Monthly Archives: December 2021

MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: The Wisdom of Fear

I did not write the content in this blog. It is from the site DailyOM. Anything really worth doing in our lives will always have some fear attached to it. Anything worth doing will always have some fear attached to … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Finding Your Next Step in Life

I did not write the content in this blog. It is from the site DailyOM. Our lives are made up of a complex network of pathways that we can use to move from one phase of life to the next. … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Small Steps to Big Change

I did not write the content in this blog. It is from the site DailyOM. When making big change in our lives, it can be easier to break it up into a few small changes to avoid overwhelm. When we … Continue reading

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ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY: The Christmas Truce

From: THIS DAY IN HISTORY 1914 Just after midnight on Christmas morning, the majority of German troops engaged in World War I cease firing their guns and artillery and commence to sing Christmas carols. At certain points along the eastern and western fronts, the … Continue reading

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ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY: Bing Crosby introduces “White Christmas,” 1941

From: THIS DAY IN HISTORY “White Christmas,” written by the formidable composer and lyricist Irving Berlin receives its world premiere on December 26, 1941 on Bing Crosby’s weekly NBC radio program, The Kraft Music Hall. It went on to become one … Continue reading

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ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY: Christ is born?

From: THIS DAY IN HISTORY Although most Christians celebrate December 25 as the birthday of Jesus Christ, few in the first two Christian centuries claimed any knowledge of the exact day or year in which he was born. The oldest … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Simplifying your schedule

I did not write the content in this blog. It is from the site DailyOM. Simplifying your schedule and the busyness of the day may be crucial to avoid burnout. For many, life is a hodgepodge of never-ending commitments. Yet … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Being Truly Thankful

I did not write the content in this blog. It is from the site DailyOM. Our gratitude deepens when we begin to be thankful for being alive and living the life we are living. Often when we practice being thankful, … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Common fears

I did not write the content in this blog. It is from the site DailyOM. Our minds are powerful, and moving into fear is a common experience that we can each look at and change. Everyone has fears — it … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: The Paradox of Spirit

I did not write the content in this blog. It is from the site DailyOM. The self is not small or big but is both at the same time. Our spirit is like a drop in the ocean of spiritual … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Mary Bailey from IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE

This Facebook post was written by Tim Clark , originally posted on 20 December 2017. I realized something while watching “It’s a Wonderful Life” recently. It was something I missed the first 326 times I watched it. That is, I … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Moving on to 2022

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MY DAY: Saturday fun!

I got to spend time with several of my favorite ladies, today, and it was such a terrific day. From 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM, Karen McLain, Linda Utt, and I had a blend of history, culture, and delicious food … Continue reading

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O, FOR HISTORY: The Bully Pulpit

I finally finished listening to the quite lengthy – nearly 37 hours – THE BULLT PULPIT by Doris Kearns Goodwin. It’s an excellent book. Despite the title recognizing The Golden Age of Journalism, I wish it had been a solid … Continue reading

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MY DAY: A different kind of “hug”

This is not a post for sympathy but one to educate and encourage. I love hugs. I always have. Since I was born into a demonstrative family filled with tons of huggers it was pretty unavoidable to not become a … Continue reading

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THE FAMILY ALBUM: Round Young Virgil

When I was young, I was very confused about the role my great-grandfather, Grandpa Virgil, played in the Nativity Story. I would go up to my grandmother’s nativity set, which I adored, and point out the main cast: “there’s Mother … Continue reading

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THE FAMILY ALBUM: Grandma Donna’s Christmases

I grew up on the opposite corner from my grandparents in Elwood, Indiana, and spent a tremendous amount of time with my mother’s parents, Grandma Donna and Grandpa Leroy, who still had sons, ten and twelve years older than me, … Continue reading

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IN THE SPOTLIGHT: “For Stevie… by your pupils you’ll be taught”

The past few days I have been listening to interviews with Stephen Sondheim, loving his advice, his graciousness, his encouragement, and his passion. Lyricist and librettist, Oscar Hammerstein II, second only to my direct mentor, Joshua Logan, is one of … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Avoiding Holiday Stress

This is not my writing. It is from a wonderful website, DailyOM. Much of the tension we feel during the holidays is a direct result of our own expectations. For many people, the advent of autumn heralds the start of … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: A Self-Healing Day

This is not my writing. It is from a great website, DailyOM. A beautiful gift to yourself, is a day of healing and nourishing just for you. Human beings carry within themselves the seed of healing. Our choices affect us … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Letting Go of Perfection

This is not my writing. It’s from the wonderful website DailyOM. Life becomes much more interesting once we let go of our quest for perfection and aspire for imperfection instead. It is good to remember that one of our goals … Continue reading

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MY DAY: Charlie Brown, Carillon Brewery, Calvary Cemetery angels, Carillon Park festival

A busy, fun-filled day! At Noon, Thursday, I was on the Sinclair Community College campus to see a former student in A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS. Before returning to Kettering, I stopped to visit my bonus-sister, Jenny. My return home was … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Dancing for the snail

11:15 AM, Thursday, I departed the bus at Sinclair Community College to watch a former student portray Charlie Brown in A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS at the noon hour. As I approached Building 7 to head to the cafeteria below, I … Continue reading

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