THREW Mikes EyEz

Original Writings, Images, Video and Artworks of Mike Hartley


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I’m resisting the urge to go off about the cold weather but this is where I live so I got to take what comes. I’ll just have to look at it as the other end of the spectrum from those beautiful summer days I love so dearly.

I ventured out in bone penetrating wind chills today. The chapstick on the lips, a hat and hood, a big coat, and gloves. I felt like the Michelllen Man. And now I know where the term “not fit for man or beast” comes from.

Yep, inside the rest of the day for this kid. Photo by Mike Hartley

My old digital is failing but I’m resisting the urge to buy something I don’t want. I’m resisting the urge to take it out of my camera bag just yet.

I resisted the urge to grab a big blanket, get into the recliner and take an afternoon nap. I resisted the urge to go to bed early.

I’m resisting raiding the candy drawer. I’m resisting the ice cream in the freezer. I’m resisting the chips and dip. Thank God I escaped the kitchen.

I’m resisting the urge to join Instagram because I don’t need another social media to keep track of but maybe in the not too distant future.

I’m resisting the urge to clean my office because it’s a little more than half clean. I’m resisting the urge to throw in the towel on this Terps basketball season this early.

Today’s writing prompt is:

How am I changing the world? I’d like to think in some small way every day I’m here. Maybe I’ll have a breakthrough in my senior years and make a big difference. I’d like to think I’m making it better by making those around me better. That can mean anything from advice and mentoring to just being there for someone in need or so they can focus on a higher pursuit.

I’d like to think I’m going to leave it a better place for my children and their children. Thankfully I got some more time to work on that one because right now that job is far from complete.

I’m going to try not to contribute as much to the waste problem the world faces and maybe make use of materials that would just end up in a landfill or in the ocean. I want to contribute more to the community I live in and make the environment overall better.

I’m changing the world, one action at a time, sometimes small, sometimes large.

Random Thoughts of the Day

  • I wonder if I should start trying to post, at a more regular time instead of randomly?
  • I wonder if I can get a new design started next month?
  • I wonder if I could take a different image every day around the county?
  • I wonder if I have enough writing ideas to get through the month?
  • I better stop wondering and get back to work. It’s been a productive day with the Dremel tool.

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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