Monthly Archives: July 2021

MY DAY: Saturday night with Mama Kay

Surprisingly, you’ll not find mine and Mama Kay’s names on the police blotters around Dayton, especially since Laura was not with us to supervise. We dined at Jorgge’s Ristorante & Cantina located on Wilmington Pike near China Cottage. Great food … Continue reading

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O, FOR HISTORY: Jon Meacham & Thomas Jefferson

I started Jon Meacham’s Pulitzer Prize winning THOMAS JEFFERSON: THE ART OF POWER. I’ve always enjoyed listening to Jon Meacham in interviews or offering speeches, and even George H. W. Bush’s eulogy. It occurred to me, just this morning, that … Continue reading

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MY DAY: Funtastic Friday

It’s not been an eventful day by any means but it’s been relaxed. It was a more comfortable night for sleep but my body was not participating. Another night of tossing and turning, more restless than the night before. I … Continue reading

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MY DAY: An enjoyable Thursday

The morning rain let up by 9:30 AM and by 10:20 AM I was greeting Cider Kress, accompanied by her mom, Amy, and Amy’s sister and niece, Jennifer and Hayley. Hayley and her brother, Ryan, who live near Denver, Colorado, … Continue reading

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O, FOR HISTORY: My mask

It appears I may need to resume wearing my masks. I’m fine with this as they must be worn on the bus and while at the terminal. All eight of my great-grandparents were born between 1896-1904 so by the time … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Thursday morning cloudiness

When the Zoom call-tone blared in my study, I was certain my son was calling an hour early because the sun was not yet appearing. It was 7:15 AM, alright, just very overcast with that look of impending rain. Sure … Continue reading

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MY DAY: Wednesday morning

It’s a mischievous play by nature: at 10:40 AM, it’s only 77-degrees with humidity at 70%; however, it feels much like the 89-degrees that is anticipated for later today with humidity at 130%. There is a gentle breeze that makes … Continue reading

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O, FOR HISTORY: Nellie Taft, an Ohio girl

I’ve both read and used Audible/audiobooks with Doris Kearns Godwin’s THE BULLY PULPIT: THEODORE ROOSEVELT, WILLIAM HOWARD TAFT, and THE GOLDEN AGE OF JOURNALISM. This morning, while busying myself around the house I pulled up the audiobook and hit a … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Know your limits

This article is not written by me but by DailyOM. There is power in knowing your personal limits — your willingness to accept these limits can give you the means to flourish. Every human life is defined, to some extent, … Continue reading

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MY DAY: Deck time, Audiobooks, Life

I’ve felt fine but have been dealing with an intermittent fever and no other symptoms. Sunday, as I began teaching, a long wave of nausea set in and I let my students know that I may need to may a … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Little surprises to end the sags

To be honest, despite keeping upbeat over the failed (Greyhound!) travel attempt to St. Louis and Springfield, I’ve felt, as Joshua and David would mimic their fellow Brits, “a bit of the sags” the past few days. Not getting to … Continue reading

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THE SPRINGFIELD ADVENTURE: 1st Leg of the Journey

7.15.2021 | DAYTON to COLUMBUS Laura picked me up at 5:00 PM to deliver me to the Greyhound terminal for my 6:35 PM departure. Finding the actual building where the terminal is housed should have been a warning shot. The … Continue reading

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MY DAY: A relaxing, musical filled Saturday

Thursday and Friday both felt like Saturday; Saturday felt like Sunday but without the late afternoon through late night teaching schedule. A productive day on many levels but I also enjoyed the down time. I am finishing up Linda Monk’s … Continue reading

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THE FAMILY ALBUM: Aunt Joyce

Joyce Ann Clary-Riser Born 24 July 1933 – Died 11 December 202 Oh, how instead of just thinking of my Aunt Joyce, today, I could physically wish her a happy birthday. Joyce Clary was the younger sister of my maternal … Continue reading

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MY DAY: Thursday evening

I am back at home on the deck with four dogs lounging close by, enjoying this near perfect weather as the sun makes its descent. At 8:50 PM, it is still quite light. I took No. 17 down to The … Continue reading

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MY DAY: Scenic route adventures

My bonus son leaves for college in less than a month and we’ve been enjoying some adventures and fun together, making up for the complete year of quarantine. Wednesday afternoon, we got into his car and he asked if I … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Even when we’re tired

I woke this morning feeling a bit tired and wanting to return to bed; however, I hate wasting time when I am physically capable of moving forward. The deck is bright and breezy, though still shaded by the house from … Continue reading

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MY DAY: Wednesday is moving along

The morning was just a little chilly but energizing and comfortable. It’s nearing 1:00 PM and we’re only at 76-degrees with an expected high of 80-degrees. The humidity was a little on the high side at the start but didn’t … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Building your family

Yesterday, I discovered this meme which grabbed me, especially after seeing the musical, BRIGHT STAR, last week before I was to leave for Springfield. I grew up in a family that was biologically connected but with multiple extensions. If a … Continue reading

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MY DAY: Tiring Tuesday

It’s just a bit after 8:15 PM, Tuesday evening, and I am tired yet still fully energized. I had three strong teaching days, a number of students on vacation, at band camps, and I started three new students. The students … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Erma

July 20, 2021… my wonderful precious girl, Erma, is 12 years old, today. This dog’s infectious sweetness, energy, always-at-the-front, tender hearted, and incredible love makes her The Ambassador for The Haasienda. Happy birthday, precious girl! Make it a great day … Continue reading

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O, FOR HISTORY: The White House Security Gates of Fremont

In Fremont Ohio at the former home of the oldest son of Rutherford B. Hayes and that is now the Presidential Library of R. B. Hayes, are the former gates used to protect the White House in Washington DC since … Continue reading

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THE FAMILY ALBUM: The abandoned

My father loved history and modeled his absorption so that I might find some love for history, as well. And, it worked. One of our family’s favorite things to do was taking drives through the countryside to seek the abandoned … Continue reading

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THE FAMILY ALBUM: 10 Things Your Dogs Would Tell You…

My life is likely to last 10 to 15 years. Any separation from you will be painful: remember that before you get me. Give me time to understand what you want of me. Place your trust in me – it … Continue reading

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THE FAMILY ALBUM: Luther & Ida

I was quite fortunate to grow up with many wonderful neighbors, the Herndons, the Fortner’s, the Mangus/Skalkotas families, the Coles, the Poynters, and numerous others. However, across the street on the Southeast corner of Ninth and Main Streets in Elwood … Continue reading

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