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Original Writings, Images, Video and Artworks of Mike Hartley


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As I was going through the day getting a few things done I was feeling good. Now at the end of the day, I’m reflecting and I didn’t get done what I had hoped to and feeling poorly. I have a real problem not focusing on the small victories and dwelling on what I didn’t accomplish. At one time in my life, I thought it was a strength that kept me driven. Now I think it’s wrong to punish myself and not appreciate the work along the way.

Conflicted skies over Howard County. Photo by Mike Hartley

Old Friends – I spoke with a very old friend today. One I know well and who knows me very well. A friend who I count as family. We share some very difficult aspects of life and support each other fully. One of those friendships that are so honest, frank, thoughtful, caring, helpful, enlightening, and soothing from the laughter together that it’s one of those special connections in life it’s a blessing to have and cherish.

Weather outlook – I was in the calm eye of the storm yesterday. I could hear all hell breaking out around us in the skies but our plot of land stayed completely dry. I did see some lightning overhead and thunder but no storms.

Now today paints a different picture and that is alright also. We are still very dry in this part of the county so that rain was welcome. Maybe tomorrow will be the day I can pull the cover off and go for a spin.

Random Thoughts of the Day

  • There is such a clean smell in the air after rain. That is until my wet clothes start to ripen.
  • Sometimes I find myself looking down and remembering a pet that used to rub up against me.
  • It’s funny to work in an industry all your life. To watch it evolve and thrive. To watch it dip and rebound. To watch new technology change it and eventually overtake it. And now to see many cease production altogether of what were once proud and important parts of the community is disappointing.
  • In the summer I’m a fan of my fan.

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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