Category Archives: Family Life

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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IN THE SPOTLIGHT: “Carol Channing” by Jeffrey Carter

My dear friend, Jeffrey Carter, always impresses, and teaches me, how to find the most vital, beautiful words in both written and spoken communication.  Once again, I was moved and lifted by his tender tribute to Carol Channing. Thank you, … Continue reading

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O, FOR HISTORY: Teddy Roosevelt visits Indiana in 1902

While doing some research for one of my writing projects I discovered President Theodore Roosevelt visited Indiana in 1902. While passing through a Massachusett’s city, a trolly car ran into the president’s horse-drawn carriage.  The president was propelled from the … Continue reading

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THE FAMILY ALBUM: Death Certificate

This afternoon, my friend Nancy Sumner, located and sent my the death certificate of my great-uncle Ronald Monroe Clary who died from a brain injury after being thrown from a horse on the family farm in Boone Township, Madison County, … 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: 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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O, FOR HISTORY: The Kalb Report: “Writing History” – Woodward and Bernstein

Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein have been my favorites since the early 1970s.  The interview was conducted three years ago but is still an incredible episode.

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O, FOR HISTORY: Art on The White House

I have a deep passion for presidential history and White House history.  I tripped across an old article of an artist’s take on various rooms in The White House. An Artist Visits The White House Past Another artist captured the Blue … Continue reading

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MY DAY: The country needs you, Harry Truman

When I was in 5th grade, my maternal uncle, Ron Barmes, gave me an 8-track tape player and several 8-track tapes.  My favorite was CHICAGO’s Chicago VIII, 1975. “Harry Truman.”  That was my favorite song and I listened to it … Continue reading

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THE FAMILY ALBUM: Along the tracks

I was fortunate to have grown up or to have at least known, all my grandparents, all but one great-grandparent, and only two great-great grandparents. I was even more blessed to know many of my great uncles and aunts, 2nd-great … Continue reading

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MY DAY: Saxophone Dessert

It was the first time both the seventh and eighth grade bands would play together and I was quite nervous.  I was comfortable with my fellow seventh grade band students, but today, I would be meeting the eighth graders for the … Continue reading

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THE FAMILY ALBUM: Front Porch Swing

Where I live, in the Dayton suburbs, I rarely see front porch swings. Once upon a time, you could walk through your neighborhood and nearly every home had folks sitting on the front porch.  It was a neat adventure calling … 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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THE FAMILY ALBUM: Andrew Taylor Greenlee

While thrashing through some items I located this article printed in a Madison County Indiana newspaper in 1983 about, and by, my third great-grandfather, Andrew Taylor Greenlee. The genealogical line: Andrew Taylor Greenlee Anna Greenlee Jones Mary Belle Jones Clary … Continue reading

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MY DAY: The Girls… 4 years ago

Christmas night, 2013, I returned from a home at the corner of Tylersville and LeSourdville Roads with two little bundles of joy, Bailey and Harrigan. Four days before, tragedy struck when Chief’s sister and littermate, Navi, was hit right in … Continue reading

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MIAGD: That Can of Potatoes

MIAGD: Make it a great day One of the most critical areas of being an adoptive parent is to help our damaged children begin, or continue with the healing process.  Sometimes, we never even make a dent in the can … Continue reading

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MIAGD: Atta boy, Clarence….

MIAGD: Make it a great day I love windchimes. Five windchimes surround my deck so I can hear them when I am outside, inside my study which looks out to my deck, and up in my bedroom which looks over … Continue reading

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MIAGD: The Deck

MIAGD: Make it a great day It’s a warm, lovely day. I spent the morning attending to a few things around the house before breakfasting on the deck while the dogs guarded the premises against squirrels and rabbits.  By 10:30 … Continue reading

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MY DAY: Sunday…. and we’re off….

It’s 10:25 PM, Sunday night, and my day that began at 1:00 PM is finally complete. I love these long days exhausting though they can be at times.  Once I get started the momentum only increases.  By 9:00 PM I … 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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MIAGD: Pythagorean Pets

MIAGD: Make it a great day “Animals share with us the privilege of having a soul.”  – Pythagoras Just after midnight, we finished burying Flanagan in the back yard beneath the elevated bird bath that is used to hold baskets … Continue reading

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Our little pal…. Flanagan

I wrote a Facebook post on Flanagan’s page regarding his current status at 9:30 PM. I went to hold him before we headed up to bed and within 15 minutes our little fellow passed away. We had him only one … Continue reading

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MY DAY: Nursing

I’ve always admired nurses and those who take care of loved ones on the home front.  A hometown family friend, Gloria, has been nursing her husband and this week, as I’ve adjusted to including nursing Flanagan throughout my day, I’ve … Continue reading

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MY DAY: Regarding Flanagan….

Flanagan, not yet one-month-old, came to live with us July 27, 2017.  Within hours he had won the affection of the entire Haasienda, and all those who spend time here as students and family friends. Yesterday, August 31, there was … Continue reading

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Band Concert & Seniors’ Farewell

A truly wonderful band concert tonight, hosted by the four Kettering Fairmont High School Concert Bands: Morning Concert Band, Afternoon Concert Band, Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble.  The musical pallet was certainly satisfied with such a wide variety of selections, … Continue reading

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