Category Archives: Inspiration

MIAGD: September Song

MIAGD: Make it a great day Around 1984 I first heard Kurt Weill (composer) and Maxwell Anderson’s (lyricist) beautiful song, “September Song,”  while spending time with my directing mentor, Joshua Logan. Mr. Logan directed the original 1938 Broadway production, KNICKERBOCKER … 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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MIAGD: Atta boy, Clarence….

MIAGD: Make it a great day I love windchimes. Five windchimes surround my deck so I can hear them when I am outside, inside my study which looks out to my deck, and up in my bedroom which looks over … 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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…Little Eddie…

Edward Baker “Eddie” Lincoln (March 10, 1846 – February 1, 1850) was the second son of Abraham & Mary Todd Lincoln. He was named after Lincoln’s friend Edward Dickinson Baker, and the youngest Lincoln son to die.  Eddie died one month … Continue reading

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…All Men Dream…

“All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may … 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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…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

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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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An interview with Derek Clark…. INCREDIBLE!

This is a “listen” for all of us… Derek Clark shared with Family By Design his triumphant life through 13 years of foster care and being declared mentally challenged to living the life of his dreams.  Derek now inspires and motivates foster … Continue reading

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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

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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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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

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A Muslim & Jewish White House?

In recent months, President Barak Obama has been needled by underground, or less-publicized media, and individual blogs for his support of Muslims celebrating their faith. I was just reading a passage in First Lady Hilary Clinton’s book, AN INVITATION TO … Continue reading

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Does it really matter?

This has been an amusing several days for news. Lindsay Lohan is sentenced to jail and rehab… Mel Gibson has been acting up, again… Touch Down Jesus will be rebuilt – full body from Indiana limestone… The Barefoot Bandit has … Continue reading

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I belong to a home-town on-line group. The original premise of the group was to keep alumni connected, and to share stories about life in our little Hoosier community. Since the 2008 presidential election I have contributed little to the … 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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Declaration of Independence

Declaration of Independence (Adopted by Congress on July 4, 1776) The Unanimous Declaration of the Thirteen United States of America When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected … Continue reading

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WE THE PEOPLE – Vote for Ryan Vallo

I discovered this incredible video by one of Dayton’s own young celebrities – Ryan Vallo. I am adding Ryan’s text for those who may not have Facebook accounts. “It’s 2010 and change is EVERYWHERE: our government, our environment, our economy, … 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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The Knots Prayer

My high school English/Advanced Composition teacher, Darren Paquin, just sent this beautiful prayer! Man, does it speak volumes! THE KNOTS PRAYER. Dear God : Please untie the knots that are in my mind, my heart my life. Remove the have … 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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THE AWAKENING…

“I dreamed a dream, a silent dream of a land not far away where no bird sang, no steeples rang, and teardrops fell like rain. I dreamed a dream; a silent dream. I dreamed a dream of a land so … Continue reading

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Joel Osteen…

Over the past year or so, I have become a fan of Joel Osteen. For me, he is very similar to Dr. Robert Schuller and Dr. Norman Vincent Peale – full of positive thinking! Here are some of my favorite … Continue reading

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