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Original Writings, Images, Video and Artworks of Mike Hartley

Creating each day

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I look forward to the day I can spend more time writing, carving, photographing every day. But in the meantime, I’ll do my best to utilize what little time I have. And the coming days are ripe with opportunities. I’m starting today with a few hours of shooting after a 10 am meeting.

Yeah, it’s College Basketball season so there are priorities. Not much trumps my artistic endeavor’s but the Terps playing got my full attention the last two days. Thankfully I was off and caught both games live.

That’s right, March Madness is upon us, and while it’s not the same it is a victory they made it this far.

Yes, it’s about money for both the NCAA and networks, but I always look at it from the kid’s perspective. It’s the highest level most will achieve in their lifetimes in a sport. It is a special time that teaches them many lessons along the way. The team is one of the important ones. Also hard work. I salute the Coaching staff and kids. We will probably see some great creativity in the next 3 weeks.

Go TERPS Photo by Mike Hartley

I see Duke will probably miss the dance for the first time in 24 years. That is a nice run. And speaking of Duke (the most hated Maryland foe for decades) I believe the Michigan team now holds that current ranking. With Michigan State running second. Anyway, it should be an exciting event if people can stay healthy. And that is still a big if, even though it’s been impressive they have played so many games this year already.

Even watching it this year will be different. This is usually a big gathering of my friends. Sometimes we spend the first two days of the NCAA Tournament watching about 24 hours of basketball, gorging ourselves and laughing and cheering and sometimes dying as our teams might go out. Well while that might not be the case this year at least we have something to view, unlike last March Madness which was canceled. I just hope for the safety of all involved and for the University of Maryland to play and do well.

Friday I got some wonderful shots of my granddaughter. It has inspired me to shoot more today. I spent an hour or so making prints from that visit and her birthday. I’m old school, I like prints. Think I’ll see what I can find around the county today when I venture out and about

Random Thoughts of the Day

  • Selection Sunday (NCAA basketball tournament selection show) is really like your belly button. Your either an inny or an outy.
  • Given the current state of elderly care and being somewhat close to it makes me very nervous.
  • I wish the rest of my body would feel as young as my heart does.
  • I have a wonderful family which makes everything else I face in the world manageable.

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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