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About Wright Flyer Guy

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

MY DAY: The call can wait…

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MY DAY: Wednesday is off and running

It’s overcast and grey but so comfortable with mild breezes on the cool side. At 11:00 AM I will receive my third Covid vaccine which is the booster. I am relieved and feel fortunate for this impending jab but I … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: The Sound of the Human Voice

I did not write this. It is from Daily OM. Every time we use our voices, we send our energetic imprint out into the universe and to the people around us. Whether listening to the low muted murmur of a … Continue reading

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THE FAMILY ALBUM: Coyotes

I took my son third son, Jose, to get a haircut at Great Clips in Kettering. We were the only customers and there was one stylist sweeping up from a previous haircut. “I’ll be right with you.” Jose, nearing age … Continue reading

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THE FAMILY ALBUM: “Dad? Where are you?”

It was not uncommon for me to leave a store or performing event and suddenly remember I had forgotten my sons. I had been on my own for so many years that I was not used to taking a roll … Continue reading

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THE FAMILY ALBUM: Please wait on the porch

The light was red at my turn from Far Hills Avenue onto Shroyer Road where my house stood about a mile away. I phoned my teenaged son. Joshua:  Yes? Dad:  Can you please be on the porch in about two … Continue reading

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MY DAY: Tuesday after Labor Day

And here it is Monday… I mean, Tuesday morning. Tomorrow, my Wednesday shall probably be Tuesday in my mind. Saturday through Monday was a mix of everything, socially and physically. Labor Day weekend has always been one of my favorite … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: One day at a time

I did not write this. This article is from DailyOM. Taking one step at a time makes life much easier to navigate, rather than always looking at the big picture. The years of our life do not arrive all at … Continue reading

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THE FAMILY ALBUM: Willkie license plate

I love this photograph of my great-great uncle and aunt, Raymond and Betty Daugherty. I have seen this photo so many times and don’t believe I have ever noticed the Wendell L. Willkie license plate on the front of the … Continue reading

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MY DAY: It’s Friday…

Since I have several days off from teaching each week, I don’t look as forward to Fridays as most folks, even when I designate Friday FunDays for particular events. Last night I wandered over to the next block which contains … Continue reading

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THE FAMILY ALBUM: Grandma Carter

Mary Maria Vinson Jones | Carter 29 March 1853 – 25 September 1934 I grew up hearing my grandmother, Donna Clary Barmes, lovingly refer to Grandma Carter. Since Carter is not a surname name directly connected to any family line, … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Being Your Own Village

I did not write this; it is from the DailyOM site. Sometimes we need to be our own village by utilizing all of our skills and learning more. Simple survival requires us to be in possession of many skills. The … Continue reading

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MY DAY: Thursday on the deck

I am beyond thrilled to be back at my table on the deck, even with 64-degrees. I do not mind the temperature, nor even the mild breeze as I just wanted to be back on the deck after the several … Continue reading

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THE FAMILY ALBUM: Jesse Barmes WWI draft registration

Interesting that Jesse Delmar Barmes lived in Elwood during WWI. I knew that Jesse’s brother, Edla Barmes, had brought Jesse’s sons, Virgil and Emerson, to Elwood, Indiana for jobs at The American Sheet and Tin Plate Company, but I had … Continue reading

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THE FAMILY ALBUM: Mary Jane Cline Ayres Barmes Bannon

Mary Jane Cline Ayres was a widow when she married my 3rd great-grandfather, Frederick Elde Barmes, of Hope, Indiana. This is some information on Mary: Mary Jane Cline Ayres Barmes Bannon was born 23 December 1854 in Mary Jane Cline, … Continue reading

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THE FAMILY ALBUM: Virgil Barmes’ draft card

Virgil Barmes was my maternal great-grandfather.

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THE FAMILY ALBUM: Writing out memories

In 1977, I made binders for my grandparents, some of their siblings, and my great grandparents, and their siblings with story-sheets they could fill out to record their favorite stories, our family’s history. I’m glad that at age thirteen was … Continue reading

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THE FAMILY ALBUM: The Clary family Bible

While attending to purging adventures I ran across some of my genealogy books and binders that I began in 1977 during my seventh grade year of school. I Xeroxed pages from the family Bible belonging to my great-great grandmother Mary … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Worry

This was not written by me. It is from DailyOM. Worry is an extension of fear, and can also set you up for attracting that which you don’t want in your life. We have all had the experience of worrying … Continue reading

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MY DAY: Thursday morning

To quote my son in England who commented on our heat wave here in the Midwest, “Those temperatures look ghastly!” Ghastly? How very British of him to say so. Yes, the conditions are ghastly. The deck is barely comfortable due … Continue reading

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THE FAMILY ALBUM: Pets of The Haasienda ~ Erma

My adult life has been enriched by the love of the pets who have lived with me. Let me introduce my furry kiddos, past and present. ERMA I have received several text messages and emails asking if I would still … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Opening a Closed Connection

This is from DailyOM. I did not write this. If you feel abandoned or cut off from Spirit, know that it is always there for you waiting for you to plug back in. There may be times when we feel … Continue reading

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THE FAMILY ALBUM: Pets of The Haasienda ~ Clyde & Neko

My adult life has been enriched by the love of the pets who have lived with me. Let me introduce my furry kiddos, past and present. NEKO Nine week old Neko was a 2016 Christmas gift to my fifth son, … Continue reading

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THE FAMILY ALBUM: Pets of The Haasienda ~ Harrigan

My adult life has been enriched by the love of the pets who have lived with me. Let me introduce my furry kiddos, past and present. HARRIGAN There always seems to be that one child who pushes a parent’s buttons, … Continue reading

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THE FAMILY ALBUM: Pets of The Haasienda ~ Bailey & Harrigan’s arrival

My adult life has been enriched by the love of the pets who have lived with me. Let me introduce my furry kiddos, past and present. BAILEY & HARRIGAN – their arrival I will write a separate entry for each … Continue reading

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