming of a better day to come..

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woke up this morning

bright and cool

nacho the cat not the food

came home

to the cottage

police tape

decorated

 the town

transformers blown

power lines down

mighty trees

toppled

car

in garage

at mercy

of electric opener

walked

back downtown

to a

 friendly coffee shop

read

and

wrote

and

talked to other

blackout neighbors

and

had

a

very, very, very

large

coffee

power company

estimates

i will

have power

restored

by

wednesday

night

at 11:30

or so

“the major difference between a thing that might go wrong

and a thing that cannot possibly go wrong

is that when a thing that cannot possibly go wrong goes wrong

it usually turns out to be impossible to get at or repair”

– douglas adams

 credits: planetcurioso.com, new line cinema