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Days that give pause

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Today my heart was again paused with holding my grandchild. There are few things more innocent than a child a couple of days old. The essentials mater. Warmth, food and love is all that is needed. That is all there is really.

I’m reading on the carnage that was inflicted by hate this day and again I’m paused. I wonder how we all go on after these events. We go on because life goes on and we aren’t brave enough to step in and do something about it.

As I stepped outside to check the temp again today I was paused by the beauty of the though of putting on shorts for the second day in a row. A short stretch of beautiful weather has emboldened me to return to the great outdoors. Even though it’s on its way out, it gave me the foundation of hope that more will return soon.

The older I get the less inclined I am to fly.
Photo by Mike Hartley

Seems like there have been a lot of tough moments this week. The airline crash, the massacre, cheating, bomb storms and many other tragedies. But our family is trying to do its part by keeping a loving spirit going, focusing on life and love. Yeah its hard when people try to kill you on the road back and forth to spreading that love but we move on.

And even though I will spend my remaining days trying to love and respect, I worry that one day before I go I’ll be walking out the door each day strapped, just for protection. A sad thought to be leaving our next generation with. One that a majority doesn’t want. But then again the radicals on both ends are starting to account for a lot of weight.


I always will remember the feeling of pulling the bike out on the first warm days of the year. Man was that great. I settle for putting the top down on the car now but I will never forget the joys of riding. I’m thankful to be here after 3 decades of 2 wheel fun. For those of you still in the saddle, be careful.

Nice classic on a Friday afternoon.
Photo by Mike Hartley


Random Thoughts of the Day

OK, I’ve done a proper warm up for next weeks beginning of March Madness. Now if I can just figure a way to sleep from the end of the selection show on Sunday night to the tip-off on Thursday at noon and then stay up for 4 days straight.

You could set a million dollars in front of me and I wouldn’t bend over to pick up a cent if I had my grand-daughter in my arms.

You know some games leave you nobody to cheer for. Example today’s Duke and North Carolina match up. Oh yeah I dislike both greatly, but I would never miss it. And it was again another college basketball classic.

I wonder if that big fire in Boston at a casket company is sending us all a message to go with cremation?

Well another day in the blogging books.

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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