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Some aspire to the big office buildings with beautiful views or the condo glass tower on the water. That’s not my desire. Not behind these glass structures. They are fun to visit sometimes but live there or work there, no way. I’ve worked in a small town in relatively small buildings for half of my career and in a very large city in big buildings for the other half. Give me the small open spaces.

But as always change happens and that small town I used to work in is now a fair size city in itself. What used to be a very rural area of farms and woods is now endless neighborhoods, malls, office spaces, and infrastructure to support an explosion of growth.

Love the lines. Photo by Mike Hartley

I still live in a rural area of the county but as soon as I go a few miles it’s congested now. I kept thinking we hit a saturation point at various times in my 6 decades here, but we seem bent on filling in every gap possible in Howard County.

Growing up here and raising my family here has been a wonderful experience. It truly is home. I grew up in the southern end of the county and created a family on the northern tip of it. I worked in the center of it for over 2 decades.

I’ve got the same great friends I had as a youth here in the county with me today, except for the unfortunate passing of a few.

My family graduated from the county school system and if you leave me out of the average they did an outstanding job. I worked at the community newspapers for a few decades so I really know this place.

There have been wonderful opportunities for all of us here for work, social life, sports and recreation, education, and many other wonderful things. And I grew up in exactly the timeframe to get the best of it all. From my youth when the county was extremely rural and just starting its expansion and development to today where it is a multicultural mixing bowl of communities, thriving businesses, hospitals, parks, and services.

But as I said it is past its saturation point. Now it created a different environment. And I’m not so sure I’d want to do it all over again here. My experience though has been very positive. The windows here might not be as pretty as the ones at the National Harbor but they work for me.

Photo by Mike Hartley

I hope to illustrate the wonderful things about this area and the state in future posts.

Random Thoughts of the Day

  • I hear thunder, I wonder if the power will stay on long enough to hit publish.
  • Felt good to give my sister a hand today.
  • I look forward to the day when I don’t feel guilty about taking a nap.
  • The hope is for a very productive evening. I mean it is Friday night now.

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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