Monthly Archives: April 2018

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Moon over Chappaquiddick

At the last minute I caught the 6:49 PM bus to Danbury South Cinemas to see CHAPPAQUIDDICK. For the most part, it was good. It brought back many reminders of my childhood in July 1969 as the world focused on … Continue reading

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SPOTLIGHT: Erma Bombeck

When I moved to Dayton, Ohio, August 1990, I was excited that I lived in the same town in which novelist and humorist, Erma Bombeck, grew up. Wright Brothers? (Yeh… I knew who they were… big whoop!) Paul Laurence Dunbar? … Continue reading

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O, FOR HISTORY: Funerals for First Ladies

Today was the funeral service for former First Lady Barbara Bush. I watched most of it, remembering funeral services of previous First Ladies during my lifetime: Bess Truman (not televised) (1982) Mamie Eisenhower (1979) Jackie Kennedy (1994) Lady Bird Johnson … Continue reading

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MY DAY: Raising their voices

As a young child, I can remember seeing teenagers demonstrating against the Vietnam war. Today, I attended the student rally in Lincoln Park with my friend, Nicole.  It was my first rally to attend. I was impressed with the speeches. … Continue reading

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MY DAY: Neko

Neko has died. Last night he was animated and full of entertaining fun for everyone. I came downstairs this morning and saw him sleeping in the guest bed. I didn’t think much of it. I returned home at Noon and … Continue reading

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O, FOR HISTORY: The Sorority

  This is one of my favorite photographs: a 1991 grouping of The Sorority of former First Ladies.  These were all the first ladies from my life because it captures of my First Ladies I had come to know in my lifetime.  … Continue reading

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O, FOR HISTORY: First Lady Barbara Bush

One of my favorite first ladies has passed away. What an incredible first lady and beautiful soul you were, Mrs. Barbara Bush. Rest in peace, Dear Lady!  

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THE FAMILY ALBUM: Hartsville & The Wright Brothers

My Barmes ancestors immigrated from Bavaria, Germany to Hope, Indiana in 1834, and established themselves as carpenters and home builders.  Much of their work can be seen today throughout Hope, today, as you drive along and see steep Bavarian-esque gables and … Continue reading

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MY DAY: An Inner Spa Day

This was a perfect Friday despite some initial downers: a friend’s cat scampered off to Rainbow Bridge and dealings with the IRS over my youngest son’s adoption. Off I went to Centerville to lunch at La Pinata, shop at Kroger, … Continue reading

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MY DAY: Logan, the cat

LOGAN  13 Apr 1994 – 13 Oct 2011 June 19th, 1994, I adopted my first pet, an eight-week-old kitten which I named, Mr. Logan, in honor of my directing mentor, the wonderful teacher, Joshua Logan. Several weeks later I learned … Continue reading

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O, FOR HISTORY: FDR’s Unfinished Portrait

April 12, 1945, President Franklin Roosevelt was sitting for a formal portrait when he suffered a massive stroke and died. Read about FDR’s Unfinished Portrait

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O, FOR HISTORY: New York City documentary

  Burns has done it, again.   But not the famed documentary director, Ken Burns.  His brother, Ric Burns. Nearly eighteen hours of wonderful stories and the history of New York City from 1609 through 1999. The programming is outstanding … Continue reading

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MY DAY: Guarding Dayton

They’re here. Every year of early April, thousands of winter guard performers, directors, staff, parents and friends descend upon Dayton for the WGI – Winter Guard International – Championships. And, I love it! At Walmart I ran into a gaggle … Continue reading

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O, FOR HISTORY: Appomattox

Today, April 9, 1865, generals Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant meet to agree on terms of surrender thus ending the United States’ Civil War.

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MIAGD: An Easter snowfall

MIAGD: Make it a great day It was a fast moving front that laid down a heavy snow across The Miami Valley. The sun makes this April 2nd. look appealing, even with the heavy snow that blankets the ground and … Continue reading

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