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Original Writings, Images, Video and Artworks of Mike Hartley


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Saying more with less is a skill I don’t possess.

Too many words, too much banter, I must sound like a cantor.

Words that ramble on without end, yet I keep posting and do not bend.

For a blog that started out to be about pictures, I stir words around in bad mixtures.

There is no rhyme or reason for the thoughts of the day when I could just say hey.

But that wouldn’t be right, and then how could I learn to write.

So the effort will continue, I’m sorry for the learning curve, but that is life and learning to swerve.

I’m a man of limited time and means. So I’ll leave you with this moment of time in front of Justine’s.

St Michaels Maryland. Look at the little girl gazing inside while holding Mom’s hand walking by. Photo by Mike Hartley


I’ve got to admit I do like milestones. Be it the number of years one is married, the years at a profession, or a single employer. Or maybe something personal like surviving a medical crisis or the loss of a loved one. It could be the number of fishing trips together or vacations with friends together at a spot or a gazillion other fine events.

With family and good friends, these can span decades if you were lucky. And I have been one of the lucky ones. Some of my best friendships span over half a century now. I’ve had 46 years in the same profession with 3 employers, 2 of which are over 20 years.

But today’s milestone is my own. I was looking for my avg words per post, because I’m trying to do more with less, and I happened to glance at all-time numbers for this blog and it was at 1999, this post will be my 2,000th.

Yes, it’s less than I had originally hoped for at this point but I haven’t given up, and I kind of feel like I’m just starting because I’ve gained some confidence and a clearer picture of my goals and interest along the way. Which has reminded me it’s not the number at the end, it’s all the times that lead up to it.

More Random Thoughts of the Day

  • The less I see on TV, the more I see.
  • Some day you just have to turn the volume all the way up.
  • It’s always a good time to spread some love.
  • Listening to so JJ Cale this morning. So “call me the breeze” because I’m out of here.

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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