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Maryland Day

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I heard this morning that it was Maryland Day. And being its the state I love the most I thought I’d sing a few of its praises. I was born here and have lived here my 60+ years. I love it. To me its a little bit of every part of our country.

Ocean City Maryland Beach and Parasail Photo by Mike Hartley

We have the shore and the mountains. We have great bodies of water. We have a history in abundance. There are great cultures and food. Our state flag may be the best of all the states. The people, there are some really great ones here. Many heroes below the radar. And many common people who step up.

On a fall day with a breeze, sun and 68 degrees. Photo by Mike Hartley

It has a lot of the best educators and institutions. It is probably one of the most seasonally balanced places to live where each season is well represented. (Well this past winter was the exception). As far as huge weather events we seem to be in a sweet spot for avoiding the most tragic weather that afflicts so many parts of the country.

Memorial on boardwalk

It’s been a great state to raise a family. Full of resources and good communities. Sports are a big part of life. Some of the best hospitals in the world are here. The roads when not full of traffic are wonderful ribbons of asphalt.

B&O RR Museum Photo by Mike Hartley

You have both big city life and country life available. The Nations Capital is a stones throw away. We have accents. We have Old Bay seasoning and steamed crabs. There is Black Eyed Susan’s and

Black Eyed Susan’s and fountain in Annapolis. Photo by Mike Hartley

We have a wonderful selection of sports teams and great recreational facilities. I could go on and on for weeks on end about towns and people and the natural resources but suffice to say, I love it.

Random Thoughts of the Day

  • If you think TV is tough to watch now. Wait another week or two.
  • It felt good to make a donation today.
  • If we could listen to professionals instead of politicians we would be in better shape.
  • Almost time to store the space heater away in my office.
  • This virus has made me think about retiring sooner than I had planned on. But the reality is I’m probably going to have to work longer. Such is life. As long as I have my health.

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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