Monthly Archives: February 2018

MY DAY: It’s a Sunday

It was a restless night, but a return to bed after feeding the dogs and my self-seemed to cut the edge of tiredness. The sinus infection seems to have abated and my infrequent cough is productive. The rain, which has … Continue reading

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MY DAY: Rainy days

Since Thursday night I’ve nurses myself against a sinus indirection. It’s still a standoff but I’m afraid it has dipped into my chest. I’ve spent a good deal of time in bed surrounded by three dogs and my son’s cat, … Continue reading

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MY DAY: Gotcha Day for Chief & Navi

Seven years ago on a chilly Sunday afternoon, Son No. 4 and our dog, Flyer, drove through the east-central Indiana countryside after a weekend visit with my mother which included a winter percussion contest for Son No. 3. This huge … Continue reading

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THE FAMILY ALBUM: Rigor-mortis

My mother posted this witty meme this morning and it reminded me of one of my grandfather’s police stories. Grandpa Leroy was on third shift duty at the police department when a call came in that a hearse had hit … Continue reading

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SPOTLIGHT: A visit to Salzburg

Friday night I got to see one of my favorite musicals on stage at The Schuster Center, THE SOUND OF MUSIC. This is one of those musicals that can either too dramatic that it feels like painful constipation or too … Continue reading

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MY DAY: It is Wick

It’s February 13th and the evening sun is beginning to shift its way back around to the point where it floods my study with brightness, forcing me to close the curtains during my teaching hours. The wintery scenes, even snow-covered, … Continue reading

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SPOTLIGHT: Watching the Alps come together

Karen McLain and I are sitting In the Schuster Center watching the load in the touring company set , THE SOUND OF MUSIC, as part of the Bagels & Broadway. What a neat thing to watch, while reliving memories of … Continue reading

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THE FAMILY ALBUM: Generations

“Love and comfort to you and your family as the last member of this generation passes.” – Alice Kay Lovelace noting the passing of my last great-great uncle. When I was born in 1964, I was blessed with many generations … Continue reading

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SPOTLIGHT: Oscar Nominated Shorts

This afternoon, Nicole and Ian Melin and I watched the Oscar-nominated live action and short animated features. What a great collection of movies. The 2018 nominees for Best Short Live Action Film: DeKALB ELEMENTARY MY NEPHEW EMMET THE SILENT CHILD … Continue reading

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MIAGD: Share a Smile

MIAGD: Make it a great day I was born into a smiling family. In fact, as a kid I can remember hearing folks commenting on my mother’s smile, as well as other smilers in our family. Smiling always came naturally … Continue reading

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SPOTLIGHT: Bea Benedaret

The current generation may not recognize her name, nor know her body of work, but Bea Benedaret was a familiar face and voice throughout my early youth. Before falling asleep last night I discovered THE BEVERLY HILLBILLIES was on a … Continue reading

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MY DAY: All in a Saturday

Out the door at 9:40 AM for a breakfast at McDonalds, followed by a board meeting. 1:20 PM, hurried to meet with a former student and then on to Dayton Metro Library to see Tristan Cupp’s Zoot Theatre crew perform … Continue reading

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OF INTEREST: Finding the overlooked

I love looking at things we tend to not notice. When I’ve got my camera in hand I tend to notice so many different things I’d probably never notice. There’s often some hidden beauty in the unnoticed or forgotten. One … Continue reading

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MIAGD: Grey & Chalky

MIAGD: Make it a great day There’s a biting cold breeze outside. There’s a heavy grey sky shrouding The Miami Valley. There’s a white chalky look to the pavement from salt and dryness. The world seems dehydrated of moisture and … Continue reading

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O, FOR HISTORY: The Kalb Report: “Writing History” – Woodward and Bernstein

Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein have been my favorites since the early 1970s.  The interview was conducted three years ago but is still an incredible episode.

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O, FOR HISTORY: Art on The White House

I have a deep passion for presidential history and White House history.  I tripped across an old article of an artist’s take on various rooms in The White House. An Artist Visits The White House Past Another artist captured the Blue … Continue reading

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MIAGD: Sun out, sun in

MIAGD: Make it a great day When I woke at 7:30 AM it was still a steel-grey sky but eventually became startling bright as the sun landed on the fresh snow in the backyard. The sky has been drained of … Continue reading

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MIAGD: Reminder Bracelets

MIAGD: Make it a great day I just received these bracelets, today.  Wonderful reminders. “BELIEVE you can & you’re halfway there.” – Theodore Roosevelt “Once a day allow yourself the freedom to DREAM.” – Albert Einstein “Some are born great, … Continue reading

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