My family’s summer vacation home, on a large lake four hours drive from our main home, needs repair.  Last week a tornado tore through our small lane, ripping up trees and tossing them everywhere. Our property was damaged, but our neighbor’s properties suffered worse damage.

Tomorrow I will leave with Mom to go there, assess the damage, and meet with the insurance adjuster. Since we have no internet connection, I will be out of touch for at least five days. I’ll bring back some photographs.

Alhumdullilah that no one was hurt, and that the damage is repairable.

About Marahm

At first glance, I may appear to be a middle-aged American woman with kids, grandkids, retired from a job in a hospital, gratefully relieved from the responsibilities that come with all of that. Behind the image, which is true enough, I am fairly unhinged from much of American mainstream living, having spent twelve years in Saudi Arabia, years that sprung me from societal and familial impositions, and narrow bands of truth. I have learned to embrace my identity as a seeker, an artist, and a writer. I study Arabic and Italian language, because I love them, and I love their people. I still dream of spending more time in the Middle East and Italy, though the dreaming now seems more real than the possibilities. I am a photographer. I write, and sometimes publish, flash memoir, and now a blog or two.
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5 Responses to Tornado

  1. Shahrzad says:

    waw, if you come back with lots of fotos, i can be patient for your not being around for awhile. Miss youuuuu

  2. Solace says:

    Sorry to hear about your house.
    Looking forward to your photos

  3. birdpress says:

    Sorry about the house, and good luck getting things taken care of out there. I hope people are helpful. I’m glad to hear no one was hurt!

  4. Maryam says:


  5. Aafke says:

    Sorry to hear about the house, but glad you weren’t there at the time!

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