Monthly Archives: November 2012

Uncle Raymond Daugherty…

At 48 years, I feel terribly blessed to have known my great-great uncle, Raymond Daugherty, 91, for this many years.  Many friends, my age, do not have uncles and aunts living.  As of this writing, I still have one great-great … Continue reading

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"Angel Night" at Calvary Cemetery

Dayton History at Carillon Park hosted its second annual “Angel Night” at Calvary Cemetery of Dayton.  Calvary Cemetery is located directly South of Carillon Park on one of the most imposing hills in the Miami Valley.  At the top, you can see all … Continue reading

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Hoosierland… all in one day

Bright and early, Saturday morning, Quintin, Flyer and I were in the car heading toward Fowler, Indiana to celebrate Freddie’s, my nephew/godson, 5th birthday.  We arrived at 11:00am, and enjoyed some chat time with the family before the other guests … Continue reading

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Celebrating Adoption, 2012

When you look through the slideshow, you will see the faces of adoption: The Children… The Parents… and the Angels that make adoption happen. Another wonderful party hosted by the angels of ACTION Adoption Services. gfyjg    

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Thanksgiving with the Pollock Family

Today, Quintin and I spent our Thanksgiving with Brian & Joanie Pollock, their two college sons, Tyler, a senior at Butler University, and Zach, my former student, now a freshman at Miami University.  Joanie’s parents, Dick & Susan, were with … Continue reading

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Our pets…

A Tribute To Our Wonderful Furry Family Members

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A lazy Sunday filled with Trekkie Monster, Pocahontas, Andy Griffith and rest…

Last night I was wide awake, energized by having seen Centerville High School’s production, AVENUE Q (see previous post).  By 2:00am, I was finally feeling sleep come over me, and at some point, I was out.  At 3:15am, Navi barked … Continue reading

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AVENUE Q: Centerville High School Style

“Theatre demands different muscles and different aspects of one’s personality.” ― Victor Garber After about ten minutes into each theatrical production at Centerville High School, I tend to forget I am watching high school students – not college or professional – performing, … Continue reading

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LINCOLN: my reaction

I felt like a kid, tonight.  In fact, it felt like I had the excitement of all my birthdays and Christmases all combined. Quintin and I met Brian Pollock at The Greene to watch the movie I’ve waited several years … Continue reading

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Oscar Hammerstein II – On Creativity

Did you know?  Even Oscar Hammerstein II struggled with the creative process. In 1946 he told The New York Times, “Writing comes darned hard to me. I do most of it on our farm in Doylestown. There I have a room with one … Continue reading

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Frosty mornings…

My favorite time of the morning is when the sun comes peeping up over the rooftops across Shroyer Road, showering my side of the street with little glimmers of morning light.  From my bedroom/sitting room window, I can see the … Continue reading

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Beavercreek's CABARET

Last night, Quintin and I had front row seats for Beavercreek High School’s CABARET, a delightful production featuring all the high school choirs, the two middle school show choirs, and the high school’s show choir, Friends. Great performance, and I … Continue reading

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Four hours of November sunshine…

This morning, Quintin and I headed Southeast of Dayton to Caesar’s Creek where we first stopped at Miami Cemetery.  Beautiful. We traipsed on over to Caesar’s Creek State Park.  I had only been to the beach area, and discovered some … Continue reading

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Grandpa Leroy – November 8th, 1921

Today would have been the 91st birthday of my grandfather, Leroy ‘Red’ Barmes. He was the third generation of our Bavarian family born in the United States, and the eldest child born to Virgil Brewer Barmes, and Thelma Estelle Daugherty … Continue reading

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Fairmont's Fall Band Concert

Personally, speaking, I think this was one of the best fall band concerts at Fairmont High School – and they always give great concerts.  All the concert bands – AM Concert Band, PM Concert Band, Symphony Band and Wind Ensemble … Continue reading

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Early Voting – done!

I have officially voted in my 8th general election.  My first election to vote was in 1984. I am always excited to get my I VOTED sticker.  There is something powerful in that little badge of admission that reminds me … Continue reading

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The Lincolns' wedding anniversary

One hundred seventy years ago, Mary Todd married Abraham Lincoln, November 4, 1842. Thus, Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd were married at the Edwards’ home on Friday evening, November 4, 1842. About 30 relatives and friends, all hastily invited, attended … Continue reading

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Flyer's Gotcha Day

Happy GOTCHA Day to Flyer! I went to a farm just South of Xenia, Ohio, and watched four adorable 10 week old puppies scamper about the back. I noticed the black and white runt was the leader for the larger … Continue reading

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Fairmont Marching Band's final contest of 2012

Tonight, Fairmont’s Marching Firebirds took the performance field for the final time this season.  We placed fourth in a line-up of excellent bands. Watch the photos in the video: The Marching Firebirds Final Competition, 2012 gfyjg

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Quintin finishes his 2nd marching band season…

Watch the video: Quintin’s 2nd year with The Marching Firebirds My personal favorite photos of this marching season: gfyjg

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St. Anne's Hill – a Dayton neighborhood

Quintin and I attended Dia de Los Muertos this evening, and spent a few minutes wandering down the street to take in some of the beautiful homes of St. Anne’s Hill, and the Dayton sky-line. gfyjg  

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Dia de Los Muertos

This was my first time to participate in the Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) parade and festivities.  The parade began in the Oregon District, traveled East along 5th Street to the St. Anne Hill neighborhood.  It was a … Continue reading

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Downtown Dayton…

I only covered a few blocks, but what an incredible few blocks they are!

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