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Original Writings, Images, Video and Artworks of Mike Hartley

Thank you, Mom

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Happy Mother’s Day. I was lucky to be the child of a wonderful mother. One who had to take on a dual role as a parent. One that had to work her butt off to keep the family going. One that was compassionate and taught me good values and manners. One that was loving and supportive. One who taught me to respect everyone and share.

I miss her very much. I miss my mother-in-law very much. Once that mother’s love is gone life is different. That sense of history and those stories, those hugs and kisses, those smiles, those acknowledgments, those meals, and those “I love you” are no more. They are memories we draw from.

To me respecting Mom is keeping her love, compassion, hard work, respecting all, and helping those less fortunate going. And as good fortune would have it I got to marry a wonderful girl who became another wonderful Mother in her own right.

No wonder I miss this hug. I’m guessing my Dad took this shot.


I’m only going to get better with practice. And practicing I am. Each day I’m pushing myself harder in my hobbies. Not the stressful kind of pushing but just trying to spend more time each day on my crafts. Trying some new things this week. I’m going to get the paints out and see what I can create.

He caught one person’s eye. Shot this artist on the boardwalk in Ocean City MD. Photo by Mike Hartley

Random Thoughts of the Day

  • It’s going to be a hard 24 hours of work, so I should rest well when my head hits the pillow tomorrow morning at this hour.
  • After that gloomy rainy Saturday, it’s nice to see the sun again this morning.
  • They say don’t give up hope. Way too many lives have to put that to the test.
  • Life is filled with disappointments. Living is moving beyond them.

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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