MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Sunday morning on the deck

Rain looks like it could come pouring down upon us at any moment, but radar shows it thirty minutes away. The 64 degrees and a passing breeze make it comfortable, but the steel gray sky is ominous. The radar indicates heavy rain or a storm.

The morning is a bit quiet. No birds are soloing or joined in chorus, a faint chirping is in the distance, and the Shroyer Road traffic is minimal. I had a nice forty-five-minute chat for our Boston, London, and Kettering quintet which we have nicknamed BoKeLo, or KeBoLo, or LoBoKe, LoKeBo. Whichever name was adopted, it’s cute. Perhaps we should have T-shirts made up.

Yesterday, at The Park, The Atrium was fired with miniature train displays and enthusiasts. there was no opportunity to have a seat and I stood the entire time. Still, I was not to be “derailed.”

At the close of the model train festival, there was still an hour before the park, itself, closed. We began tearing down the tables and stacking the chairs on the portable racks. I’ve not done that much lifting in quite some time and probably should have not done so as my body was pleading physical retirement then, and is rebellious this morning. I also mowed my backyard and my front easement before getting ready for my shift. Last evening, the gut reared its ugly head adding to this morning’s discomforts but all in all, I feel well enough to embark on research and writing.

Mama Kay has taken a slight break from suburbia to spend time at the lake with friends. In her absence, she offered the keys to her car to use at my disposal. Yesterday, for the first time, I did not take the bus to The Park. I felt like a teenager driving to high school for the first time. While driving felt natural and familiar, I last drove a car in January 2020 when I went to Indiana to visit my Aunt Joyce, as well as my sister and her family for a trip to the Indianapolis Children’s Museum.

Saturday evening was a mixture of relaxing with body aches, a pooped brain, and desperately wanting to research and write, but my brain was limited for any study. I think I was in bed by 9:00 or 9:30 PM and only recall two visits to the bathroom throughout the night.

So, here I sit on this dull-looking Sunday morning, glancing to either side to see a lavender wisteria bloom or a bright pink Rose of Sharon bloom. Chief is in his familiar Sphinx-like pose as he guards the backyard from atop the steps and all three girls have retreated inside.

On with planning my day around the approaching elements. Make it a great day!

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Fun Day Friday

The last day of September… my! It seemed as though the month was just getting under way. Yet, here we are, ready to dive into a fun-filled month of marching band, fall sports, Christmas displays sprouting up in stores, and Halloween.

Normally, Fun Day Fridays are spent exploring something with my camera but, today I will be at The Park exploring fun. Tomorrow, Saturday, will be my last complete day free without teaching or being at The Park for the next twenty-six days. I will either be teaching, hanging at The Park, or doing both on the same day. But I do love what I do because I get to share my passions of music, theatre, and history with others.

I have no solid plans for my Saturday, but it will be on the cooler side and there’s a 64% chance of precipitation; this puts a pal on the day as I am concerned how my legs will react to the conditions.

Thursday evening, I picked up my No. 11 bus next to The (former) Heritage House on Schantz Avenue which winds around Kettering Hospital’s campus on Southern Blvd before turning east onto Stroop Road to Town & Country where I pick up No. 17 to home. Yesterday, I saw there was a twenty-minute hold up with No. 17 so I dove into Chick-fil-A to grab supper. No. 17 was not to come and the next bus would be arriving at 7:04 PM. Argh… I grabbed a Lyft ride home as I didn’t want to keep the dogs waiting for potty and food any longer, and I had no eagerness to wait any longer. My eight-hour days at The Park are a total of ten hours involved with busing for an hour, coming and going, and my four hour shifts total six hours. I arrived home to be greeted by four of the most wonderful dogs, took care of all our needs, worked on research for an hour and was in my bed by 8:00 PM with severe leg discomfort.

Now, it’s time to repeat the previous day by getting ready, packing lunch, and grabbing No. 17 to downtown at 8:10 AM.

So, with that, make it a great day!

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Thursday morning

Yesterday, we barely got to 60 degrees and today we’re expected to make it to the mid-sixties. Right now, we’re balancing at 43 degrees. The ten-day forecast has us between the mid and upper sixties.

Yesterday afternoon, my friend, Chuck Johnson, made a surprise visit to The Park to visit a friend who was involved in a documentary filming in the future athletic exhibit, focusing on the first NFL game ever played. Chuck normally volunteers at The Park on Tuesday afternoons and it was a great treat to see him since I didn’t work Tuesday.

There’s really not much to report for this morning.

I have a full day at The Park. Yesterday’s shift was for the afternoon and I returned home by 6:15 PM to feed the dogs and myself. After working an hour or so at my study desk, I moved to the bedroom where I read and watched some television, trying to calm my restless legs and feet that are taking a beating with the temperature changes and dampness. 9:40 PM was the last time I remember seeing the actual time before falling asleep.

Last night’s sleep was restful and I woke several times hoping it was nearing the time my alarm would sound, but I was always far off. I woke at 12:30 AM thinking it might be close to 4:00 AM.

Several more birthday cards arrived, one being from my friend, Jeff Carter, a fellow dog dad from St. Louis.

It’s time to shower, dress, and pack my lunch so I can grab No. 17 to downtown without a repeat of Monday morning’s No. 18 bus leaving the downtown terminal earlier than scheduled.

Make it a great day!

PHOTO: birthday card sent by Jeff Carter.

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Monday morning, post-birthday

Sunday was a day filled with much love from written text messages, emails, social media, surprises left at the door, a birthday lunch with Laura (we’re now the same age for nine months) and Mama Kay, and my traditional 6:03 PM hug and kiss from Mama Kay, a tradition she continues behalf of Mother.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the birthday love! It was a fine day and even the weather seemed to celebrate right along with everyone else.

The teaching day included two new students and they fit right into the studio. I am glad to have them in The Studio.

It’s almost time to get ready to head into The Park, and then it will soon be time to return home to teach the remainder of the day.

Make it a great day!

PHOTO: My new miniature lighthouse collection from Jenny Davis.

PHOTO: Erma and Chief at my side while teaching a student in Wyoming via Zoom.

PHOTO: 2009, a day at Carillon Historical Park with The Pollocks.

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: History & Mystery with Delco Dell Road and the 1913 Dayton Flood…

It’s in the forties and very chilly. There is also dampness in the air. I have an afternoon shift at The Park and am eager to check in with some folks on some items regarding Dayton’s history.

I had always wondered about the “homes” that bordered the southeast campus of Kettering Hospital. While conducting research on Edward Deeds and Charles Kettering during the 1913 Dayton Flood, I discovered the two founders of DELCO (Dayton Electronics Laboratory Company) ordered twenty-five pre-fab homes from Chicago to “pop up” along Delco Dell Road for company executives without homes, or with badly flood-damaged homes.

For many years, I have passed a number of homes near the intersection of Stroop Road and Southern Boulevard, on the Kettering Hospital campus, below Charles Kettering’s Ridgeleigh Terrace home and just east of Moraine Farm that was once the expansive property of Edward & Edith Deeds. The homes DELCO constructed were along Delco Dell Road, now sandwiched between The Moraine Country Club and The NCR Country Club. Delco Dell Road begins at the northern end of Southern Boulevard after it crosses Stroop Road heading south. It only seemed possible these structures, within a stone’s throw, were some of the Sears pre-fab homes ordered and constructed by DELCO during the flood so that the fairly new company could continue its manufacturing needs.

Lou Eckert, a Carillon Historical Park Volunteer who is incredibly knowledgeable about The Wright Brothers and also a volunteer for Moraine Farm concluded that these were, indeed, homes ordered for the 1913 Dayton Flood.

Mystery solved.

I love these historical mysteries that keep me hoping for more information. Lou wants to help me visit Moraine Farm, again, and head over to the country club to see some of the historical photographs. This is so exciting.

I know the homes constructed along Delco Dell Road will have nothing to do with my project but that’s not how I work. I always utilize the iceberg effect: readers or the audience will only see the tip of the iceberg. What remains unseen beneath keeps the iceberg afloat. Or, it is like spreading out a great buffet and I can select what I need for my project’s plate.

Onward to make it a great day!

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MY DAY: Thank you, All…

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: A chilly Tuesday morning

Last night I turned the electric heater on in my study while I taught and another one in my bedroom to take off some of the chill. I set the timer on for my bedroom heater as I knew it would not be long before Bailey and Harrigan would increase the warmth.

Yesterday was my “stumble day” to begin my morning.

The No. 17 bus delivered me to the downtown stop but as I stepped off that bus, No. 18 that takes me to The Park was already pulling away. Normally I have a 5-7 minute wait for No. 18. I walked over to the northwest corner for Main and Fourth to call Lyft.

At The Park, I found The Atrium station an absolute mess from having been moved for an event. The master electric strip had not been plugged in so I had to get down on the floor to unscrew the floor plate, etc. The ticket scanner was missing but fortunately a fellow associate delivered it to me after he found it in The Museum Store.

The rest of the morning and day was smooth sailing as I laughed off the earlier stumbles. It also helped having some Great Guests visiting The Park that brightened my day. We had visitors from Minnesota, Georgia, Alabama, Maryland, Kansas, Illinois (Kankakee), and a number of locals who claimed they’d lived in Dayton or the surrounding area all their lives but had never visited The Park. I love those folks!

I’m not at The Park, today, but teach from 4:00-11:30 PM. I’ll do Taco Tuesday with Mama Kay and The Ladies and might be able to grab a nap before the start of teaching.

Make it a great day!

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MY DAY: Mama Kay pinch hitting for Mother

This means so much to me that Mama Kay continues Mother’s tradition of connecting with me at 6:03 PM on my birthday.

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Saturday, September 24th

I had hoped to watch a few documentaries last evening after arriving home at 6:15 PM and making a pot of soup. I finished the soup and began feeling the familiar tightness and achiness enter my body as it often does before approaching rain. I checked the weather app on my phone and there was no indication of impending rain. By 7:45 PM, I had crawled into bed and immediately went into a deep sleep. I woke at several intervals prior to midnight but immediately fell back into a deep sleep. By 5:00 AM I heard rain tapping on the deck and immediately knew why the body went into that protective shut-down the previous evening.

I am very refreshed and well-rested this morning as I near time to prepare for my departure to The Park.

We’re told by the weather gods that it is to at least make it to 70 degrees today and I suspect they are correct. Rain has ceased for a small stretch but is to return by 7:45 AM and last until 9 AM; as long as it is not hanging around The Park to interfere with Guests’ visits.

It is time to get ready for my day at The Park, hoping for the sunshine to burst out to brighten the day.

Make it a great day!

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THE FAMILY ALBUM: The last birthday recording

Every September 25th when Mother and I could not be together at 6:03 PM, she would call me. Sometimes, I was in a place to take the call, or she’d leave an official birthday greeting and I’d return the call as soon as I could.

Sometimes, I would take the call in a rehearsal where others would listen in. There were several 6:03 PM birthday calls I still cherish.

This recording is one of them as it was the last recording I have from Mother at 6:03 PM, September 25, 2018, eleven months before Mother passed away.

On my first birthday without Mother, Mama Kay picked up the tradition and has come over to give me a birthday hug and kiss at 6:03 PM.

AUDIO: Mother’s last birthday greeting, September 25, 2018.

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MY DAY: A visit from Betty Darst

I don’t recall the exact year I began communicating with local historian and Wright Brothers, Betty Darst, but I do vividly remember meeting her for the first time at the foot of the Wright brothers graves where we gathered to celebrate the conclusion of Dayton’s celebration for the centennial a flight.

It was Sunday afternoon, July 20, 2003 and Sen. John Glenn introduced the guest speaker, Neil Armstrong. I felt honored to be surrounded by greatness that day. The Wright Brothers. John Glenn. Neil Armstrong. Wright family members. And, Betty Darst.

I was only a few years in to my research of The Wright Brothers for my musical and Betty was the expert to whom everyone directed me. “She’s the expert on Katharine Wright and does presentations on Katharine,” was the general comment I received when discussing or interviewing area historians.

A connection was made via email and several phone calls but it was several years before we were to finally meet. Nineteen years after our first meeting, I am still entirely smitten with Betty Darst.

A week ago, Betty came to Carillon Historical Park with some friends and yesterday, I looked up to see Betty strolling into The Atrium. She’d made a special trip to bring me a “care package.” And what a care package it was! Two books on First Ladies, a Wilbur & Orville Wright mug, and a note card with a gorgeous painting of Katharine Wright’s first visit to her brothers at Huffman Prairie where the brothers conducted their flying experiments after their 1903 success at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.

The gifts are wonderful and I love them all the more because Betty shared them with me.

Thank you, Betty Darst! Know you are loved…

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MY DAY: A visit from Betty Darst

I don’t recall the exact year I began communicating with local historian and Wright Brothers expert, Betty Darst, but I do vividly remember meeting her for the first time at the foot of the Wright Brothers’ graves where we gathered to celebrate the conclusion of Dayton’s celebration for the centennial a flight.

It was Sunday afternoon, July 20, 2003 and Sen. John Glenn introduced the guest speaker, Neil Armstrong. I felt honored to be surrounded by greatness that day. The Wright Brothers. John Glenn. Neil Armstrong. Wright family members. And, Betty Darst.

I was only a few years in to my research of The Wright Brothers for my musical and Betty was the expert to whom everyone directed me. “She’s the expert on Katharine Wright and does presentations on Katharine,” was the general comment I received when discussing or interviewing area historians.

A connection was made via email and several phone calls but it was several years before we were to finally meet. Nineteen years after our first meeting, I am still entirely smitten with Betty Darst.

A week ago, Betty came to Carillon Historical Park with some friends and yesterday, I looked up to see Betty strolling into The Atrium. She’d made a special trip to bring me a “care package.” And what a care package it was! Two books on First Ladies, a Wilbur & Orville Wright mug, and a note card with a gorgeous painting of Katharine Wright’s first visit to her brothers at Huffman Prairie where the brothers conducted their flying experiments after their 1903 success at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.

The gifts are wonderful and I love them all the more because Betty shared them with me.

Thank you, Betty Darst! Know you are loved…

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Tuesday morning

The milder, cooler temperatures of the past several weeks have temporarily abandoned us as warmer weather returns. Today the lower eighties will be with us and bouncing all over the place the remainder of the week from mid-eighties to the low sixties.

I am at The Park every day the rest of the week with a half shift, three full shifts, and a half shift to complete. The weather is great to allow Guests to explore The Park in full without battling the weather. We also have a good deal of school groups visiting and I am especially glad their visits will have nice weather.

I have been sleeping wonderfully for the past several weeks. I don’t always wake refreshed due to MS issues but I am at least enjoying my sleep. When I go to bed, sleep has been almost immediate.

It’s time to get ready for my day and I am ready for it.

Make it a great day!

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Wednesday is up and running

I woke at 7:00 AM from a great night’s sleep. I am thoroughly loving these deep nights of sleep that refresh my body and soul. I don’t know what I am doing that is different, but it is working.

Today is a full day at The Park. I am eager to start this day knowing there will be some Guests from different states, Guests with some nifty stories about why they are visiting The Park, and Guests who are fascinated to learn about, or more of Dayton’s rich history.

The temperature and breeze are perfect but it is to climb to 91 degrees. I’ve asked my one high school student who comes over around 1:00 PM to turn on the air conditioner so the dogs are comfortable. I am hoping the higher temperature isn’t a deterrent for Guests wanting to visit The Park. The humidity, thankfully, will be around 50%.

And it is time to shower, dress, pack my lunch bag, and head to The Park.

Make it a great day! Make it an epic day!

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MY DAY: Tuesday tonight

It was a slow day during The Park’s first four hours. We had some invigorating Guests from California, Upstate New York, and Wisconsin, and two different sets of Guests from Minnesota, and Alabama. I really enjoyed getting to meet some of the visitors to Dayton.

Around Noon I began feeling discomfort in the kidney region. I rescheduled lessons because the discomfort was growing worse. It occurred to me that I had probably taken too much guaifenesin for my sinus drainage and I had not been diligent in drinking pure water. By 7:00 PM, I was feeling much better after down several liters of water and resting.

The flowers in the front yard are watered, my lunches for the next three days are prepped, and I am considering an earlier turn-in, tonight. In fact, I am not considering it, it’s been decided I shall turn in by 10:00 PM.

This Sunday I shall enter my 59th year by celebrating my 58th birthday. I know many consider fifty-eight to be in the late 50s but I consider it to be in my mid-50s. My 59th birthday will be in my late 50s!

I am currently researching the 1913 Dayton Flood. I have known about many of the details for years but continue to find it all so compelling. While Dayton was the key area for disaster, there were many areas hit hard throughout several states, including my area of central Indiana.

History sets my soul on fire.

PHOTOS: Flowers at Carillon Historical Park; Erma and Chief

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Thursday morning

It’s another full day at The Park and I don’t know how today could ever hope to top yesterday. We had Guests from Nevada. Wisconsin, Chicago, two sets from Kansas, Texas, Maryland, and two college-age fellows from France who wanted to travel all the distance to see The National Museum of the United States Air Force, Carillon Park, and the graves of The Wright Brothers. A large group came in on a bus and spent several hours with us. Scavenger hunts are quite popular at The Park and we had a group of contractors from the base swallowing up all the details and information throughout the campus and interior museum which is called The Heritage Center. I received a lot more questions for historical information, as well, and that made the day glide along faster and with more fun. I was still working with Guests on questions twenty minutes past my shift’s end.

I also managed to squeeze in much research on the 1913 Dayton Flood. Unbelievable. It’s one thing to study the natural disaster that overtook the region but it’s even more unbelievable to learn how the resilience of the people conquered and moved forward with optimism and courage. The Miami Valley Conservancy is a marvel!

Today promises to be much cooler at 66 degrees than yesterday’s high of 91 degrees. We have a few days of temperatures in the 70s but it seems we will be hanging out in the upper 60s for most of the weekend and coming week. By this time next week, we shall be greeting October.

Last night was kind of a dismal routine of not doing much. I purchased a new biography on John H. Patterson, founder of The National Cash Register Company, NCR, and I spent a good deal of time reading through it. Mostly, I just relaxed and watched classic television on Pluto.

It’s time to shower, dress, pack my prepped lunch, and head to The Park.

Make it a great day!

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Focusing on Friday

I focus on having fun no matter what I am doing. I practice happiness and joy so that it’s simply a part of who I am. One Volunteer and I were discussing how there seems to be little effort in focus and in so many areas. It was a most interesting conversation.

I will be at The Park all day and I intend to make it a fun day, as usual. I had the best time at The Park yesterday and got to meet Guests from Virginia, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Kansas, Iowa, Texas, Florida, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Illinois. One couple, who had joined other couples from around Chicago, was from Bartlett, Illinois where my friend and Lincoln colleague, Valerie Gugala, and her husband, Brian, live. I love the Guests’ stories about Dayton that they freely share and how proud they are of what their families brought to Dayton’s story.

It’s cold this morning. 42 degrees is chilly and we’re only to climb 22 more degrees to top off this day.

I am loving the long days at The Park because I am enjoying The Guests, getting to have lunch with Deanna who is well known as the School Marm in the schoolhouse, and plowing through the memories of Volunteers who offer so much of their own story and passion to what they share, Some of the Volunteers worked at McCall’s, NCR, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, and so many other legendary businesses.

The downside is being away from The Quartet for such large chunks of time. Right now, Erma, Bailey, and Harrigan are near me in the study and Chief is lounging on the deck, unbothered by the cooler temperature. I’m also trying to find my groove of balancing home life needs and tasks. I do the very basics and fall asleep. I use so much energy working with The Guests, much like I once did in the classroom or on stage. The Park is it’s own stage and since I’m in The Atrium, the heart of it all, I’m constantly on stage. Sometimes, while eating my lunch outside The Atrium doors to look out over the bowling green, I find myself still on stage as Guests pass by, often stopping to chat.

It’s time to shower, dress, pack my prepped lunch, and move across the street to the bus stop so I can make it a great day!

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: And, I did!

My morning began at 5:00 AM. I woke and made some coffee before joining Joshua and David on Zoom to observe Queen Elizabeth’s state funeral. By 6:00 AM, Dave’s parents, Anne and Phil, had logged on.

I was struck by hearing a lyric change for the first time in my lifetime. “God save The King.” I loved watching the royal family sing this anthem and wondering what they must be thinking with this change.

The funeral offered so much tradition, plus some new offerings. Seeing the queen’s corgis waiting for her arrival was a bit of a heartstring tug. Then, there was the ever impressive music I’ve come to expect from The British. They do seem to have this market solidly cornered.

By 9:00 AM I was mowing the yard and getting much trimming completed. I returned inside to watch some of the Windsor service but decided I wanted a Mexican lunch. Upon my return I finished watching a recording of the end of the service in St. George Chapel… moving. the removal of the scepter, orb, and crown… the breaking of the baton… and then, the lowering of her majesty’s coffin into the crypt, soon to be joined with Prince Philip, her parents, and the cremains of her sister.

My morning was spent with loved ones, albeit via Zoom, pageantry, lawn care, more pageantry, Mexican lunch, and a tender farewell to a magnanimous lady.

By 2:00 PM, I’d made it a great day.

My teaching schedule was very light. I had my first five lessons and was done by 7:30 PM, four hours early. An adult student was on vacation, and the remaining students in Colorado, Nevada, and California had homecoming events. This could not have been more perfectly timed with my early start to the day, exercise, and watching an end to an era.

So, I am pleased with today’s opportunities and observances. It was a great day.

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IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Do not miss SEE HOW THEY RUN

Neon Movies of Dayton, Ohio has another top dog on one of their two screens, the hilarious “who done it” murder mystery comedy, SEE HOW THEY RUN. I really would like to see it again. There was so much happening and in this romp based around the famous Agatha Christie murder mystery, THE MOUSETRAP.

Along with this, Wright State University Theatre, Dance & Motion Pictures is nearing the opening of its own production, THE MOUSETRAP, beginning September 23rd and running through October 2nd.

To order tickets online for Wright State University’s, THE MOUSETRAP, please visit the box office site.

So you have a movie at Neon Movies and a play at Wright State University you will not be wanting to miss!

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MY DAY: Elegance, teaching, and getting ready to watch The Queen’s funeral

When the doors opened for the start of Concours d’Elegance at Carillon Historical Park, it was already a success with the throngs gathered out front. I don’t know the official count, but The Guests were eager to enter and at one point there were some radio discussions regarding the need for additional parking.

I began directing Guest traffic in The Atrium until an eager Volunteer decided she should crowd me out by trying to direct traffic, as well. There was no need for two at that specific station so I asked where I could be useful and was directed to the “general admission” door to assist in guiding Guests so the one Volunteer, originally assigned to parking could return to her post.

I must say, it became exhausting and by the end of my 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM shift, I was ready to call it a day – except I had to return home to teach at 4:00 PM.

My college friends, Linda and Dave Lewis came to The Park and I had hoped to see them and their son, daughter-in-law, and toddler grandson, but our paths did not cross.

Teaching was fantastic and again, I am pleased with the results.

Monday morning, the plan is to rise at 5:00 AM to watch The Queen’s funeral with Joshua and David, and David’s Bostonian parents, Anne and Phil. As far as I can recollect, I have viewed royal funerals for Princess Diana, The Queen Mother, and Prince Philip.

I had hoped to mow the yard after watching the funeral but it appears we have rain coming in between 7:00 AM and 11:00 AM. Sigh…

On to bed to sleep as much as I can and hope I shall be able to nap before teaching.

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Sunday is already off and running

I can already feel the excitement and tension of today’s marathon bearing down upon me. It will be a long day.

Last evening, I was a guest of long-time friends, Lori & Frank Osowski, to see their college senior daughter and my former student, Marisha, in La Comedia dinner theatre’s DO PATENT LEATHER SHOES REALLY REFLECT UP?. It was such a great time being with this family, again, and seeing a show I did not know.

This morning, promptly at 7:00 AM, I joined the family Zomm session with Joshua, David, Ann, and Phil, mostly discussing tomorrow’s funeral for Queen Elizabeth and other surrounding topics. What a production this has been and tomorrow will be a showcase of Britain’s finest traditions coupled with new ones.

In a short while, I will be off to The Park for today’s spectacular event, Concours d’Elegance. It’s a fancy car show. It’s a terribly popular event and draws in thousands of Guests.

A few hours after leaving The Park I will commence teaching until 11:30 PM. Monday morning will be spent Zooming with Joshua, David, Anne, and Phil to watch the funeral of Queen Elizabeth. I am hoping to mow the yard in the late part of the morning but I am not certain how long the funeral events will take.

And, I must be off to get ready for my five hours in The Park. Make it a great day!

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Friday fun day

Another day of sleeping in until 7:30 AM. The dogs had their breakfast and I returned to my bed with three books I intended to read but at 10:15 AM, I awoke from a nap that must have been needed, still on the first page of the book I had begun reading.

After yesterday’s brief excursion to The National Museum of the United States Air Force, The Wright Brothers’ Memorial, Huffman Prairie Flying Field, and a nice lunch, I was back home by 1:30 PM. I love these types of excursions where I can hit several points and still have a bulk of my day remaining to be filled.

The remainder of Thursday was spent reading and researching from the deck. I made a huge pot of soup and spent nearly two hours on a Zoom chat with my Lincoln friends, Valerie and Rose. Rose’s husband was recently deployed and I believed it would be good for all of us to reconvene on a usual Zoom chat as it had been several months.

Just as the afternoon climbs on board, Laura and I will go see the new comedy, SEE HOW THEY RUN. The minute I saw the trailer at Neon Movies, I was taken with the movie.

I’ve not decided if the evening hours will hold any activities. It is homecoming games for Fairmont and Centerville high schools and I am betting the traffic will be on the heavier side around the neighborhood. Tomorrow, I should probably mow the yard before heading off to LaComedia with friends to see a former student, Marisha Osowski, in DO PATENT LEATHER SHOES REALLY REFLECT UP? I have never seen this show so I am looking forward to seeing it, but mostly seeing Marisha, and spending time with her parents, Lori and Frank.

So, time to actually get some items tackled before going to see the movie.

Make it a great day!

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: A wonderful Wednesday

I am fascinated by the proceedings of Queen Elizabeth’s funeral and the expanse of King Charles’ duties during what must be a difficult time of balancing his grief alongside his new duties. I am sure he has been prepared for quite a while but I do feel for the gentleman. I do wish the media would leave Harry alone. Regardless thoughts of Prince Harry and his wife, I feel the press is just stirring the pot a good deal and I find it rather distasteful, even dispicable.

The morning is grey but no precipitation is expected. The temperature is 60 degrees and will barely top 79 later in the day. Tomorrow, we are promised temperatures in the 80s for the next several days.

There is a good deal happening at The Park, today, and I need to pack lunch since I am there the entire day. After leaving The Park, I will swing by home to feed the dogs and then head out to get my newest Covid booster and flu shot. I will be glad to have those behind me, especially the flu shot.

I taught until 11:15 PM, Tuesday evening, and I couldn’t be prouder of my students and what they built into their process of technique and study this week.

I will have the next three days free of teaching and parking, and hope to complete yard work, tend to things around the house, and writing. Of course, I’d love an excursion or two, as well.

It’s time to shower and dress, and then press my lunch.

Make it a great day!

PHOTOS: Chief, Erma, and Bailey. Harrigan was in a mood and didn’t want to be photographed.

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O FOR HISTORY: The National Museum of the United States Air Force and The Wright Brothers’ Memorial

It was a hasty decision to head out to The National Museum of the United States Air Force, adding a quick trip to The Wright Brothers’ Memorial and a drive through Huffman Prairie where the Wright Brothers perfected their craft of flying. Their 1904-1905 flyer, which they considered the most important of their flying machines because it was practical, is displayed at Dayton’s Carillon Historical Park.

I was back to my former “dash and flash” where I move quickly, taking photos of the things that interest me. Mostly, I want to see the original cross that marked the European gravesite of Quentin Roosevelt, son of President Theodore Roosevelt and First Lady Edith Roosevelt, who was killed in his airplane during WWI. I also like to spend some time in The Presidential Hangar going through President Harry Truman’s presidential plane, The Independence (named for his hometown, Independence, Missouri), and the Air Force One, SAM 26000 that flew to Dallas, Texas in November 1963 and to return with the remains of President John F. Kennedy. If you are of a large frame and claustrophobic, this aircraft will be quite a challenge to explore.

The museum was not busy but so many visitors were not conscious of their surroundings, often walking in groups and taking up entire walkways without allowing room for folks needing to pass or approaching them from the front. And, there were several near misses of being slammed due to adults eyeing their phones and not where they were going.

After passing through the WWII exhibit to visit several nostalgic planes, I departed and drove to the nearby Wright Brothers’ Memorial.

The National Museum of the United States Air Force has a number of construction areas within, the first being the entrance returned to where it once was in the 1990s. Throughout the facility, there are pockets of construction that create bottlenecks if folks decide to not move through in a single file.

My PHOTOS of The National Museum of the United States Air Force.

My PHOTOS of The Wright Brothers’ Memorial in east Dayton and Huffman Prairie Flying Field.

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Thursday adventures

I don’t think a more beautiful morning could’ve been requested. While it is a bit hazy, the sun has an extraordinary glow and warmth.

I allowed myself to sleep in until 7:30 AM. The four dogs did not seem Disrupted by my departure from what is typically a strict schedule of feeding them at 7 AM.

Wednesday evening I received my newest Covid booster vaccine as well as my flu shot. I opted to have both injections in my left arm. This morning there’s just a bit of tenderness in the muscle but nothing more that I can observe.

I returned to my bed until 8:30 AM, half napping and half listening to the previous days events for queen Elizabeth’s funeral agenda. Joshua and David witnessed the queens remains being returned to Buckingham palace on Tuesday evening, and they got to observe the procession from Buckingham palace to Westminster Hall, followed by the Queens for children and grandsons. It was all quite impressive.

The past few days I learned a number of our Carillon Historical Park Guests had visited the local aviation history sites.

MmIn a quick decision and with dizzying preparation, I pulled myself together to leave the house at 10 AM to head out to The National Museum of The United States Air Force and Huffman Prairie where the Wright Brothers conducted their local flying experiments beginning in 1904 after their triumphant 1903 flights at Kitty Hawk. I’ve not been to the Air Force Museum since 2016.

Make it a great day!

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IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Going onstage in a Broadway show at a moment’s notice

This is a true story by actress Barbara Tirrell

“Yesterday, Friday, afternoon out of the blue, I got a phone call from my agent with an offer to be the offstage cover for three roles in the Broadway production of Funny Girl: Mrs. Brice, Mrs. Strakosh, and Mrs. Meeker.

I was driving to my mother’s in Massachusetts when the call came in. I accepted, they negotiated, and then they asked if I could come back today, Saturday, and watch the matinee.

So I left Massachusetts this morning at 7 AM to arrive in New York by noon and attend the matinee at 2 PM.

But at 10 am, while I was at a rest stop in Connecticut, the Funny Girl stage manager called me and asked if I would be willing to go on in the show today in one of those roles with the book in hand because they had nine understudies on and simply didn’t have anybody else to play the part.

I would learn that if I had said no, they would have had to cancel two sold-out performances!

Of course, I said yes! I arrived at the theater at noon, did a quick fitting of another person’s costume and wig, quickly ran through the scenes to know where I was to stand and move, and fudged my way through the music that I didn’t know.

And at 2:15 pm while carrying the script, I played my Broadway opening performance as Mrs. Meeker, in Funny Girl. This is the theater.

You just can’t make this stuff up!!!!”

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