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Monday madness

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What to do with ourselves? What do we do to help those in need? What do we cook tonight? What is the day we can hug again? What is the plan? What day of the week is it? What are the essential services again? What sweatsuit or shorts do I wear today?

What do I tell my children when they ask how long this might go on? What do I read or listen to for factual information? What area can I walk in? What day will my wife kill me? What group do we donate to? What will be the day our bills start to get tight? What day is that stimulus check coming?

What is wanting me to take a drink? What will be the state of all our jobs if this goes on? What does this mean for my upcoming retirement plans? What is really a safe distance from someone else? What good is cheap gas if you can’t go anywhere?

What is important is showing through in life now. Love of family and friends and those doing courageous work.


Listen to music, turn the TV OFF. Step outside, listen to the birds. Listen to your friends and family. Listen to your heart. Listen to the breeze. Listen to the dawn. Listen to the sound of children’s laughter.

You could hear those O’s bats last night. Photo by Mike Hartley

I usually don’t like to knock local businesses but I get an email from a local carpet store with the subject “Covid 19 We’re an Essential Service.” Telling their clients that Construction services are essential services. Well, I guess loosely defined I guess that meets the criteria. I don’t know what emergency constitutes getting carpet/flooring installed in your home.

My friend building out emergency hospital space is essential construction work. Carpet for your home, I think not.

I understand the need for small businesses to survive. And I will support the hell out of the ones that survive. But ones that I’m thinking are doing questionable things during this time, I’m no so sure.

Random Thoughts of the Day

  • Now those automobile ads with cars going down empty city streets don’t look so odd.
  • I miss hugging my children and grandchildren so much.
  • Mother Nature is going to provide me with 3 hours of work in cutting the yard starting this week. Way to go MN on filling the time each week.
  • Beautiful day outside here in central Maryland.
  • Can you imagine this situation without the internet?

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 “Monday madness

  1. No internet, no fake news, no panic!

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