Category Archives: Indiana

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

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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

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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

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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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School Referendums…

I grew up in a wonderful Hoosier town, thirty some miles north of Indianapolis. It was called, “The Heart of Hoosierland.” When I think back on my youth, I am always filled with beautiful memories of those days, and times … 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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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.

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Red River Valley…

  RED RIVER VALLEY arranged and adapted by Arlo Guthrie From this valley they say you are going We will miss your bright eyes and sweet smile For they say you are taking the sunshine That has brightened our pathways … Continue reading

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TOY STORY 3

As TOY STORY 3 neared its premiere, I chuckled at the Facebook group, started by older teens, “get out of my way little kids… I’ve waited 11 years to see this movie.” The first two movies were incredible, and I … 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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Grandpa Leroy…

June 3, 2004, on a Thursday morning at 10:55am, my grandfather, Leroy Barmes, passed away. Grandpa loved nothing more than to make people laugh.  In fact, it was his gift to us.  Of course, it goes without saying that he … Continue reading

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A legacy of humor… Grandma Jones

Today, June 2nd, would have been my great-great grandmother’s birthday. Anna Greenlee Jones, the daughter of Andrew Taylor Greenlee and Prudence Anna Ball, was born in 1875 in Boone Township, Madison County, Indiana. As young girls, Anna and her sisters, Carrie, Mary … Continue reading

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Memorial Day, 2010 Style…

And the weekend continues… After leaving Wright State University’s production HELLO, DOLLY (see previous post), I chatted with Mother en route home. By 6:00pm, Jose and I were to two of our scheduled grad parties for Megan Weyrauch and Ryan … Continue reading

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HELLO DOLLY!

46 years ago, Ball State’s Emen’s Auditorium opened… 46 years ago, the Ball State Singers were born… 46 years ago (this September), I was born… 46 years ago (this September), BEWITCHED premiered on television… and… 46 years ago, HELLO DOLLY … Continue reading

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Lost in the Wilderness… Well, maybe just my neighborhood…

This morning was a tiring, but invigorating walk! At 9:50am, I set out with Flyer while chatting with Mother on my headset. For those who live in Kettering, I walked: through the athletic fields to Far Hills crossed over to … Continue reading

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Rainy days and Mondays…

Karen Carpenter said it best with… Since the early morning it has been a steady shower here in Kettering. The skies seem forbidden of allowing the faintest glimmer of sunshine through. Jose did a great job on cutting the lawn … Continue reading

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Photos from Fowler…

Here are some photo from my family in Fowler, Indiana. Pictured are my sister-in-law, Stacia, and my nephews, Parker (4), and Freddie (2).

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…Vote For The WRIGHT BROTHERS…

Vote for the Wright Brothers to represent the State of Ohio at the United States Capitol! From March 20 through June 12, 2010, Ohioans can cast their vote on who should be honored in Statuary Hall in the Capitol building … Continue reading

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John William Garrett Clary

John William Garrett Clary was born August 31, 1898, northwest of Elwood, Indiana in Madison County. His parents were John William & Mary Frances Noble Clary. His mother’s line came from Salisbury, Maryland, and settled in Clermont County, Ohio before … Continue reading

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Lazy Sunday

I had every full intention of being more productive today but it clearly was not meant to be. Last night, Jose and I attended a “Poor White Trash Birthday Party” for our friend, Christi Salchak. It was a riot. The … Continue reading

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…Uncle Ted…

This morning I woke at 6:15am and pressed the On/Off button on the television’s remote control. There was a video showing the White House silhouetted against the rising sun… but the flag was lowered to half-mast. Within seconds my racing … 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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