Category Archives: Friends

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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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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…An End of an Era: Mother Retires from EPD…

This morning, my brother, Destin, and I received an email from Mother: As of February 3rd, I am retired from the Elwood Police Department. Despite the fact Mother had expressed some consideration along this topic, we were not aware that … Continue reading

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Final Blog Entry for 2011…

“The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.” – Vince Lombardi Well, in 45 minutes the curtain will come down on 2011 and … Continue reading

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A Day of Thanksgiving…

What an unusual, yet exciting year! I have received so many blessings this year, and I hope, as an individual, and fellow traveler on Planet Earth, that I have been able to be a blessing to others, as well. My … 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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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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Sunday With The Lincolns…

4:00am found me wide awake this morning, but I managed to return to two more hours of sleep. After feeding Logan and Flyer, I settled down to write the morning’s entry on this blog site, and by 9:30am I was … Continue reading

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Reunion with Mrs. Lincoln…

In 1986, while a student at Ball State University, I began writing a choral project on President Lincoln. Having been a fan of the 16th president since first grade this was a project I thoroughly enjoyed. For some reason, I … Continue reading

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Refreshing rain showers…

It is 8:40 on the last evening of May, and the long, extraordinarily fun-filled weekend has come to a close. From last Friday evening until an hour ago, Jose and I have been non-stop, and how wonderful it has been! Though I … Continue reading

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My Thursday morning….

Yesterday afternoon, I took Jose out to the front yard to help me measure the length in front of the shrubs where I want to put a little stone wall just a foot or so off the ground. I handed … Continue reading

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Sunday morning on Shroyer Road…

Last night sleep was not easy to come by last night. Prom nights always seem to keep me awake since I heard those hideous sirens in May 1998. I always have my worry-scope up and running during this time of … Continue reading

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Prom Time…

This evening I arrived at the Carter home around 4:45pm so I could take some photos of Amanda & Vanessa before their dates, Patrick & Kevin, arrived. The girls were absolutely beautiful in their dresses! After a round of various … Continue reading

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Ready… Set… Weekend!

Yes! The weekend is almost here! I have a few lessons to teach this afternoon, and then on-going training at ACTION Adoption from 7:00-10:00pm. Saturday will be a day or writing, and maybe some yard work as long as I … Continue reading

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A Spring Week…

My dear friend in St. Louis, Jeffrey Carter, is always a few steps ahead of me with technology (and a score of other things that raises my admiration and respect for him), and I figured out how I can write … Continue reading

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…His Baton Is Laid Down…

(Written in September 2002) Thursday evening I was in the middle of teaching private voice, piano and saxophone lessons when I received Emails from my mother and sister telling me that Mr. Brugger had passed away.  Though not terribly surprised … Continue reading

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Fairmont grad Phil Drennen launches new writing career following Altar Boyz tour

Originally posted: http://www.examiner.com/x-27336-Dayton-High-School-Theater-Examiner~y2009m10d26-Fairmont-grad-Phil-Drennen-launches-new-writing-career-following-Altar-Boyz-tour This 2002 Fairmont graduate, now a performer living in New York City, was known in the Miami Valley for cow roping, singin’ and dancin’ in the rain, gambling, and dancing in pajamas. Now, having completed a national … Continue reading

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…Back To Blogging…

God, how many times have I written that title over the past few years I have blogged. My cousin, Dana, and my friend, Jeff, are tremendous, faithful bloggers. I always try to use these two as role models with cooking, … Continue reading

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…Mother's Day…

It is May 10th, 2009… Mother’s Day – a day, in our family when we planted flowers. Mother’s Day – a day, in our family when we planted flowers. It is a day we celebrate our mothers, grandmothers, and all … Continue reading

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Catching my breath…

I feel as though I am finally catching my breath for the first time in a month. Where do I begin? Well, I am vocal director for Beavercreek High School’s production, The Pajama Game. The director and I are up … Continue reading

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…The Isles of Innisfree…

Tomorrow is St. Patrick’s Day – one of my favorite holidays (and I do not even drink). Eleanor Roosevet on her wedding day. Tomorrow is also the 105th anniversary of Eleanor & Franklin Roosevelt, the 25th Anniversary of my friends, … Continue reading

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…Don't Quit…

There is a fascinating young man in college. I never had him as a student, but saw a good deal of his set designs while he was still a high school student. They were incredible. He posted something in his … Continue reading

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