Monthly Archives: July 2008

This week…

Sunday I delivered Jose to Wright State’s campus for marching band camp. He has a neat roommate, a sophomore who just moved her from Vandalia Butler High School. I spent a few minutes chatting with the chaperones – all friends … Continue reading

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Band Camp… Over!

This evening I journeyed out to Wright State University and met up with the Chabut and Karmele families. We watched the band’s 2008 pre-game show and the first two of four movements of their 2008 competition show which is called … Continue reading

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Truly, Madly, Deeply… Mary Todd Lincoln

For some reason, Mary Todd Lincoln has been resurfacing this past month in a variety of connections. I had begun writing a musical on Miss Todd in 1986, and put it away in the mid-1990’s. And here she is again, … Continue reading

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Mousetrap

Mouse Trap Late one Saturday night I heard a pair of footsteps bounding up the basement stairs. I looked up at the clock and figured a commercial had propelled them from the depths of TV Land. “Dad,” my sons cried. … Continue reading

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An old post… Ready, Set, Hike!

Ready, Set, Hike Inside the veterinary office, Flyer, my new puppy, quickly sensed we were on a different mission and began a tug-o-war session. I greeted the receptionist with our names. “You said her name is ‘Flyer?’ Did you go … Continue reading

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Underwear!

You Sexy Thang… When Matthew first arrived in 2002 as a little scrawny 12 yo boy, I helped him unpack his clothes from foster care, most of which were faded or dingy, and put them away. Between my mother, Aunt … Continue reading

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Shirley Temple… is 80?

I am watching a delightful A&E documentary on Shirley Temple. What a fascinating lady! And the wonderful child star of the 1930’s turned 80 this year! Shirley Jane Temple (born April 23, 1928) is an Academy Award-winning actress and tap … Continue reading

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THE WEST WING…

I have been watching the first two seasons of THE WEST WING, my absolute most favorite television show. There is one particular episode that was very moving to me. Toby Ziegler, the communications director, is called to a Washington metro … Continue reading

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Knowing Our Heart’s Desire

Feeling Jealous Jealousy is one of the toughest feelings we come up against in our lives. There is not much worse than this aching sense that somehow life has been unfair to us, while amply rewarding someone else. It’s even … Continue reading

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Taking Our Turn To Give

People In Need When we see a person in need, we may want to give them something as a way of helping them, but if we give without taking the time to see who they really are, honoring that most … Continue reading

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Peggy Straughen…

Peggy Barbour Straughen (born Margaret Ann Barbour), 70, of Washington Township passed away unexpectedly at Miami Valley Hospital on Tuesday, July 22, 2008. Born in Chambersburg, PA on August 21, 1937, Peggy entered nursing school in Harrisburg where she met … Continue reading

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Houston-based God, Inc.

Karl Taro Greenfeld of Portfolio.com examines the money-making machine that is Houston’s Joel Osteen and Lakewood Church  Last year, Lakewood generated $76 million in revenue, which amounts to just over $1,600 for every member of its congregation. Its take includes … Continue reading

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'Last Lecture' Professor dies…

PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania (AP) — Randy Pausch, a Carnegie Mellon University computer scientist whose “last lecture” about facing terminal cancer became an Internet sensation and a best-selling book, died Friday. He was 47. Randy Pausch emphasized the joy of life in … Continue reading

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Mark Time, Mark….

And the 2008 marching season is off and… marching. Sunday, I take Jose out to Wright State University where he will stay until Thursday evening for band camp. Here is a video taken by one of the students – the … Continue reading

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Guthrie Extends World-Premiere Run of Little House Musical

By Andrew Gans 24 Jul 2008 Performances have yet to begin, but box-office demand is so high that the Guthrie has extended its upcoming world premiere of the musical version of Little House on the Prairie. Melissa Gilbert, who played … Continue reading

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Coming in "Threes"

Three friends of mine lost their mothers within this week… all three died suddenly. Duneen DeVore lost her mother last Friday. Duneen sang in my church choir at Normandy United Methodist Church, and along with her son, Erick, now 21, … Continue reading

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Walt…

“Somehow I can’t believe there are any heights that can’t be scaled by a man who knows the secret of making dreams come true. This special secret, it seems to me, can be summarized in four C’s. They are Curiosity, … Continue reading

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What a great weekend! Full of life and energy, and new horizons. When we returned from Indiana and Chicago, it was evident my son was in an entirely new place in his mind, and his life. Being with my brother … Continue reading

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Two great legends….

Today is an anniversary for two of my heroes… one died, and one was born…. JOSHUA LOGAN – (October 5, 1908 – July 12, 1988) was an American stage and film director and writer. Broadway Logan began his Broadway career as … Continue reading

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George Washington's Boyhood Home

***NATIONAL NEWS PRESS RELEASE*** LONG-SOUGHT BOYHOOD HOME OF GEORGE WASHINGTON FOUND! Cellars Contain Evidence from the Lives of the Washington Family STAFFORD COUNTY, Va. – Archaeologists working at the site of George Washington’s childhood home have located and excavated the remains … Continue reading

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"Men on a Mission" calendar

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (AP) — A Las Vegas man who devised a calendar that features shirtless Mormon missionaries is facing a disciplinary hearing and possible excommunication because of the project. The “Men on a Mission” calendar featuring shirtless Mormon … Continue reading

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Some of my thoughts today…

A few weeks ago, I posted a video of one of my favorite show choir performances. It was North Central High School (Indianapolis) show choir’s “Like A Prayer.” I am not a Madonna fan, but I love the exciting rhythm … Continue reading

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"The Other Side" – Anne Murray

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UPDATE: Dunnichay is bound for Beijing

By Joe Lanane ELWOOD — Becoming an Olympic athlete requires years of dedication and training, and 15-year-old Mary Beth Dunnichay of Elwood is no exception. After six years of strenuous effort, she will officially realize her dream in Beijing this … Continue reading

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Elwood Teen Makes Olympics…

By ED HAMILTON Call-Leader Sports Editor Oh baby! Their baby is going to the Olympics. Like expectant parents, Ned and Marian Dunnichay waited and waited, then waited some more, this morning to learn if their youngest child, 15-year-old Mary Beth, … Continue reading

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