Category Archives: Dayton

MY DAY: Midway through Spring Break

I am so grateful for the kind hearts who check on me and for Nicole Melin’s delicious homemade soup deliveries. Seriously, the woman needs to have a bistro in The Oregon District! I keep getting questions, “How are you holding … Continue reading

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MY DAY: Monday is a done deal

It was a good day and at 8:50 PM I am feeling the burn of tiredness. The morning was a sluggish start Noon – on the bus to downtown Dayton where I ate lunch at Taqueria on East 3rd Street … Continue reading

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OH, FOR HISTORY: Scipio & Orville

In March 1917, Orville Wright purchased a Saint Bernard puppy from Nina Dodd’s White Star Kennels in Long Branch, New Jersey for $75. Orville’s sister Katharine named him “Scipio” after the famous Roman general that had defeated Hannibal and thwarted … Continue reading

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O, FOR HISTORY: Nixon resigns

August 8, 1974, my family was vacationing in Myrtle Beach. I was in the pool that evening when Mother came to the rail of our second-floor motel room, “Darin!  Hurry!”  I am certain I asked the reason and an exchange of … Continue reading

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IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Dayton Old Case Files

Saturday evening, August 4, I attended Dayton’s Old Case Files sponsored by Dayton’s very own Carillon Park and Dayton History. Outstanding!  Terribly fun! Upon arrival, my former student, Laura Jacobs, and I, attending to see my student, Tommy Cole, and … Continue reading

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OF INTEREST: Flyer, the baby eagle has died

This is a sad story for those of us in The Miami Valley who’ve been enthralled with eagle watched and the birth of both eaglettes.  The first baby died about a month ago when it was blown or pushed from … Continue reading

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MY DAY: Friday Funday surpassed all my expectations!

It was a damned good day, to say the least. Due to a rough night with little sleep and rain beginning by 6:50 AM, I almost elected to remain home.  I am so glad I went forward with my spontaneous … Continue reading

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MY DAY: Flyer’s last trip….

As I was wrapping up my time on the deck, this evening, I noticed there was a notification from Google of some photo journeys awaiting to be experienced. Five years…. 29 June 2013, my beloved Flyer and I took our … Continue reading

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MY DAY: A beautiful Sunday

The last Sunday for June 2018 is a wrap, and it turned out to be a beautiful Sunday. I did precious little in the morning except enjoy reading on the deck with the dogs surrounding me.  Since my backyard neighbors … Continue reading

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MY DAY: It’s a Sunday

It was a restless night, but a return to bed after feeding the dogs and my self-seemed to cut the edge of tiredness. The sinus infection seems to have abated and my infrequent cough is productive. The rain, which has … Continue reading

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SPOTLIGHT: A visit to Salzburg

Friday night I got to see one of my favorite musicals on stage at The Schuster Center, THE SOUND OF MUSIC. This is one of those musicals that can either too dramatic that it feels like painful constipation or too … Continue reading

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OF INTEREST: Erma Bombeck

When I was in third grade I went to Mother’s bookcase to select more mature reading because I had exhausted all of my interests at the school and public library. Erma Bombeck? The titles sounded fun and the cover’s artwork … Continue reading

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MIAGY: The Shadows

MIAGY: Make it a great year The shadows of December 31, 2017, are beginning to take hold as the sun dips behind the rooftops of southwest Ohio. I am grateful for this past year, and for all those who’ve made … Continue reading

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MY DAY: Saturday of Seuss & Spaghetti

It’s nearing 7:00 PM and despite the sadness of last night, I can say this has been a beautiful day. I putzed around my study most of the morning, accomplishing precious little, but I can say I managed to get … Continue reading

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Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious

In 1997, when I was in New York City casting/directing THE WIZARD OF OZ, the producer wanted me to see Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST on Broadway.  Ugh.  For me, the very idea sounded like Chucky Cheese with music. I … Continue reading

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Dayton Air Show’s GREAT WALL OF FIRE

For some reason, I find this particular event, sponsored by Vectron’s Dayton Air Show, a bit disturbing.  I seldom get agitated by certain things, but this is just wrong. The THE GREAT WALL OF FIRE states: The reenactment is intended to help … Continue reading

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A Most Satisfying Day…

It is 2:20am, Saturday morning. I woke Friday morning at 6:00am, only to discover Flyer, who had gotten into the kibble food bin the previous night, had urinated all over my study’s area rug due to her diabetes.  At 7:30am, … Continue reading

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Wright State presents 1913: THE GREAT DAYTON FLOOD

Next month, Dayton will celebrate the centennial of the greatest natural disaster to hit Ohio – the great Dayton flood of 1913.  I’ve read the stories.  I’ve watched documentaries.  I’ve looked through countless pictures.  I’ve walked along downtown streets to … Continue reading

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Charles E. Taylor: The Man Aviation History Almost Forgot

A friend, Debbie Allen, sent me this neat article on Charles “Charlie” Taylor, a mechanic for the Wright Brothers.  Charlie earns a good deal of the credit in the final phase of the brothers’ preparations for powered flight.  I knew … Continue reading

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Darren Paquin: An OUTLINE for living…

I am sitting in my study, as I do four days a week, writing.  Each afternoon through mid-evening I teach private lessons. But prior to teaching, I have three-scheduled hours of writing time, cheerfully followed by errands, and household chores. … Continue reading

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"Higher, Orville, higher!"

On May 25, 1910 at Huffman Prairie, just outside Dayton, Orville Wright piloted two unique flights. First, he took off on a six-minute flight with Wilbur as his passenger, the only time the Wright brothers ever flew together. They received … Continue reading

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My corner of the sky…

Everything has its season Everything has its time Show me a reason and I’ll soon show you a rhyme Cats fit on the windowsill Children fit in the snow Why do I feel I don’t fit in anywhere I go? … Continue reading

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Changes…

Today, the snow is gently falling here in Kettering for the first time. It seems as though the weather has officially changed into winter. This particular change seems in keeping with life in the Haasienda. Tomorrow morning at 0715 hours, … Continue reading

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Theatre In The Miami Valley

I found a great article in The Dayton Paper that lists all the upcoming shows but they were listed under the various companies. I made up a list of shows by their dates. Keep in mind that I only entered … Continue reading

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Band Camp, Wisdom Teeth, A Wedding & ACTION…

I think I passed three of the most enjoyable days of my summer! Thursday morning, I had a two hour lesson with one of my graduated seniors, Ryan Crouch, and as always, it was a great time – and tons … Continue reading

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