Monthly Archives: June 2010

Red River Valley…

  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 are taking the sunshine That has brightened our pathways … Continue reading

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The Wright Connection: A musical journey

Although I am a passionate historian, I must admit that I was rather lazy in my study of Dayton history. Normally, I am on top of my historical surroundings, and learn as much as possible. However, when I moved to … Continue reading

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Smithsonian is born…

Well, not exactly… This is the date in 1829 that James Smithson of England died (and not because Germany beat them in the World Cup in 2010). Here’s the story… How our country built The Smithsonian Institution

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An evening at the oars…

I started my day by teaching two three-hour pre-adoptive classes at A.C.T.I.O.N. Adoption Services from 9:00am-4:00pm. I ran home, took a nap, and then drove the three of us up to Old River Park near the University of Dayton campus. … Continue reading

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TOY STORY 3

As TOY STORY 3 neared its premiere, I chuckled at the Facebook group, started by older teens, “get out of my way little kids… I’ve waited 11 years to see this movie.” The first two movies were incredible, and I … Continue reading

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The EYES have it…

Jose joined me on the deck for some chat and chuckles, and immediately, Flyer was at his feet, and Logan was under his chair. The minute I pulled out the camera, Logan hopped up on Jose’s lap and was ready … Continue reading

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Thursday….

The deck, at 1:15pm this Thursday afternoon, is cool, breezy, and filled with the irregular musical tones of the wind chimes. My lunch is finished, and I am now set to blogging, and working on other projects. This has been … Continue reading

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Mosque at Ground Zero…

I had heard nothing about a proposal for a mosque to be built near Ground Zero, and opened on the tenth anniversary of 9/11. I checked the information out on Google and there were several sites concerning this issue. I know … Continue reading

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At The Zoo…

At 9:30am this morning, we were out the door and on our way to the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens. With a stop at Dollar General for sun tan lotion and Gator Aide, we were walking into the zoo at … Continue reading

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WACO: Rules of Engagement

AM currently watching an incredible documentary, WACO: Rules of Engagement. Wow! Amazing documentary, full of some deep information.

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Logan… 16 years

16 years ago today, I got my cat, Logan. I don’t know why this date has stuck with me, but perhaps it is because Logan was the first pet I acquired as an adult. At first, she was Mr. Logan, … Continue reading

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CLASH OF THE TITANS (2010)

Jose and I just returned from seeing CLASH OF THE TITANS (2010). A very good movie, indeed. I can remember seeing the original in 1981 when I was a sophomore in high school. I recall very little of that movie, … Continue reading

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USA Military Themes

I have always been a fan of the musical themes associated with each division of our country’s military. When I was conducting bands regularly, I could not wait to conduct THE ARMED FORCES SALUTE. Men’s Chorus, The Vocal Majority, performing … Continue reading

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No full moon? Could have fooled me!

I cannot determine if people are becoming more inconsiderate, even rude, when operating shopping carts in Kroger, driving automobiles, or using their turn signals. This evening, while shopping in Kroger at Towne & Country, there seemed to be an air … Continue reading

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Cox Arboretum & Hiking

At Noon, Jose and I set out for the six mile jaunt to Cox Gardens & Arboretum on 741/Springboro Pike just north of the Dayton Mall. It is one of the many lovely metro parks throughout the Miami Valley, and … Continue reading

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Just a Wednesday…

Finally, the steamy, sticky, humidity has temporarily taken leave of The Miami Valley. Last evening’s thunderstorms, with a brilliant light show surrounding the entire Miami Valley, set the cooling-off into motion, and today we are blessed with a continue cool, … Continue reading

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A Good Day…

Today was the start of my summer teaching schedule. It had been delayed a week since a number of schools were not yet dismissed for the summer. The morning began with the Bane children – Ellie and Jacob – who … Continue reading

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Sunday With The Lincolns…

4:00am found me wide awake this morning, but I managed to return to two more hours of sleep. After feeding Logan and Flyer, I settled down to write the morning’s entry on this blog site, and by 9:30am I was … Continue reading

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Reunion with Mrs. Lincoln…

In 1986, while a student at Ball State University, I began writing a choral project on President Lincoln. Having been a fan of the 16th president since first grade this was a project I thoroughly enjoyed. For some reason, I … Continue reading

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Robert Todd Lincoln presentation… need suggestions…

Robert Todd Lincoln – from youth to old age. Last photo shows RTL at the dedication of The Lincoln Memorial with former president, William Howard Taft (then serving as Chief Justice) and President Warren G. Harding. I was asked by … Continue reading

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National Geographic's 9/11 Conspiracy…

Right now, Jose and I are watching a documentary, National Geographics: 9/11 – Science and Conspiracy . I was born the day the The Warren Commission Report was opened for the world to read ten months following President Kennedy’s assassination. Of course, … Continue reading

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Burns, Allen, Holmes, DeMille, Kellogg, Hilton & O'Neill @ The Haasienda

There is some tennis event on NBC. The skies above the Miami Valley have resembled a tennis match all morning… for a few minutes the sun shines, and shortly, the dark clouds hover… back and forth. The storms for the … Continue reading

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The Golden Gate Bridge

Upon returning from Fairmont’s graduation exercises, and running a few errands with Jose, I curled up in bed with my laptop playing a Netflix instant video on The History Channel’s Modern Marvels – Golden Gate Bridge. Fascinating! If you can … Continue reading

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Grandpa Leroy…

June 3, 2004, on a Thursday morning at 10:55am, my grandfather, Leroy Barmes, passed away. Grandpa loved nothing more than to make people laugh.  In fact, it was his gift to us.  Of course, it goes without saying that he … Continue reading

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A legacy of humor… Grandma Jones

Today, June 2nd, would have been my great-great grandmother’s birthday. Anna Greenlee Jones, the daughter of Andrew Taylor Greenlee and Prudence Anna Ball, was born in 1875 in Boone Township, Madison County, Indiana. As young girls, Anna and her sisters, Carrie, Mary … Continue reading

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