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Close up of a pink rose.
A world of grief and pain
Flowers bloom
Even then

Welcome to Sunday All Day Brunch. This is an open topic thread so help yourself to the goodies and sit a spell and let us know what is going on in your life. Of all the haikus I have ever read that one has always touched me the most. I did a painting years ago that featured the haiku and it is up on my wall at home. I am reminded of it now as I try and get through another death in the family.

Going through this old house has been painful but there have also been rewards. I found the original wedding certificate for my Mom and Dad. I found the certificate of appreciation for my Dad from the Army-Air Force honoring his contributions to the war efforts in World War II. I found out how my brother got his bronze star in Vietnam and a first-hand account of the horrors of that war. I found beautiful things just stuffed in closets that will be displayed in my home. I found years of slides on every subject that I will scan and put on DVDs to preserve them for the family.

There has been a lot of pain. The County is investigating my brother’s death. It may be an incompetent doctor prescribing all the wrong medicines who caused his death. I have his only child to try and comfort who is in so much pain. I am physically, emotionally, and mentally exhausted.

In this pain I’m experiencing I have also had flowers blooming. I have had the strong support of on-line people I have never met. One of the reasons I continue to write is people who feel that my writings help them. If sharing what I am going through can help just one person then it is worth it. It is hard writing some of these diaries but it is cathartic as well.

So as I go forward I am looking forward to the fall flowers. I hope to be home for a few weeks before coming back up here. I plan on being home long enough for the leaves to turn and the fall flowers to bloom. My camera is primed and ready to go. Nature is one of the best balms for a sore heart.

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