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Hangry and other stuff

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Hangry, a term I heard that describes me when I get hungry. I learned I’m far from the only one that is afflicted by this condition. Seems like some of my friends wives also have identified their spouses also. I never really noticed it but apparently my family has. Sort of like that Snickers commercial I guess in their minds.

My better half and daughter are very good now about keeping in check and having spare food with them in case of emergency. Kind of embarrassing really that I let myself get so busy that I forget about eating and then turn into Attila the Hun till food is taken on. And for poorly as I eat this might be showing a side of me I’d like to keep in check a lot more, so a focus on diet is on the agenda. That and seeing a photo of myself at the beach has shaken me to my core and moved me to act.


My apologizes about the missed post yesterday. Medical issues and dental appointment took all my time yesterday and almost all today. Hoping for a good lab report. But I’m back in the saddle tonight and ready to roar. Well maybe at 100% in a day or two.

The dog days of summer are behind us. Isn’t my grand dog cute?
Photo by Mike Hartley

There are two things this month that I would like to become more involved in. The first is that its national pediatric cancer awareness month and the second is national suicide prevention month which are both September.

Having had cancer twice and spent some time at the hospital I came upon the realization that one of the worst things in life I’ve observed is children with cancer. Being over 50 when I got the first one I thought about how I’ve been given so much and been able to experience life. As I saw the children in treatment, I was given to the thought of how unfair it was to shorten their experiences so. The pain that I saw it inflicting on families. I’m going to start by making a donation but I’m going to try to find a way to contribute personally in the future.

The second item is suicide. There have been times in my life that I feel like I was doing things that could end my life. When I was young I had thoughts of it. I didn’t have the tools or help to manage feelings as I grew up. Small things now seem so magnified at those points. I didn’t have the appreciation or respect for how important life is and how important it is to use every minute we are given constructively.

I try to help people I see in distress. I’ll take the time to talk so someone or brighten their day. But beyond that I haven’t done much for something so important and in need of more help. It seems such a difficult thing for people to discuss or recognize.


Random Thoughts of the Day

I’m disappointed in our leaders on both sides of the aisle. So much political courage is missing from everyone. If they won’t install term limits we should do it for them.

Politics and driving our highways have a lot in common. Every day I think it can’t get worse, and then I turn on the news or start the car.

Can the kids in Howard County get on and off the school bus any slower? NO

Who’s bright idea was it to have buses stop every couple hundred feet to let kids on and off? I hear kids have an obesity problem, get them walking to a common bus stop again. No not on the busy roads but in the neighborhoods. Then again I’ve seen some A-holes driving through my neighborhood like it’s a highway.

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.

3 thoughts on “Hangry and other stuff

  1. When I was going through cancer treatment I too thought about how hard it would be for children and their families. It’s traumatic enough being able to process why you have to endure it. I am forever grateful for research bringing new treatments and a greater rate of survival. Take care, Karen x

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