THREW Mikes EyEz

Original Writings, Images, Video and Artworks of Mike Hartley



Mass casualty incident. What a horrible term that doesn’t come close to the pain and suffering actually caused. Another elementary school. Both my daughter and daughter-in-law teach elementary school. This gives me great pause as I watch these news reports.

But what amazes me is that the only common threads are unimaginable grief and then “thoughts and prayers and then inaction.” Of course, before most of these tragedies are missed warming signs and signals. Even manifestos and plans before they act sometimes.

I can’t believe a majority of our society wants this to continue. I know we don’t agree on the path to reverse the trend but inaction certainly isn’t working, so let’s try something. And that means all of us.

Normally I would have bypassed this image I took yesterday and most likely deleted it. Today it reminded me of all the children which will never get a chance to fully bloom. Photo by Mike Hartley

I’ve got to find a way to make a difference. If it’s helping one troubled person if it’s voting for people with good plans on how to reverse this violence if it’s coming up with ideas for change. If everyone thought they could make a difference and acted on it, we surely could.

The most troubling thought to all of us should be this could be our town, our church, our store, our school, our children, mothers, fathers, and grandparents.

I love to target shoot, but I abhor the day I feel I need to be strapped to leave my house.

Random Thoughts of the Day

  • The more time passes the more the top of my dresser looks like the CVS pharmacy.
  • Klondike mini ice creams are great. I don’t feel the heavy guilt when I have the second one.
  • When you work hard outside all day and are young you know when you are sore the next day that it’s from working hard outside. When you are old and worked outside all day you think you’re sore from the hard work but not entirely sure it isn’t something else.

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.

2 thoughts on “Dismay

  1. Just a thought on how you can make a difference. Vote republican. Not trying to start a fight, just a thought.

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