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Sunrise and Sadness

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Ah what I wouldn’t give for a warm summer breeze coming off the water. But more so what I wouldn’t give to a solution or at least a reduction in these mass killings. Why isn’t there more outrage at these events. Where is the political discussion or progress? Where are each of us in pressing this issue for solutions or action? Why are we taking them as normal things now. They aren’t normal for those losing their lives.

They aren’t normal for those loved ones left behind. I saw that grief on that father today who lost his son and I’m crushed. I have children. Most of us have children. Why can’t we relate and get busy?

I love mornings. A shot from this past summer at Bethany Beach. 
Photo by Mike Hartley

I’ve got to get to work on this issue. All of us need to before one appears at our club or school or workplace or event. We need to be proactive in recognizing people with issues. We have to keep deadly weapons from those struggling or suffering from mental illness. We have to be better at raising a flag about those in trouble.

We have to be concerned with the stress and pressure we are putting on our youngest and poorest in a lot of cases by sending them away to fight wars for us and then on multiple tours. And if we do they need our support and love and care and money to recover from that trauma.

We need to get to know our neighbors. We need to keep track of our siblings. We need to talk and support and not let things get so bad for those sick individuals before they snap and go on a rampage. We need to tone down the hate. We need to show respect and kindness. We need compassion and caring instead of the back and forth barking and bitterness. And lastly the last time I looked at a list of these mass murder’s, they weren’t Muslim terrorist. They weren’t Hispanic or Black gangs. They were white domestic terrorist and or sick and depraved people.

I’m all for secure borders. I’m all for vigilance against a great number of people in foreign country’s that wish us harm. But we are ignoring a bigger problem right in our own back yard. We are breaking down in our responsibility for each other. If we keep this up its going to be every man for himself.

Random Thoughts of the Day

I’ll be watching football but my mind is elsewhere.

Jeez, it’s getting late and there are a good number of people I haven’t told that I love them today.

Looking forward to a fun-filled Friday.

I didn’t know there was an expectant grandparent dance till I became one.

Laughed a good bit today. Remembered some old friends who had passed in those stories we were laughing at. Life sure is short for some. Live every day. Don’t get caught up in the small stuff or small people.

Off to the next adventure. I hope tomorrow will be a better day.

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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