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DAYTON, OH- Encore Theater Co. will present the premiere performance of the daring new indie-rock musical THE CONSEQUENCES at 10:00 pm on Thursday, August 4th and Saturday, August 6th. The performances will take place in the lower level outdoor patio space adjacent to downtown Dayton’s Courthouse Square.

THE CONSEQUENCES is a bittersweet love story about high school friends who meet again ten years later – and begin to examine the way their lives have changed through each other’s eyes. The three person musical composed by the creative team of Kyle Jarrow (book, music & lyrics) and Nathan Leigh (music & lyrics). Jarrow and Leigh are members of the very popular Brooklyn-based indie-pop band Super Mirage. THE CONSEQUENCES is not the writers’ first foray into the theatre world. As a team they have also composed the musical Big Money. Jarrow is probably best known for his popular shows A Very Merry Unauthorized Children’s Scientology Pageant, and his recent collaboration with Tony-Award winning Duncan Sheik on the hauntingly beautiful Whisper House.

THE CONSEQUENCES was featured on Encore’s Litehouse New Musical Reading Series in November 2010. It was previously performed in developmental workshops at Williamstown Theatre Festival, Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre, and the New York Theatre Workshop.

The cast of THE CONSEQUENCES features ETC Company Member JJ Parkey, Chicago-based actress Amy Geist and DayTony winner Alex Carmichal in his first musical theatre performance. The show is directed by Shawn Hooks with music direction by Lindsay Sherman. Sound design is by Mark Iiames with lighting design by Brian Cox of BLC Entertainment. Ally Wetz serves as stage manager and assistant producer.

Performances will be held at the KeyBank Building’s lower level patio, accessed via Courthouse Square on Thursday, August 4th and Saturday, August 6th at 10PM each night. Tickets cost $10, available at the door. For more information about Encore Theater Company and its programs promoting the art of new musical theatre in the Miami Valley region can be found at:

THE CONSEQUENCES is just one part of the 2011 Festival of New Musicals, a collaboration between The Human Race Theatre Company and ETC taking place August 4-7. Additional offerings include workshop presentations of PLAY IT COOL (Human Race), LOVE MAKES THE WORLD GO ‘ROUND (Human Race) and PUMP UP THE VOLUME (Encore). These mainstage presentations take place in The Loft Theatre, 126 North Main Street on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. A full schedule of festival events as well as ticket information can be found on

Last night I posted a photo of a sweatshirt with a message I found to be quite thought provoking for my self. In no way was it intended to be a shield or banner proclaiming my views.

However, the post on Facebook has received a number of interesting thoughts, all valid, too.

I like those “shoe on the other foot” items that truly open my awareness. I use to buy into the “WWJD? – What Would Jesus Do?” but I find I cannot even suggest that any more because the various Christian departments all have their individual design on what Jesus would have, or would not have done. And, does anyone truly know?

I do not subscribe to the origins of the sweat shirt’s design by the group that posted it (hell, I couldn’t even recall the name of the group without scrolling up). I tend to care little about organizations, and what they truly stand for. Sometimes, there are quotes I select because of how they speak to me. And that is all they are for on my Facebook page. If they speak to others, great.

Once I posted a quote attributed to Adolph Hitler. It was thought-provoking for me, personally. So many were outraged that I preferred a quote by one of the most defiled men in human history. “You are taking it out of context.” Well, aren’t so many quotes taken out of context from another intent? Look at The Bible. Folks are always taking certain pages out of context to use for their own agenda, and I have heard identical passages used by a variety of ministers with numerous meanings.

I’ve written on other occasions, and on other posts that I, personally, am not a big supporter of Civil Rights, Equal Rights, Gay Rights, etc.. I am, simply put, for Human Rights.

Ironically, it is our fellow man who determines who should be considered human to deserve particular rights.

A woman’s right to vote was one that always seemed absurd.


Ironically, this put women beneath the Black man “in the day” when former Slaves were granted rights to vote.

But a woman could not?

I always figured this was merely a power control issue for men…

Last weekend, I was quite moved by a production of the musical, 1776. Toward the end, the vote for independence, which was to be a unanimous vote in Congress, was held up by one statement in Mr. Jefferson’s draft. Slavery. If the institution of holding Black people as slaves was to end upon the signing of the declaration, then the two Carolinas and Georgia would not sign the Declaration of Independence. However, if slavery was to remain in the soon-to-be united colonies, then the three Southern states would vote “yea,” thus announcing our nation’s independence to the world.


A human’s right to live freely was to be determined by the forming of a new nation.

Now, to me, that is incredible! We sacrificed one population’s freedom in order to form this country so that another popular could be free of tyranny. A tyranny that this free population would impose on the population that would not see freedom for quite some time.

Here in this country, one must subscribe to certain conditions before basic rights are granted. Our government can pick and choose which portions of the population are considered “human” in order to receive certain rights.

For me, personally, I have never been placed in a situation where I feel my basic human rights are challenged, and I pray I may never see that day.

In the musical, Rodney Caesar said, as the members of the Congress turned on one another, “The enemy is out there.” (referring to The British)

But is it?

As I delve further into this question of human rights, I am also finding a parallel with the teachings of The Church as we know it. If one does not subscribe fully to certain beliefs, one is denied “something” – depending on the denomination – but generally, and foremost, a golden ticket to heaven.

In politics, and religion, if one tends to disagree, they are too often considered, “disgruntled.” I have seen this, numerous times, on various posts.

Why should a differing opinion be considered ‘disgruntled’?

I think it may all return to “power.” So often, when others feel their power, or control, is questioned, they react with strict criticism, and balloon themselves up to comical proportions to display their authority. One post I read this morning received an incredible back-lash from an individual who happened to be a professional in the one post of concern, and the rebuttal literally had me laughing (yes, out loud). There was so much anger, and authority in the gentleman’s words which basically implied, “You are an unfit human being, and I despise you for disagreeing with my beliefs.”

Interesting… and sad…

Is there ever a possibility, in our generation’s life-time, where one’s thoughts, beliefs, opinions, and life will ever be truly valued even when they differ from our own?

A Jewish prayer:

“Oseh Shalom” – “He who makes/offers peace.”

A Muslim Prayer for Peace:

“Praise be to the Lord of the Universe who has created us and made us into tribes and nations, That we may know each other, not that we may despise each other.”

A Baha’i Prayer for Peace: “Be generous in prosperity, and thankful in adversity. Be fair in they judgement, and guarded in they speech. Be a lamp unto those who walk in darkness, and a home to the stranger. Be eyes to the blind, and a guiding light unto the feet of the erring. Be a breath of life to the body of humankind, a dew to the soil of the human heart, and a fruit upon the tree of humility.”

Native American Ten Commandments:

Treat the Earth and all that dwell thereon with respect.
Remain close to the Great Spirit.
Show great respect for your fellow beings.
Work together for the benefit of all Mankind.
Give assistance and kindness wherever needed.
Do what you know to be right.
Look after the well being of mind and body.
Dedicate a share of your efforts to the greater good.
Be truthful and honest at all times.
Take full responsibility for your actions.

This morning I attached my self to a post that described how our children are different than they were in past years. One mother compared a moment of John Boy Walton to her own son. I was so glad she posted what she did because it sprang my brain into thinking of my own home.

The one thing I hear too often is “things use to be so different.”

I always believe if things have changed, we, ourselves, have allowed them to change. Yes, things were different back during The Depression, or even back when I was a child in the 1960’s and 1970’s.

What is different?



Clothing styles.

Hair styles.




Most of the big changes are things that have shaped our world, and how we communicate. Sadly, it has shaped our communication skills to be non-present communicators.

Automatic tellers.

U-Scan at the grocery store.

Voice mail.


Cell phones.


We do not communicate face-to-face, or even in hand writing. And trust me, I am just as guilty of these technological pleasures. For me, though, I use Sprint and can rarely call or text (or receive) from my own home. Standing in my backyard in last week’s heat was not an option!

One thing I constantly hear is, “Kids are so different today.”

What is different about our kids, today?

Has anything REALLY changed?

If children have changed, then we, ourselves, especially as parents, have allowed it.

If children refuse to do assigned chores, and we do not follow up, or address the unfinished chore, and do it ourselves, then the child is doing the parenting.


Why do we allow our children to set the course for our lives as adults when it is our duty, our responsibility to teach them?

Are we afraid to say, “No” to our children?

Do we wish to not upset them for fear we will not be liked by our own children?

If our values, or belief system has changed, then it rests squarely on our shoulders.

I had one parent say to me last week, “my child talks back to me and I would never have done that to my parents.”

Well, my response was, “Because your parents would not tolerate it. So, why do you?”

Sometimes, I think we use “times are different” or “things were different back then” as an excuse so we do not have to take responsibility in being parents, or even good citizens.

I remember when cable television and HBO came to our community in 1980. There were citizens who were out-raged because it could be available in their homes and they did not want HBO in their homes for their children to watch. Well, they missed the point: don’t order cable, or, if you do, set down the ground rules.

I remember my mother saying, “If you don’t want your children to watch HBO, be the parent and tell them, ‘No.”

Ahhh… the one lesson in parenting I have always remembered from my mother – and God bless her for demonstrating it.

That evil word that so few parents like to use: “No.”

Why is it we cannot use “No” with our children?

Don’t want to deal with the results?

I have heard, “I work all day, run errands, come home, drive kids to various practices, lessons, games, dance, etc., and the last thing I want is an argument.”

I understand this. Generally, the ones from whom I hear the above statement, or something of a similar complaint, have a spouse who assists in raising the children. Seldom do I hear these complaints, or whines, from single parents.


The only thing that works for me is: I’m the parent in my home. I call the shots. It is not a democracy. It is not a group-led home.

“Oh, but that’s being a control freak.”

Ok. Call it what you wish, but the buck stops here. I am the responsible for my home, and my children. It is my duty, my responsibility to raise my sons on the path to become fully-functioning adults, providing them the valued, well-experienced tools that were handed down to me by my mother (who, during most of my childhood was single, and had no problem saying, “No” or setting down rules which were to be obeyed… I am not promoting single-parenthood – merely stating personal facts).

Yes, things were different back then. I grew up without air conditioning. This past week I feel I survived simply because I had air conditioning. However, I survived hot summers as a child – and I do not believe summers were less hot back then.

What has changed in this scenario?


I have air conditioning, and on hot days I use it. It’s a choice.

We, as parents, have a choice in determining whether or not our children will participate in life, or whether we will allow them to fall victim to our excuses. I raise sons whose earlier lives were prescribed by their birth parents, or foster parents. Some days I know it would simply be easier to allow myself to feel victim to my child’s past.

All I can say, is: LOL.

Not on my watch!

Composers for New Musicals Needed Immediately

Chameleon Theatre Co., Ltd., a New York City-based 501(c)3 non-profit, is seeking composers for several new ON SPEC projects:

“Jack London’s Martin Eden,” originally presented in a non-musical version at Lincoln Center’s Bruno Walter Auditorium as a staged reading in 1990, the copyrighted adaptation of his semi-autobiographic al novel now serves as the basis for a Ragtime Musical;

“The Pied Piper,” a cautionary tale for parents, set in 14th century Germany during the Black Death, recalling Carl Orff’s “Carmina Burana;”

“The Last Nights of Pompeii,” set in the Ancient equivalent of South Beach, complete with a gladiatorial battle, an orgy and an exploding volcano;

“Samba De Carnival,” adapted from Aphra Behn’s Restoration comedy “The Rover,” this romantic story of clashing cultures is re-set in early 19th century Brazil; and

“No Money Down!,” adapted from the screenplay of the award-winning indie, “Johnny Montana,” set in modern-day New York City.

For details, please send your resume’/c.v. , list of references with contact information, letters of recommendation, reviews if any, along with mp3s of music you have composed to lyrics in the appropriate genres, to:


Or, hard copies of documents, plus CDs to:

Chameleon Theatre Co., Ltd.
25-26 42nd Street #3B
Astoria, NY 11103

The first-draft libretti and lyrics, or lyric sketches, are complete and copyrighted.

When produced commercially, the royalty split will be 50-50, rather than the standard 2/3 to the librettist-lyricist , 1/3 to the composer.

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‘1776’ – John Adams: “One useless man is called a disgrace; two are called a law firm; and three or more become a Congress.”

This afternoon, my 16 year old son, Quintin, and I drove 35 miles to Wilmington, Ohio to see Wilmington College Community Summer Theatre‘s production of  ‘1776.’  One of my Ball State University friends, Timothy Larrick, was to perform as Roger Sherman – “the simple cobbler from Connecticut.”

I was slightly hesitant when I read it would be a concert version, that several women would portray the delegates, andthat the director was also performing the role of John Adams.  I am always slightly leery of productions where directors involve themselves in the actual production.  Actually, I find it a tad bit on the tacky side.  Either direct the production, or perform in the production – do not attempt to do both as it seldom works, nor plays well.

The concert version was outstanding!   The focus was on the delightful script and music!  It was refreshing, to say the least.  I did not miss the costuming, the lighting, the scenic designs, etc..  The limited staging was most effective, and kept the show moving.

And the women?  Fantastic!  They blended in with the male ensemble, and carried their male-roles very well.  Stephen Hopkins, portrayed by Claudia Fowler, was not less funny, or growling.

I must say that I was pleasantly surprised with Steven Haines’ performance, and directing of this production which I found to be even more powerful, and poignant in the staged-concert setting.  Mr. Haines never once let me down for a second in his portrayal of one of my favorite presidents, and musical theatre roles.  As for directors performing in their own productions on purpose, Mr. Haines is a rare exception.

There were so many memorable performances…

Timothy Larrick as Roger Sherman…  Tim Brausch as Benjamin Franklin…  Wayne Dunn as John Dickinson…  Dean Feldmeyer as Richard Henry Lee…  J. Wynn Alexander as Thomas Jefferson…  Jack Filkins as Charles Thomson, secretary…

Bryan S. Wallingford mastered the role of South Carolina’s, Edward Rutlegde, so well, that I was actually despising the character as he attempted to squelch the movement.

Tricia Heys gave Abigail Adams an incredible multi-dimensional quality, and by the time we arrived as “Yours, Yours, Yours,” I was a tad damp around the eyes.  Her voice was lovely, and powerful to match John Adams’ mainstay, and her acting and beauty pulled you even closer to the patriotic-duo that helped lay the foundation of this country.

The last two-quarters of Scene Seven – the ending of the show – were incredible.  When the delegates had abandoned John Adams at the eleventh hour, I was on the edge of my seat with my stomach in a knot.

This is damned good theatre!  It was like seeing TITANIC… I know how the story ends, but if the production does what it should, I am pulled into their moment on the stage while abandoning any knowledge of history.  ‘1776’ certainly did the job!

As we were leaving, I told one of my friends, Aaron Jacobs, that this production had given me a fine dose of Vitamin-T (theatre) that I’d sorely been missing.  I felt rejuvenated, fulfilled, appreciative of the creators, appreciate of the WCCST, and most certainly, grateful for those true founding parents who stepped into treasonous roles knowingly fully well they were merely experimenting with a belief that they could succeed.

Ironically, I recognized a number of similarities between the portrayed Continental Congress, and our current Congress.  Nothing is ever accomplished quickly, and without agendas.

I wish there was a second weekend of WCCST’s “1776” as I would be shooing folks from The Miami Valley down to Wilmington this coming weekend.  And I would be returning, myself, to enjoy this production – again!

The company is listed as a community theatre; however, they were quite a notch above typical community theatre.   This was not community theatre.


Please be sure to check out Wilmington College Theatre Department and WCCST on Facebook.

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Sorry for all those hoping to find something here on Casey Anthony… but this is from Dayton History.

If any of my friends want to go, please let me know! This sounds like an absolute hoot!

PS. Do people still say “hoot” anymore? I know I tried to revive it in college but don’t know if it went far…

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Courtroom Drama

at the Old Courthouse

July 22 – 24,

July 29 – 31,

August 5 – 7

Join Dayton History for an interactive courtroom drama at the Old Courthouse. This summer, the sensational 1896 Bessie Little murder case will be retried, with the verdict decided by you – the audience. After listening to evidence from both the prosecution and defense, spectators will be left to determine whether Bessie Little met death as a result of suicide – or murder. With one of Dayton’s most notorious court cases re-enacted, audience members will learn what law and order was like in the Gem City at the turn of the twentieth century.

Performances will be held on the following days:

Friday July 22, 7:30 pm

Saturday July 23, 7:30 pm

Sunday July 24, 3:00 pm

Friday July 29, 7:30 pm

Saturday July 30, 7:30 pm

Sunday July 31, 3:00 pm

Friday August 5, 7:30 pm

Saturday August 6, 7:30 pm

Sunday August 7, 3:00 pm

$10 – Dayton History Members

$12 – Non-members

Reservations suggested

Recommended ages: 14 and up

For more information call 937-293-2841 or visit

Carillon Park Concert Band The Historic Patterson Homestead

at Patterson Homestead

July 9 · 2:00 pm

Join us as the Carillon Park Concert Band will be performing at the Patterson Homestead out on the lawn by the gazebo.

The Patterson Homestead is located at 1815 Brown St.

Carillon Park Concert Band and Deeds Carillon

July 10 · 3:00 pm

Carillon Park Band

Join us for a joint concert with the Carillon Park Concert Band and our carillonneur, Larry Weinstein, playing Deeds Carillon on Sunday, July 10 at 3:00. The concert will be held at the base of Deeds Carillon. Lawn chairs or blankets are suggested.

The concert is free but regular admission fees into Carillon Historical Park apply.

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Harmuth Printing 101

July 12, 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Dayton History in partnership with Time Warner Cable Southwest Ohio, invites you to experience our new national philanthropic initiative involving science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).We are addressing the STEM crisis together by introducing youth to opportunities and resources that inspire them to develop the important STEM skills they need to become the problem solvers of tomorrow. Eighty percent of jobs in the next decade will require science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) skills. This next generation needs these skills to solve our nation’s greatest challenges.

Our next FREE program will be Harmuth Printing 101
on July 12th from 3:30 – 5:00 pm, grades 4 – 8.

Visit the only fully operating 1930s letterpress printing shop in a museum anywhere in the United States! Students will enjoy the chance to learn the printing trade firsthand by completing tasks such as setting type, preparing printing surfaces, composing, editing and printing an original Linotype and more. Along the way, students will learn of Dayton’s role as a leader of the nation’s printing industry during the 1930s.

For more information and to register call 937-293-2841.


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July 18-22, 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


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Extreme Travel Summer Camp

July 25 – July 29

9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Each day experience a new travel method used here in Dayton. Fun hands-on activities will take the camper through wagons, canals, trains, bicycles, cars and the airplane.

Dates: July 25 – 29

Ages: 7-11

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 to register contact

Phone: (937) 293-2841 ext. 107


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Carillon Bell Tower
Carillon Concert Series

Summer Schedule

July 24 – 3:00 pm

August 7 – 3:00 pm

August 21 – 3:00 pm

August 27 – 1:00 pm

September 5 – 12:00 pm

September 11 – 3:00 pm

September 18 – 1:00 pm

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Summer Schedule

July 24 – 3:00 pm

August 7 – 3:00 pm

August 21 – 3:00 pm

August 27 – 1:00 pm

September 5 – 12:00 pm

September 11 – 3:00 pm

September 18 – 1:00 pm

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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, 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

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Culp’s Café

New Menu

Daily Specials

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.

Monday Slow Roasted Pot Roast served with Potatoes and Vegetables

Tuesday – Hot Shot Tuesday; Turkey or Roast Beef Hot Shot served with Mashed Potatoes and Vegetables

Wednesday – Double Bacon Cheese Burger served with any one side

Thursday – Cabbage Rolls served with Vegetables and Mashed Potatoes

Friday – Fish and Chips served with Culp’s Cole Slaw

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As many of my blog readers, and 4500+ friends on Facebook have read, I cannot receive Sprint service in my own home.

Many of my incoming and outgoing texts are not sent or received until I leave my property. Since I work from home this is a great inconvenience for those wishing to contact me.

I explained the situation to Sprint and received the following response. They want me to pay an additional $160.00. Grant it, they will wave the $4.99 monthly fee for two years, but I still feel like I am getting screwed by a company whose own employees share their dissatisfaction with the Mother Ship.

Any of the folks who know the legal-ese with these situations have any suggestions?

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Sam Waterston�s Remarks at Monticello, July 4th, 2007

It’s wonderful to be here and a privilege, indeed, to congratulate you, the heroes of the moment in the great work of making and sustaining a government that derives its authority from individual liberty.

My father came to this country from Scotland via England, and became a citizen.  He knew beforehand that the ceremony was going to be a significant event.  Even so, he wasn’t prepared for the emotional power it had for him.  He became a citizen in a group like this, neither very large nor very small.  The ceremony’s power multiplied with their numbers.  Everyone in his batch of new citizens was moved for themselves, my father included, but they were all overwhelmed by each other, new members of a centuries old tide of migration here ‘to the empire of liberty’.  It lifted them out of what we mistakenly call ordinary life into the realization that properly understood, life is grand opera, as one is sometimes made aware by a wedding, or the birth of a child.

Something like that, momentous and every-day, is afoot here.  Brand new Americans are being made, and I’m delighted to be here to celebrate my father’s becoming an American citizen through your becoming American citizens, and your becoming American citizens through celebrating him, and through all of you, the rest of us, who were lucky to be given what you reached for and took.  It’s delightful.  We are all lucky, the old citizens in what we got for free, and you, the ones, in knowing what it’s worth.  We have a lot to tell one another. Congratulations.  Bravo. Yay.  The conversation begins now.

Monticello is a beautiful spot for this, full as it is of the spirit that animated this country’s foundation: boldness, vision, improvisation, practicality, inventiveness and imagination, the kind of cheekiness that only comes with free-thinking and faith in an individual’s ability to change the face of the world — it’s easy to imagine Jefferson saying to himself, “So what if I’ve never designed a building before? If I want to, I will.”) — to make something brand new out of the elements of an old culture, be it English Common Law or Palladian Architecture. With its slave quarters and history, it’s also a healthy reminder that our old country, your new country, for all its glory, has always had feet of clay, and work that needed doing.

So it’s good that you’ve come, fresh troops and reinforcement. We old citizens could use some help.

It’s a glorious day, making allowances for the heat. It’s the Fourth of July, the 181st Anniversary of the deaths of the second and third Presidents of the United States, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson, the individual who impertinently designed this house. It’s a double birthday, of the country, and of your citizenship. A great American Supreme Court Judge, Oliver Wendell Holmes, describing a similar day, said that it looked as if “God had just spit on his sleeve and polished up the universe till you could almost see your face reflected in it.”

We know all the beauty of this day wasn’t arranged exclusively for those of us gathered here, we’re reasonable people, but you who are about to become citizens here, are within your rights to look at it all and see your own faces reflected there, as Justice Holmes said, because it really is a place and time made for you. You’re joining a country already in motion that looks for your effect on it, so that it can better know what it needs to become, for tomorrow.

Welcome. We need you. There’s much to be done.

My talk is, effectively, your graduation address, and every good graduation address begins with a call to the graduates to help the world they are entering discover its future. Consider yourselves called. And if the sea that’s America looks large in comparison to the size of your ship, don’t be dismayed. Let Thomas Jefferson be our example:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal”. The words are so familiar, so potent, so important, so grand and fine, it’s hard to believe that a person, any single person, actually wrote them, picked up a pen, dipped it in ink, and, on a blank white sheet, made appear for the first time what had never before existed in the whole history of the world. By scratching away at the page, he called a country into being, knowing as he wrote that the country was no more than an idea, and the idea might, at any instant, be erased and destroyed, and the United States of America become just another sorry footnote in the history of suppressed rebellions against tyranny…. And went on writing. You can’t help but be impressed by all that that one person, and the small group of individuals around him, not much larger than your group of new citizens, won for so many.

I guess you can see where I’m headed.

Abraham Lincoln called ours “Government of the people, by the people, for the people.” I claim that the word ‘people’, as used there, stands for a great many individuals, rather than for a collective. It wasn’t a mob, but individuals acting in a group that made this country up out of whole cloth. These are just the sort of people the country needs now, individuals acting together for the common good.

How apt, how opportune, that you should come to join us just now.

Theodore Roosevelt said, “The foundation stone of national life is, and ever must be, the high individual character of the average citizen.” That understates the case: the United States — a participatory democracy is one way political scientists describe it — counts on its citizens turning out to be above average, like all the students in Lake Woebegone.

And that’s where you come in.

Thomas Jefferson’s fragile idea looks pretty solid now, with all the history and highways and airports, and webs of all kinds tying us together. But for all the building and bulldozing, the wealth, and the resources, the United States is still a contract among individuals around an idea. If the saying is, ‘contracts are made to be broken’, we want this one to hold, which requires all hands to be on deck.

That’s where you come in. You come in from Togo; Bosnia-Herzegovina; Canada and Peru; Afghanistan, India, and Mexico; China, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom; Croatia, El Salvador, Ghana, the Philippines, and Vietnam; Argentina, Bangladesh, Belgium, Chile, Colombia, Congo, Guatemala, Iran, Italy, Jamaica, Poland, Romania, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sudan, Sweden, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, and Turkey — The names themselves a poem about all the migrating peoples who come here. The United States may seem like a fixed star, but it isn’t. It is a relationship between citizens and an idea, and, like all relationships, it changes with the people in it. Its past is always up for reargument; its present is constantly unfolding, complex, a continuum of surprises; and the future is yet to be written. A country is alive, or it’s history. As long as this country endures, it will always be in search of how to understand itself and where to go from here.

That’s where you come in. That’s where we come in.

We all need to exercise our lungs in the discussion: what does our past mean, what are we to do now, and what will be our future? This is not a job just for the talking heads on TV and the politicians. Nor for moneyed interests, nor for single-issue movements. As the WWI recruiting poster said, “Uncle Sam needs you”, needs us.

You just heard John Charles recite the three cardinal rights that no one may take from us, to “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness”. As newly minted citizens, they were already familiar.

But my question is for the rest of us, the ones who are citizens already. In the midst of the interests and pressures of our own lives, don’t we leave a good deal of Life and Liberty to the Government to attend to, so we may concentrate full-time on the Pursuit of Happiness?

Don’t we too often think of our part as being to vote, occasionally, not in very great numbers, and only if there’s time and inclination, to keep up with the news, if it’s amusing and entertaining, but, like the man in the song who was hardly ever sick at see, never, never, well, hardly ever interfere, as individuals, with the work of the politicians?

But if this be so, or partly so, would that be a reason to be concerned? History shows that America is the all-time greatest self-correcting nation. It almost seems to be both a perpetual motion machine and a self-righting machine. Why would any sensible citizen and patriot want to throw a wrench in the works, or try to fix what isn’t broken?

I would like to suggest that if we think this way even a little, we have the wrong idea. We are greatly mistaken to think sharing our views with the television set and our husbands and wives, and voting a little, is enough. Don’t you who are new pick up these bad habits from us.

America has been marvelously able to correct its course in the past because the founding idea — of individual freedom expressed through direct representation — has stirred its citizens to participate, and interfere. Information from the people makes the government smarter. Insufficient information from us makes it dumber. Or, as Abraham Lincoln more elegantly expressed it, ” Why should there not be a patient confidence in the ultimate justice of the people? Is there any better or equal hope in the world?” Leaders, if they are wise, will be patient. But we mustn’t try their patience too much. For us, finding that ultimate justice means thinking and talking until we reach it, and continuing to speak until the politicians understand it.

We may not leave it to the three branches of government to sort things out, to bring us the right questions for decision, to make the right decisions themselves.

Never has that statement been truer than now. Our national politics have stalled over a quarter of a century over very large issues, including immigration, social security, health care, and especially, since it affects the countries you’ve left, the country you’re joining, and all the countries in between, the health of the planet. War has both parties running to extremes.

If you think the problems are not any more urgent, or the discord any worse, than normal, then, well, I disagree, but my point remains: in our country, things are ‘normal’ only when your voices are clearly heard. The old model of our citizenly relation to politics was of a group of people under a tree, taking turns on the stump all day, discussing the issues of the time. The old model was the town meeting where every citizen can have their say. Old citizens like me hope that between you and the Internet the old model will get a new lease on life.

Whether you work within the Democratic or Republican parties, or join in supporting a bi-partisan ticket for 2008 as I have, in an effort to drive the parties to work together and to show them how it’s done, do do something.

From your first breath as an American citizen, make it known what matters to you.

We can’t let ourselves become mere units of statistical analysis. It appears to be so, that if you ask any 1000 Americans their views on anything, you’ll have a pretty good idea what all Americans think. You might almost conclude that individuals didn’t matter at all anymore.

But then here you come in, and prove the opposite.

By individual choice and individual effort, you traveled the miles, and did the work required, to arrive here today to join the country whose whole monumental structure rests on personal freedom. Will you make yourselves content to become a mere grain of sand in a vast statistical ocean?

Don’t be discouraged by the odds. It isn’t all determinism and the tide of history. An individual can up-end what is determined, and speed or reverse the tide. The man on whose estate we stand, by pushing his pen across a blank page, proved that.

Besides, the science of statistics has another aspect. It appears that the most reliable way to know who will win the next election or whether the stock market will go up or down is to ask as many people as possible to make a bet about it. Their bets often tell more than all the opinions of the pundits and economists, politicos and market watchers. It turns out Lincoln was right about the ‘ultimate wisdom of the people’. But here’s the catch: if you don’t make yourself heard, your bet can’t be counted.

“Men may be trusted to govern themselves without a master,” as Jefferson predicted. But will we, by our silence, indifference, or inaction, give the trust away, cede it to the wealthy, present it to the entrenched, hand it off to the government, entrust it to any process or procedure that excludes our voices? It could happen.

“As a nation of freemen,” Abraham Lincoln said, “we must live through all time, or die by suicide.”

That’s where we all come in.

As graduating citizens, you will know how the government is set up: the justly familiar separation of powers, the well-known system of checks and balances, and the famous three branches of government: the executive branch, the judicial branch, and the legislative branch.

If these are the branches, what is the tree? Do not think it’s the government.

We are the tree from which the government springs and spreads into its three branches. Every citizen is part of the root system, part of the trunk, no mere twig or leaf. Help our government never to forget it.

We have to bring energy, action, participation, and money to the three branches, or they get no nourishment, and nothing will prevent them from becoming brittle and dry, and unfruitful.

I hope you don’t waste all the time I have in figuring out how a citizen should relate to his government. Talk to it. Tell it what you like. Tell it what you don’t like. Vote, of course. Think about what you want our future to look like. Let the government know. Roll up your sleeves, stick out your chin, sharpen your elbows, get in the middle of things, make them different.

You will be bound to get a lot of things wrong. That’s what we do. But the possibility of error is no excuse for being quiet, and I say this on the good authority of past Presidents:

“Man was never intended to become an oyster.”

That’s Theodore Roosevelt talking.

“Get action. Seize the moment,” he said, and he also said, “The credit belongs to the man…. who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who… spends himself for a worthy cause”

And President Thomas Jefferson wrote,

“The evils flowing from the duperies of the people [— that is, the ignorant errors of folks like you and me —] are less injurious than those from the egoism of their agents [ — that is, the arrogant errors of those who speak and act for us].”

So it turns out citizenship isn’t just a great privilege and opportunity, though it is all that, it’s also a job. I’m sorry to be the one to bring you this news, so late in the process. But don’t worry, it’s a great job. Everything that happens within this country politically, and everywhere in the world its influence is felt, falls within its province. It’s a job with a lot of scope. You’ll never be able to complain again about being bored at work. As we multiply our individual voices, we multiply the chances for our country’s success.

Which is where we all come in.

May your initiation here be a reminder to us all to put the participation back into ‘participatory democracy’.

May all our citizenship be individual, unflagging, and vocal, and may our old country, your new country, so prosper.

There’s lots to do.  All hands on deck.  Members of the class of 2007: Congratulations.  God bless you.  Let us hear from you.

Garry “Todd” Jolliff

Jan. 30, 1964 — July 2, 2011

The Herald Bulletin

ALEXANDRIA, Ind. — Garry “Todd” Jolliff, 47 of Alexandria, died July 2, 2011, at St. John’s Medical Center in Anderson. He was born Jan. 30, 1964, in Elwood.

On Sept. 9, 1984, he married Laurie A. Lundy.

He worked at Borg-Warner Company in Muncie for 10 years; retiring in 1994.

Todd attended Elwood Community High School, Hinds Vocational School and Ivy Tech College.

He was a member of the National Rifle Association, Alexandria Eagles Lodge and U.A.W. He was an avid gun, knife, and coin collector. Todd enjoyed fishing and spending time with his immediate family and his grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife, Laurie A. (Lundy) Jolliff of Alexandria; mother, Judy (Everling) and husband, Terry Shepard of Fairmount; two daughters, Collette (Nathan) Watson and Jacklyn Jolliff (companion, Brian Peyton), all of Alexandria; two sons, Garry L. Jolliff (companion, Carrie Jones) and Austin R. Jolliff, all of Alexandria; sister, Traci (Wayne) Harrell of Marion; seven grandchildren; great-grandmother, Arlene Everling of Greentown; and two nephews.

Todd was preceded in death by his father, Garry D. Jolliff; grandmother, Rosemary Bateman; and grandfathers, Adam Mroz, James Bateman and Pete Everling.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Copher-Fesler-May Funeral Home, 415 S. Anderson St., Elwood, officiated by Pastor Todd Bryant. Burial will take place at Knox Chapel Cemetery, Fairmount.

Visitation 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made, through the funeral home, to: Austin Jolliff’s College Fund.

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