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.

MY DAY: Bailey…

Bailey, after nine years, still struggles with basic commands like sit and stay. However, she can sneeze on command (yes, you read that correctly), and she gives kisses to Erma and Chief. Her kibble doesn’t reach the top of the … Continue reading

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THE FAMILY ALBUM: Hugs, kisses, and “I love you”

A hug. A kiss. “I love you.” This was my life as a child with my parents, my siblings, my Mother’s parents, my great grandparents, my aunts, my uncles, and my cousins. It is still practiced and with the newer … Continue reading

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THE FAMILY ALBUM: The A&W Root beer stand

As a small child, I loved going to the A&W Root Beer Stand in East Elwood. I got to press the speaker box button so my parents could order. Before the updated the eatery with attached food tray holders, the … Continue reading

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THE FAMILY ALBUM: Treasures from the dump

My great grandfather, Virgil Barmes of Elwood, Indiana, loved going to rummage through the city dump. Yes, it was gross but the gentleman retrieved so many things which he repaired or fixed up. The big prizes were bicycles which he … Continue reading

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THE FAMILY ALBUM: The eyes have it

I learned that my grandmother’s and Aunt Joyce’s first cousin, Judy Jones Sanders, a granddaughter of Joel & Anna Jones, died from Covid in 2020; none of us had any idea Judy had passed away. I looked at a photo … Continue reading

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THE FAMILY ALBUM: Who ate my sandwich?

I nibbled at a sandwich while working from my desk in the study. I rose to get something from the kitchen and returned within thirty seconds to discover an empty plate. “Who ate my sandwich?” Bailey’s response:

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Monday afternoon

It has been a day alternating in attending to items around the house mixed with some napping while my DLJH Favorites playlist continues. Right now, “Angus Dei” by Karl Jenkins is resounding throughout the house and it is perfect. I … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Sunday snow

On the stove is a very large pot filled with chopped cabbage, onions, sausage, two containers of Chinese hot and sour soup, garlic, seasoning a can of fire roasted tomatoes, a can of Italian seasoned tomatoes, and a can of … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Saturday with The Quartet

In thirty minutes, I will meet Mama Kay for post-Mass dinner, and I am still contemplating a return to The Schuster Center tonight for the Sondheim tribute with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra and some incredible performing artists from Wright State … Continue reading

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IN THE SPOTLIGHT: An orchestra, some college students, and Sondheim…

Tonight was utterly remarkable watching a stage filled with some of the Miami Valley’s most exceptional performers gathered to celebrate the genius and the music of Stephen Sondheim. On the Schuster Center stage was assembled the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra under … Continue reading

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MY DAY: A kaleidoscope kind of day

What a kaleidoscope day of events and experiences! Mama Kay surprised me with a drive toward the Dayton Mall and lunch at O’Charley’s restaurant. I enjoyed a sirloin steak, baked potato, and loaded potato soup. I love it when others … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: A beautiful Thursday

I could not ask for better weather. The sun is blasting us with its bright golden rays and the temperature is nearing the mid 50s. I was up late last night working on my Boone Township project and finally crawled … Continue reading

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THE FAMILY ALBUM: Ancestral homes in Boone Township

My family were early pioneers of several townships that are nestled in the northeastern corner of Madison County in Central Indiana. VAN BUREN TOWNSHIP BOONE TOWNSHIP

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: A mild Tuesday afternoon

I have a few windows open to invite the comfortable breeze inside to hopefully air out the house. I spent about thirty minutes blowing a ton of leaves from the front yard to the easement. These leaves are from the … Continue reading

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THE FAMILY ALBUM: The Greenlee wedding anniversary

PHOTOS: Andrew Taylor Greenlee as a young man; Prudence Ball as a young woman; Andrew Taylor Greenlee & Prudence Anna Ball Greenlee; the Greenlee tombstone in Forrestville Cemetery,

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Sunday afternoon

After going to bed a little after midnight, I sprang awake at 3:30 AM and remained so until time to feed the dogs at 7 AM. I opted to skip the London/Boston/Kettering ZoomFest to grab some sleep. I wrestled with … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Saturday is bright and sunny

It’s been a fine day for writing as sunshine brightens my study which, for most days has been sunless. It’s a boost to working on my Boone Township writing project. Last night I made a huge pot of cabbage soup … Continue reading

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IN THE SPOTLIGHT: The Little Mermaid

Go see the Muse Machine production at The Victoria Theatre. You will have fun! You will want to sing along (but please don’t). You will want to dance (but not during the show). It’s a delight and a joy to … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Friday the thirteenth

Rainy, cloudy, sinusy, and achy day here in The Miami Valley. In a short while, Mama Kay will pull up in her driveway and I shall join her and others for a post-Mass lunch after which I intend to write … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Sunday, January 8th

It’s finally Sunday morning after feeling like a Sunday for several days. Teaching breaks always throw me for a loop when it comes to knowing which day it is. At 3 PM, teaching will resume. I could not get my … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Some frustrations…

The sun is out today to reveal a brilliant blue cloudless sky. I wish my energy could match the energy but I did teach until midnight so I suppose I can award myself some reason to not chide myself. I … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Tuesday morning, January 10th

This morning, even with six and one-half hours of sleep, my eyelids pushed open at 6:55 AM and I was up and moving with a terrific amount of energy that I knew, was once upon a time. The dogs are … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: A dull winter Wednesday

I should start off by saying the weather is dull, not this day. The temperature is delightful 49 degrees, but the overcast sky is menacing with rain to pour at any time; however, radar shows no rain in the immediate … Continue reading

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THE FAMILY ALBUM: Getting lost in a phone booth – Mother’s adventures with getting lost

“The lady could get lost in a phone booth!” I jokingly said of my mother. It was true. Mother had no sense of direction, and my referencing comment was born after I had lived in Swinford Hall on Ball State … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Rain, writing, & THE LITTLE MERMAID

The Quartet did not want to go outside for their Noon potty break due to the rain. Generally, Chief will still go out, but the three females refuse unless I order them. Chief remained on his bed with no intention … Continue reading

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