Monthly Archives: May 2022

MY DAY: A busy but relaxing Tuesday

The morning began bright and early on the deck and by 1:00 PM I was ready for a nap. And, nap I certainly did. I joined Mama Kay at Elsa’s Mexican restaurant in Kettering where she and a number of … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Stoking the fire within

This offering is from DailyOM and is not my own writing. Stoking The Fire Within A warrior perseveres in the face of adversity, stands up for their beliefs, and speaks in the service of those who cannot. There are certain … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Tuesday morning

It’s just after 8:00 AM on this beautiful spring morning with the temperature at a most comfortable 72-degrees. The full round of birds seems to be in tacet mode this morning with only one or two reminding me of their … Continue reading

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IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Martin & Short

I always manage to have an exciting time. Tonight’s Fraze Pavilion performance by comedians and film stars, Steve Martin and Martin Short exceeded “exciting.” I had considered getting tickets to this event, the venue is a five-minute walk from my … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Sunday morning on the deck

It’s not as chilly on the deck as it was Saturday morning and I am not joined by a dear friend who brought Bill’s Donuts for a working breakfast. It’s a beautiful morning with a brilliantly clear sky of blue, … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Memorial Day Monday

A beautiful morning with a blinding sun, clear skies, and a most agreeable temperature greeted me at 6:30 AM, as well as four loving dogs who needed some attention. The Dayton Heritage Days Festival returned to Carillon Park after a … Continue reading

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MY DAY: Memorial Day 2022

At 1:00 PM, I departed the park with my bonus siblings, Laura and Michael, children of Mama Kay and John and Janice Moore. Michael is home for a long weekend visit from North Carolina. Our first stop was Calvary Cemetery … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Saturday Snuggles

It’s a bit chilly on this last Saturday morning of May 2022. I was on the deck drinking coffee with my studio manager, Rita, both of us bundled in blankets to tidy up the summer schedule. Bless Rita, she brought … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Start of Memorial Day weekend

It’s a chilly morning. The sky is overcast and the air and ground damp from Thursday’s showers. Fortunately, we have clearance arriving with better weather for the Memorial Day weekend which commences the official start of summer. Today I have … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Power on for Wednesday

It’s overcast and the feel of rain is hovering. Today, I have an eight-hour shift, followed by an hour break and a two-hour park meeting. Naturally, rain is forecast for when I am to board the bus and arrive at … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Thursday , a semi-down day

A gentle rain has moved into The Valley this Thursday morning and I was fortunate to complete my task agenda for the deck. I had been thinking about switching the location of the large area umbrella with the table and … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Monday is a movin’

My whirlwind weekend spent with my eldest son, mostly in Cincinnati, was terrific and so enjoyable. He spent Sunday evening at a hotel near Cincinnati’s airport for his 11:00 AM departure to London, Monday morning. I miss him as the … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Friday floods in

What a terrific gully washer of a storm we had from about 3:00 AM until just now, 7:15 AM. Poor Erma, my only dog to be openly scared of storms was glued to the side of my bed while the … Continue reading

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MY DAY: Wrapping up Thursday

I reached home by 2:00 PM and decided to take a nap rather than eat lunch. So, nap I did. I woke at 3:00 PM, and attended to a few items around the house before feeding The Quartet and moving … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Thursday… moving along…

Wednesday evening, after leaving my shift and dining at Carillon Brewery, I stepped off the bus at 6:57 PM, walked 120 (or so) steps to my front, entered the house, changed out of my uniform, loved on the dogs, and … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Manic Monday? Hmmm…

As I prepare to head into the park, I’ve had “just another Manic Monday…” flowing through my mind. While the Bangles’ hit song is catching and sweet, it doesn’t feel like a manic Monday. I eased into the day and … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Wednesday wonderings

(7:20 AM) It’s almost time to shave, shower, and dress for an eight-hour stroll at the park. The sky is a steel gray and when I stepped onto the deck, I felt a few raindrops despite there being no rain … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Tuesday morning musings

Today I am working from home. I will attempt some research and possible writing before heading off to Taco Tuesday with Mama Kay and her Noon-Mass gals. At 3:30 PM I’ll begin teaching until 11:00 PM. Two new “used” books … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Sunday on the deck

As Mama Kay, The Girls, and I left Centerville’s La Pinata restaurant Saturday evening, the storm clouds were moving in. Just as I reached the house, heavy drops began falling. It was a fairly fast-paced shower, but a heavy one. … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Saturday morning

It’s already a splendid morning at 65° and the trees are filled with some of the best singers. It doesn’t get much better than that. This afternoon it is to rise to 81° with chances of rain showers later in … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Round and round

When I was growing up in Elwood, Indiana, Carole and Bruce Boston ran the local roller skating rink and they provided a fun, safe, and loving experience every weekend and for all the special occasions. As a young boy, the … Continue reading

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THE FAMILY ALBUM: Erma on mothers

When I first posted this on May 13, 2018, I did not know it would be the final tribute at Mother’s funeral, which beautifully, imaginatively, and lovingly delivered by my high school Latin teacher and much beloved family friend, Diana … Continue reading

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MY DAY: A restful, delightful Wednesday

What a fun day! I slept in until 8:00 AM, abandoning my typical 6:45 AM alarm from my early-shift days. I fed the dogs, checked some emails, and returned to bed until 10:00 AM. I rose and grabbed a light … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Whether you like the weather…

At 7:15 AM, it is already opening into a gorgeous morning and today’s forecast is a high of 83-degrees. The next several days are to reach the mid-80s with the upper 70s following for another several more days. I don’t … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Taking care of Me

There was a time when the phrase “taking care of me“ implied selfishness. When the new enlightenment of the 1980s and 1990s resurrected this phrase, it slowly eked its way into our psyche and conversation with a more positive emphasis. … Continue reading

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