Monthly Archives: September 2016

MIAGD: Finalization 

MIAGD: make it a great day If everything goes as planned, Monday morning, October 4, 2016, the final installment of The Haasienda will be complete.  Griffith Jolliffe-Haas will be an official JH kiddo!

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MY DAY: Supporting The Blue

When I was born in 1964, my family had been involved with law enforcement for twelve years.  My maternal grandfather had joined the Elwood Police Department in 1952.   I grew up riding in police cars, hearing Grandpa Leroy’s radio … Continue reading

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MIAGD: Thank you, Everyone!

MIAGD: make it a great day  And I am off, and running, on this Monday, the first day of being 52 years old.  A chilly rain has moved into the Miami Valley, moving me inside to work.  We really need … Continue reading

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MIAGD: Farewell, Summer

MIAGD: make it a great day Everything is beginning to look dry, and spent throughout the yard.  Mums are gradually popping up for the transition I’ve grown to love: Summer plants and flowers fading as the fall plants and colors … Continue reading

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MY DAY: Starting year 53!

Yes, I know.  I’m 52 years old; however, I’m officially beginning my 53rd year.  I love these yearly anniversaries.  They reflect the milestones, and they press memories to the front.   Why I miss my grandparents, Leroy and Donna Barmes, … Continue reading

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MY DAY: A long, fun weekend

The weekend is winding down, but not without one more event this morning before the teaching week resumes at 2:00 PM.  FRIDAY: Morning appointments and errands Chatted with Mother  Downtown Takes the Stage – a good number of Dayton’s performing … Continue reading

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MY DAY: Friday & The Arts

The day began with us leaving the house at 8:30 AM for appointments, errands, and groceries.  Back at the house by Noon, and after lunch it was an hour’s nap with the three best dogs in the world, a phone … Continue reading

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MIAGD: Flexibility…

MIAGD: make it a great day Where the hell is my Waste Management dumpster? Waking with sinus pressure, a headache, and drainage was not how I expected to start my day.  The 8:00 AM online class was super, and during the … Continue reading

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MIAGD: Moving beyond The Great Depression

MIAGD: make it a great day One of the first articles to greet me on Facebook this morning was a post from a hometown friend about a recipe from The Great Depression, Corned Beef Luncheon Salad. The article was quite interesting, and … Continue reading

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MIAGD: STAR TREK turns 50!

MIAGD: make it a great day [Darin’s Log, Stardate 2016] Upon wakening, one of the first things I noticed on my Facebook newsfeed was a photograph posted by Bellbrook band director, Barb Siler. Ahhh…. Barb must have turned fifty years old, … Continue reading

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MIAGD: Those big outdoor jobs

MIAGD: make it a great day Ive always been impressed with those who work outside: postal carriers, utility workers, waste management, construction workers, etc. Today, a lengthy process of rebuilding the water infrastructure along Shroyer Road began.  It’s grueling.   … Continue reading

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MY DAY: Dayton’s Got Talent

No, it’s not a popular television talent show taking place in The Miami Valley.  It’s a taste of what my son and I have witnessed the past two weekends in downtown Dayton, Ohio.   THE LAST LIFE BOAT at The … Continue reading

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MY DAY: The Fair At New Boston

Ahhhhh!  My favorite fair-event of the year. The Fair At New Boston I am not fond of going to fairs, but this fair, set around 1790-1810, is outstanding.  The costumes are so neat, the hand-crafted items are interesting to observe, … Continue reading

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MY DAY: God-winks

(From Wednesday)  This afternoon has been full of God-winks! Griffith and I delivered enrollment papers to Alter High School in. We did not realize two of the administrators would immediately clear their schedules to welcome us with such tremendous warmth, … Continue reading

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MIAGD: Labor Day weekend

MIAGD: make it a great day I love Labor Day weekend.   For many, it’s a sad reminder that summer is coming to an end.  But for others, it’s the start of fall sports in the schools: football, cross country, … Continue reading

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MY DAY: Adoption musicals

Griffith and I are at The Victoria Theatre enjoying Dare 2 Defy’s LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS.  Excellent There is the one song, “Mushnik & Son,” absolutely cracked us up.  It’s about adoption.  It occurred to me that shortly after each … Continue reading

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MIAGD: September is here… 

MIAGD: make it a gret day The slightly unseasonal cool breeze is composing the most delightful symphony featuring swishing leaves, and a wide sound-array from each set of my five wind chimes surrounding the deck.  As I stepped onto the … Continue reading

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MY DAY: September 

I first heard this song in 1985 at River House in New York City. I was nearing my twenty-first birthday, and my directing mentor, Joshua Logan, had me accompany him as he bellowed out the song.  September Songs – Willie … Continue reading

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