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Rising or Down the Drain

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My goal even from a young age was to leave things better than I found them. I’m not going to give up on that, but I’m not as encouraged as I once was that I might be able to help achieve that goal on a large-scale. A doubt a lot of people probably have. It’s easy to get discouraged.

You recycle like crazy and there are still floating islands of plastics in our oceans. Environmental concerns connected with me. Lots of things connected with me, but I’m just feeling overwhelmed that things are getting away from us on a large-scale.

I’m going to start thinking small-scale again. I think that will motivate me more if I just keep focusing on making positive change and contributions no matter how small.

Up or down the drain.
Photo by Mike Hartley

Well today I felt like I was just going in circles. Oh yeah I was, it was grass cutting day. Feels good when that task is done. Caught some rays which always feels good. Hope to get some more sun tomorrow. Maybe I’ll do a little practice grilling. I’m going to try a few new things that I’d like to perfect before Labor Day cookouts. So let me go look up some new recipes.

Random Thoughts of the Day

I wasn’t always a fan of John McCain the politician, but always respected the man, personally and professionally. RIP SIr. And may the courage you showed be given to our current Congress to do the right thing.

Wow, Labor day weekend is almost upon us. What a year its been. Each day is feeling more special than the last one. What a lucky person I’ve become.

Summer night rides with the convertible top down are special. Reminds me of the days on the motorcycle, but with less danger from deer. And speaking of deer, I think this herd needs thinning.

Mom’s birthday is coming up. Always a special day to remember. It was always a special day to me before 9/11, because that was her day. That was the one and only one of her birthdays that I missed seeing her. We talked but work took priority that day. I think I’ll take her some flowers soon.

I haven’t read everything yet with this plan for Ellicott City and flooding but it just doesn’t sound right on the surface. I wonder how people would feel about tearing down a few of the housing complexes up the road.

Author: Mike Hartley

With a lifetime and a half in the Newspaper industry I'm preparing for my retirement career as an Artist, Writer, Photographer and Video content provider. I'm a proud father of two wonderful children and I'm still married to the first girl I fell in love with and probably only one that would have me.

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