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Pressures and Pearl

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The good ole pressures of the holiday season are creeping in. I started my shopping today. What a zoo out there. No wonder online shopping is becoming more popular. I’m surprised how much we do already and my guess is it’s going to be even more in the future.

This home delivery craze does bring one question. How much cardboard are we going through? A box for every item? It seems like a problem in the making.

I managed to get a few gifts today and maybe I’ll get in the swing and try to finish up this coming week. Which reminds me I should go get a tree tomorrow and then get some lights up outside soon also. Pressure pressure pressure.

Actually it’s a blessing to have those things on the agenda. This season is going to be a special one. As long as you have your health, there isn’t much of a reason to complain.

Picked up some holiday flowers for my batter half today. Something I’m long overdue in doing for her.
Photo by Mike Hartley

I’m worried as the generation that fought in World War II is quickly lost, that this day is losing its significance. And the worst thing you can do is forget about history because then you are doomed to repeat it. I salute my Uncle Frank who was on the battleship West Virginia at Pearl Harbor this day in 1941. And I salute all Veterans.

That may be one of the curses of this technology boom. We’re more interested in reading about Kardashians instead of Kamakazi’s. Were more interested in Scandals instead of Sacrifice. And who’s getting Botox instead of being Brave. I’m not sure what it’s going to take to get the proper balance between living a good life but not forgetting the sacrifice many gave and continue to give to get it. But it seems like we are losing it. Some older ones might say we lost that balance long ago.

Random Thoughts of the Day

  • You can see the best and worst of our world by just going to a parking lot this time of year. You can see people being both very courteous and very selfish within seconds of each other.
  • I’ve got to do some fresh shooting. So when I get my behind from behind this laptop I’m going to do something.
  • It scares me that my close friends might be moving away someday as we get older.
  • At forty I wish I had the energy that I had when I was twenty. At over 60 now I wish I could remember the energy I had when I was 20.
  • This is a tough time of year for those who have experienced significant loss. That is just about all of us so be patient, be respectful, be compassionate and be sympathetic.

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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