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I've been sick for the last week, sicker than I've been for over a decade. Some kind of nasty upper respiratory/sinus/throat thing that refuses to die, leaving me to hack up chunks of phlegm the consistency of spoiled mayonnaise, and leaves me weak, unable to sleep, sweating, shaking, and wracked with coughs despite a prescription cough medication.
On the good side, the job I applied for has not been filled; the company is in their open enrollment period and very busy, and that, and one little emoticon, made my day in ways I cannot describe. I have an anger assessment appointment next Wednesday, and have decided that regardless of the assessment, I will go ahead and take the class anyway.
I've always been one to disagree at first, for whatever reason, but then common sense always takes hold, and I come around to seeing the truth. This is in itself a symptom, but there were two other factors that played heavily in my decision. The first, of course, is what my beautiful wife has tried to tell me in different ways for several years. The second, and easily if not more important, is that I see the changes in my grandchildren, changes brought on by the personalities of those around them, and I cannot have the issues I have be absorbed in any way by me sweet, innocent Savannah. I cannot, and will not, allow that to happen. She is the sweetest, most loving child I've ever known, different in her attitude than any child I've ever met, and I will do anything to keep it that way.
Both my wife, and my daughter, deserve better out of me. Regardless of what is transpiring now, or anything that happens later, I have to do this, both for myself, and for them. I'm so tired of dealing with the various issues I've had since my accident so many years ago, and from my way of reacting to things, which has likely been around since before then, a remnant of my upbringing by a controlling woman who had she been assessed, would likely be diagnosed as both histrionic and suffering from borderline personality disorder. Before the accident, this aspect was easily dealt with; the discipline of my arts gave me a high level of self-control. After my trauma, however, I was left in chronic pain, constantly, and without the continuous training to which I was accustomed, that discipline was sorely lacking.
But I want more than mere discipline or coping mechanisms. I want to rid myself of all the conditions brought on by the accident. The next step will be to address those, either at the same center or another more specialized, and to get proper medical attention for my chronic pain, which will be easily afforded once I have a position in which I can excel. I want to live the remainder of my life free of the pain and migraines, free of the periodic anxiety and stress that has plagued me for over a decade, live it in joy and wonder at the growth of my little girl, and with any luck, with my Dragonfly at my side. The prospect of these events have left me both hopeful and even a bit excited, for the hardest step is always the first. Once taken, I can continue on that path, and make myself the best father, and husband, that I can be.

 Dragonfly, wherever you are, I love you and Savannah with all my heart.
  • Listening to: the sound of my tears
  • Reading: words that I write
  • Watching: Daredevil - Season 1
  • Playing: with memories of the good times
  • Eating: nothing
  • Drinking: tea


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My photography covers a wide spectrum, as does my artistic tastes in general. Mostly, I am drawn to dramatic compositions, bold colors, shapes and textures, and multiple layers of meaning and expression. When it comes to photographing people, I like to take spontaneous portraits, and to capture small moments in time.

All the images in my gallery are solely the property of the artist, and may not be used without my express permission.

My writing, and other artwork can be found here: :icondarkness-w1th1n:

Favourite genre of music: rock, classical, instrumental, world
Favourite photographer: Michelle Vain
Favourite style of art: Realism
Operating System: Slackware
MP3 player of choice: the world around me
Shell of choice: Triton
Wallpaper of choice: Photos of my lovely Michelle
Skin of choice: My soulmate's, of course
Favourite cartoon character: Brock F!@%ing Samson
Personal Quote: Open yourself to the will of the Universe, and be amazed"

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lux69aeterna Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2016   Photographer
Thank you kindly Michael! :)

ShamanofShadows Featured By Owner 5 days ago
My pleasure!  :)
ratinrage Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
:iconhappybirthdayplz: :hug: :party: :iconcakecookieplz: :iconhappydayplz:
ShamanofShadows Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2016
Thank  you!  :iconcarameldansenplz:  :)
ratinrage Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
mishkuu Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
:iconfavplz: thanks a lot!
ShamanofShadows Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2016
You are very welcome! :)
ZaraaLeanne Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for the favourite :)
ShamanofShadows Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2016
You are most welcome!
ratinrage Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
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