Øivind H. Solheim
Novel author, lifelong learner and nature photographer: Poetry, short stories, personal essays, articles and stories on nature, hiking, physical and mental health, living in relationships, love, and future. “Make Your Dream Be Your Future”
27126 - Not Just a Random Number
U-huu is the sound I hear. The owl is hidden on its mountain ledge, some distance up the slope, above our house. The first time I heard the owl, I felt chills down my spine. This no longer happens when the owl talks to me. I've gotten used to it.
A Woman in the Bed
It's dark in the room. The night hangs down outside, at the other side of the curtains. I stand in the middle of the room, in front of the mirror. I stand completely still until I hear her breathing. She is lying on her back. The nose sticks up, the chest lifts almost imperceptibly. The duvet over the body moves regularly, up and down, up and down.
21 Life Lessons from a 74-Year Old
Nature can be a great place to get exercise, provide room for thought and reflection, and to recharge your batteries. -- L I F E I N S I G H T S
"You Are Mine," He Said, "Mine and Only Mine!"
"Where Have You Been?" When I came back it was night. The house lay there silent and I went in as quietly as I could. I climbed the stairs and put myself to bed in the other bedroom.
Red Roses and Sparkling Wine
It started with red roses and sparkling wine. It was the charm turned on fully from the first moment, and I relaxed. Yes, I let him charm me.
I Will Not Show Emotion
I have been with my husband for almost two decades, and I have been through the usual stages that in most cases are part of a long-term relationship: falling in love, sex and love, engagement and wedding, more love and sex, pregnancy, birth and puerperium. And I have experienced waves and hills, I have experienced great joys and great sorrows. Together we have experienced the best of the good and the worst of losses.
The Gray Is Invading the Mind
The gray grows inward. It’s worst at night. It may be that during the day I feel lifted and free, but then I am abruptly back in free fall; I'm dying again.
I Have Him in Mind, Day and Night and Night and Day
I pick up the phone. I can see that he has sent a new message. I enter the four digits needed to unlock, see an alert about a new mail in the email account inbox.
I Feel Like I’m Free
It is at night that it is worst. It just so happens that I feel like I’m free, but then I feel like I’m dying again. It is very painful.
I Know Who I Am
What will my life be like now? What is true, what is false? What is right and what is wrong? I have tried to do everything as I perceive that he wants me to do things, but he just keeps talking me down and criticizing me.
All We Have Is - Ourselves
Do I need to be with someone so that I do not feel lonely? Do I need to connect with another person to feel well in life? I connected with my wife, years ago. And we had something. The connection was good for both of us, I thought.
I Was a Stranger in My Life
I left. When I left his apartment, I hardly knew where I was going. I was in a place I had never been before. I was alienated. I had lost myself.