Monthly Archives: May 2018

O, FOR HISTORY & FAMILY ALBUM: Memorial Day

My ancestors fought in The French & Indian War, The Revolutionary War, The War of 1812, The Mexican War, The Civil War, The Spanish American War, WWI, WWII, The Korean War, The Vietnam Conflict and served during times of peace. … Continue reading

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MIAGD: Breakfast on the deck

MIAGD: Make it a great day My first breakfast on the deck this season. Actually, it’s not the first breakfast on the deck this spring but the first beneath this year’s setup. When I opened the backdoor Clyde uncharacteristically dodged … Continue reading

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MY DAY: Hitting the Deck

I’m about three to four weeks early having my deck ready for summer. Since moving to Shroyer Road in 2003 the deck has been a gathering place. It was always a popular retreat for the older boys and their friends, … Continue reading

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MIAGD: Transition Time

MIAGD: Make it a great day It’s that time of year. Transition time. I love it. I hate it. It excites me. It saddens me. I’m most often energized. I’m sometimes emotionally lethargic. Transition Time is when my seniors prepare … Continue reading

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O, FOR HISTORY: The National Museum of The United States Air Force

I cannot even guess nor imagine how many times I’ve been to this wonderful repository of United States aviation history. With each visit, I find myself more impressed and deeply moved. It’s the best.

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O, FOR HISTORY: Bob Hope & The Armed Forces

One of my favorite displays at The Museum of the United States Air Force: a tribute to the gentleman who provided us so many wonderful memories, Bob Hope.

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O, FOR HISTORY: Quentin Roosevelt

From Wikipedia: Quentin Roosevelt (November 19, 1897 – July 14, 1918) was the youngest son of President Theodore Roosevelt and First Lady Edith Roosevelt. Family and friends agreed that Quentin had many of his father’s positive qualities and few of … Continue reading

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MIAGD: It’s Sunday

MIAGD: Make it a great day I begin teaching at 11:00 AM, today, to squeeze in several students with immediate needs for working on projects. I slept fitfully, but enough to escape the arm pain (pinched nerve) throughout the night. … Continue reading

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SPOTLIGHT: Royal Weddings

On a chilly July 1981 morning at Smith-Wallbridge Drum-Major Camp near Syracuse, Indiana, Rick and I quietly rose by 4:00 AM, and took a radio out to one of the pavilions to listen to the royal wedding of Prince Charles … Continue reading

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MIAGD: Spontaneous trips

MIAGD: Make it a great day Spontaneous trips. Some of the best memories and experiences of my childhood. I guess my childhood has lasted 53 here because I’m still very spontaneous. It was nothing uncommon for my family, on any … Continue reading

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THE FAMILY ALBUM: Ronald Clary

As a child, I grew up around the corner from my maternal grandparents, Leroy and Donna Clary Barmes. I spent many glorious hours with my beloved grandparents who were still young, 42 and 40, at my birth. To add to … Continue reading

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MY DAY: Erma’s take on God’s greatest creation

WHEN GOD CREATED MOTHERS When the Good Lord was creating mothers, He was into His sixth day of “overtime” when the angel appeared and said. “You’re doing a lot of fiddling around on this one.” And God said, “Have you … Continue reading

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SPOTLIGHT: “At Wit’s End”

The Human Race Theatre Company of Dayton, Ohio gave The Miami Valley a splendid Mother’s Day gift for the past several weeks celebrating motherhood and humanity through the work of local author and humorist, Erma Bombeck. AT WIT’S END, directed by … Continue reading

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MY DAY: Library is trendy but not book-friendly

My community’s newly remodeled and technologically updated public library, a part of the Dayton Metro Library system, is rather bewildering, as well as a disappointment. It feels more like a community room or some kind of teen country club. No … Continue reading

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MIAGD: A Friday Spring morning

MIAGD: Make it a great day Friday. My Saturday. It’s 62-degrees at the moment with an expected 82-degrees later in the day. A gentle breeze crosses the yard up to the deck where I am surrounded by five differently tuned … Continue reading

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OF INTEREST: Mike’s Indoor Bike Park & Crane Studios Market

One of my favorite fellow music educators stepped off the podium to pursue a dream beyond the band room: he opened an indoor bike park. I first met Mike Bisig when he was a band director at Ankeney Middle School.  Mike is one of … Continue reading

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