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Fade to Blue

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Fade to Blue. That was kind of my first feeling of the day. 2 of my best friends are off vacationing and I’m jealous. One just texted a character shot of himself reclining on the beach. The other has been playing golf on one of the premier courses in the country. This led to a quick sinking feeling of half the work week still ahead and no holiday weekend looming.

Fade to blue.
Photo by Mike Hartley

That’s enough to leave me feeling blue for a few minutes. But I’m snapping out of it and moving on to make it a great day. Each day that I keep a more positive attitude, the more productive I am. Most of the focus the last few days has been at work. I’m feeling good about the effort and excited about a few things.

There is an organization I support called Wreaths Across America. Yeah the one that puts a wreath at each grave in Arlington National Cemetery just before Christmas each year. Also at 1400 other locations in 50 states. I contribute for a few reasons, mainly because my parents are at Arlington, but in support of each person who has sacrificed.

I hope this tradition continues for a long time but I’m wondering as we move further away from the world conflicts that took so many of those lives, I wonder if the next generation will be invested in continuing this tradition and respect?

Random Thoughts of the Day

This year has gone entirely too fast. Trouble is it just seems to accelerate during the weekends though.

Making progress on better sleep is a snooze.

Each day I don’t talk to my children is a day that I add to my excitement the next time I do.

I’m looking forward to being out in the heat tomorrow and sweating off a few pounds.

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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