Category Archives: Parenting

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

Posted in Adoption, Every day life, Family Life, Parenting, Single Parent, The Haasienda, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Actors, Dayton, Every day life, Family Life, Family Pets, Friends, Parenting, Private Students, Teaching, The Great Dayton Flood of 1913, The Haasienda, Theatre, Theatre: College, Wright State University | Leave a comment

…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

Posted in Drum & Bugle Corps, Entertainment, Every day life, Fairmont High School, Fairmont Marching Firebirds, Family Life, Indiana, Music - Marching Band, Parenting, School, The Haasienda, Winter Percussion - MEPA, Winter Percussion - WGI, Winter Percussion Ensemble | Tagged | Leave a comment

…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

Posted in Ball State University, Barmes Family, Every day life, Fowler, Indiana, Friends, Indiana, Parenting, The Haasienda | 7 Comments

…Enter ANGELS, Stage-Right…

Since childhood I have always sensed energizing, protective, and unseen guiding presences in my life.  For several years a lovely lady visited me regularly during my sleep – or at least, what I thought was my sleep.  Today, at age … Continue reading

Posted in Abraham Lincoln, Ball Family, Ball State University, Barmes Family, Blogroll, Christianity, Darin's Career, Daugherty Family, Every day life, Family Ancestry, Family Life, Indiana, Inspiration, Joel Osteen, Music - Band, Norman Vincent Peale, Parenting, Playwrighting, Private Students, Religion, Robert Schuller, Single Parent, Spirituality, Teaching, The Haasienda, The Secret | Leave a comment

…Quintin featured in national adoption newsletter…

Quintin was featured in HEARTLINES, the national newsletter for The Adoption Exchange. Read the article here:  Heartlines Fall 2011  

Posted in Blogroll, Every day life, Fairmont High School, Fairmont Marching Firebirds, Family Life, Music - Marching Band, NACAC, Parenting, Playwrighting, Private Students, School, Teaching, The Haasienda | 1 Comment

…A Fond Farewell…

As I write this while sitting up in bed at my hospital table used for working mostly late into the night, Logan snuggles next to me. This is a familiar sight, and the warmth of her fur next to me … Continue reading

Posted in Blogroll, Every day life, Family Pets, NACAC, Parenting, Private Students, Teaching, The Haasienda | 2 Comments

Being Darin Haas means you are blessed to have Destin Haas as your brother!

Without going into detail, I can honestly say, “I am glad last week is behind me.” I truly value my younger brother, Destin, all the more, as a shining example of what our nation’s education needs in the leadership arena. … Continue reading

Posted in Blogroll, Darin's Career, Every day life, Family Life, Fowler, Indiana, Indiana, Inspiration, NACAC, Parenting, Private Students, School, Teaching, The Haasienda | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Carillon Park, Cox Arboretum, Darin's Career, Deeds Point, Drum-Major, Every day life, Fairmont High School, Fairmont Marching Firebirds, Family Life, Family Pets, Fowler, Indiana, Fraze Pavilion, Indiana, Inspiration, Miami Valley of Ohio, Museum of the US Air Force, Music - Marching Band, Musical Theatre, NACAC, Old River Park, Parenting, Playwrighting, Private Students, School, Single Parent, Spirituality, Teaching, The Haasienda, The Secret, Theatre: Community, Theatre: High School, Vacation & Travel, Walking/Hiking, Woodland Cemetery | Leave a comment

Baby's First Christmas…

  I don’t know when I have had a more wonderful Christmas! Very early Friday morning, the boys, Flyer and I headed westward, arriving in Elwood at 11:00am. Jose and Mother followed Quintin and I, and by 12:30pm we were pulling … Continue reading

Posted in Family Life, Fowler, Indiana, Indiana, NACAC, Parenting, Single Parent, The Haasienda | Leave a comment

Moving on…

It is 14-degrees, and the air has a brutal, bitter bite. I delivered Jose to his National Guard drill at 7:30am, and the sky was heavy with frost. Last night I taught a pre-adoption class at ACTION Adoption Services, and … Continue reading

Posted in Blogroll, Every day life, Family Life, NACAC, Parenting, Single Parent, The Haasienda | Leave a comment

The Pepsi Generation gives way to the Cell Phone Generation

Once upon a time I was a part of The Pepsi Generation. Now, honestly, I have no idea what that meant, but as a young child, the commercials told me I belonged to this exclusive fraternity of young, vibrant individuals. … Continue reading

Posted in Blogroll, Every day life, Family Life, NACAC, Parenting, Single Parent, The Haasienda, Vacation & Travel | Leave a comment

Petroglyphs, Old Town & Zoo…

The adventure began at 9:00am this morning as we crossed to northwest Albuquerque to hike through Petroglyph National Park – a dead volcano with 6000 year old Native American drawings on the rocks. The two hours of hiking was so enjoyable, … Continue reading

Posted in Blogroll, Every day life, Family Life, NACAC, Parenting, Single Parent, The Haasienda, Vacation & Travel, Walking/Hiking | Leave a comment

Went and climbed a mountain…

By the time I finished blogging, and uploading photos, it was 12:30am here in New Mexico. However, I was wide awake at 4:30am Ohio time (2:30am NM time). Around 9:00am Jose and I were fully stirring, and planning the day. … Continue reading

Posted in Every day life, Family Life, NACAC, Parenting, Single Parent, The Haasienda, Vacation & Travel, Walking/Hiking | Leave a comment

Crossroads…

Since my days at Ball State University, I have always marveled at the many individual journeys that meet at particular crossroads throughout our lives. Crossroads are exciting! We never know when certain fellow travelers will cross our own path, joining … Continue reading

Posted in Christianity, Every day life, Family Life, Inspiration, Joel Osteen, NACAC, Norman Vincent Peale, Parenting, Religion, Robert Schuller, Single Parent, Spirituality, The Haasienda, The Secret | Leave a comment

An early Christmas…

At 3:45pm – Albuquerque time – I met my newest son, and Jose met his new brother. It is so amazing how three people – complete strangers – immediately merged as one family. Jose, Valerie (the adoption worker), and I … Continue reading

Posted in Every day life, Family Life, NACAC, Parenting, Single Parent, The Haasienda | 7 Comments

Changes…

Today, the snow is gently falling here in Kettering for the first time. It seems as though the weather has officially changed into winter. This particular change seems in keeping with life in the Haasienda. Tomorrow morning at 0715 hours, … Continue reading

Posted in Every day life, Fairmont Marching Firebirds, Family Life, Fowler, Indiana, Indiana, NACAC, Parenting, Single Parent, The Haasienda, Trent Arena, Walking/Hiking | Leave a comment

Is anybody there…?

This week has been saddened by, yet, several more youth suicides due to bullying. Regardless the struggling youth’s issues, we adults – parents, teachers, neighbors, coaches, directors, youth leaders, etc. – need to take the lead in this universal epidemic to … Continue reading

Posted in Every day life, Family Life, NACAC, Parenting, School, Teaching, The Haasienda | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Carillon Park, Darin's Career, Dayton, Drum & Bugle Corps, Drum-Major, Entertainment, Fairmont High School, Fairmont Marching Firebirds, Family Life, Friends, Indiana, Miami Valley of Ohio, Music - Marching Band, Music - Show Choir, NACAC, Old River Park, Parenting, Private Students, School, Single Parent, Teaching, The Haasienda | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Carillon Park, Entertainment, Every day life, Family Life, Family Pets, Miami Valley of Ohio, Old River Park, Parenting, Playwrighting, Single Parent, The Haasienda | Leave a comment

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.

Posted in Abraham Lincoln, Acting, Actors, Ball State University, Barak Obama, Broadway, Carillon Park, Christianity, Colonial America, Composing, Cox Arboretum, Darin's Career, Dayton, Deeds Point, Disney, Documentaries, Eleanor Roosevelt, Entertainment, Every day life, Family Life, Family Pets, First Ladies, Founding Fathers, Franklin Roosevelt, George Washington, Harry Truman, History Channel, Humor, Indiana, Inspiration, John Adams, Kennedy Family, Lincoln Presidential Museum & Library, Mary Todd Lincoln, Miami Valley of Ohio, Movies, Museum of the US Air Force, Music - Band, Music - Choral, Music - Show Choir, Musical Theatre, NACAC, Old River Park, Parenting, PBS, People: Rodgers & Hammerstein, Performing, Playwright, Playwrighting, Politics, Politics - 2008 Election, Religion, Richard Nixon, School, Single Parent, Smithsonian Institute, Spirituality, Teaching, Television, The Haasienda, The History Channel, The Secret, Theatre, Theatre: College, Theatre: Community, Theatre: High School, Theodore Roosevelt, Thoma Jefferson, Touchdown Jesus, U.S. History, U.S. Presidents, Vacation & Travel, Washington, DC, White House, Woodland Cemetery, World History | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Carillon Park, Darin's Career, Entertainment, Every day life, Family Life, Miami Valley of Ohio, Musical Theatre, Old River Park, Parenting, Playwright, Private Students, Teaching | Leave a comment

At The Zoo…

At 9:30am this morning, we were out the door and on our way to the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens. With a stop at Dollar General for sun tan lotion and Gator Aide, we were walking into the zoo at … Continue reading

Posted in Every day life, Family Life, Family Pets, Parenting, Single Parent, The Haasienda | Leave a comment

CLASH OF THE TITANS (2010)

Jose and I just returned from seeing CLASH OF THE TITANS (2010). A very good movie, indeed. I can remember seeing the original in 1981 when I was a sophomore in high school. I recall very little of that movie, … Continue reading

Posted in Actors, Clary Family, Entertainment, Every day life, Family Life, Kitty Hawk, Movies, Parenting, Performing, The Haasienda, Wright Brothers | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Blogroll, Cox Arboretum, Family Life, Miami Valley of Ohio, Parenting, Single Parent, The Haasienda, Walking/Hiking | Leave a comment