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Submitted by lmcshane on Fri, 08/22/2008 - 10:20.

My father, bless his soul, played and replayed the soundtracks to Fiddler on the Roof and Man of La Macha, over and over, until the lyrics became a mantra.  Tradition!  Try to establish just one simple family tradition and you will have children with the gift of memory.

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Fix (and Clean) America

Submitted by lmcshane on Tue, 08/19/2008 - 11:04.

Kids understand basic shapes, sizes, colors. 
How can kids get on board and help to fix America?

Give yourself a thoughtful GIFT

Submitted by lmcshane on Mon, 08/18/2008 - 15:23.
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Submitted by lmcshane on Tue, 08/12/2008 - 20:16.

My colleague has generously donated the use of her technology to our kids in the neigborhood*--a karaoke machine.  Today, we tried to belt out some High School musical tunes, Hannah Montana and then Motown, but it was uniformly painful. 

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What's wrong with this picture?

Submitted by lmcshane on Mon, 08/11/2008 - 09:11.

What is wrong with this picture?  (Extra credit to any one who can identify the location)  Hint: Back to school!


Scholarship opportunity for 2008 CMSD graduates!

Submitted by lmcshane on Sat, 08/09/2008 - 08:49.

From an esteemed colleague--some good news:

If you know of anyone that graduated from CMSD in 2008 there are full scholarships available to them to attend Tri-C.  The link below will take you to the site.  Below there is some extra information.  There is an informational session on August 16 (information below).

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You will do as I say

Submitted by lmcshane on Sun, 08/03/2008 - 08:24.

Today 8/3/2008, Chris Ronayne gets a front page editorial on the Forum page of the Plain Dealer.  Chris lives in Cleveland and drives to work every day.  I know his commute, because I made a similar commute when I worked at Metrohealth Hospital in the eighties.*  My drive time?  Ten minutes from University Circle to Metrohealth Hospital. Sure, sometimes, it was 15-20 minutes, if traffic held me up, or, if it took forever to get out of the parking lot, but I literally made the commute every day with my eyes closed.  It scared me so much to realize that I was driving in a trance, that I committed myself to public transportation. 


Submitted by lmcshane on Sat, 08/02/2008 - 09:14.

Jessica, Aladeen, Mohammad and Mustafa rode their bikes to see the kids perform in Lincoln Park under the stars! 

Scary world ?

Submitted by lmcshane on Mon, 07/28/2008 - 14:51.

(This photo was taken in Berea)

A fellow librarian sent this article link Source: www.nytimes.com:

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What movie changed your life?

Submitted by lmcshane on Thu, 07/24/2008 - 07:56.

My colleague at work suggested that we show movies that matter to the kids this fall.  So, a discussion ensued.  What visuals really made a dent in your life?  We could go on and on about songs that affected us, but films come back to haunt our dreams.

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Summer Reading II

Submitted by lmcshane on Sat, 07/19/2008 - 09:03.

Last night's Bill Moyers Journal discussed the mortgage meltdown and the role of Wall Street and the Federal Reserve Bank with author William Greider--order the book from a local library on line* and educate yourself on how we got ourselves into this mess.  In a word--GREED.

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Who was W.C. Reed?

Submitted by lmcshane on Thu, 07/17/2008 - 09:31.

Who was W.C. Reed? Tremont is fortunate to have a large green space--Lincoln Park--which serves to provide a community center to one Cleveland neighborhood.

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Civil Liberties

Submitted by lmcshane on Sun, 07/13/2008 - 09:29.

Today's PD includes an editorial opposed to Library Director Ken Warren's decision to monitor computer use at Lakewood Public Library. 

Public library patrons should be left alone

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Ingenuity Cool

Submitted by lmcshane on Fri, 07/11/2008 - 13:47.

Graphics speak louder than words, but, of course, the kids know that!!!

G-8 Summit

Submitted by lmcshane on Wed, 07/09/2008 - 07:48.

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Summer Reads

Submitted by lmcshane on Sun, 07/06/2008 - 07:56.

Here's today's Summer's Bliss List.  I have to say this for the PD: Karen R. Long is a goddess!
Cleveland Public Library carries all the titles, so please find these great reads in a library or a locally-owned bookstore such as Visible Voice (west)  and Mac's Backs (east).

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Submitted by lmcshane on Fri, 07/04/2008 - 14:29.

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Old Photos don't lie

Submitted by lmcshane on Thu, 07/03/2008 - 09:09.

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Submitted by lmcshane on Wed, 07/02/2008 - 19:05.

I never fell into the category of teen drawn to goth and vampires, but now I understand the attraction. I just finished Twilight by Stephenie Meyers.  It has become the de rigeur rite-of-passage book for the current generation of humans.

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Question of the Day? Next City?

Submitted by lmcshane on Sun, 06/29/2008 - 09:56.

Prelude to the Storm

Submitted by lmcshane on Sun, 06/29/2008 - 08:01.

Under Mike White's administration, Abram's Creek in the Rocky River watershed was buried to make way for the expansion of Hopkin's Airport.  Fourteen million dollars in mitigation funding was allocated to restore the Doan Brook watershed.  What happened to the money?


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Green Wash job

Submitted by lmcshane on Thu, 06/26/2008 - 07:07.

Leave it to Cleveland politicos--if there is a way to sell sewage, they will do it, and call it GREEN.

Take a close look at the Denison Proposal in Ward 15.  Could the PD make an attempt--just try--to look up the history of Neighborhood Revitalization Partners and subsidized senior housing projects in Toledo and in Akron.  Ten years ago.  Same old tricks.

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The Perfect Job

Submitted by lmcshane on Fri, 06/13/2008 - 02:58.

When I worked downtown, I used to ride the bus with an editor from Webster's New World Dictionary (little known secret--the editorial office is located in Cleveland).  His job seemed perfect to me.  He got paid to read newspapers from all over the world and to compile definitions.  This came to mind as I read the latest word release from the Oxford English Dictionary.

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