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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: Meet my new men’s apparel line, “Shorts via Don”

One week ago tomorrow, a wonderful human being slipped away quietly, leaving a huge void. I really didn’t get to see Don much, these past few years, except at holiday or family gatherings but there was never a beat skipped … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Cold complaining

Last week when it became more apparent we’d be in for a solid polar belt this weekend, the oral vomit of anxiousness and complaining began in full force. This morning, it’s embarrassing to read posts about the horrible weather. Why … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: …even when you have to work at it

I try my damnedest to be of good attitude and generally make every day a great day but sometimes I really must work at it and fight off the weight of moving forward. Yesterday was a busy day that bounced … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Let the sunshine in

I grew up knowing the phrase, “let the sunshine in” from the popular “Aquarius – Let The Sunshine In” from the musical, HAIR. After a steak of grey days, I always throw back all the curtains to make sure the … Continue reading

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O, FOR HISTORY: Edward “Eddie” Baker Lincoln

March 10, 1846 – February 1, 1850 Eddie Lincoln, the second son of Mary Todd and Abraham Lincoln, was named after the Lincoln family friend, Edward Dickinson Baker, was one month shy of his fourth birthday when he died.  Eddie’s funeral … Continue reading

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DOG DAYS: The clean plates

Even when we had guests, usually friends of the boys, joining us for dinner, we set our cleaned plates on the floor for Flyer to lick clean. One friend assisted me with clearing the lunch table and taking the plates, … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Keep shoveling

The summer of 1948, only three years upon assuming the office of president with Franklin Roosevelt’s death, President Harry S. Truman was in a political battle for The White House against Thomas E. Dewey and while shouldering the weight of … Continue reading

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MY DAY: Feeling the Bern

We’re into our second full day of national collective laughter, thanks to the countless creative memes of Sen. Bernie Sanders. In the 1950s, teenagers were drawn to the ever popular Dwight D. Eisenhower, our 34th President of the United States. … Continue reading

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IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Carson and crusin’

When I was a baby I required less than five or six hours of sleep, just like Mother, and it afforded us a good deal of bonding time through early learning with writing and reading, as well as Johnny Carson … Continue reading

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MY DAY: January 20th, 2021

“With malice toward none” has been one of the most oft repeated phrases from the second inaugural address offered by President Lincoln and the spirit seemed to breeze throughout the 2021 inauguration day. It was an inauguration familiar and yet, … Continue reading

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O, FOR HISTORY: 15 times…

This will be the fifteenth time I’ve witnessed an inauguration, the swearing in ceremonies of a president. January 20, 1969. My parents, grandmother, and the Myricks from across the street, gathered in the family room, focused on the black and … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Serve

It’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on the calendar but not throughout the land. Personally, I have always believed this day should be remembered as Civil Rights Day due to the enormous parade of those who’ve marched for the rights … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY… In the neighborhood

Joanne Rogers, 93, wife of Mister Fred Rogers, passed away, today. Sara Joanne Byrd Rogers 9 Mar 1928 ~ 14 Jan 2021 It was sad when, Mister Rogers, one of the world’s greatest inspirations as cheerleaders passed away in 2003. … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Frost

We often regard frost as a pain in the ass because it kills plants we’ve left outside too long, forces us to scrape car windows and windshields, and can be slippery. This morning, I stepped outside with my coffee to … Continue reading

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MY DAY: Sail on, Silvergirl

I very rarely have music playing once lessons are over and I have time to myself to write, research, read, and spend time with my four pooches. Last Friday, for some strange reason, I turned on my iTunes on my … Continue reading

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THE FAMILY ALBUM: Happy birthday Gran!

I was so blessed with terrific families as our neighbors in Elwood, Indiana: the Herndons (we found out that we were related about three generations back, in Hope, Indiana), the Fortners, the Wolffs (Dutch & Kate; later Nick & Kathy), … Continue reading

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THE FAMILY ALBUM: The Last Card

Christmas morning, keeping with my personal tradition, I sat in the living room to open and read through all my cards; all except for one. I simply could not open the last card written by my Aunt Joyce who passed … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Be as bright as the sun

One of Dayton’s own, multi-award winning actress, Allison Janney, starred in the Broadway hit, 9 To 5, based on the popular movie starring Dolly Parton, Jane Fonda, and Lily Tomlin. In the musical, the clerical trio sings this brilliant, invigorating … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: “Hamilton” in Kettering, Boston, and London

At 4:00 PM, I settled in with Joshua and David in London, Anne and Phil (Dave’s parents) in Boston, to watch the musical, HAMILTON. Last July, we were all caught up in the HAMILTON bubble of excitement as it premiered … Continue reading

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MY DAY: Tightly packed Tuesday

It’s 9:19 PM on this beautiful winter evening and I’m trying to decide if I should place myself in a place prepared to sleep. Sleep was rough last night; the restlessness and frequent bathroom trips made for sloppy interrupted rest … Continue reading

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MY DAY: ”Life must be lived” – dealing with grief during the holidays

This past year, I’ve known so many friends and social media friends who’ve lost loved ones and are heading into the holidays with heavier than usual hearts. Many friends have lost a parent. One dear friend lost her mother and … Continue reading

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THE FAMILY ALBUM: Mary Belle Clary

Today would have been the 123rd birthday of my great-grandmother, Mary Belle Jones-Clary. December 20, 1897 – January 28, 1969 Belle was the daughter of Joel Monroe Jones & Anna Greenlee Jones, and the older sister of Alpha & Harry. … Continue reading

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THE FAMILY ALBUM: Great Aunt Evelyn

Since my birth in 1964, I’ve been blessed with sixteen great aunts and I was fortunate to know each of them, except the Jolliff aunts. My paternal great-aunts: (The Richardsons) Shirley, Corrine, Mary Ruth, Kay, Sue, Carolyn, and (Jolliff) Jean, … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Run the dishwasher twice

Someone posted this story on Facebook. I’ve no idea who wrote it but it is definitely worth the read. When I was at one of my lowest (mental) points in life, I couldn’t get out of bed some days. I … Continue reading

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MY DAY: Monday

It’s almost time to teach my private lessons for today and I’m eager to plunge in with the hopes of raising a sluggish spirit. I like to keep my Christmas cards for opening on the night of Christmas Eve. Last … Continue reading

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