Monthly Archives: June 2008

Two Wright Photos…

I love these photos of the Wright family taken in June 1909 at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds during the Dayton Celebration. Behind the delegation’s grandstand are bleachers holding several thousand school children forming a “singing American flag.” Below…Bishop Wright is … Continue reading

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The Wright Journey…

Orville, Katharine & Wilbur Wright. 1909 It was August 1999 that I was on the tale-end of a three week vacation when I ended up on the Outer Banks.  The previous weeks I had been to: Niagara Falls through the … Continue reading

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FDR's Grandchildren…

As I work on the Wright Brothers’ musical, I have a DVD running, FDR: A Presidency Revealed. Super documentary with tons of personalities sharing Roosevelt history. Of particular interest to me are two of Franklin & Eleanor’s grandchildren. Curtis Roosevelt, … Continue reading

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Saturday, June 28th…

Getting ready to shower and head to training for the update of my adoption license.   I finally hit a point last night where I could just write no more on the Wright Brother musical.  Normally I can go strong … Continue reading

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Time moves on…

The hands of the clock are once again moving…   Red River Valley arranged and adapted by Arlo Guthrie From this valley they say you are going We will miss your bright eyes and sweet smile For they say you … Continue reading

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Some favorite musical theatre videos…

Here are several of my favorite videos from some musicals… Josh Groban singing “Anthem” from CHESS (rehearsal) Julia Murney and Sutton Foster singing “I Know Him So Well” from CHESS (rehearsal) Sutton Foster singing “Someone Else’s Story” from CHESS (rehearsal) … Continue reading

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Resetting the clock…

Donna Mae Clary-Barmes  (May 8, 1924 – June 27, 1992) Donna Mae Clary. 1940 Today marks the anniversary of the passing of my maternal grandmother. One of the dearest, wittiest and most remarkable souls I have ever known. Grandma Donna … Continue reading

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Darius Green & His Flying Machine

In my research on the Wright Brothers, I have often come across references to Darius Green and his Flying Machine (1868), and finally took the time to read this delightful tale. The chief rival of the Wrights, Glenn Curtiss, considered … Continue reading

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In My Wrighting-Space…

This is what my writing area looks like on the back deck. I generally “hit the deck” around 7:00am, setting up my work area, checking Email, and attending to other business while listening to THE TODAY SHOW from the small … Continue reading

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Finally… Vacation is coming!

I am hoping everything now goes as planned. I finished teaching this evening at 5:30pm, just as a major 30 minute downpour ended. It was a nasty storm, and it looked like a fog settling in. This morning I spent … Continue reading

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9 Benton teachers take early retirement incentive

From Lafayette, Indiana Journal Courrier: Benton Community School Corp. will lose 278 years of teaching experience this summer. That’s the total years of experience that the nine teachers who accepted an early retirement incentive had in the district, according to … Continue reading

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This Administration…

This author of this post is Democratic Congressman Robert Wexler from South Florida. Wexler has been ubiquitous these last months as a top surrogate for Senator Obama — even representing him at the nationally televised DNC Rules and Bylaws Committee. … Continue reading

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NORTH AND SOUTH – 1985, 1986, 1994

Over the past month or so, I have watched all three series of the movie based on John Jakes’ novels, NORTH AND SOUTH… ahhh… The writing, the directing, the cinematography, the costuming, the set design, and THE MUSIC… as if all … Continue reading

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Little Brother…

Well, as of tonight, my brother, Destin Lang Haas, is officially the principal of Benton Central Senior-Junior High School located near Fowler, Indiana. Last November 30th, Destin was hurridly driving my sister-in-law to the hospital to deliver their second son, … Continue reading

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All in a weekend…

THURSDAY Logan, my cat, has been with me fourteen years, today. I called the dentist about my temporary crown, and they got me in at 11:40am. To save on gas, I took the bus to the Dayton Mall area. The … Continue reading

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This week…

Aside from Logan bringing the bunny head to the deck door, it has been a relatively quiet week. The first three days went amazingly fast, and here I am Thursday morning, ready to dig into writing on the Wrights.   I … Continue reading

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Tim Russert…

Yesterday afternoon I just happened to turn on the television as television journalist, Tom Brokaw, was breaking the news of Tim Russert’s sudden death. This morning, I feel as though I have lost a favorite uncle. There is an emptiness, … Continue reading

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