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Peace interrupted

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Why can’t we go anywhere without our smartphones? Don’t get me wrong, I’m big on good communications. I like responding to people promptly. But there are times I just turn it off or leave it behind at home or in the car (hidden of course).

For instance when I’m on vacation like this week. I’ve left it at home, in my photo bag, and in the car a good number of times. It’s not on the same floor as I am at home a lot. Why, because I’m on VACATION and I don’t need the same level of communication or information when I’m relaxing.

I have never taken my phone on the sands of a beach. Photo by Mike Hartley

I think we have lost our balance with these devices. Go to a sporting event and watch how many people’s faces are on these phones during the real action. Or even more frustrating when there is a time-out and everyone pulls out their phone instead of talking about that game they should be watching.

We are losing a lot of real human interaction. So many emotions or feelings are lost. Text and emails can’t pick up people’s signals. The meaning you pick up in someone’s eyes. Or by their body language. Maybe the tone change in their voice. Or maybe that all-important handshake or hug at the end of the conversation.

Add Smartphone and you got human statues. Photo by Mike Hartley

I am by no means saying these devices aren’t useful. They are but balance them out with real life. Most of it isn’t on that small screen.


Comparing insurance is a pain in the behind but worth the money because they will gouge you if you allow it. And I’ve unfortunately allowed it so it’s time for a change after many decades with my current provider. I’ll let you know who I migrated to when we are done and some details about why I’m changing.

Random Thoughts of the Day

  • I’m not sure which takes longer. Scheduling the appointment at doctors or the wait to be seen.
  • Painting is the easy part, it’s the prep that takes work.
  • Anything larger than a 6-foot ladder makes me uncomfortable.
  • Going to a car show this weekend. It might have to take the place of the one at the ocean in October.

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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