Monthly Archives: August 2019

MY DAY: Football, traffic, teaching

I’m sitting on my front steps waiting for my DoorDash delivery from Frisch’s and the traffic on Shroyer Road is non-stop. It’s one of the biggest nights in Kettering: the much anticipated Kettering vs Alter football game. The community goes … Continue reading

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MY DAY: Sumner winding down

I love the energy of school resuming, especially with marching band; however, this is my least favorite time of year: the end of summer. While we officially still have several more weeks of summer, this weekend reins in the season. … Continue reading

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MY DAY: Thank you…

My personalized thank you cards will arrive next week. In the mean time, I wanted to be certain each and every individual who contributed something to my life, these past several weeks, understands how much your thoughtfulness meant. From “hearts” … Continue reading

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MY DAY: In my old swing

It’s mid August, and this is my first visit to Riverscape where I’ve climbed into my favorite swing over looking the Great Miami River. I spent some time near the river scape pavilion, listening to the swing band and watching … Continue reading

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MY DAY: Turning the page…

The first major sign defining Mother’s passing is not seeing her daily Facebook “likes” for my posts, a commentary on a post, and always followed by “I love you” or “Love you.” It’s almost surreal realizing she’s no longer here. … Continue reading

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MY DAY: It’s still Monday

It’s still Monday. I’m passing through the Oregon District where the mass shooting occurred early Sunday morning. Television news crews line a section of the street across from where the shootings occurred. A gathering of folks surround a makeshift memorial … Continue reading

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MIAGD:

MIAGD: Make it a great day “Make it a great day!” I am more than certain Mother would not want it any other way. There is still a day to be lived. This is a new day that requires not … Continue reading

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MY DAY: The Watch

The helplessness of watching someone in the final stages of dying… The frustration of watching someone in the final stages of dying… The heartbreak of watching someone in the final stages of dying… I’ve often read the phrase, “cancer sucks.” … Continue reading

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MY DAY: Waiting in the wings…

By the time this post appears on social media, I shall be on my way back to my mother’s side as the curtain lowers on this final act. Mother’s spoken lines are now hushed, her movement stilled.  The breathing is … Continue reading

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MY DAY: Curtain…

At 2:05 AM, just about 15 minutes ago, my sister called after receiving word from the nursing home that Mother’s condition has greatly deteriorated. For the past three weeks it has been touch and go. We wait. We’ve known there … Continue reading

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