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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Tuesday and it’s Friday for me

A swift rain drove through the valley this morning and returned the mugginess of the previous morning. The sky is overcast and feels heavy with rain which my body and sinus predicted. The rain is expected just as I am … Continue reading

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O, FOR HISTORY: David McCullough

David McCullough | 1933 – 2022 My favorite author, historian, biographer, and one of my YouTube favorites during an interview has died… his passing is very sad. I’ve read TRUMAN JOHN ADAMS THE COURSE OF HUMAN EVENTS THE WRIGHT BROTHERS … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Monday… whew!

It is not the most comfortable setting outside on the deck. The humidity is 97% and will remain in the 90%s through most of the morning. While the temperature is 74 degrees and a nice breeze circulates around the outer … Continue reading

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THE FAMILY ALBUM: Cleaning the plates

This meme reminded me of two incidents that involved my dog, Flyer (2000-2013). ON THE FLOOR We would finish our dinner plates, which almost never had remaining food, and set them on the floor for Flyer to give them a … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: A late start to Sunday

It is 10:35 AM and I am just beginning to rumble into my morning. After feeding the dogs and drinking a cup of coffee, I’ve been awake but still feeling puny with gut issues. Since most of my Sunday students … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: A damp deck morning

It’s Saturday, my alternate Sunday since I return to teaching tomorrow. A brief rain cell passed through not more than an hour ago and dampness clings to the world around The Haasienda. It must have been quite the water dump … Continue reading

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O, FOR HISTORY: Jeff Carter at The National Archives

My friend, Jeffrey Carter, is spending some holiday time in Washington, DC. I wake every morning to read Jeff’s blog posts, first, before even climbing out of bed. They are a smorgasbord of information, entertainment, education, seriousness, and amusement. This … Continue reading

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MY DAY: Sunday evening

It’s been a semi-relaxing but semi-productive day. The lawn is mowed and trimmed. Research and some writing completed. Now, I’m in my study with lounging pooches and listening to THE ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW. It was a good day.

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: On the deck, Wednesday morning

Right now, at 8:15 AM, the morning is very comfortable, embracing, and peacefulness is only disturbed by the waste retrieval vehicles that semi-robotically empty our waste containers. Now and then, one of our resident cardinals pipes up. The Sisters, Bailey … Continue reading

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MY DAY: Soaring Sounds soared!

I don’t remember attending Soaring Sounds in 2019 as Mother was slipping away, and the Soaring Sounds contest of 2020 was canceled due to Covid. For some reason, I don’t recall my reason for not attending last summer. I saw … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Growing and sharing the sparks

It’s incredibly muggy and a bit uncomfortable sitting on the deck this Friday morning. The area is still quite damp from rain cells that passed through here on Thursday evening, the sky is heavy with dark grey clouds to the … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Imprisoning ourselves

I was chatting with a friend and learned he had battled and conquered prostate cancer this past summer. We’ve known one another for years and I have always appreciated and been inspired by his drive and a positive mindset. Like … Continue reading

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MY DAY: Year No. 2 with RRMS

What have I learned with my MS? From an early age, there always seemed to be health issues that were often common but also semi-covers for underlying conditions. Since being diagnosed with RRMS (Relapsing-Remitting Multiple Sclerosis) in June 2020, I … Continue reading

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MY DAY: Pregnancy & toddler calculations

This one meme struck me as hilarious only because I struggle with these damned math calculations. When I was young, a pregnant woman was three months, five months, or seven months along. We never said “first trimester,” or when addressing … Continue reading

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THE FAMILY ALBUM: Forrestville Cemetery

Near the northern boundaries of Madison County, Indiana, Boone Township is nestled up to the Grant County line. It is here that my ancestors pioneered and helped settle this little corner of Indiana. Few, if any, family members still reside … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: On the deck, August 2nd

The world around and beyond the deck is damp from the seemingly healthy amount of rain that moved through at some point through the night. A nice breeze moves through the wisteria-clad deck and the sky is a dull grey … Continue reading

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MY DAY: Monday sliding out

It was an odd day, all around. Time at the park was delightful and there were folks from Canada, Australia, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Missouri (four sets), Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, and West Virginia. I love meeting all the folks from … Continue reading

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MY DAY: EPD Fallen Officer…

Elwood Police Department, Officer Noah Shahnavaz, 24. At 8:00 AM, this Sunday morning, a college friend sent me a text inquiring if I knew about the officer killed on duty who belonged to my hometown police department in Elwood. I … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Monday, August 1st!

It’s a pleasant but a bit muggy 68 degrees and we’re only to climb another 12 degrees for the high of the day. It’s a bit overcast and expected to remain so most of the day. Today is the 179th … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: A New Beginning

Thi is not my writing; this is from DailyOM. Renew your resolve and declare to the universe that you are ready for change. One of the hardest things in life is feeling stuck in a situation that we don’t like … Continue reading

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MY DAY: Saturday drawing to a close

It’s a bit after 9:15 PM and a very productive, fun day is drawing to a close. The western sky is shades of deep grey-blue with pink and orange mixes. I spent four days at a very busy, Guest-filled park. … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: The last day of July…

It’s just after 1:00 PM and I am finally getting around to getting my day officially underway. Since I teach late into the evening, ending around 11:15 PM, I don’t feel guilty or like I have wasted my day. I … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Saturday morning, July 30th

And just like that, July has entered its last two days and summer days are now limited. For me, summer seems to end when I hear the marching band practices resume next door at the high school. While I love … Continue reading

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THE FAMILY ALBUM: TP or Teepee?

One of the solid rules in The Haasienda was in the bathroom where there was one drawer in the sink’s vanity to hold three rolls of toilet paper. The sign in the drawer, which still remains in place to this … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Friday morning on the deck, July 29th

After the string of excessively hot and humid weather, I am enjoying this morning’s 69 degrees. While the humidity is near 90%, it doesn’t feel heavy at all. The morning is electrifying with energy all around but it doesn’t seem … Continue reading

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