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I’m trying to find a balance between living and blogging. I really like blogging, I try each day and I try hard to keep to that schedule but life intercedes at times. Lots of times actually. I’m used to having only a few minutes to pull a post together and maybe edit a recent photo or find an old one that matches my thought train that day.

Cumberland Station Photo by Mike Hartley

It’s not like the days I don’t post something that I don’t sit down to write or take photos or work on something. Some of those are saved as drafts because it may be an idea that isn’t developed and I hope to return to it. Or like many, a quick start and then an interruption. And I’m sure more than a few that suck and I need to trash.

More often than not my post isn’t well thought out or planned. Rarely do I get any dedicated time for this. I either get up early or more often stay up late tinkering away. I have no list of topics or people to collaborate with. I sit down often with no conceived/idea plan and just start writing or editing photos I’ve taken. A lot of days a photo will spur a thought. Sometimes it’s an article or news segment I’ve seen earlier in the day. Sometimes it’s an experience I’ve had that day.

One of the nice views going to Western Maryland. Photo by Mike Hartley

Even though I only take a short amount of time each day for this I feel at times I’m being selfish and should be doing something for my family, friends, or someone in need. Maybe fixing something on the house or cars or just resting which I don’t get enough of.

The nice thing is that even though this might add to the lack of sleep, it does seem to reduce my stress level because its something I enjoy. Maybe because I’m challenging myself a little again.

Blogging has turned into a bit of a passion. I’m trying to get a good start on a base to build on when I retire from the job that pays the bills. It’s a passion that keeps me inspired to work on my arts. And who knows, with a little more time I’ll knock out something a little more worthwhile.

In yesterday’s random thoughts I put down that I miss seeing school busses on the road. That was in no means an endorsement that I think kids need to be in school now, at least in this area. I was just lamenting the beauty of kids getting on and off busses each day. Of course, it does save me the blinding RAGE I feel when I see someone blowing by a bus with its red flashing lights and stop signs extended.

I saw some very old friends yesterday at a zoom meeting. It was great and I can’t wait to see them again. A few were absent but it was still uplifting. And I also gathered with my two best friends Thursday night. Having these and strong family ties and communication has gotten me through these recent months. I think I’ll reach out to a few people who I know live alone and don’t get out and communicate that much.

Random Thoughts of the Day

  • It’s a top-down kind of day. Till the thunderstorms roll through.
  • Wooden Ships by CSN is a great song. Here’s a live clip from 1977
  • Having a long “to-do list” is not a bad thing.
  • I try to make a habit of listening to “Tuesdays Gone” just before midnight on Tuesday nights.
  • It’s all over but the voting.
  • I’m nervous about visiting the doctors again but for a completely different reason than in the past.

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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