Category Archives: Friends

WEST SIDE STORY – the 1995 Cast

Who are they, and where are they today? Some current photos of a wonderful group of performers from Theatre Under The Stars 1995 production, WEST SIDE STORY.                                     

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…Now, Sunday…

Another busy week behind us… Beginning last Monday I was not feeling well, and my temperature hovered around 100-101 degrees. My sister-in-law, Stacia, had been taken ill with strep last weekend, and then my brother, Destin, got it this week. … Continue reading

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…Welcome to the 20th Century…

Last night I told my son that I was officially a part of the Twentieth Century. “But, Dad, this is the Twenty-first Century.” Yes. That is true. But, I finally did a very Twentieth Century thing – I finally got cable … Continue reading

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…Five People We Meet in Heaven…

Hmmm… interesting. I just finished watching the movie, THE FIVE PEOPLE WE MEET IN HEAVEN. I have always believed we each have a place in one another’s lives – affecting one another in ways beyond our awareness, even beyond our … Continue reading

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…And the weekend is here…

The long week is over, and the weekend is upon us. Most of the week was spent in writing on the Wright Brothers’ musical, teaching, helping Jose with homework, prepping students for college auditions, cleaning the kitchen, doing laundry, building … Continue reading

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…Weekend of Winter Guard…

The long, long weekend is over… If parents work shifts at the Winter Guard International (WGI) or percussion contests, money will be applied towards your child’s marching band account. So, I volunteered for Saturday. Kathy Symes, the parent coordinator, and … Continue reading

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…It's a Sherman Brothers wolrd after all…

Last night I saw the stage musical, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and began wondering if the Sherman Brothers had penned some of the new songs. Yes, indeed! They are still living, and still writing music! Sherman Brothers are Academy Award-winning … Continue reading

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…It was uncategorical – a stage burning oracle…

IT WAS TRULY SCRUMPTIOUS! “It was more than spectacular – to use the vernacular – it’s wizard, it’s smashing, it’s keen.” Forty years ago, I opened a Christmas present, and to my delight was a cast iron model of the … Continue reading

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…Advice from the Bush twins…

I heard the recording of the Bush twins reading their letter on The Today Show… it was beautiful. What great young women these lovely gals have turned out to be. CNN) — Jenna and Barbara Bush know a lot about … Continue reading

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…Cousins…

I have been blessed with numerous cousins on both sides of my family. Due to where I was born in the mix, most of my cousins are either older or younger, and growing up, I never felt as though I … Continue reading

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Healthy Choices for Healthy Living…

The evening of New Year’s Eve, I received an email from a friend I’ve never met in person. We actually met on-line in an Internet group to which we both belong. This particular email resounded with me, as it seemed … Continue reading

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Ringing of the bells…

Wednesday morning I drove to Columbus to attend the funeral mass of a friend’s father. I met Katie Pfister-Musick in the late 1980’s and absolutely fell in love with this incredible actress. Despite the various moves between the two of … Continue reading

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Christmas 2008 and this week…

What a wonderful Christmas this was! Wednesday morning Jose and I left for Elwood at 9:30am. We had planned leaving Tuesday night, but due to the ice storm Mother encouraged us not to risk it. The drive to Elwood was … Continue reading

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December 23rd…

I had hoped to be home with Mother tonight in Elwood, but the ice storm as prevented us from heading out until tomorrow morning. I called Mother around 3:00pm, and we both agreed we should not chance it. Jose and … Continue reading

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This week…

What a past few weeks – confined mostly to bed for rest, and battling a nasty sinus infection. My asthma kicked in and since it settles in my throat, I have been robbed of my voice. Finally, the end of … Continue reading

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The Buckeye's Holy of Holies…

All I can say is, “WOW!” In 1979, at Smith-Wallbridge Drum Major Camp, instructor Gary Smith, then the director of the Marching Illni of University of Illinois, showed us a film of The Ohio State Marching Band performing the legendary … Continue reading

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The DMV… and Weekend…

When you finish reading this, you must read my friend’s blog… Jeff Carter had a fun time at his own license branch. Saturday I searched in vain on the internet to find the DMV’s hours. I could not even locate … Continue reading

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Reunions & Football Game

Another enjoyable week. Monday I reunited with a former student with whom I lost contact 20 years ago. His family was wonderful to me during my Muncie days, and Nathan was always one of my favorite former students. In short, … Continue reading

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Gotcha Day!

Despite the heaviness of knowing many of our dear friends and neighbors, literally several houses away, are without power, I am going to continue celebrating the day. It is a beautiful day here in Kettering, Ohio, and the schools are … Continue reading

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This Weekend & Gone With The Wind…

What a busy, and then exciting weekend…   FRIDAY Jose was with the marching band for the game against Lebanon, and we won. He got home around 11:30pm. I ran some errands and worked on writing for a few hours.   … Continue reading

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Another Week Come and Gone…

What a short, but long week. Recovery from a three day weekend is always a little tough, but this year was a little easier. I set up a new system with my private teaching studio: if there are five Mondays … Continue reading

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Labor Day Weekend – Part One

What a wonderful, wonderful weekend! Saturday morning, the house was all cleaned, and smelling fresh, the yard looked great, and the fence was adorned with red, white and blue bunting banners – a gift from my darling neighbor, Kay. I … Continue reading

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This week…

Sunday I delivered Jose to Wright State’s campus for marching band camp. He has a neat roommate, a sophomore who just moved her from Vandalia Butler High School. I spent a few minutes chatting with the chaperones – all friends … Continue reading

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Band Camp… Over!

This evening I journeyed out to Wright State University and met up with the Chabut and Karmele families. We watched the band’s 2008 pre-game show and the first two of four movements of their 2008 competition show which is called … Continue reading

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Knowing Our Heart’s Desire

Feeling Jealous Jealousy is one of the toughest feelings we come up against in our lives. There is not much worse than this aching sense that somehow life has been unfair to us, while amply rewarding someone else. It’s even … Continue reading

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