Monthly Archives: July 2016

MY DAY:  A nice Saturday

It was a productive, yet quiet, Saturday.  Griffy’s bedroom is finally 98% completed.  It looks comfortable.   The kitchen is also about 95% cleaned up.  I finally got around to arranging the deck.  My bedroom is fairly tidied, but not … Continue reading

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MY DAY: Failing at adoption

Friday evening, my newest adopted son, and one of my senior saxophone students, and I headed to a nearby high school to watch several of my students in the the marching band’s end of band camp parent show.  Upon entering, I … Continue reading

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MY DAY: Marching band & rain

Last night, Friday evening, we attempted to watch the Centerville high school marching dan’s end of band camp parent show.  Rained out.  We ventured on over to Beavercreek high school to watch their end of many band camp parent show at … Continue reading

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MIAGD: Coping with changes

MIAGD:  make it a great day Three years ago, my world went through some incredible changes.  I found my self an empty nester after my youngest son moved out.   The house was rearranged; I got the very large room … Continue reading

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MY DAY: Fun with the boys

At 11 AM earlier today, our neighbor boy, Gabriel, 15, showed up at the front door the follow through with his offer on helping us get G’s room in better shape. I must say, it truly reminded me of when … Continue reading

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MY DAY: Thursday morning…

I woke on the deck at 3:00 AM, and headed upstairs to my bedroom. I woke again at 8:15 AM, hearing the rain showers outside my window. The deck has been my solace for this morning, and I know the … Continue reading

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MIAGD: Personal sanctuaries

MIAGD: make it a great day The rain is taping on the tent, the mourning dove is cooing, Shroyer Road is busy with traffic, and the wind pushes the metallic tubes into one another.  The deck is my sanctuary.  Some … Continue reading

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MIAGD: My own time

MIAGD: make it a great day Now that it is finally Wednesday, the end of my teaching week, I can finally relax a little bit more, and not feel so packed in. Last night, G opted to stay inside to … Continue reading

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MY DAY: Poisoned Parents

In one of my online groups to which I belong, a member had posted a photograph of a book, as well as a personal line about “poisoned parents.” The post read: “Directors, I truly am not a bookworm, but if you’ve … Continue reading

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MIAGD: Go easy on your self

MIAGD: make it a great day Sometimes we are too hard on ourselves. I know I am. I can be patient with the entire world, but I have a severe lack of patience with myself. This adoption placement, though strenuous … Continue reading

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MY DAY: Just a smile

I am still wading through the muck of exhaustion. I just cannot seem to grasp renewed energy. But, once the transition is more settled, I can continue pacing my self.   My day began with a visit from AAA to … Continue reading

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MIAGD: Parent Process

MIAGD: make it a great day The Haaseinda is turned upside down as we transition from empty nest status to one more son.  Not one room in this Cape Cod dwelling is undisturbed with a lack of organization or stacks … Continue reading

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MY DAY: The longest week

11:45 PM.  My head was beginning to feel the fatigue-ache from the long, sleepless week.  The weight of fatigue was drowning.  I was just packing up items on the deck to head inside to bed when my son stepped outside. … Continue reading

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MIAGD:  Finding that button

MIAGD: make it a great day Somewhere, in my 47 years of reading about Abraham Lincoln, I remember seeing a quote where, as president, Lincoln said, “I am so tired. I wish I could find the button to relieve it.” As … Continue reading

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MIAGD:  A new day

MIAGD: make it a great day It’s pushing on 9:30 AM, I have a brand-new day, a long one, but a damned exciting one chomping at the bit to get underway. Over on Rockhill Drive, a work crew is busy … Continue reading

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MIAGD:  Being tested… know the difference

MIAGD: make it a great day Something with this meme resonated with me this morning… Sometimes I believe we too often feel we are tested when, in actuality, we are simply experiencing the wonderment that life brings.  I feel society … Continue reading

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MY DAY: 3:24 AM

3:24 AM. I’ve not had more than three to four hours of sleep each night for nearly a week, and tonight is not fairing as well.  Soon, I’ll be seeing Mother’s “likes” on Facebook, and Jeff Carter’s blog posts from … Continue reading

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MIAGD: Just when you need it…

MIAGD: make it a great day There are always those days when you wake with a heaviness of heart because things are not proceeding as planned. I am a planner.  I am organized.  Sometimes, things happen that do not fall within … Continue reading

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MIAGD: What did I miss?

MIAGD: make it a great day  What did I miss? The past 72 hours have been an absolute whirlwind of filling out forms, trying to make connections for other items needed to secure this adoption placement, teaching, communicating with my … Continue reading

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MY DAY: Make your own kind of music

For those of us who are old enough to remember the hypnotizing,velvety voice of the legendary Mama Cass Elliot, probably can recall her signature hit, “Make Your Own Kind Of Music.” The song… My Uncle Ron joined the Navy, and … Continue reading

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MY DAY: Forks in the road

I’ve had an incredible journey these past 51 years. It’s been exciting, sometimes sad, thrilling, sometimes painful, but it’s always been filled with great joy, and tons of laughter. Three years ago, I began the journey through my empty nest … Continue reading

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MIAGD:  Breathe

MIAGD: make it a great day Breathe.  It sounds so simple. If it’s so simple, why in the hell do we forget to do it when we need it the most? Instrumentalists and singers rely on breathing technique. The funny … Continue reading

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MIAGD: Just SWING!

MIAGD: make it a great day Just swing!  Don’t stand there doing nothing: SWING!  Even if you miss, swing! I use a lot of baseball analogies in teaching. I played baseball as a kid, and it’s really the only sport … Continue reading

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MY DAY: Gentle nudges

For the past several years, while I am playing at the piano, I sometimes feel a nudge; something actually nudges by butt. I often turn around expecting to find Chief, Bailey, or Harrigan… but, there is never a dog behind … Continue reading

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MY DAY: It’s those little surprises

It’s always those little surprises that add a huge a smile to my day. Today, it was running across a 2009 Christmas greeting from the Ron & Duneen DeVore family, featuring a photograph of their young boys, now grown men. … Continue reading

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