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Arts and Crafts Movement

Submitted by lmcshane on Mon, 12/15/2008 - 07:51.

In the images of Frank Giglio's home, I saw a house that had been built with some of the tenets of the Arts and Crafts movement. Sadly, we have no appreciation for fine construction and buildings built to last. I google mapped Frank's house and realize now that Google has provided another way to capture the essence of an area: http://www.panoramio.com/

Residency requirements

Submitted by lmcshane on Sun, 12/14/2008 - 11:19.

Flag half mast and tatteredMuch has been written about the long-standing battle "fought" by our "heroic" safety forces and the oppression they "endure," while their families "suffer" the indignity of having to actually "live" in the city that pays their wages.

Taking small steps on a long journey...

Submitted by lmcshane on Sat, 12/13/2008 - 13:05.

How do we make ourselves and our communities healthy? Gloria knows.

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World versus Frank

Submitted by lmcshane on Fri, 12/05/2008 - 00:06.

Apparently, Frank Giglio's house in Tremont was demolished today. So much for sharing and caring and community and holiday spirit in NEO.

Appreciate the Magic

Submitted by lmcshane on Sat, 11/29/2008 - 21:24.

Cranbrook is a magical place.* For the privileged, it is childhood suspended in time with whimsical design and enchanted sculptural gardens and everywhere flowing water.

Swimmy and self-interest

Submitted by lmcshane on Wed, 11/26/2008 - 10:43.

In college, I studied biology and found myself puzzled by altruism. Why do some animals/people act selflessly in society? Of course, biology's answer puts a genetic spin on it--altruism benefits the species, right?

Sightseeing in Cleveland

Submitted by lmcshane on Sun, 11/09/2008 - 16:10.

Yesterday, I tried to turn off my thoughts and just LOOK at things. Here are some photos from my sight-seeing tour of Cleveland--specifically in University Circle and downtown.

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Fathers and Sons

Submitted by lmcshane on Sat, 11/08/2008 - 22:24.

Big yellow building next to Euclid Tavern

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America elects a First Father

Submitted by lmcshane on Wed, 11/05/2008 - 09:41.

Last night, I cried and it was a good cry. With the election of Barack Obama, America elected it's first real Father. The other firsts are so important, but to me, the real breakthrough was a country embracing two people, who love each other, and above all, love their daughters and every child in America. We have cause for celebration, but we also must realize that we, as a nation, have to start understanding the role of fathers and mothers in society.

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Poetry may cure your ills

Submitted by lmcshane on Thu, 10/30/2008 - 22:27.

I have a feeling I know who wrote this post at Cleveland Public Library, but I won't out that person. It's so true. If you are feeling out of sorts at this time of year, try POETRY.

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Outrage and Socialism

Submitted by lmcshane on Wed, 10/22/2008 - 15:31.

Evidently, we need a little socialism here in NEO.
Am I the only person outraged by this news?


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Forgotten Cleveland and the need for bridges

Submitted by lmcshane on Tue, 10/21/2008 - 09:37.

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I've got mail...

Submitted by lmcshane on Mon, 10/20/2008 - 17:33.

From Mayor Frank Jackson!


Here's the letter:


Hello Friends,

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If I ran the zoo...

Submitted by lmcshane on Thu, 10/16/2008 - 12:27.


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Zoo is a funny word and an often sad place. Zoos let us look at the animals we compete against to live in this world. Somedays, it seems that we can all get along, afterall, and it can be a beautiful world for all of God's living things.

Do we possess sufficient courage...?

Submitted by lmcshane on Sun, 10/05/2008 - 10:30.

"Do we posses sufficient courage, compassion, and creativity to stave off chaos in defense of a just, sustainable society?"

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To blog or not to blog?

Submitted by lmcshane on Sat, 10/04/2008 - 16:07.

That is the question? With so many voices shouting in cyberspace, what's the point?

Brooklyn Centre down

Submitted by lmcshane on Fri, 10/03/2008 - 03:49.

Alas, we had a website and now it is gone. More hocus-pocus and bogus politics in Brooklyn Centre.

Lights out

Submitted by lmcshane on Wed, 10/01/2008 - 10:04.

During the memorable August black out of 2005, my neighborhood suddenly came alive with a festive spirit of cooperation and joy. We noticed the stars, sat on our front porches, and shared food, while the kids played in the streets. Tim knows.

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Submitted by lmcshane on Tue, 09/30/2008 - 10:40.

Photo by Laura McShane all rights reserved

It used to be the American mantra. If you needed something, you made it. You didn't wait for it to be built in China. America, we are standing in a hole. Begging Washington for more money is not going to get us out of the hole.

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The Threshold

Submitted by lmcshane on Mon, 09/29/2008 - 10:54.
We Americans are at the threshold. There is no turning back after November 4th. Please read Barack Obama's address to the American Library Association given in 2005.

Montel needs baseball

Submitted by lmcshane on Sun, 09/28/2008 - 07:47.


Deflect, deflect, deflect

Submitted by lmcshane on Sun, 09/21/2008 - 10:36.

When the op-ed from today's PD becomes available to link, I will post it here. Meanwhile, let's all play the finger-pointing deflect blame game. It worked when you were a kid and it still works today!