Monthly Archives: June 2022

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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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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MY DAY: Wednesday winding down

Before I know it, six hours of the park life, a sixty-minute nap, dinner on the deck, and three hours of research, and it is nearing half-past nine o’clock. The stroll through the park was enjoyable and I got to … Continue reading

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O, FOR HISTORY: “The Gem City” – Dayton, Ohio

When asked how Dayton, Ohio was dubbed, “The Gem City,” very few can retrieve the origins.  Some believe it was based on a well-known racehorse named, Gem. However, after digging through old articles and piecing things together, I am hoping … Continue reading

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THE FAMILY ALBUM: Glass paperweights

My friend, Jeffrey Carter, a music professor at Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri, has taken up collecting glass paperweights. Jeff’s starter collection: Paperweights I grew up in Elwood, Indiana where glass was a major and popular commodity. Several blocks … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Tuesday morning on the deck

Muggy. The strong breeze adds some refreshment but the sticky, moisture-filled air is upon us with 90% humidity that will lower to 53% as the temperature rises from its current 75-degrees to 94-degrees. It’s Taco Tuesday. Normally, I am not … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Heat Wave & Monday morning ramblins

We’ve a heat wave coming these next three days and I cannot relieve myself of hearing in my head Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell singing their rendition of Irving Berlin’s “Heat Wave” for their movie, GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES. Mr. Berlin … Continue reading

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MY DAY: Monday melting begins

I spent the majority of the morning seated on the deck at the table and beneath the hunter-green umbrella, working on research for several projects. There was little discomfort from the soaring humidity. At Noon, I decided to mow the … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Sunday morning recovery

Saturday was absolutely delightful at the park with so many interesting and kind Guests moving through. From 1:00 PM until about 4:45 PM, it was non-stop. At 5:20 PM, I caught the No. 11 bus that took me to Town … Continue reading

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IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Roger Glass & The Kenley Players

One thing I love about the park is being asked questions to which I do not have an immediate answer. One young air force gentleman came through with his parents from Texas, and his college-aged brother living in Kansas City. … Continue reading

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