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Nothing & everything changed

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The sun was out for a bit. The flowers are starting to bloom. My seasonal cough is back. The church guy called selling annual mulch and I ordered 20 bags. I went out to get the mail and bring in the trash can. I took several deep breaths of the mid-50-degree air and smiled. I waved to a neighbor returning home from where ever.

Front garden. Photo by Mike Hartley

But my first few hours were consumed by the news of the day. Most all sports, concerts and other entertainment have come to a halt. Markets are failing badly. Travel and businesses shutting down. We are entering almost a Full Stop. And now I hear schools in our state are closed for a few weeks.

Then a note from work saying to stay on a remote basis and not come to the office which I appreciate because I keep reading about the high-risk issues and I fall into a few of those. And being my cough started up I might have to cancel my doctor’s appointment on Monday.

It’s going to be interesting to see how long and how severe the changes we are entering into will impact life. I think it’s still important to appreciate the good things each day. Do you have your health? If yes you got about all you need. Do your friends and family have their health? If yes you are 95% complete.

It’s interesting to watch leadership in various parts of life step forward or fail to respond or communicate well. For instance, my job has been extremely proactive and ahead of the curve in communications, responses, and actions. I feel the Governor of the state of Maryland has been an excellent communicator.

There are others I’m very disappointed in but to avoid the inevitable hate if I get into that I’ll just leave it at that.

It’s time to keep calm, but also stay well informed and don’t take the risk. Limit your exposure whenever possible. Be safe, be well.


Random Thoughts of the Day

  • Funny how some things level the playing field.
  • Yesterday if I said what was an unhealthy restaurant to go to, you would have thought about the food they were serving. If I asked you that question today you might have thought about how clean it is.
  • Tell someone you love everything is going to be ok.
  • I live for March Madness so this has been a tough day. But they made the right call.
  • I’m making like a bear and hibernating.

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.

One thought on “Nothing & everything changed

  1. Mike, my husband and I were wondering what ESPN will do. I hope they dig out some classic March Madness to replay. My Dad is going to go stir crazy with nothing on.

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