Category Archives: Miami Valley of Ohio

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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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: 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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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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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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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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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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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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Does it really matter?

This has been an amusing several days for news. Lindsay Lohan is sentenced to jail and rehab… Mel Gibson has been acting up, again… Touch Down Jesus will be rebuilt – full body from Indiana limestone… The Barefoot Bandit has … Continue reading

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A New Weekend…

The deck is damp from last night’s rain showers, but the air is crisp, and cool at 68-degrees. The morning is beckoning those of us who have been besieged by the overwhelming heat and humidity of last week to come … Continue reading

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Just a Thursday…

This morning had me hopping – doctor appointments, pick up prescriptions, and rush back home to teach a 10:30am lesson! Began the day with tons of energy, and by Noon, I was alternating between reading and napping. The heat, even … Continue reading

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A relaxing holiday…

It is Monday, 1:00pm. The end of the restful, and enjoyable holiday weekend is creeping upon us.  Wednesday, Thursday and Friday were the most perfect days we’ve had in weeks. Saturday was a bit steamy, but not too hateful. Sunday, … Continue reading

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We… Hold… These… Truths…

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

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WE THE PEOPLE – Vote for Ryan Vallo

I discovered this incredible video by one of Dayton’s own young celebrities – Ryan Vallo. I am adding Ryan’s text for those who may not have Facebook accounts. “It’s 2010 and change is EVERYWHERE: our government, our environment, our economy, … Continue reading

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Thursday… July 1st

Teaching only three days in the summer means long days on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday; however, having the additional two week-days – plus the weekend – to work around the house, write, and spend time with my are wonderful. This … Continue reading

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The Wright Connection: A musical journey

Although I am a passionate historian, I must admit that I was rather lazy in my study of Dayton history. Normally, I am on top of my historical surroundings, and learn as much as possible. However, when I moved to … Continue reading

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An evening at the oars…

I started my day by teaching two three-hour pre-adoptive classes at A.C.T.I.O.N. Adoption Services from 9:00am-4:00pm. I ran home, took a nap, and then drove the three of us up to Old River Park near the University of Dayton campus. … Continue reading

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Cox Arboretum & Hiking

At Noon, Jose and I set out for the six mile jaunt to Cox Gardens & Arboretum on 741/Springboro Pike just north of the Dayton Mall. It is one of the many lovely metro parks throughout the Miami Valley, and … Continue reading

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