Pushing Up the Sleeves of Midnight

Pushing Up the Sleeves of Midnight

I am the wind sailing above
the clouds
waiting for horizon
choking on the mist of the masts
that stroke my heart
at midnight

questions linger
words dance in my head
they won’t settle in bed
like they’re supposed to

on the horizon
they set into the tall shadows of night
leaving footprints on my heart
pushing up the sleeves
of midnight

© Megan Oteri 2004

Learning to Sail

This is a photo I have manipulated in Photoshop Elements 11 to create a watercolor effect.  I am really enjoying Photoshop.  I have learned how to add a digital watermark. Right click the image and click on Properties.  You will see where I have added details and copyright information into the image.  It is rather simple to add the digital copyright. If you are using Photoshop:

1. Go to file. Click on tab.

2. Open and go to “File Info”

3. Then go to “Description” tab and fill in your information.



This photo was taken at Granite Reservoir in Curt Gowdy State Park, which is also in Medicine National Bow Forest between Cheyenne and Laramie, Wyoming.  You get to Curt Gowdy State Park by taking Happy Jack Road. Happy Jack is one of my favorite roads in Wyoming.

Learning to add the digital watermarki s something I am very happy that I learned how to do. My friend and mentor, Lloyd Wolfe, a very talented photographer helped me.   Check out his website. You may recognize one of his photos (little girl with lion mask) that appeared on the cover of The Sun magazine.

What is something you have learned to do as a artist, writer, creative, person that seemed difficult and frustrated you?

It is interesting how difficult this task seemed to me before I did it and now it is so simple. Sometimes (a lot), I put up major roadblocks in my head and make things more difficult than they are. One foot in front of the other. Baby steps. Micromovements!

Even though I can not draw or paint, I really am enjoying making watercolor prints out of my photos.

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Boats, Bikes, and Greyhounds

If you are new to my blog, I feature brain tumor survivors on my blog on Thursdays.  You can read more about this feature and archived posts here.
It is my pleasure to introduce you to C Michael Miller.

I hope…

I hope that advances in technology will allow more understanding for the less known medical issues.  My own Acoustic Neuroma (benign brain tumor) diagnosis took over a year to find, due mostly to a lack of awareness of the condition — both in the general population and in the medical community.

I wish…

I wish that everyone with a brain tumor (or any other major medical ailment) had a support network as amazing as mine was.  My wife, family, friends, doctors, therapists, and everyone else I came into contact with during my treatment and recovery were incredibly helpful and supportive.  I wish the same for everyone dealing with a difficult diagnosis.

I dream…

I dream of a time when the medical treatments for all brain tumors are less invasive and more successful.  Period.

I am (be)…

I am stronger because of my brain tumor.  I have gone on to new achievements in life, including long distance bicycling and writing a book.  I look forward to continuing to find new challenges.

Diagnosis and Treatment:

I was diagnosed with a 3.9cm Acoustic Neuroma (benign brain tumor) in 2009.  It was pressing on my cerebellum, brain stem, and facial nerve.  I had a fourteen hour Trans-Labyrinth approach surgery that got most of the tumor, but left a small sliver to preserve my facial nerve.  I also contracted Meningitis during my recovery due to a Cerebrospinal Fluid leak.  The tumor and surgery left me with some partial facial paralysis and deaf in one ear.

C Michael Miller’s MRI

3 things about me:

I went from a hospital bed after surgery to finishing a one-hundred mile bicycle ride a little over a year ago.  Crossing that finishing line (photo) marked the end of my physical recovery.

Crossing the finish line

I was lucky to not have my balance affected dramatically by my surgery, which has allowed me to continue my passion for sailing.

2012 National Ocean One Design regatta in Annapolis. I’m kneeling just over the “Bad” in Bad Cat.

I am passionate about greyhound rescue- my wife and I have been a foster home for our local greyhound rescue group for 10 years. (photo of our Rider)


I was inspired to write a book, Diagnosis: Brain Tumor – My Acoustic Neuroma Story, about my brain tumor experience. I’m excited to be able to share hope with others.  You can find more info at www.cmichaelmiller.com. (cover photo)

Diagnosis: Brain Tumor – My Acoustic Neuroma Story

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