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Nagasaki 1945, after the atomic bomb

Nagasaki2011, following earthquake and tsunami

What the heck is that arch made of????

There is such a majesty, inspiration, humor, and affection in these photos. Take a few minutes to enjoy them!


“Top Ten Perks Of Being The Leader of Al Qaeda”

10. Always feel wanted

9. Get royalties every time the phrase “Death to America” is used

8. Free wake up calls from Navy Seals

7. Your wardrobe and curtains are interchangeable

6. Free gym membership at PakistaniMilitaryTrainingAcademy

5. No overambitious wannabes clamoring for your position

4. If someone takes your parking spot, you can kill them

3. You get to keep all of the soccer balls that get kicked into your compound

2. Ka-ching! An instant $25 million for turning yourself in

1. Stretch camels

What an incredible evening!

Dinner at UNO’s with Quintin was loaded with good humor, and great food.  I love eating at UNO’s prior to a show at The Victoria Theatre, or The Schuster Center, because there is that familiar electricity in the air that is not only energizing, but comforting, as well.  I absolutely love that feeling I get before a production begins.

Quintin’s eyes devoured the expansive, imposing lobby of the Schuster Center.  While at the ticket center, I personally met someone who had just written me that morning about my posts on Facebook.  It was such a nice surprise.

We took our seats – four apart – and the families began pouring into the auditorium.  Yes, it looked like a sea of young sprouts ready to watch Disney On Ice, but I love seeing the little peeps at the theatre, or in concerts.  Seated next to me was a plump little thing not older than 8 years, who had no control over her body, whatsoever.  Within a few minutes I had dubbed her Princess Bounce A Lot!

We were up in the upper balcony, and could not see the incredible dome which, to me, is one of the most gorgeous memorials to The Wright Brothers.  The dome is the constellation’s configuration above Dayton the night before the Wright Brother’s first flew at Kitty Hawk in 1903.  Every time I see it I am quite touched.

I don’t believe I have ever attended a production where giraffes simply walking across the stage received an ovation; however, I don’t think I’ve ever seen giraffes on stage… well, perhaps in some productions of Children of Eden.  The opening number continued to build, and build, and build until there was this enormous wall of sound, and a scenic moment of set, costumes, lighting that was breathtaking.  I kept thinking how famous scenic & lighting designer, Jo Mielziner would have reacted to this moment – and the many more that were to follow.

I had thoroughly enjoyed the animated motion picture, The Lion King, when it first appeared on the scene years ago, tonight the story’s line came to life in a much richer expanse.  I love the themes where the protagonist has no idea when it is his time to step up the role for which he is truly intended.  I saw some Hamlet peek through, but more of Moses and Lincoln.  Good always triumphs over evil.

Several times I looked down the row to see how Quintin was taking in this epic experience.  I know I probably teared up a little as I watched him bounce to the music, his head toss back with laughter, and a smile remain on his face.   Following intermission, Princess Bounce A Lot and her mother were escorted to different seats, so Quintin joined me.  I could tell he was loving every minute.  After the show we walked over to Riverscape, and he cheerfully pointed out his favorite moments.

As I sit here, several hours following the production’s close, I cannot decide if I watched true musical theatre, or something beyond legitimate musical theatre.  At times, the beauty on stage seemed to be living scenery choreographed to music.  And, it truly does not matter.  All that matters is that I was fortunate to share this experience with a new son.

Railfest June 25_26
Rail Festival at Carillon Park

Presented by the James F. Dicke Family

Saturday, June 25th · 9:30 am – 5:00 pm

Sunday, June 26th · 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Dayton History and Carillon Park Rail and Steam Society

are proud to present the 6th Annual Rail Festival
presented by the James F. Dicke Family.

Visitors young and old alike will be fascinated by indoor and outdoor model railroad displays of all sizes and varieties. Vendors offering unique railroad merchandise will be on-site so that you can find the perfect gift for your favorite railroad fan. The festival is beautifully set against the backdrop of Carillon Historical Park’s transportation collection and you won’t want to miss this opportunity to see the exhibits in a new light.

  • Live Steam engines
  • Model Train displays
  • Historical exhibits
  • Free miniature train rides
  • Fun for all ages
  • Food and merchandise vendors

Regular admission prices will be in effect during the festival. Dayton History members will be welcomed free of charge. Due to the generosity of an anonymous donor, no additional fees will be charged to ride the Carillon Park Rail and Steam Society’s trains during the event.

Additional support for educational programming is provided by The Mary H. Kittredge Fund of The Dayton Foundation.

For more information visit or call 937-293-2841

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At The Dunbar House

June 25th

6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Join Dayton History for a poetry slam in honor of the 139th anniversary of Paul Laurence Dunbar’s birth.

Poetry performances by:

Brave Nate

Miss Purity

Jay Martinez

EyeWitness Life

Musical entertainment from Premium Blend.

Admission: $15 per person, collected at the door.

6:00 pm to 7:00 pm – Tours of the Dunbar House

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm – Poetry readings and musical performances

The Dunbar House

219 Paul Laurence Dunbar Street

Dayton, OH 45402

For more information please call 937-313-2010

or visit

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Overnight Program

July 8th to 9th

6:00 pm – 8:00 am

Ever wonder what happens to the Museum at night? The learning and fun continue with our Flight by Night Overnight Program in the John W. Berry, Sr., Wright Brothers Aviation Center for children ages eight to twelve. Discover flight in an entertaining, educational, and interactive way through a discovery hunt, crafts, games, films and much more. Bring your sleeping bag and pillow so you can sleep among the exhibits.

The $35 Dayton History member or $40 non-member fee includes snacks, a light breakfast and a free admission ticket to Carillon Park.

Space is limited and advanced registration is required. wright flyer
For more information or to reserve your spot, please call 937-293-2841 ext. 107 or bpicek.

Carillon Park Concert Band
Carillon Park Band

The Carillon Park Concert Band consists of approximately 100 high school musicians from two dozen Miami Valley High Schools. They will perform musical selections at seven concerts during the summer. The group is the descendent of the Old River Band operated by NCR for decades. Today’s band is under the direction of Mr. Michael Berning of the Kettering City School District. Mr. Berning is assisted by Mr. Bryce Newton of the Miamisburg City School District.

June 25, 2:00 during the Rail Festival June 26, 2:00 during the Rail Festival

July 9, 2:00 at the Patterson Homestead Historic House Museum

July 10, 3:00 for a concert jointly with carillonneur, Larry Weinstein, at Deeds Carillon at Carillon Historical Park

Settler Survival Camp Settler Survival Summer Camps

July 18-22, or August 1-5

9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Experience the Miami Valley from an early settler’s perspective. Participate in everyday chores and activities that enabled settlers to survive on the wild frontier. Learn about firearms, early travel methods, hearth cooking, woodworking, textiles, gardening, candle making and games.

Costumed interpreters will lead the children through an intense history experience.

A few activities children will do:

· Make their own hand-dipped beeswax candle

· Cook their lunch over the hearth

· Play the same games children did 200 years ago

· Practice using a drop spindle to make yarn

· Use a shaving horse to work with wood

· Identify herbs in the heirloom garden

· Learn about musket firing and watch a demonstration

Ages: 8-12

Dates: July 18-22 or August 1-5

Times: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Fee: $150

Dayton History Members receive a $10 discount

Two or more camp registrations in the same family receive a $10 discount per child.

Registration Deadline: One week before the start of each camp

For more information or registration contact :

Phone: (937) 293-2841 ext. 107

E-mail: bpicek

Or visit us on the web:

The Value of a Membership will be

Higher than Ever in 2011!

With the unveiling of many new buildings and exhibits in 2011, the value of a Dayton History membership will be higher than ever.

  • New Buildings & Exhibits: On Sunday April 17th, we unveiled two newly relocated historic buildings at the Park: the Hetzel Summer Kitchen and the Newcom House.
  • Walking Trails: On May 25th, we opened the first phase of a new system of walking trails at the Park. The Moraine Interpretive Center is now open to the public.
  • Culp’s Café: Our members now receive a 10% discount at Culp’s Café. (Be sure to let your server know you are a member.)
  • Annual Meeting And So Much More: Attend the members-only Annual Meeting on August 19, 2011, when we will officially dedicate the new Heritage Center of Manufacturing and Entrepreneurship at the Park.
  • Walk through the original Deeds Barn and see our new special exhibition, “Dayton’s Self Starters…Igniting a Legacy.”
  • Take a ride on our new Dayton Carousel of Innovation.
  • Stroll through the Heritage Center’s extensive new exhibit space.

As a result of these exciting additions, we plan to slightly raise membership rates for Individuals, Families and Grandparents on

July 1, 2011.

To avoid the rate increase, why not renew your 2011 membership early?

Renew at the current rate before July 1st online at, or call our Membership Department at (937) 293-2841 ext. 119 to renew by phone.

Carillon Concert

Series Schedule

Sunday, June 26 – 4:00 pm

Train by Transportation
Carillon Park

Rail & Steam Society

Train Run Schedule

The Carillon Park Rail and Steam Society will be operating their scale train rides (for an additional $1 fee) for the visiting public from 1:00 pm until 4:00 pm, unless otherwise noted, on the following dates:

Saturday, June 25 *
Sunday, June 26 *
Saturday, July 9
Saturday, July 23
Saturday, August 6
Saturday, August 20
Saturday, September 10
Sunday, September 18
Saturday, October 1
Saturday, October 15
Saturday, November 26
Saturday, December 17

*No charge for train run

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Culp’s Café

New Menu

Culp’s Café…Chef José has a new kitchen…a new menu…stop in and have a taste of history, go to our website at and click on the Culp’s Café button to see the new menu items.

Spring Items Available in the Museum Store

Little Farmer’s Kids Tools $8.00

Little Farmer’s Kids Tools Tote $22.00

Flower Thumbtoy $3.50


Starter seeds to plant in

your garden!

Biodegradable eco-friendly garden kit includes eco pot, soil wafer and seed packet. Basil



Forget Me Not

$5.50 each

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26 years ago today, my brother, Destin, and I were adopted by our step-father. Biologically, Destin is 36, and I am 46; however, legally, we are both 26 years old.

A good friend, and one of The Miami Valley’s most incredible musicians and performers, Jim McCutcheon, “The Guitar Man,” introduced me to this song this morning! Thanks, Jim!

And happy adoption day, Destin!
(If we are both 26, does this mean you are no longer my littler brother? Are we now twins?)

Listen to the video:

Oh, who would have guessed, who could have seen
Who could have possibly known
All these roads we have traveled, the places we’ve been
Would have finally taken us home


So here’s to you, three cheers to you
Let’s shout it, “Hip, hip, hip, hooray!”
For, out of a world so tattered and torn,
You came to our house on that wonderful morn
And all of a sudden this family was born
Oh, happy Adoption Day!

There are those who think families happen by chance
A mystery their whole life through
But we had a voice and we had a choice
We were working and waiting for you


No matter the name and no matter the age
No matter how you came to be
No matter the skin, we are all of us kin
We are all of us one family


Song credits:
words & music by John McCutcheon

John: autoharp & vocal
Bobby Read: piano & organ
Pete Kennedy: guitar
Dennis Esapantman: bass
Robert “Jos” Jospe: drums
Martha Sandefer: harmony vocal

©1992 John McCutcheon/Appalsongs (ASCAP)
Charlottesville, VA 1991.
from Family Garden (Rounder 8026)

Darin L. Jolliffe-Haas

Concerts and FREE family film festival….

The Greene Town Center Weekly Email for June 15, 2011

Daniel Ellsberg’s website

Dear Ellsberg.Net List Members,

Forty years ago today, on June 13, 1971, the New York Times began publishing the Pentagon Papers, provided to the Times by Daniel Ellsberg. Daniel had a very long day of media interviews today in commemoration, and in conjunction with today’s official declassification of the Papers.

Here are some highlight quotes from Daniel:

  • In an op-ed today for the Guardian (UK): “What we need released this month are the Pentagon Papers of Iraq and Afghanistan. . . .”
  • On NPR (audio): “Vietnam was a fiasco for thirty years, essentially, that would not have stood the light of public discussions had the very documents in the Pentagon Papers been available [much earlier] during that [whole] time. 50,000 American lives and several million Vietnamese died. . . because the Congress and the American public had been kept in the dark.” On releasing them, “I expected to go to prison for life.”
  • On NBC with Brian Williams (video): “The Pentagon Papers, the whole episode, reveals the power [government insiders] could have to save lives, and to save this country from disaster, if they were willing to risk their own careers.”
  • On (web video extra): “A policy that looked increasingly crazy, or unproductive, or hopeless outside, was seen by many people inside, with all the access to the classified information, as just as crazy, and just as hopeless, a policy that could not have served any purpose other than to keep each president from being called. . . a ‘quitter,’ a ‘loser,’ in a war that was hopelessly stalemated and unwinnable.”
  • On CBS (video, starts 18:45): Reading the Pentagon Papers for the first time “made me believe that what I was involved in, in Vietnam, was not a noble cause that had gone wrong. It was unjustified homicide.”
  • Last week, Daniel also spoke to the New York Times and CNN about the anniversary and the official declassification.
  • Finally, if you haven’t seen in already, “The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers” is streaming for free tonight and tomorrow (6/13-14) on the PBS site, in honor of the 40th anniversary of the Papers.

Daniel will be doing a lot more media on these topics in the coming days. To hear the latest each day, follow Daniel on Facebook and Twitter.

Thank you!

–Michael Ellsberg
(Daniel’s son)

This sounds so simple, yet, applying it always seems so difficult – especially to hold off the negative thought patterns in order to rely on the positive thought patterns…

The Secret Scrolls

“Top Ten Things Overheard During Sarah Palin’s Bus Tour”

10. “Say, does this make me a Roads Scholar?”

9. “Make sure to drive slow enough so the reporters can catch up”

8. “99 hides of bear on the wall, 98 hides of bear…”

7. “No governor, you can’t get a chalupa at the Liberty Bell”

6. “Duh! Whining!”

5. “Anyone up for a side trip? Let’s go toilet paper Tina Fey’s house!”

4. “And that, of course, was before Paul Revere joined with the Raiders…”

3. “Hey, look, it’s Mount Rushmore. Which one is Limbaugh?”

2. “I’m going to love Air Bus One”

1. “I have half a mind to run for President”

I always seem to like what Joel Osteen has to say. He reminds me of Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, and my all time favorite, Dr. Robert Schuller.


from Joel and Victoria
So many people today get down and discouraged because they only focus on their present circumstances. They’re constantly dwelling on their problems, what they don’t have, and what’s wrong with them. They don’t realize it, but they’re allowing the enemy to steal their hope. This negative frame of mind is what keeps people from moving forward in life.

Understand today that faith is confidence and assurance about the things we hope for according to the promises of God. Like an arrow, your faith points to the target of hope. If you don’t have hope, that arrow of faith has nothing to aim for. It won’t accomplish anything. But when you keep your hopes up, when you keep expecting and believing, it’s like making that target larger and larger and easier to hit!

Choose today to live with an attitude of expectancy. Don’t focus on your circumstances; focus on your God! Get your hopes up! Take captive every negative thought. As you focus on God’s goodness and faithfulness, you’ll feel that hope inside of you growing. Give your faith a target and move forward confidently in the direction of your dreams!

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you
But make allowance for their doubting too,
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream–and not make dreams your master,
If you can think–and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ‘em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it all on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breath a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on!”

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings–nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
If all men count with you, but none too much,
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And–which is more–you’ll be a Man, my son!

–Rudyard Kipling

The Kettering City School District partnered with Wright State University’s Nutter Center to present the 2011 Kettering Fairmont High School Commencement Ceremony via live streaming video on June 2nd.

This was a great way for family members and friends who may not have been able to attend the ceremony the opportunity to watch live as our 2011 Senior Class graduated. We have now posted the entire commencement ceremony to our website and it can be viewed via “video streaming” from the site.

You can access the video by clicking on the “Streaming Video” link that is located in the left-hand column of the home page (

You can also access the commencement video by clicking on:

If you would like to purchase a commemorative DVD of the Fairmont High School Commencement 2011, please contact Peggy Studebaker at the high school at (937) 499-1601 or at peggy.studebaker for more information and/or to order your copy. There is a nominal charge of $10 per DVD.

As my friend, Debbie Allen, said, “I get it, now!”

On the first day, God created the dog and said, “Sit all day by the door of your house and bark at anyone who comes in or walks past. For this, I will give you a life span of twenty years.”

The dog said, “That’s a long time to be barking. How about only ten years and I’ll give you back the other ten?”

So God agreed….

On the second day, God created the monkey and said, “Entertain people, do tricks, and make them laugh. For this, I’ll give you a twenty-year life span.”

The monkey said, “Monkey tricks for twenty years? That’s a pretty long time to perform. How about I give you back ten like the dog did?”

And God agreed…..

On the third day, God created the cow and said, “You must go into the field with the farmer all day long and suffer under the sun, have calves and give milk to support the farmer’s family. For this, I will give you a life span of sixty years.”

The cow said, “That’s kind of a tough life you want me to live for sixty years. How about twenty and I’ll give back the other forty?”

And God agreed again…..

On the fourth day, God created humans and said, “Eat, sleep, play, marry and enjoy your life. For this, I’ll give you twenty years.”

But the human said, “Only twenty years? Could you possibly give me my twenty, the forty the cow gave back, the ten the monkey gave back, and the ten the dog gave back; that makes eighty, okay?”

“Okay,” said God. “You asked for it.”

So that is why for our first twenty years, we eat, sleep, play and enjoy ourselves. For the next forty years, we slave in the sun to support our family.. For the next ten years, we do monkey tricks to entertain the grandchildren. And for the last ten years, we sit on the front porch and bark at everyone.

Life has now been explained to you.

There is no need to thank me for this valuable information. I’m doing it as a public service.

If you are looking for me I will be on the front porch!! LOL

Crossing the Bar (1889)

by Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809-1892)

Sunset and evening star,

And one clear call for me!

And may there be no moaning of the bar,

When I put out to sea,

But such a tide as moving seems asleep,

Too full for sound or foam,

When that which drew from out the boundless deep

Turns again home.

Twilight and evening bell,

And after that the dark!

And may there be no sadness of farewell;

When I embark;

For tho’ from out our bourne of Time and Place

The flood may bear me far,

I hope to see my pilot face to face

When I have crossed the bar.

June 8th, 1987, my 35 year old uncle, Ronald Barmes, made a decision to move away from this world. For many years after, June 8th was always a dreary day for me. The uncle who was 12 years older than me, and much more like a big brother, would always be missing at all the family events.

June 8th, 2005, forever changed the tone of each anniversary. Parker Leroy Haas, the son of Destin & Stacia Haas, was born.

For me, it seemed fitting that this beloved nephew, Parker, soon followed by his younger brother and my godson, Frederick Lee Haas, would arrive on a day that had only known great heartache for 18 years.

So, Wednesday, June 8th, 2011, I celebrate the wonderful bond of uncles and nephews… remembering my uncles, Ron Barmes, and Garry Jolliff, and my beautiful nephews, Parker & Freddie.


Uncle Ron & Darin, 1965

Uncle Darin & Parker, 2006

These are incredible!!!

You can watch the attached video, or you can see them:


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