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MY DAY: Celebrating March 25th

My bonus sister, Laura Moore Parker, and I are three months apart – to the day – in age. She was born June 25th and I was born on September 25th. I suggested we celebrate her 9th month birthday and … Continue reading

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MY DAY: A walk through Lincoln Park

I took a 45 minute walk today and had I not run into a number of dogs walking their owners, I probably could have made it all around the Fraze Pavilion. Alas, I needed to return home to eat lunch … Continue reading

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MY DAY: Family & Carillon Park

My endocrinology appointment was scheduled for Friday morning, March 18th at 10:00 AM but yesterday afternoon their office called and asked if I might be free at 8:00 AM. A few minutes later my sister texted to check on my … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Dear Evan Hansen

Last Wednesday afternoon, former studio parents and friends, Dee and Terry Friesenborg contacted me to see if I could use their season tickets as Terry was ill with a stomach bug. At 5:00 PM, Laura and I were heading to … Continue reading

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THE FAMILY ALBUM: Great-aunt Bonnie Barmes

BONNIE REDMOND BARMES: 12 October 1944 – 27 February 2022 It was around 2:30 PM on a warm Saturday, 27 June 1992. I had just bid farewell to my grandmother, Donna Clary Barmes, who died of colon cancer in an … Continue reading

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MY DAY: The Pomodoro Technique

When I was younger, I struggled with keeping my attention sewn to the task at hand. Most children combat such attempts but in the 1960s and 1970s, this was not addressed as much as they are now with those who … Continue reading

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MY DAY: Simple & Easy

In January 2020, just as the world was beginning to shut down for months of quarantine, I upgraded my iPhone. Two years later, it was time to do it again. While I can maneuver my way around technology, it’s not … Continue reading

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MY DAY: My Man Cave

It’s going on 9:00 PM and I have been secured inside my study, my version of a man cave, since 9:00 AM, researching and writing with only a few breaks, grabbing meals, retrieving the Rumpke Waste canisters, letting dogs out, … Continue reading

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O, FOR HISTORY: The Soldiers’ & Sailors’ Monument, Indianapolis

While checking up on some research on The Soldiers’ & Sailors’ Monument on Monument Circle in downtown, Indianapolis, Indiana, I came upon two interesting items. James Whitcomb Riley read his poem, “The Soldier” which was specifically written for the dedication … Continue reading

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MY DAY: Presidents Day and a 1.2 walk

The mid-60s by Noon in Southwest Ohio. Not surprising since it IS Southwest Ohio. The temperatures are all over the place, as usual, and will be bouncing between the 60s and 23-degrees until next Monday. I have not been able … Continue reading

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MY DAY: This made my day!

17 June 1994, I pulled into a hilltop driveway of a house on the southwest corner of Whipp Road and Seton Hill Street, responding to an ad for free kittens. As I looked over the kittens, the Centerville HS band … Continue reading

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MY DAY: Laura Coy Spaulding

Damn… damn… damn… One of my very dear and precious college, and beyond, friends, Laura Coy Spaulding, passed away Wednesday, 16 February 2022. I first met Laura at Ball State University’s summer orientation program in July 1983, thirty-nine years ago … Continue reading

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THE FAMILY ALBUM: John McCrory

While perusing information on my Ball family line, I stumbled across some fascinating information on my fifth great-grandfather, Robert McCrory, and it led to information on his father, Scottish-born, John McCrory. JOHN MCCRORY: born 1778, Scotland; died 30 Jul 1868 … Continue reading

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THE FAMILY ALBUM: Robert McCrory

While researching for my project, I stumbled across more information regarding Robert McCrory who would have been my fifth great-grandfather on my Ball family side. What an exciting life he led! Born in Antrim, Ireland in 1801 While emigrating to … Continue reading

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MY DAY: Mother & a Cardinal

Oh I very rarely have dreams, or even “visits“ from those who have recently passed away. A few, perhaps, but of folks I would’ve never thought of appearing in my dreams or “visiting.” This morning, I fed the dogs, let … Continue reading

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THE FAMILY ALBUM: Rekindling wonderful memories

We hear a song and are often reminded of folks who are no longer with us or memories that tend to fade with passing time. Certain aromas and food can also trip the cord to bring afresh a moment in … Continue reading

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THE FAMILY ALBUM: It’s all about the Eighties

This year, 2022, heralds in one birthday and two birthday anniversaries of those turning eighty. Last May 2021, a very dear friend, John Moore, father of my bonus siblings Laura Moore Parker and Michael Moore, turned eighty. Today begins the … Continue reading

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IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Norman Rockwell

3 February was Norman Rockwell’s birthday, born in 1894. I have always enjoyed Mr. Rockwell’s work and was fortunate to see a great exhibit of his work, featured at The Dayton Art Institute, several years ago. A new exhibit is … Continue reading

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SPOTLIGHT: President Lincoln’s new elephants

When we were on vacation in 1968, a major storm thwarted our evening plans so my parents turned on the television and we watched the movie, THE KING & I, based on the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical. I was not … Continue reading

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MY DAY: Checking in

I have always been blessed with folks checking in on me or performing thoughtful gestures both large and not-so-large. Today, my friend and studio mom, Karen, was out running errands pre-snowmageden, and said she would be dropping off an N95 … Continue reading

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THE FAMILY ALBUM: Uncle Tom Richardson – obituary

Uncle Tom Richardson was my paternal great-uncle, the younger brother of my grandmother. In fact, my father, Danny Jolliff, was a year older than his Uncle Tom, and my Uncle Garry Jolliff was a year younger. Uncle Tom married Carolyn … Continue reading

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IN THE SPOTLIGHT: History + Musical Theatre = So blessed

In August 1970, one month before my sixth birthday, my family traveled to Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, and Delaware for our vacation, and we spent four days in New York City where I saw my first Broadway musical, … Continue reading

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THE FAMILY ALBUM: William Driskill Noble

I was reading up on my Noble ancestry and learned a bit more about my third great-grandfather, William Driskill Noble. BIRTH: 24 January 1827; Clermont County, Ohio, USA DEATH: 18 May 1908 (aged 81); Elwood, Madison County, Indiana, USA BURIAL: … Continue reading

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NOTICE: Two area closures

I learned today, via two visits to local stores, that PACKAGES ANYTIME ANYPLACE at Town & Country is permanently closed and CVS, across the street in Eichelberger Plaza, next to Kroger, will be closing. I frequented these business often and … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Life Packaging

I did not write this. This is from DailyOM. We’re spiritual beings living in a human body, even though our packaging seems different, we’re very much the same. We have all had the experience of encountering someone whose life seems … Continue reading

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