Monthly Archives: July 2018

MIAGD: The sounds, colors, and fun were soaring…

MIAGD: Make it a great day Monday evening was spent in the company of three dear friends and several thousand spectators watching amazing youth from all across the United States, and even The Netherlands, treating us to some of the … Continue reading

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MIAGD: Monday… just Monday

MIAGD: Make it a great day It’s a beautiful Monday morning on the deck at 7:15 AM with some sprinkles still remaining from the rain throughout the night. It’s a busy teaching day with two new students taking some already … Continue reading

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OF INTEREST: The Pinnacle

I’ve always loved this spot which is the crown of woodland cemetery overlooking the city of Dayton below. I first discovered this lovely location in 1991, almost one year after moving to Dayton. A number of times, I would go … Continue reading

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MIAGD: Sitting on Erma’s rock

MIAGD: Make it a great day It’s July 29, a beautiful Sunday morning, but also a bittersweet day as I remember my dear little pal, Flyer, who passed away five years ago this morning. With only 19 minutes to spare, … Continue reading

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MY DAY: Ending the day at Riverscape

I spent a total of seven hours working on the deck, and I am exhilarated with all my progress. I fed the dogs, quickly showered and dressed, caught bus 17 downtown, ate dinner, caught a production of JESUS CHRIST, SUPERSTAR, … Continue reading

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MIAGD: A low-key Saturday

MIAGD: Make it a great day I am calling this Saturday, “low key,” and I am already taking bets with myself as to how long this title will last. On my schedule for today: Some strategic planning prep work for … Continue reading

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OF INTEREST: We don’t meet by accident

I found this article to be of deep interest. I’ve always believed each of us have reasons for moving, staying, leaving the lives of others. I don’t necessarily like the word, “cosmic,”‘to describe items connected with myself, but prefer “spiritual … Continue reading

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MY DAY: Christmas & Celtics

Downtown Dayton is alive and bulging with people and numerous activities. Dayton Dragons Baseball at 5th/3rd Field. Celtic Festival at Riverscape. Movies at The Victoria Theatre. Riverscape is packed but the way the Celtic Festival is spread out along Monument … Continue reading

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MIAGD: Friday fun-day

MIAGD: Make it a great day It is my Friday fun-day, and I’m going to have to work to make it a truly fun day. My day begins with a trip to the labs to have a blood draw to … Continue reading

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MY DAY: A busy kind of relaxing

I taught from 8:30 AM – 1:45 PM and had the entire afternoon off due to student vacations and band camps. I took full advantage of running errands to the vegetable stand near the Marshall and Stroop roads intersection.  Sadly, … Continue reading

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OF INTEREST: Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill

Four years ago, today, I was on the road by 7:00 AM toward an exciting day-trip adventure to Lexington, Kentucky and Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill. In the summers I always kept my bicycle in the van for storage but … Continue reading

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MIAGD: Wednesday = my Friday

MIAGD: Make it a great day The mild temperatures of this week have been most inviting and this morning is absolutely perfect. Due to vacations and camps, my weekend will begin at 1:30 PM this afternoon. It appears I have … Continue reading

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MY DAY: As plans go…

Today was well planned out and turned in to a number of fiascoes. I discovered, late last night, that several of my students were away today for cross country camp; they thought they would be back much earlier, in time … Continue reading

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MIAGD: Tuesday, already

MIAGD: Make it a great day I cannot believe it is already Tuesday with tomorrow being my summer-Friday. There’s really nothing of significance to report. It’s a typical Tuesday. Since my evening unexpectedly opened up tonight I’m heading to Woodland … Continue reading

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MIAGD: It’s a cool, comfortable Monday

I am loving my last remaining moments on the deck with the cool weather and gentle breezes conducting the wind chimes in their spontaneous song. Roxy, a guest pup for the week, snuggled next to me the entire night and … Continue reading

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OF INTEREST: Flyer, the baby eagle has died

This is a sad story for those of us in The Miami Valley who’ve been enthralled with eagle watched and the birth of both eaglettes.  The first baby died about a month ago when it was blown or pushed from … Continue reading

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MY DAY: Sunday slow down

While it was an eventful day it was uneventful in many ways. Most of the day was spent on the deck, reading and writing. Since today was a free day (July has 5 Sundays, I only teach 4) I took … Continue reading

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MY DAY: The final trip together

I received a “photograph reminder” on Facebook and it was from five years ago when I took my dog, Flyer, on our final trip, together. Flyer was dying and since we’d traveled extensively for twelve years, I decided to take … Continue reading

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MIAGD: A grey, wet & spongy Saturday morning

MIAGD: Make it a great day Grey skies. Wet air. Spongy ground. A blanket of damp clings to The Miami Valley. It’s still a fantastic day with plenty of activities to fill the time. I’m running marching band camp preparation … Continue reading

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MY DAY: Friday Funday surpassed all my expectations!

It was a damned good day, to say the least. Due to a rough night with little sleep and rain beginning by 6:50 AM, I almost elected to remain home.  I am so glad I went forward with my spontaneous … Continue reading

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O, FOR HISTORY: The walk…

Nearly 50 years ago. I was seated between my great-grandfather, John William Garrett Clary, and his brother in law, my great-great uncle, Alpha Jones, on my great-grandparents’ Davenport (brand name for a sofa) as we watched the scratchy black and … Continue reading

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MIAGD: And the rains came…

MIAGD: Make it a great day My Dark Sky weather app on my phone sounded at 6:37 AM with an 11-minute warning that heavy rains would begin. It was a horrible night for sleep as I was up and down … Continue reading

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IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Muse Machine Summer Concert

It was a unique, joint-jumping, much different concept for the summer Muse Machine concert, but it worked beautifully. Students, five of which were mine, shared the stage with both local and NYC jazz artists who were obviously delighted to be … Continue reading

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MIAGD: Thursday on the deck

MIAGD: Make it a great day I’ve been on the deck since 7:30 AM and have barely moved as I attend to studio business, a volunteer project, and a plan to tackle some writing. Wednesday evening I attended the Muse … Continue reading

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MIAGD: Wednesday = My Friday

MIAGD: Make it a great day My “summer Friday” has arrived and I’m ready for all that needs to be completed between this afternoon and Sunday, Noon. Last night I spent two hours on my favorite swing, high on the … Continue reading

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