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The first snow smile

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Ah, the first snow of 2020 in the area. Well, the term snow is relative. Here it means it snowed anywhere between an inch to a few feet. We get mostly the inch kind in the mid-Atlantic area. I had a few minutes to watch it start and check every once in a while till it covered the grass slowly and then the driveway and street in front of my house. And it brought a youthful smile to my face.

Long gone are the days of “Killer HILL” sledding or neighborhood snowball fights. Or going to the ballfield and doing imitation slides to home plate in the snow. The building of the giant snowman in the front yard vanished decades ago. Laying in the middle of fresh snow making snow angels and listening to the quiet that snow provides are memories.

Getting out in the snow and playing like a child is something that should continue through life. When my kids were growing up we would make a snowman, so I did that as an adult also but I haven’t in a long time. I’ll still make a snowball once in a while and throw it at my better half while we shovel the walk and driveway each year. I haven’t made a snow angel in decades but maybe if we get good snow this year I’ll flop down and make one. I’m trying to remember how to be a youth. Maybe if we get a good snow one day I’ll build a ship next to my lighthouse.

Photos by Mike Hartley – I love the views around my home.


Trust is something that is going around in smaller amounts and continues to decline. It’s a shame and it’s part reality. There always have been bad people on earth that prey on others. Now not only are we more aware of them the number of them goes up. From simple phone scams to robberies.

Trust on so many levels has come into question. And it should. If you don’t have trust what do you have? It has been eroded on so many levels. Maybe that is why the few relationships you have where you have explicit trust are so special.


Random Thoughts of the Day

  • Happiness is the day I can choose what road to drive and when instead of the trek to the office and back.
  • Each day I learn lessons about myself.
  • Snow is cold and I don’t like cold.
  • Snow is beautiful because it replaces grey.

A verse for today from Ozzy Osborne song Crazy Train

Crazy, but that’s how it goes
Millions of people living as foes
Maybe it’s not too late
To learn how to love and forget how to hate

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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