Monthly Archives: June 2022

O, FOR HISTORY: The Sherman Antitrust Act & NCR

In February 1912, the United States government filed two suits against National Cash Register under the Sherman Antitrust Act. One was a civil suit against the company itself, and the other sought criminal prosecution of NCR’s president John H. Patterson, vice … Continue reading

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THE FAMILY ALBUM: Grandpa Virgil’s new chimney

Grandpa Virgil (my maternal great-grandfather) and Grandpa Leroy (Virgil’s son and my maternal grandfather) were putting on a new chimney at the family’s new farm only two miles south of Elwood, Indiana, but now within the Frankton district. Halfway up, … Continue reading

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THE FAMILY ALBUM: Grandpa Virgil’s new picture window

In the 1940s, my great-grandparents, Virgil and Thelma Daugherty Barmes, moved from North D Street in Elwood, Indiana to a farm southeast of town in the Frankton, Indiana district. Grandma Thelma wanted a picture window on the western end of … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Thursday morning

It’s the last day of June 2022 and it couldn’t get a more beautiful send-off with this gorgeous weather. It’s only 63 degrees outside but very comfortable but an anticipated 88 is expected to top off the day. My deck’s … Continue reading

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O, FOR HISTORY: An interesting NCR tidbit

National Cash Register, NCR, of Dayton, Ohio, was once the premier industry in the United States for many years. Its founder, John Patterson, was an incredible visionary and a true leader in business and sales practices, many of which are … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Tuesday morning

It’s 53 degrees and shall only climb to a high of 77 degrees, today. I decided to stay inside for my coffee, bagel, and blogging. Even the pooches are inside and not on the deck in their usual spots. I … Continue reading

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MY DAY: Wednesday winding up and down

It was an interesting day, to say the least. I decided that I should venture out on this beautiful day and stepped onto the bus at 10:40 AM to head up to North Dayton to dine at one of my … Continue reading

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THE FAMILY ALBUM: Foster Bags

Yes… this is so true. Even when moving into their new adoptive home, several of my five sons had trash bags for their only items in their young lives. Too often, their clothes were dingy and well worn despite the … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Wednesday morning

The cool breezes of this morning kept me from the deck and I breakfasted and scrolled through emails and social media from my bed. I may end up in this place for a while as I wage through some lower … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: My Saturday morning, RailFest, & Birthday Dinner

It’s going to be a full day. Friday, I worked at the park for four hours, returned home for a quick nap, and then took off with Larua for dinner before attending the marvelous Beavercreek Community Theatre’s production, SOMETHING’S ROTTEN. … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Sunday on the deck

It’s 8:45 AM and after some delays in getting the day fully plugged in, I am fully charged. Humid air is kept at bay by a comfortable breeze and all the familiar sounds of the morning are upon me. The … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Monday, Monday

It’s a very breezy, cool morning at 66 degrees and only eleven degrees to go to cap the day. I am writing from my bed where I suspect I will work most of the morning since the breeze is a … Continue reading

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THE FAMILY ALBUM: Grandma Donna

Thirty years ago, today, at 2:15 PM, my grandmother, Donna Mae Clary Barmes, passed from this world into the next. Grandma Donna was living with my parents and youngest siblings at our South A Street residence in Elwood, Indiana. She … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Beauty Day

The day is adjusting into one of great beauty, at least on the outside. It’s a mild, peaceful morning on the deck with all the familiar sounds that accompany almost any morning while seated at my table. I am hoping … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: My Playground

It’s my kind of morning! The cardinal is bellowing away his morning cantering song. The breeze is in Oscar Hammerstein II mode. It’s 70 degrees. The Quartet is animated and well into its morning routine. And, I am on the … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: The Ripple Effect

This submission is from DaileyOM and not written by me. Your thoughts and actions are like stones dropped into still waters causing ripples to spread as they move outward. In a world of six billion people, it’s easy to believe … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Transitions

I have always loved transitions of any kind. There are some transitions in musical scores or even a “borrowed chord” in a song that will inspire me or give me goosebumps. John Williams’ magnificent fanfare in those opening seconds of … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: The Mary Lincoln Daylilies are here!

It is already showing strong signs of becoming a more beautiful day as the sun warms the earth on this first official day of summer, 2022, and to make it official, my Mary Lincoln daylilies began blooming this morning. About … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Friday morning

For some reason, I fought sleep throughout the night. The heat was the seed but by 3:00 AM, it had cooled off a good bit and a nice breeze coming off the deck mixed nicely with the window fan, ceiling … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: My 38th birthday… I am legally 38 years old today

20 June 2022 – I am legally 38 years old, today. My sister, Dena, who is 49 years old, and my younger brother, Destin, who would have been 48 years old, are also 38 years old, today. On the morning … Continue reading

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MY DAY: Friday is finished

Another fun adventure day at the park with some delightful Guests. I returned home to collapse for an hour of sleep, cramming in the four to five hours of lost sleep from Thursday night. I woke refreshed, fed the pooches, … Continue reading

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O, FOR HISTORY: The Bar Code

From Andrew Hershner, Dayton historian. The Barcode made it’s debut in Troy 48 years ago this month! The Marsh Supermarket in the Sherwood Centre at 982 N Market St was the test site for the new retail technology. Collaborators included … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Seven Quick Fixes to Feel Better

This is from DailyOM and not my own writing. Anxiety and fear dissipate quickly when countered with conscious breathing. The signals our bodies use to tell us we need to cleanse ourselves physically, mentally, and emotionally are multifaceted and often … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Thursday morning on the deck

Even at 80 degrees, it’s a beautiful morning on the deck with cooler air, a strong breeze, and the typical deck chorus from all around. It’s a fine setting for working on projects. The big debate, this morning, is what … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Wednesday wanderings

Today is expected to repeat Tuesday’s wickedly hot weather. At 7:50 AM, the misery is already begun. Sleeping was not comfortable, but manageable. Although I kept a majority of our fans aimed at the bedroom, The Seniors elected to sleep … Continue reading

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