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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Thursday , a semi-down day

A gentle rain has moved into The Valley this Thursday morning and I was fortunate to complete my task agenda for the deck. I had been thinking about switching the location of the large area umbrella with the table and … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Monday is a movin’

My whirlwind weekend spent with my eldest son, mostly in Cincinnati, was terrific and so enjoyable. He spent Sunday evening at a hotel near Cincinnati’s airport for his 11:00 AM departure to London, Monday morning. I miss him as the … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Friday floods in

What a terrific gully washer of a storm we had from about 3:00 AM until just now, 7:15 AM. Poor Erma, my only dog to be openly scared of storms was glued to the side of my bed while the … Continue reading

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MY DAY: Wrapping up Thursday

I reached home by 2:00 PM and decided to take a nap rather than eat lunch. So, nap I did. I woke at 3:00 PM, and attended to a few items around the house before feeding The Quartet and moving … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Thursday… moving along…

Wednesday evening, after leaving my shift and dining at Carillon Brewery, I stepped off the bus at 6:57 PM, walked 120 (or so) steps to my front, entered the house, changed out of my uniform, loved on the dogs, and … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Manic Monday? Hmmm…

As I prepare to head into the park, I’ve had “just another Manic Monday…” flowing through my mind. While the Bangles’ hit song is catching and sweet, it doesn’t feel like a manic Monday. I eased into the day and … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Wednesday wonderings

(7:20 AM) It’s almost time to shave, shower, and dress for an eight-hour stroll at the park. The sky is a steel gray and when I stepped onto the deck, I felt a few raindrops despite there being no rain … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Tuesday morning musings

Today I am working from home. I will attempt some research and possible writing before heading off to Taco Tuesday with Mama Kay and her Noon-Mass gals. At 3:30 PM I’ll begin teaching until 11:00 PM. Two new “used” books … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Sunday on the deck

As Mama Kay, The Girls, and I left Centerville’s La Pinata restaurant Saturday evening, the storm clouds were moving in. Just as I reached the house, heavy drops began falling. It was a fairly fast-paced shower, but a heavy one. … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Saturday morning

It’s already a splendid morning at 65° and the trees are filled with some of the best singers. It doesn’t get much better than that. This afternoon it is to rise to 81° with chances of rain showers later in … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Round and round

When I was growing up in Elwood, Indiana, Carole and Bruce Boston ran the local roller skating rink and they provided a fun, safe, and loving experience every weekend and for all the special occasions. As a young boy, the … Continue reading

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THE FAMILY ALBUM: Erma on mothers

When I first posted this on May 13, 2018, I did not know it would be the final tribute at Mother’s funeral, which beautifully, imaginatively, and lovingly delivered by my high school Latin teacher and much beloved family friend, Diana … Continue reading

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MY DAY: A restful, delightful Wednesday

What a fun day! I slept in until 8:00 AM, abandoning my typical 6:45 AM alarm from my early-shift days. I fed the dogs, checked some emails, and returned to bed until 10:00 AM. I rose and grabbed a light … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Whether you like the weather…

At 7:15 AM, it is already opening into a gorgeous morning and today’s forecast is a high of 83-degrees. The next several days are to reach the mid-80s with the upper 70s following for another several more days. I don’t … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Taking care of Me

There was a time when the phrase “taking care of me“ implied selfishness. When the new enlightenment of the 1980s and 1990s resurrected this phrase, it slowly eked its way into our psyche and conversation with a more positive emphasis. … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Flowers & Rain

I left my 5:00 PM shift, Thursday evening, and meandered over to the brewery for dinner. As I was eating and waiting for the bus to arrive, the downpour began. I’ve not leisurely walked in the rain for a long … Continue reading

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MY DAY: Connecting with words and hearts

Thursday, while manning my station, I had the most wonderful experience. A group of eight deaf adults approached my station to have their tickets scanned. As I was scanning each of their tickets I began my introductory dialogue about the … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Monday, off and running

It was a beautiful Sunday and I managed to get the grass cut down to size before teaching from 3:00 PM – 11:15 PM. Saturday, I had a wonderful time with the collected Parker-Moore contingent, dining and celebrating May birthdays … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Getting into the groove

Adding an additional chapter to my already full life has been exciting but it has also been a learning curve of adjustments and figuring out how to find my groove with my body’s new investments over the past several years. … Continue reading

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MY DAY: Wednesday is a wrap

The eight hour shifts are a bit daunting being away from home and The Quartet for so long. However, the pups are in capable hands with several members of The Canine Crew attending and loving them. My station is situated … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Wednesday

I’m scheduled today and tomorrow for eight hour shifts. My body is groaning a bit, especially in my legs. A very close genetically linked family member is now battling the same multiple sclerosis that I have. And while she is … Continue reading

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THE FAMILY ALBUM: The first chocolate Easter bunny

Exactly fifty-seven years ago, today, April 18, 1965, I was given my first chocolate Easter bunny by my great-grandfather, John William Garrett Clary, commonly known as Garrett, or his familiar nickname in Elwood, Indiana, “Skinny.” Grandpa Garrett, as you can … Continue reading

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MY DAY: Booster II & Downtown Dayton

CVS, 9:00 AM, I received my second booster. Downtown Dayton feels empty. There’s no busy foot traffic and even the normal street traffic seems subdued. It’s much like a quiet Sunday afternoon. My bus arrived at 8:30 AM and I … Continue reading

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THE FAMILY ALBUM: My parents’ wedding anniversary

April 4th, 1964, my parents, Diana Kay Barmes and Danny Lee Jolliff, were married at Trinity Evangelical United Brethren Church (to become Trinity United Methodist Church, 1968) in Elwood, Indiana. Rev. Roush led the ceremony with Dorothea Woods as the … Continue reading

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MY DAY: A Thursday afternoon nap

Wednesday night, Laura Parker picked me up and we ate at 416 Diner in The Oregon District before we headed to The Neon Movies to watch the brilliantly produced British West End filmed production, ANYTHING GOES, starring Sutton Foster. I’d … Continue reading

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