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Opening Monday

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The local team kicks off their home season today. A big day for fans and players. A big day for my neighbor’s family whose son is the starting pitcher today. I wish them the best of luck on this 30th Anniversary of one of the most beautiful stadiums in this country.

And of course like every Monday it kicks off a new week for us all. If you measure them from Monday-Sunday of course.

Congrats Bruce Zimmerman. Photo by Mike Hartley

This makes me think about increments of time and what they mean at various stages of life. For instance the week. Mostly defined by work for decades to me. If I just make it through the workweek and then the reward of the weekend. Balance of dedication and then reward of fun. Just kept knocking them out and stacking them up and before you knew it a year flew by.

Now that I’m closer to retirement the workweek does not define the week and nor does the weekend really. I find myself more in the day-to-day mindset. Did I take my meds, did I post to the blog, did I eat a meal I really enjoyed, did I talk to or write my children, have I talked to my friends, and the most important thing of all, did I tell my wife I love her.

Random Thoughts of the Day

  • Clarity can be fleeting.
  • Sometimes I wish for a bag of just red jellybeans. But then I wouldn’t appreciate how special they are without the green, yellow, pink, orange, purple and black ones.
  • Never take for granted the great feeling a nice shower gives.
  • Go someplace else in the world, then come back to the U.S. – It’s a good way to learn to stop wasting time complaining about how bad we have it or all the things wrong.
  • Oh, and my neighbor the pitcher – he had a great game – 4 scoreless innings, the team won. He should be on cloud 9.

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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