Monthly Archives: January 2018

MY DAY: The country needs you, Harry Truman

When I was in 5th grade, my maternal uncle, Ron Barmes, gave me an 8-track tape player and several 8-track tapes.  My favorite was CHICAGO’s Chicago VIII, 1975. “Harry Truman.”  That was my favorite song and I listened to it … Continue reading

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THE FAMILY ALBUM: Mary Belle Jones Clary

Forty-nine years ago today, my great-grandmother, Mary Belle Jones Clary, passed away. I remember clearly coming through the front door with Mother.  The phone was ringing and Mother hurried to answer it.  She was carrying her “fall” – hairpiece – … Continue reading

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O, FOR HISTORY: “Slipped the surly bonds of earth…”

I had my general music students in the high school’s library to complete a project. I caught several teachers gathered around the television in the audio-visual room.  After investigating, I called the students over to watch the event. “I can … Continue reading

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SPOTLIGHT: Dayton Theatre Guild’s STELLA AND LOU

All I knew about Bruce Graham’s drama, STELLA AND LOU, was that television great, Rhea Perlman starred in the original 2013 Northlight Theatre production in Skokie, Illinois.  My reason for going to see Dayton Theatre Guild‘s production was to watch … Continue reading

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OF INTEREST: Erma Bombeck

When I was in third grade I went to Mother’s bookcase to select more mature reading because I had exhausted all of my interests at the school and public library. Erma Bombeck? The titles sounded fun and the cover’s artwork … Continue reading

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MIAGD: The Season of Complaining

MIAGD: Make it a great day We just finished the Season of Thanksgiving and the Season of Giving.  Some will begin preparations for the Season of Lent.  As the studio revs up its busiest season each January it turns into … Continue reading

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MY DAY: Ahhh… what a Friday!

It was a perfect Friday and I don’t think I could have made it any better. Thursday night I had dinner with my dear friend, Mark Monroe, and took the wrong bus home resulting in 3,000 steps. Perfect. Friday morning … Continue reading

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OF INTEREST: The Blizzard of 1978

It’s not so bad when anniversaries are remembered at ten years, even twenty years. Thirty years? Oooh! Forty years? Ouch! We were definitely snowed in at 825 Main Street in Elwood, Indiana. My grandmother, Donna Barmes, was escorted on a … Continue reading

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MIAGD: Flyer and Wilbur

MIAGD: Make it a great day I’ve never been able to explain the relationship my dog, Flyer, had with Wilbur Wright at his gravesite. On a warm November Sunday afternoon in 2000, I traveled out to a farm near Xenia … Continue reading

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OF INTEREST: Reading About The Queen

When I was three years old my parents invested in a set of World Book Encyclopedias that eventually transported me all over the world and into the deep riches of our country’s history. The family no longer owns the outdated … Continue reading

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SPOTLIGHT: Muse Machine’s HELLO, DOLLY!

As the song goes, “there’s no blue Monday in your Sunday clothes” and let me tell you this was no blue Monday after seeing Muse Machine’s production, HELLO, DOLLY, this weekend. I was proud of my students Tommy Cole as … Continue reading

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MIAGD: Braving it up for the arts

MIAGD: Make it a great day We got a nice healthy blast of winter weather with a coating of ice and plenty of snow but the performing arts of Dayton and its many enthusiasts are ploughing right through the winter’s … Continue reading

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SPOTLIGHT: THE POST

Thursday night, Mark Monroe and I went to The Greene to watch the newly released, THE POST, a political drama set in the early 1970s starring Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Sarah Paulson, Bob Odenkirk, Tracy Letts, Bradley Whitford, Bruce Greenwood, … Continue reading

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MY DAY: A quiet day at home

    The threat of this winter storm did not keep me in and I am rather surprised I have not been out enjoying it. The day was spent reading, napping, writing, napping, enjoying some homemade soup, napping, and watching … Continue reading

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MIAGD: God winks & Angel wings flutter to a Chambersburg connection

MIAGD: Make it a great day I absolutely love God winks or Angel Wings Flutters. They seem to happen often in my life, and I have countless stories to what some folks refer to as “coincidence.”  At 53, I just do not believe … Continue reading

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THE FAMILY ALBUM: Waiting on the hearse

My great-grandparents, Garrett and Belle Clary, who lived seven miles northeast of Elwood on their family farm, formerly the Vinson and Jones, drove into town for a funeral.  Grandma Belle was wearing a new mourning or funeral dress she’d recently made. On this beautiful … Continue reading

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MY DAY: T-Shirts

I typically do not wear T-shirts. Once upon a time, I did but if I should perspire, I hate the way some collars begin to curl.  If I do wear a T-shirt it is under a casual dress shirt, for … Continue reading

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THE FAMILY ALBUM: Along the tracks

I was fortunate to have grown up or to have at least known, all my grandparents, all but one great-grandparent, and only two great-great grandparents. I was even more blessed to know many of my great uncles and aunts, 2nd-great … Continue reading

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MY DAY: My Go-To Books

One of my current go-to books is BLUEPRINT FOR REHABILITATION: A Positive Approach To Guidelines. It’s fascinating. As a child I loved our World Book Encyclopedias. They were my fleet of frigates that took me everywhere. I think they were … Continue reading

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MY DAY: 2nd & Charles

I love second hand book stores. 2nd & Charles is a fine store in Kettering’s Town & Country mall just down the street. I find a plethora of supplemental teaching material, as well as many music books. Once home to … Continue reading

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OF INTEREST: Part 2: The REAL Rike’s Window Display Elves

After lunch I retraced my steps through the Schuster Center lobby and the “stages” or boxes were being dismantled. Here are two of those beloved elves: What we see at The Schuster Center each year is not the complete Rike’s … Continue reading

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OF INTEREST: The REAL Rike’s window display elves

MIAGD: Make it a great day This was my lucky day! I just happened to sneak downtown for lunch and some errands, and caught The Schuster Center’s production team elves dismantling the Rike’s Department Store window displays. They were gracious … Continue reading

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MY DAY: Saxophone Dessert

It was the first time both the seventh and eighth grade bands would play together and I was quite nervous.  I was comfortable with my fellow seventh grade band students, but today, I would be meeting the eighth graders for the … Continue reading

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THE FAMILY ALBUM: William & Harriet Greenlee

I located a photograph of my fourth-great-grandparents, William & Harriet Greenlee. William Greenlee 23 Feb 1816  Charleston, Kanawha County, West Virginia, USA 11 Jan 1898  Madison County, Indiana, USA Harriet Sayre Greenlee 24 Jun 1822   Pomeroy, Meigs County, Ohio, USA 13 Jan … Continue reading

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