Category Archives: Every day 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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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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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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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: 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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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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Gearing Up For The Weekend…

This week has been relatively quiet, even mundane.  I completed a good deal of writing, and research, created more meals in the crock pot, taught three new students, and watched several movies with Quintin. Tonight, we will see one of … 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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Just Another Week…

This has been a good week, but an ordinary one in many respects. A great week of lessons with six new students… Tons of reading and research Basic house cleaning items 63-degree weather one day, 22-degrees the next day a … Continue reading

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Pokey… a fine dog!

“If no one responds to the ad in the paper, you can keep him.” I am sure I was not the only boy in the country to hear those words from his mother.  I heard those words in September 1970. … Continue reading

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End of the week…

Last night, Quintin and I enjoyed a late dinner at The Noodle Company located in The Greene.  Afterwards, we grabbed some videos since he did not have to be at school Friday until 11:30am due to the on-going OGT (Ohio … Continue reading

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The Hounds of Spring

[Hit the play button on HOUNDS OF SPRING; listen as you read, and then, sit back and enjoy this fantastic piece of band literature by Alfred Reed.] A beautiful day it is!  It is only 50-degrees this tenth day of … 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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A beautiful February day…

Navi, Chief and Flyer were not about to rouse themselves at 5:00am when The Haasienda began stirring as Quintin showered, and readied himself for a 6:00am rehearsal prior to the MEPA/Bellbrook HS competition. After Quintin left, Mother and I talked … Continue reading

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…Why We Love Dogs…

Man is a dog’s idea of what God should be.  ~Holbrook Jackson The dog is a gentleman; I hope to go to his heaven, not man’s.  ~Mark Twain, letter to W.D. Howells, 2 April 1899

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…Before the sun is up…

My alarm went off at 5:10am.  I squinted through very eye-lids to see the bathroom door closed, and heard the sound of water smacking against the bathtub… whew… Quintin was awake, and showering.  I smelled coffee I knew Mother was … Continue reading

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…Wet Dogs…

The dogs are all bathed for their presentation for Queen Grandma who will visit this weekend. The last time I bathed the pups, they were not thrilled, and I figured I would have a chore on my hands getting them … Continue reading

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…Contents from a Jewelry Box…

While going through several boxes of items belonging to family, especially my grandparents, Leroy & Donna Barmes, I came across the jewelry box containing some neat items…. The locket contains two photos I’ve never seen.  The top photo is of … Continue reading

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…Winter Percussion Season…

Quintin has been enjoying his time with the Fairmont Winter Percussion ensemble, which has been sweeping up contests, left and right. Here is a glimpse of Quintin’s primary love at the moment.  Several of the photographs are courtesy of Patti … Continue reading

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…The King Has Left The Building…

The pure, the bright, the beautiful that stirred our hearts in youth The impulses to wordless prayer The streams of love and truth The longing after something lost The spirit’s longing cry The striving after better hopes These things can … Continue reading

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