THREW Mikes EyEz

Original Writings, Images, Video and Artworks of Mike Hartley


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I guess I start every post with kind of an unknown idea, thought or objective. Some days I jot down a few random thoughts early. Other days it’s the last few things I’m thinking that day. Some days a photo inspires a train of though, or takes me to a different time and place which comes out in some emotion.

Ellicott City looking over bridge.
Photo by Mike Hartley

I got into this blogging to exhibit the few photo skills or luck I’ve had so far with my photography. And as a tool to keep me motivated. But lately its words that have captivated me. Yes I still love to make images. Yes that is still my main priority.

But the writing is something of an unexplored area. It’s a lot easier to edit my photos than it is my words. Hell I really don’t have much time to spend doing either.

I probably need an editor. At least to learn from them, if not keep the crap out of these post.

Some days the words just flow, others are more difficult. Like today, I had no idea what I was going to start with. So I went looking for a few photos. I found some really old stuff and the first two I picked out we’re night shots.

Photo by Mike Hartley

I thought that was fitting being I’ve got a night shift ahead of me. Yeah the dreaded darkness. Well actually I don’t dread the dark. I find some interesting things in the dark. I hope to get out and shoot some at night this week.

Of course I do have to get shopping. There is a deadline fast approaching. Guess I picked a bad week to put the car in the shop for some maintenance. Such is life. My better half is going to lend me her car while at work so I can run some errands. Teamwork.

Lots of emotions this time of year for lots of people. Great joy and sometime great sadness and in most cases mixed together at various points in one’s life. I’m better at focusing on the here and now and less on some of the sadness.

But you never know when its going to come. You really don’t have control over it. Sometimes its a sound or smell or sight of something that triggers memories. Sometimes its well intentioned people going too far to remind you of some things that are very personal at the wrong times. All I know is that it is tough for a lot of people.

Whatever it is, do your best and think how you can make special positive memories for someone else and maybe you will discover a few more for yourself.

Random Thoughts of the Day

I could be busier, if I cloned myself.

Time for the last haircut of the year.

I got a few things I’d like to shut down but the Government isn’t one of them. None of us win in that effort.

I’m turning off the days of the week for the rest of the year and pretending its my time.

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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