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THE FAMILY ALBUM: The Jolliffes of Butler County, Ohio

Sunday’s destination was a shot in the dark: we drove through the countryside into Warren County, ending up coming upon Middletown and Hamilton, down in Butler County, Ohio. Once we got around Hamilton, Ohio, we proceeded to the west into … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Sund– Sunda— SUNSHINE! Finally!

It’s only 51-degrees but “Houston, we have made contact with sunshine!” Friday and Saturday, despite being a tourist in Cincinnati and Columbus, the dreary skies, most rain-filled on Friday, would not cease. I was happy but the skies kept trying … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Make your own kind of sunshine

Soggy. Foggy. Cloudy. Chilly. This is not my preferred kind of morning. I am secluded in my study to work, this morning. I would much rather be on the deck, seated in my canvassed rocker, writing at my table beneath … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Send down the rain

As I begin writing this morning’s blog entry, the sky is beginning to spit some rain that was not due to arrive until a few hours from now, around 10:30 AM; thus, my deck time will prematurely end. Drafts. But, … Continue reading

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MY DAY: Tuesday evening

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Television static

Yesterday, I posted this meme about television, back in the day before there was all night cable news, unless, you were like our home and didn’t have cable until after the eldest child went off to college. I thought we … Continue reading

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MY DAY: Monday night

(I really love my iPhone’s night shots.

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Go, Monday!

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MY DAY: Sunday evening

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Sunday morning deck-time, wind chimes, wisteria, and a mystery chaise-lounge

For the longest while, the time on the deck was peaceful with just the sounds of birds singing, the gentle breeze stirring the wind chimes, the lulled swishing sound of traffic from the other side of the house, and the … Continue reading

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MY DAY: The three Ws – Writing, Working, and (W)resting

I can officially say it’s been a day of succeeding at accomplishing much and making it a great day! I spent the majority of my morning and early afternoon writing. I don’t know that I made much of a dent … Continue reading

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O, FOR HISTORY: Washington Post: “Mary Lincoln wasn’t ‘crazy,’ she was a bereaved mother, new exhibit says

This long awaited public assessment has been addressed many times before in books and other arenas but not from a prominent publication. By  Gillian BrockellMay 1, 2021 at 8:00 a.m. EDT Callie Hawkins had been working at President Lincoln’s Cottage museum … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Stop and smell the roses (get that Mac Davis ear worm going!)

When I was 9 years old, pop star Mac Davis introduced his hit song, “Stop And Smell The Roses” that had a delightful melody, two key changes, and even despite my young age, a great message. Both Mother and my … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Sunday morning on the deck

Since 9:00 AM, I’ve been ensconced on the deck with my pen, paper, lap top, coffee, breakfast, water, four napping pooches (Erma rises, periodically to come lay her chin on my knee), a bellowing red breasted-robin, two fluttering golder finches, … Continue reading

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MY DAY: Finishing up the week

My private teaching part of my day began at 2:00PM and was to conclude at 10:00 PM; however, a “no show” lesson ended the day at 8:30 PM. By 9:00 PM, dinner was finished and I set up shop on … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Thursday morning on the deck

There is a peaceful, simple solitude with this morning’s seat on the deck, accompanied by the two Seniors, Chief and Erma, at my side, while The Sister, Bailey and Harrigan, explore and sniff their way around the yard. Whenever I … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Learning even more about our new way of life

Since I had no online classes to teach, I braved the never-ending rain shower and took advantage of a major chunk of free time I’m seldom afforded and happily slid from The Haasienda’s borders to the bus stop about 80 … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Celebrate those who are behind the scenes

Yesterday, as I moved about my day trying to stay dry in the rain-soaked Miami Valley and enjoying a sense of newness beyond The Haasienda’s borders, I recognized a number of folks who could not avoid the rain due their … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: A glorious Wednesday sky

It’s not quite yet 9:00 AM on this Wednesday morning, my first Wednesday to not teach online class, and I am savoring this gorgeous morning that is all decked out with growing green grass, a brilliant blue sky, leaf-filled branches … Continue reading

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MY DAY | SUNDAY: Thomas the Technician & Big Boss Man

I opened the front door to see a frazzled, exhausted looking young man stepping out of his Spectrum (cable/internet) van and as he rounded the front end of the vehicle, he asked, “Do you mind if I take just five … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Kids, today…

I detest this meme: We had technology when I was a kid. Naturally, it was nothing like today’s advancements, but I still had technology that could have diverted my attentions and interests. The difference? I had a mother who understood … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: On the deck with Erma and Erma

I didn’t feel like venturing out into the world, today, for my usual Friday Fun Day, so I’m enjoying the wonderful weather on the deck, Erma at my side, and listening to the audiobook, A MARRIAGE MADE IN HEAVEN OR … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Keep going

MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Keep goingThere are some days when my own formidable positive mind-set takes a dive and it becomes, for me, much like rock climbing without those tiny little cliffs or ledges with which to grab hold. … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Sitting with Erma

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THE FAMILY ALBUM: May 6, 1973

Sunday, May 6, 1973, was a double duty day in my family; we attended church services at North Webster United Methodist Church with Rev. John Weeks the presiding minister. In 1969, my grandparents, Donna (Clary) and Leroy Barmes, divorced. For … Continue reading

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