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.

MIAGD: My cardinals

MIAGD: Make it a great day Some mugginess clings to the air but the day dawned beautiful, bright, and clear, embraced by the crisp tones of our female cardinal who is perched, for the past twenty minutes, above me as … Continue reading

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MIAGD: Here we go…

MIAGD: Make it a great day Today, I begin the academic year’s schedule with teaching and I am so excited to get started. 64 students are on the Zoom schedule and I’m thrilled to meet 8 new students, with two … Continue reading

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MIAGD: Taking care of Baby

MIAGD: Make it a great day If I had a cornfield and a horse, I’d be riding along, singing, “Oh, what a beautiful morning” as I’m surrounded by a song-belching cardinal, the breeze sweeping down Shroyer Road, swishing traffic as … Continue reading

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MIAGD: 30 years…

MIAGD: Make it a great day Early Monday morning, August 20, 1990, I got into my car, packed with last minute items and backed out of my West Washington Street driveway for the last time. The cassette tape, inserted from … Continue reading

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MIAGD: Meeting parts of ourselves

MIAGD: Make it a great day Quarantining, for many, is miserable. For others, it’s imprisoning, oft from those who find it illicit. This pandemic has led many to anxiety and depression; it appeared, somewhat suddenly, and without toleration, forced us … Continue reading

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THE FAMILY ALBUM: 1969: the year of the All-American Family Camp Out

1969. A year with tremendous highlights. As if landing on the moon, Nixon’s inauguration, Woodstock, the release of The Beatles’ “Abbey Road,” the premiere of “Sesame Street,” “Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid” is released to movie theaters, and the … Continue reading

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O, FOR HISTORY: Queen Elizabeth II

I posted a photograph of Queen Victoria which sparked discussion. My friend, Elizabeth “Liz” Bryant, commented that she’s had a lifelong love with British history. I can remember what sparked my interest in the royal family. When I was four … Continue reading

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MY DAY: Saturday evening on the deck

It’s been a bit muggy, today, and there are some swift back and forths between still damp air and abrupt cool Southern breezes to aide in some comfort. Thursday, Friday, and today have been fairly idle with a few house … Continue reading

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THE FAMILY ALBUM: Permanent birthdays

My maternal grandmother, Donna Clary Barmes, grew up in northern Boone Township of Madison County, Indiana, an area her ancestors helped to settle a century before her birth in 1924. Grandma Donna had a favorite aunt, Vivian Jones, a beautician, … Continue reading

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MIAGD: Wednesday, my Friday

MIAGD: Make it a great day It’s a very quiet morning despite a few chirping birds, Shroyer Road traffic, and some children playing across Rockhill. It’s 71-degrees and the deck still feels damp from Monday night’s heavy soaking yet, the … Continue reading

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MY DAY: Anthony is off to Webster

As August continues, my recently graduated seniors are dwindling down to just a few more remaining seniors as college campuses beckon their arrival. Tonight, Anthony Comunale had his last lesson. AJ just graduated from Centerville high school where he held … Continue reading

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MIAGD: Soggy tacos

MIAGD: Make it a great day The substantial rain last evening left us very soggy this morning and as I was sharing this with my Taco Tuesday loving son, he commented that he hoped my tacos weren’t soggy. – is … Continue reading

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MY DAY: The storm is upon us

From early this morning I knew we had a huge storm heading our direction and after a humid day of anticipation, it arrived around 9:45 PM. My friend, Nancy Sumner, in Chicago, was giving updates as the storm ripped through. … Continue reading

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O, FOR HISTORY: Nixon resigns

We were vacation in Myrtle Beach, staying in a motel where our second floor room faced the swimming pool. I was in the pool when Mother ran to the balcony and said I needed to come upstairs and to hurry. … Continue reading

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MY DAY: The camera lens

I’ve enjoyed a day entirely free of any business, emails, purging items for Goodwill, and other household needs. Mama Kay delivered my China Cottage order and the Cottage vegetables and hot and sour soup hit the spot. I made a … Continue reading

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MY DAY: Sound energy

It’s been a terribly busy day around the neighborhood with all sorts of sounds and activity. The parking lot construction at the high school auditorium, the cutting and mulching of the tree across Shroyer, kids playing across Rockhill, birds, a … Continue reading

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THE FAMILY ALBUM: Gatlinburg Wax Museum

As a young kid, my parents went to Gatlinburg, Tennessee every October to enjoy the Autumn foliage and to visit the attractions. For any of our trips, Mother made a pallet for me in the long back seat of our … Continue reading

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MIAGD: Returning to the old… or new

MIAGD: Make it a great day This 68-degree and just-enough-breeze morning is rather jolly and the crew trimming trees on the east side of Shroyer Road adds a new layer of color to the typical score of birds, rustling leaves, … Continue reading

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MY DAY: Wednesday evening

The teaching day is over, except for one lesson that’s always at 10:00 PM and it is on to my three day weekend. Last night, all four dogs were exhausted from the excitement of having my sister and her children … Continue reading

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MIAGD: Some cooler weather

MIAGD: Make it a great day The morning was too beautiful to not participate in it so I wrapped myself in a blanket against the 73-degrees and continued with breakfast on the deck. Our educational world feels as though it’s … Continue reading

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MY DAY: A heart full of love

This has been a fantastic week of surprises and other wonderful things happening. A former student returning to college gives me an artistic gift with a witty reminder of my JOSEPH years, a former student’s mom and friend gives me … Continue reading

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MY DAY: Monday into Tuesday

I don’t think there’s any other way to describe the day as anything short of spectacular. It was just that much fun! Motivational session was great and such a rush. Then, into the teaching part of the day was outstanding … Continue reading

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MIAGD: Monday morning symphony

MIAGD: Make it a great day Birds are singing, cool breezes blowing, trucks beeping and moving around the construction site at the high school, an annoying crow cawing every bother three seconds, wind chimes tinkling, silent senior dogs lounging while … Continue reading

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INTERESTING FACTS: Coka Cocaine

Someone posted this meme… I reposted and one of my former students didn’t realize cocaine was actually used in Coca-Cola. Coca-Cola arrived in 1885, not as a soft drink, but as a medicinal soda. Yes, it contained the coca leaf … Continue reading

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MY DAY: Sunday

There was a bit of rain, early on, much cooler weather, some sunnier skies and some threatening skies, a sudden blast of heat and high humidity which settled into a very comfortable evening. Instacart was ordered and arrived in under … Continue reading

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