Author Archives: Wright Flyer Guy

About Wright Flyer Guy

Darin is a single adoptive father, a teacher, playwright, and musical theatre director from Kettering, Ohio.

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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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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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: 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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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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MY DAY: Time with loved ones

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Showing direction = Courtesy

I had a few items that were not delivered by Instacart, Tuesday afternoon, so I grabbed No. 17 for the half-mile trip to Town & Country to visit Trader Joe’s and Kroger. I would rather clean public restrooms than step … Continue reading

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THE FAMILY ALBUM: Return visits

In September 1971, my paternal great grandfather, Virgil Barmes, died. A year, or so, later, I went with my grandparents up to the smorgasbord in Decatur, Indiana, The Back 40. As we were dining, my grandmother gave out a slight … Continue reading

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THE FAMILY ALBUM: Uncle fun

I was so blessed with a number of uncles and still cherish all the memories. My mothers younger brother, Ronald, was 12 years old when I was born. He lived with my grandparents just around the corner on the opposite … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Worth The Time

This is not my writing. This is from the wonderful site, DailyOM. It is when our lives are full and busy that we need our daily meditation to help center us for the day. Ironically, when we get busy, the … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Knowing Better Now

This is not my writing. This is from the wonderful site, DailyOM. Our past can read like a document on what not to do, but we have the present and our future to make a change. When we look back … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Thoughts

This is not my writing. This is from the wonderful site, DailyOM. During the day, we can monitor our thoughts to see if we’re investing our energy where it is useful. Our thoughts are powerful forces in the creation of … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Showing Up For Life

This is from the wonderful site, DailyOM. If you show up for yourself in your life, the universe will show up for you. The way we walk into a room says a lot about the way we live our lives. … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Coming Back to Center in a Relationship

This is from the wonderful site, DailyOM. In a long-term relationship, it is often necessary to get back to basics and come back to center with each other. Anyone in a long-term relationship knows that the dance of intimacy involves … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Purpose

This is from the wonderful site, DailyOM. Most humans are not born consciously knowing what their purpose is. It must be found through exploration. Most living things belong to a particular soul group and are born knowing their purpose in … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Giving Away Power

This is not my writing. This is from the wonderful site, DailyOM. We can avoid giving away our power on a daily basis by listening to our own voice of knowing. In many ways, we are taught from the time … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Everyone Has a Story

This is not my writing; it’s from the wonderful site, DailyOM. Every person on this planet has a story to tell, something that makes them unique, adding to the whole. It’s easy to forget sometimes that everyone has a story … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Removing Obstructions

This is not my writing; it’s from the wonderful site, DailyOM. When we remove obstructions in our path, our light can more easily come forth. There are times when we may not feel at our best and brightest. At those … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Taking on the Energy of Others

This is not my writing; it’s from the wonderful site, DailyOM. To protect ourselves from taking on any negative energy from people or situations, we can learn to shield. There are times when you may find that being around certain … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Sitting with Our Sadness

DailyOM: This is not my writing but a copy from the site, DailyOM. Sitting with our sadness takes the courage to believe that we can bear the pain and we will come out the other side. The last thing most … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Communication

DailyOM: This is not my writing but a copy from the site, DailyOM. Expressing ourselves honestly in any relationship is essential to our well-being. When we are in a relationship where we feel listened to and understood, we count ourselves … Continue reading

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