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MY DAY: Time with loved ones

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Showing direction = Courtesy

I had a few items that were not delivered by Instacart, Tuesday afternoon, so I grabbed No. 17 for the half-mile trip to Town & Country to visit Trader Joe’s and Kroger. I would rather clean public restrooms than step … Continue reading

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THE FAMILY ALBUM: Return visits

In September 1971, my paternal great grandfather, Virgil Barmes, died. A year, or so, later, I went with my grandparents up to the smorgasbord in Decatur, Indiana, The Back 40. As we were dining, my grandmother gave out a slight … Continue reading

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THE FAMILY ALBUM: Uncle fun

I was so blessed with a number of uncles and still cherish all the memories. My mothers younger brother, Ronald, was 12 years old when I was born. He lived with my grandparents just around the corner on the opposite … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Worth The Time

This is not my writing. This is from the wonderful site, DailyOM. It is when our lives are full and busy that we need our daily meditation to help center us for the day. Ironically, when we get busy, the … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Knowing Better Now

This is not my writing. This is from the wonderful site, DailyOM. Our past can read like a document on what not to do, but we have the present and our future to make a change. When we look back … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Thoughts

This is not my writing. This is from the wonderful site, DailyOM. During the day, we can monitor our thoughts to see if we’re investing our energy where it is useful. Our thoughts are powerful forces in the creation of … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Showing Up For Life

This is from the wonderful site, DailyOM. If you show up for yourself in your life, the universe will show up for you. The way we walk into a room says a lot about the way we live our lives. … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Coming Back to Center in a Relationship

This is from the wonderful site, DailyOM. In a long-term relationship, it is often necessary to get back to basics and come back to center with each other. Anyone in a long-term relationship knows that the dance of intimacy involves … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Purpose

This is from the wonderful site, DailyOM. Most humans are not born consciously knowing what their purpose is. It must be found through exploration. Most living things belong to a particular soul group and are born knowing their purpose in … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Giving Away Power

This is not my writing. This is from the wonderful site, DailyOM. We can avoid giving away our power on a daily basis by listening to our own voice of knowing. In many ways, we are taught from the time … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Everyone Has a Story

This is not my writing; it’s from the wonderful site, DailyOM. Every person on this planet has a story to tell, something that makes them unique, adding to the whole. It’s easy to forget sometimes that everyone has a story … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Removing Obstructions

This is not my writing; it’s from the wonderful site, DailyOM. When we remove obstructions in our path, our light can more easily come forth. There are times when we may not feel at our best and brightest. At those … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Taking on the Energy of Others

This is not my writing; it’s from the wonderful site, DailyOM. To protect ourselves from taking on any negative energy from people or situations, we can learn to shield. There are times when you may find that being around certain … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Sitting with Our Sadness

DailyOM: This is not my writing but a copy from the site, DailyOM. Sitting with our sadness takes the courage to believe that we can bear the pain and we will come out the other side. The last thing most … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Communication

DailyOM: This is not my writing but a copy from the site, DailyOM. Expressing ourselves honestly in any relationship is essential to our well-being. When we are in a relationship where we feel listened to and understood, we count ourselves … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Waiting for Someday

DailyOM: This is not my writing but a copy from the site, DailyOM. All the joy and passion you can envision can be yours right now, rather than in a future point in time. The time we are blessed with … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Returning to Creative Dreams

DailyOM: This is not my writing but a copy from the site, DailyOM. Take the time to reclaim your creativity, and watch your life blossom as a result. As children, many of us entertained fantasies or even goals of being … Continue reading

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IN THE SPOTLIGHT: “The Winner Takes It All” – a quick trip to the Greek islands with MAMMA MIA!

I always know Wright State University’s Department of Theatre, Dance, & Motion Picture will deliver top-notch products with any show I attend but when director/choreographer Greg Hellems’ is at the helm, along with Pam Lavarnway on scenic design and Matt … Continue reading

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THE FAMILY ALBUM: Ancestry DNA Results

In August 2021, I sent in my tube of spittle to have my DNA analyzed. The results are not surprising. ETHNICITY ESTIMATE: 81% German, Irish, French, English, and Scottish. 10% Wales. 5% Norway. 4% Other. DNA COMMUNITIES: Virginia Settlers. 1700-1950. … Continue reading

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IN THE SPOTLIGHT: The Newbees & Fairmont HS Orchestras and a night with The Beatles!

This was such a FUNtastic night of great music from an era of rock music that seems like it was yesterday-ay-ay-ay. The Beatles beat me to a US premiere by seven months and their music has been a part of … Continue reading

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MY DAY: Reaching some milestones

Last May I arrived at the gates of Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum, prepared to tackle the hills to capture some of the fresh springtime foliage. Sadly, even with the assistance of my cane, I could not make it past Erma … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Stuck in the Mud

This is not my writing. This post is from DailyOM. Pain can serve as one of life’s great teachers, but it’s vital to move through it and not become stuck. Pain comes and it goes. It is just one component … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Revealing Your True Self

This is not my writing. This post is from DailyOM. Our true selves exist whether we acknowledge them or not, often buried under learned behavior. Identity is an elusive concept. We feel we must define ourselves using a relatively small … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Embracing Your Muse

This is not my writing. This post is from DailyOM. Nearly all creative possibilities are related to the muses that inspire us. Inspiration is an intangible yet inseparable part of the creative process. Nearly all creative possibilities are related to … Continue reading

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