Monthly Archives: August 2018

MIAGD: Friday Fun Day

MIAGD: Make it a great day It’s a beautiful, cool, and calm Friday morning on the deck and the only sounds are a cicada who is a bit annoying, the construction next door on the school’s auditorium, and traffic on … Continue reading

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O, FOR HISTORY: Andrews Air Force Base… reminders

A short while ago I watched the ceremonial arrival of Sen. John McCain’s remains at Joint Base Andrews, formerly known as Andrews Air Force Base just outside Washington, DC.. The senator’s remains were transported on a plane from the presidential … Continue reading

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MIAGD: Thursday’s focus on moments

MIAGD: Make it a great day I found this fantastic quote: “Life is about moments; don’t wait for them… CREATE THEM.” I was raised in a family that created so many moments, colors of all shades. There were issues of … Continue reading

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MIAGD: Wednesday is here…

MIAGD: Make it a great day It’s Wednesday before Labor Day and you can feel the excitement for Kettering’s Holiday At Home Festival and Parade kicking in. My neighbor, Kay, is busy prepping for her annual shindig for family and … Continue reading

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IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Movies to Musicals

MRS. DOUBTFIRE and EVER AFTER are two movies making their way to the musical stage. FLASHDANCE and PRETTY WOMAN are already on their feet and moving along, as are a number of other movies-to-musicals. Often, musicals evolve from a book, … Continue reading

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MIAGD: Tuesday Without tacos

MIAGD: Make it a great day The deck is much cooler and less balmier than in previous days where by 7:00 AM it was already in the 80s with humidity above 90%. I finished teaching Monday evening and immediately took … Continue reading

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IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Roberta McCain at 106

A mother has lost her son. Roberta McCain is “is 106, but she’s spunky,” said a close family friend. “She knows he is ill.” I believe it’s always sad for a parent to experience the death of a child; however, the … Continue reading

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MIAGD: Sliding into Monday

MIAGD: Make it a great day It’s already 86-degrees at 9:00 AM and even with air conditioning in the place it’s still muggy feeling and uncomfortable. Sunday was busy and lessons were exceptionally productive, especially with Centerville High School’s dual … Continue reading

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MIAGD: Saturday morning

MIAGD: Make it a great day It’s a comfortably breezy morning on the deck with the nylon top of the pergola snapping and wind chimes dancing. A minimal percent of rain is forecast for the later afternoon but from my … Continue reading

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MY DAY: Friday is a wrap

This was what I would call a perfect day. I accomplished precious little with writing, but I’m so grateful for how this entire day turned out. At 5:30 I joined the Dallis family, Tom, Amy, and their beautiful daughter, Carissa … Continue reading

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MY DAY: Netflix & Nedda

received my three Netflix DVDs earlier this week but for some reason Netflix thought I needed a fourth DVD. What arrived was CHARLIE CHAN AT THE OPERA, out of sequence in my queue. This DVD jumped over two others. CHARLIE … Continue reading

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MY DAY: Loving Erma

Erma is just the sweetest, most loving dog and tomorrow, Saturday, we will celebrate her one week anniversary, or as we say in the adoption world, “gotcha day.” Chief, Bailey, and Harrigan are all loving, but in a very different … Continue reading

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MIAGD: Friday… already?

MIAGD: Make it a great day It seems as though this week barely got started and now here we are celebrating Friday’s arrival. The day has completely gotten away from me and at 9:52 AM I feel way behind in … Continue reading

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MIAGD: Thursday – hitting my stride

MIAGD: Make it a great day Thursday has arrived, and I heartily welcome it as the start of my new three non-teaching day stretch. I’ve managed to schedule all my teaching into four days, Sunday through Wednesday. Scheduling-wise, it fell … Continue reading

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MIAGD: Wednesday = Friday

MIAGD: Make it a great day Whew!  Wednesday is here but my impending three days devoted to writing, research, and adventures are still a long way off until I finish teaching tonight at 9:30 PM. I could only keep myself … Continue reading

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IN THE SPOTLIGHT: 1 4 3

Fred Rogers. Mister Rogers. The documentary, WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR?, was undoubtedly a beautiful tribute to Fred Rogers. Fred’s consistent weight his entire life and a special code for: “I love you” – the numbers of letters in each … Continue reading

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OF INTEREST: Signs

I have always needed to motivate myself and I’ve generally had great success by posting notes or placing a photo or an item near where I work as a code or secret inspiration and encouragement. Sometimes I make a collage … Continue reading

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MIAGD: Toooooozday

MIAGD: Make it a great day The deck is so comfortable this morning at 7:00 AM and I’m loving the constant flow of air that’s keeping the wind chimes bouncing about. Last night’s sleep was not as restful as the … Continue reading

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MY DAY: Monday is a done day

Another energized day of hard working students and fun with The Quartet. I’ve always thought my Trio was sweet. They’ve had some really bitchy moments with Erma. Actually, maybe 5% of the time. But it’s all a part of the … Continue reading

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MIAGD: Off and running at 28 years

MIAGD: Make it a great day Yesterday started the new season’s schedule and the ten hour teaching day actually flew by rather quickly and I actually slept through the entire night with little disturbance and no nature breaks. At 7:00 … Continue reading

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O, FOR HISTORY: Wright birthdays

Sunday, August 19th was the anniversary of the birth of the youngest two Wright children born to Bishop Milton Wright and Susan Koerner Wright. Orville Wright, born 1871, and Katharine Wright Haskell, born three years later, were born in the … Continue reading

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MIAGD: Sunnnnnday!

MIAGD: Make it a great day It’s not even 10:30 AM on this beautiful Sunday morning and I am already in need of a major nap. After waking at 2:30 AM for a nature break I could not get back … Continue reading

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MY DAY: Erma settled in

At around 5:30 PM Erma, still known as precious at the moment, and I entered the front door of The Haasienda to the uproarious greeting from the three established canines. For the first five minutes, or so, with The Trio … Continue reading

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MY “Doggone” DAY: Meet Erma

At around 3:00 PM I meandered into SICSA (pet adoption center) with just my backpack. At 5:00 PM I meandered out of SICSA with my backpack and a dog on a hot pink leash. As word spread that she had … Continue reading

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MIAGD: Saturday slugs

MIAGD: Make it a great day It really is a beautiful damp morning with mild temperatures, 97% humidity, and sunshine attempting to establish its long awaited place in the grey skies that have marked The Miami Valley for the past … Continue reading

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