Monthly Archives: September 2021

MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: It’s okay to be different

My Aunt Jenny posted this quote on her Facebook account and it has already been one of my favorites as it was how Mother raised me. This is one thing (of many) I shall always be grateful for Mother: teaching, … Continue reading

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MY DAY: Monday is off and… sluggishly moving…

It rained a tiny bit in the early pre-dawn hours and has been spitting little spells of passing currents throughout the morning. Grey clouds hover over The Miami Valley and radar shows several heavy, extended bands of showers preparing to … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Free of gravity

This is not my writing. This is from DailyOM. We take flight mentally and experience new insights when we rise above our habitual ways of thinking.As earthbound beings, humans have always had a fascination with winged creatures of all kinds. … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Sitting with feelings

This is not my writing. This is from DailyOM. Taking the time to sit with your feelings to acknowledge them, will save you much distress down the road. It can take great courage to really sit with our feelings, allowing … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Take action

This is not my writing. It is from DailyOM. In order to make our dreams come true, we must take action rather than simply wishing for what we want. There is a popular misconception that we might be able to … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Daily self care

This is not my writing. It is from DailyOM. Putting yourself first means that it may be necessary to say no to someone else, in order to say yes to yourself. We have all heard the instructions of an airline … Continue reading

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MY DAY: Monday evening

It’s Monday night, 11:45 PM, and the teaching day is over. I am almost ready for four days of writing and relaxing. This Sunday’s and Monday’s lessons have been outstanding with tons of progress and energy toward some hefty goals. … Continue reading

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THE FAMILY ALBUM: The Saxon line

Sometimes, it is aggravating to research my priorities because I get trapped in genealogical rabbit holes. Tonight, while reading up on my Ball ancestors, pioneers of Boone Township, Madison County, Indiana, and buried in Forretville Cemetery, I went back several … Continue reading

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MY DAY: The call can wait…

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MY DAY: Wednesday is off and running

It’s overcast and grey but so comfortable with mild breezes on the cool side. At 11:00 AM I will receive my third Covid vaccine which is the booster. I am relieved and feel fortunate for this impending jab but I … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: The Sound of the Human Voice

I did not write this. It is from Daily OM. Every time we use our voices, we send our energetic imprint out into the universe and to the people around us. Whether listening to the low muted murmur of a … Continue reading

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THE FAMILY ALBUM: Coyotes

I took my son third son, Jose, to get a haircut at Great Clips in Kettering. We were the only customers and there was one stylist sweeping up from a previous haircut. “I’ll be right with you.” Jose, nearing age … Continue reading

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THE FAMILY ALBUM: “Dad? Where are you?”

It was not uncommon for me to leave a store or performing event and suddenly remember I had forgotten my sons. I had been on my own for so many years that I was not used to taking a roll … Continue reading

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THE FAMILY ALBUM: Please wait on the porch

The light was red at my turn from Far Hills Avenue onto Shroyer Road where my house stood about a mile away. I phoned my teenaged son. Joshua:  Yes? Dad:  Can you please be on the porch in about two … Continue reading

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MY DAY: Tuesday after Labor Day

And here it is Monday… I mean, Tuesday morning. Tomorrow, my Wednesday shall probably be Tuesday in my mind. Saturday through Monday was a mix of everything, socially and physically. Labor Day weekend has always been one of my favorite … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: One day at a time

I did not write this. This article is from DailyOM. Taking one step at a time makes life much easier to navigate, rather than always looking at the big picture. The years of our life do not arrive all at … Continue reading

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THE FAMILY ALBUM: Willkie license plate

I love this photograph of my great-great uncle and aunt, Raymond and Betty Daugherty. I have seen this photo so many times and don’t believe I have ever noticed the Wendell L. Willkie license plate on the front of the … Continue reading

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MY DAY: It’s Friday…

Since I have several days off from teaching each week, I don’t look as forward to Fridays as most folks, even when I designate Friday FunDays for particular events. Last night I wandered over to the next block which contains … Continue reading

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THE FAMILY ALBUM: Grandma Carter

Mary Maria Vinson Jones | Carter 29 March 1853 – 25 September 1934 I grew up hearing my grandmother, Donna Clary Barmes, lovingly refer to Grandma Carter. Since Carter is not a surname name directly connected to any family line, … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Being Your Own Village

I did not write this; it is from the DailyOM site. Sometimes we need to be our own village by utilizing all of our skills and learning more. Simple survival requires us to be in possession of many skills. The … Continue reading

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MY DAY: Thursday on the deck

I am beyond thrilled to be back at my table on the deck, even with 64-degrees. I do not mind the temperature, nor even the mild breeze as I just wanted to be back on the deck after the several … Continue reading

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THE FAMILY ALBUM: Jesse Barmes WWI draft registration

Interesting that Jesse Delmar Barmes lived in Elwood during WWI. I knew that Jesse’s brother, Edla Barmes, had brought Jesse’s sons, Virgil and Emerson, to Elwood, Indiana for jobs at The American Sheet and Tin Plate Company, but I had … Continue reading

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THE FAMILY ALBUM: Mary Jane Cline Ayres Barmes Bannon

Mary Jane Cline Ayres was a widow when she married my 3rd great-grandfather, Frederick Elde Barmes, of Hope, Indiana. This is some information on Mary: Mary Jane Cline Ayres Barmes Bannon was born 23 December 1854 in Mary Jane Cline, … Continue reading

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THE FAMILY ALBUM: Virgil Barmes’ draft card

Virgil Barmes was my maternal great-grandfather.

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THE FAMILY ALBUM: Writing out memories

In 1977, I made binders for my grandparents, some of their siblings, and my great grandparents, and their siblings with story-sheets they could fill out to record their favorite stories, our family’s history. I’m glad that at age thirteen was … Continue reading

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