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Heated Hump Day

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Oh yeah, you don’t need another weather report to tell you its summertime in the Baltimore/Washington area. All you need to do is to go outside. Actually was able to have the top down on the car this morning for the first time in a long time. But this afternoon I got reminded of my age and that this air and temp isn’t something to push a lot of physical work. So all you seniors and us soon to be take care and use your head.

Have a seat. Photo by Mike Hartley

Have a seat.
Photo by Mike Hartley

Like this furniture, I got organized recently by looking down from a different point. I started a schedule and I’m going to try to get ahead and have content ready in case life’s little detours get in the way. I started a shooting schedule and instead of the randomness, I thought I’d start a few projects to help me learn.

I need to broaden myself from nature, landscape and architectural  photography. Yeah about a year ago I noted I needed to do more people and I’ve been doing some street photos here and there. But I have to step that up.

I’m also going to break this up by adding more video content. That seems to be the popular theme with the youngsters. And I got some fun ideas that might be interesting to try.

I’ve started to update my neglected photo site on I’ve got so many images to upload and organize there. I’m using bad weather days to make pushes there.

So a buys weekend planned. Both state and local photo sessions on the schedule. Ellicott City is having that art festival. I hope to go shoot the artist and then see their work this coming Monday. I might also take a day at the beach to get those juices going. Haven’t been down their this year yet.

Even the ceilings are developing heat fins to cool off. Photo by Mike Hartley

Even the ceilings are developing heat fins to cool off.
Photo by Mike Hartley

And I think its time to get to see my Dad for an anniversary of sorts. I’m working on a post that will explain that one. And I’ve gotten to the workroom to set up a spot to do my etchings. Trying to balance progress here at the keyboard and away from it.

Random Thoughts for Wednesday July 6th 2016

  • Only teaching people how to love will cure the violence we have going on. We abandon so many people and then wonder what is wrong with them when they grow up void of values and respect for human life let alone any compassion.
  • Headaches prevent further thought today.

I made a list a while back about what I want. I’ve refined it and I think I might have nailed it. Because I finally removed all those physical things I had under the heading of “Possessions”.  Of course it’s always a work in progress like life is.


I want to be a photographer

I want to be an artist

I want to be a writer

I want to be a videographer

I want to write comedy



I want to have great communications with my kids and be a good father

I want to make my wife happy – yeah, I know that’s impossible but I love trying.

I want my kids and their kids to be healthy and happy

I want my friends to be healthy and happy

My health

Leave the world better than I found it



Great Memories in my mind, feelings of love in my heart, which will leave a lasting smile on my face. 

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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