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O FOR HISTORY: The National Museum of the United States Air Force and The Wright Brothers’ Memorial

It was a hasty decision to head out to The National Museum of the United States Air Force, adding a quick trip to The Wright Brothers’ Memorial and a drive through Huffman Prairie where the Wright Brothers perfected their craft … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Thursday adventures

I don’t think a more beautiful morning could’ve been requested. While it is a bit hazy, the sun has an extraordinary glow and warmth. I allowed myself to sleep in until 7:30 AM. The four dogs did not seem Disrupted … Continue reading

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IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Going onstage in a Broadway show at a moment’s notice

This is a true story by actress Barbara Tirrell “Yesterday, Friday, afternoon out of the blue, I got a phone call from my agent with an offer to be the offstage cover for three roles in the Broadway production of … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Tyoooosday

Years ago, when I was starting preschool, I came home and said something about “Toosday.” My father, Danny Jolliff, said I should pronounce it with a “y” after the “T” – “Tyoosday.” He also instructed me to say “nyooz” for … Continue reading

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IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Benjamin Magnuson ~ Inductee into The Fairmont Performing Arts Hall of Fame

A former student, Benjamin Magnuson, will be inducted into The Kettering Fairmont Performing Arts of Fall this coming weekend during Fairmont’s homecoming celebration. Congratulations, Benjamin! Benjamin Magnuson’s website.

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MY DAY: Leaving Monday and heading into Tuesday…

It was a fantastic day. I got to spend time at The Park with two wonderful volunteers, Charlotte and Mary Lou. Charlotte introduced me to the other two steamless engines from NCR (National Cash Register). Carillon Historical Park has the … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Monday morning

The world around The Haasienda is wet from last evening’s deluge that soaked us. It is 58 degrees at the moment, and we are only to climb to 69 for the entire day. The sky is still quite gray and … Continue reading

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MY DAY: Sunday is done, and the rest of the week begins

Sunday was a nice medium busy and relaxed day. By 10:00 AM I had decided to mow the yard. I began with the trimming in the front yard and just as I was ending that process the sprinkling began. I … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Cool Saturday

It’s 66 degrees and in 22 more degrees, we shall hit our high for the day. I am treating myself to breakfast and will hopefully feel like mowing the yard. Later today, Laura and I agreed to go to dinner … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: A dreary Sunday morning

The threat of rain has been upon us all morning yet there’s no rain in the forecast until evening. I barely finished trimming the front yard areas before the sprinkling began. I hurried the trimming along so I could at … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: The end of an era

I was at The Park when a text message arrived from my son-in-law in London, England. “It’s been confirmed by Buckingham Palace that Her Majesty has passed away.” It was Homeschool Day at The Park and the first three hours … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Thursday – it feels way too early

I spent the first half of Wednesday at The Park and got to meet some super Guests from New Mexico, California, Texas, Wisconsin, Kansas, and Indiana. I also got to spend time with another staff member, Jamie, who covered for … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Wednesday is here

It’s a grey morning but we are promised no rain. The high is only expected for the upper 70s and this all sounds good to me. Last evening, two students with lessons back to back, moved a desk upstairs and … Continue reading

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MY DAY: Labor Day is over…

At 9:15 AM, The Bane family, Angela, Tony, and Noah pulled into my driveway and after hugs, we moved along to Far Hills Avenue to stake our territory to watch the parade. Their older two children, Jacob, 22, and Ellie, … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Monday… Cue Karen Carpenter… but wait! It’s Tuesday

It’s a rainy day and it’s a Monday, I mean, Tuesday. Karen Carpenter’s lyrics are with us this morning. But, to make it all the drearier feeling, we have thunder. It looks like this morning will be a complete washout … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Labor Day Monday

The skies are grey and dark, and we’ve had rain throughout the night. It does not look like inviting parade weather but the forecast and radar show a nice break in the wet weather that may afford enough time to … Continue reading

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MY DAY: Sunday is in the books

I was at The Park from 11:30 AM until 5:00 PM. My first students, both former students now in college who continue to study with me via Zoom, couldn’t be at their lessons so my teaching day commenced at 6:00 … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Sunday, wet and warm

Yesterday was a day filled with rain and I hated to see it happen during the antique fire apparatus event at The Park. Since it was not Guest filled, I got to leave my full shift early. I did so … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Saturday morning, September 3rd

It’s muggy and cloudy this morning, and I hope the weather clears up as it’s a big day at the park with antique fire engines. I am unfamiliar with this event, but I understand it has been quite popular in … Continue reading

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DailyOM: Working with the power of The Universe

From DailyOM Our essence is an expression of fulfillment, and the universe wants to satisfy our needs and desires. The creative power of the universe is infinite. A single molecule’s destiny is as important as the consequences of the largest … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Thursday morning

Owing to a busier than usual Wednesday, I briefly chatted with Joshua and David at 7:15 AM, fed the dogs, and fell back to sleep, waking in the final 90-minute back-to-back episode of DENNIS, THE MENACE. Last night’s event to … Continue reading

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MY DAY: Thursday is through…

I can honestly say Thursday was a relaxing day filled with documentaries, research, and reading for fun. The dogs seemed content that I was home almost all day without interruption. Laura and I went to see THREE THOUSAND YEARS OF … Continue reading

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THE FAMILY ALBUM: John William Garrett Clary

On this date in 1897, John William Garrett Clary was born. My great-grandfather was called by one of his two middle names, Garrett, and for nearly all his life by the nickname, Skinny. Grandpa Garrett was a unique, hands-on great-grandfather … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Wednesday is here…

I am on that balancing line of what is comfortable weather and what is not so comfortable. The 58-degree temperature is pushing it, but I would still rather spend it on the deck. The birds are sparse this morning, but … Continue reading

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MY DAY: Tuesday was too good

One bump but it was still a day to feel good about. My sinus infection is much improved but it’s still lingering in some areas. This morning, I got ready and walked to CVS in Oakwood, fifteen minutes away, to … Continue reading

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