lmcshane's blog

Predicting the future

Submitted by lmcshane on Tue, 03/16/2010 - 07:37.

I can read your mind

Planning and predicting are part of every day--but just living should be part of the equation, too.  It's going to be a beautiful day.  Enjoy it.

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Jeremiah was a bullfrog...

Submitted by lmcshane on Sun, 03/14/2010 - 16:43.

Perhaps, my sisters can remember my ultra fine singing rendition of the Hoyt Axton/Three Dog Night classic, Joy to the World:)

For the uninitiated--here are the lyrics:

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Poet of the Day

Submitted by lmcshane on Fri, 03/12/2010 - 17:14.

I was fortunate today to run into Gary Murphy--poet, troubador, griot--and always, the dapper gentleman. 

Mr. Murphy makes his living by helping folks find the words they need to express the joys, sorrows, trials and tribulations of life--weddings, funerals, birthdays.  He is a travellin' man.  We both enjoyed the ride today. 

Mr. Murphy has helped to work poetry sessions in my neighborhood--more to come.

SHAME -Citizens Challenge CMSD Transformation Plan

Submitted by lmcshane on Wed, 03/03/2010 - 06:49.


Justice for all! Voters in 2001 passed a levy to support services IN THEIR NEIGHBORHOODS--Facilities plan has NOT equitably invested those monies and Transformation Plan will deny service to neighborhood schools.  

Denying service to the taxpayers who support the school system--by closing schools specifically in predominantly African-American neighborhoods is a gross civil rights violation.

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Book of the Day: Cowboys Full

Submitted by lmcshane on Mon, 03/01/2010 - 06:28.

President Obama is a poker player.  

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Death Knell for CDCs

Submitted by lmcshane on Thu, 02/25/2010 - 05:39.

Cleveland nonprofit sold homes to employees, a violation of city and federal rules

By Mark Gillispie, The Plain Dealer

February 18, 2010, 8:58AM
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STRIKE--CMSD Board meeting brings out Teachers' Union

Submitted by lmcshane on Wed, 02/24/2010 - 04:52.

February 23, 2010

As expected--and botched two weeks, ago--Sanders and his Plain Dealer and corporate-sponsored handlers again retracted Tremont and Ginn from the "Transformation" Plan's death sentence.  East High was "promised" to be reopened in 2011 as a charter school, if corporate support stepped in.

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Don't believe the LIE

Submitted by lmcshane on Mon, 02/22/2010 - 17:42.

Here are some bleak photos taken today of William Rainey Harper School in the Old Brooklyn neighborhood near Fulton and Biddulph Rds.

This is the reality 18 neighborhoods, 16 east side, 2 west side--will live with soon, if the Cleveland Metropolitan School District board approves the "Transformation" Plan. 

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Submitted by lmcshane on Sun, 02/21/2010 - 10:00.

Strong hands, strong backs and strong minds needed to fix crumbling water infrastructure in Great Lakes region.  Immigrants encouraged to apply.

Whatever it TAKES

Submitted by lmcshane on Fri, 02/19/2010 - 10:19.

READ the book!  It was written by a reporter for the New York Times, Paul Tough.  He tries to be objective just as I imagine the Plain Dealer's Thomas Ott tries to be objective.

But, READ it.  In many ways, Geoffrey Canada is Eugene Sanders--a corporate front man brought in to sell a product and to improve the bottomline, using whatever it takes.

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Lift every child

Submitted by lmcshane on Fri, 02/19/2010 - 04:37.

At the Whitney Young Cleveland Metropolitan School District meeting--I noted that a SAINT spoke before the school board. 

It is my hope that the school board heard the loud and clear message from this Saint, who distributed The Economic Bill of Rights at that meeting.

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Credible voices in NEO?

Submitted by lmcshane on Thu, 02/18/2010 - 05:56.

Where are the credible voices in NEO? 


Is anyone buying this plan?

Last night, at Tremont Montessori the question was asked--Does anyone (by a show of hands) believe that this plan fairly serves east and west side residents in providing quality education that empowers community?  

Is it any surprise that no one raised their hand?


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CMSD plays their bluff

Submitted by lmcshane on Tue, 02/09/2010 - 20:13.

The Cleveland Metropolitan School Board District distributed the Working Draft Revision of the "Transformation Plan." 

As expected--Tremont and GINN/Spellacy were taken off the table.

I will let the Plain Dealer do their job and report the details tomorrow, which I will link to here when available. 

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Submitted by lmcshane on Fri, 02/05/2010 - 02:26.

I am sending this plea to the Cleveland Metropolitan School District and Mayor Frank Jackson:

The Secret Life of Teenagers

Submitted by lmcshane on Sun, 01/31/2010 - 15:51.

These students from Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy enjoyed the steamy plant 

and animal life at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.

Exposing FRAUD-CMSD Transformation Plan

Submitted by lmcshane on Tue, 01/26/2010 - 21:56.

Whitney Young Academy School Board Meeting 1/26/2010

A number of folks spoke with passion tonight to save the schools in their community at Whitney Young Academy in the Harvard-Lee neighborhood.  Pleas were heard for the following schools: Ginn Academy at Spellacy, Tremont Montessori, John Landis, East High,  Empire, Gracemont, John Raper and Mound Schools.

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Ohio Benefit Bank

Submitted by lmcshane on Sat, 01/23/2010 - 20:40.

This is a site that prompts you to complete your own taxes on line for FREE without resorting to a third-party service (e.g. H&R Block, Jackson Hewitt, etc.).  It is designed for individuals/families with adjusted gross incomes under $57,000 per year.  Please see the following URL:


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You have a Voice--USE IT!

Submitted by lmcshane on Thu, 01/21/2010 - 08:45.

Speak out against CMSD's Transformation Plan.

Here are the dates & times for the upcoming CMSD Board Community Meetings:


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Hooper's Farm on MLK Day 2010

Submitted by lmcshane on Mon, 01/18/2010 - 15:20.

Here are some photos taken today in the vicinity of Hooper's Farm in Tremont. 
Note the new construction and lack of any attempt to control stormwater, silt and mud run off from the site. 

Give until it hurts

Submitted by lmcshane on Wed, 01/13/2010 - 18:44.

How much more of this can we take? 

First of all, why would any one bother to give to United Way after stories like this one?

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