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Vote for Alex Pavloff

Submitted by lmcshane on Sun, 05/18/2008 - 14:53.

Vote for Alex Pavloff for USG Arts & Science Representative.  He is a human: not a zombie.

This is where a photo sure would come in handy.  The sign is posted on the Designated Smoker Sign near the Veale Convocation Center and penciled in to the sign in parentheses is the comment (and a smoker).  Apropos.

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Marc Dann fiasco

Submitted by lmcshane on Sun, 05/18/2008 - 04:37.

What a waste of potential and so typical of our leadership.  Sheryl Harris again proves she is one of the most balanced voices out there.

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Google Transit

Submitted by lmcshane on Sat, 05/17/2008 - 15:17.
RTA will soon join cities around the world that have teamed up with Google to provide on-the-spot assistance with public tranportation. 



Submitted by lmcshane on Fri, 05/16/2008 - 21:38.

Will I ever understand the male species?  I know that I share some of the same aggressive tendencies, so who knows where I fall in terms of classification.   I know that I will get no sympathy for my sympathy for Terrence Hough, the firefighter who took the lives of three people last summer over loud noise.  If I kept a loaded gun in my house, who knows what I might do on my bad days. 

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Reform NOW!

Submitted by lmcshane on Wed, 05/14/2008 - 11:01.

Can we lead a citizen charge to clean our house by making Kathleen Barber County Executive?

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Submitted by lmcshane on Wed, 05/07/2008 - 09:58.

I have always found Kelly Blazek's job stream to be one of the most worthwhile efforts in this town. 
Since she extended the invitation to join, I am posting it here:

Feel free to forward this to job hunters you may know - and have them

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Cleveland City Council Reduction

Submitted by lmcshane on Sun, 05/04/2008 - 08:10.
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Bread: the new luxury item

Submitted by lmcshane on Thu, 05/01/2008 - 19:53.

Does bread become the new luxury item? April's  Northern Ohio Live talks dough.

Romanian Press

Submitted by lmcshane on Tue, 04/22/2008 - 19:16.

This will segue nicely to my next post on Romanian cinema, but in the meantime, pay close attention to the future star/campaigner pictured below:

Three year old Owen clinches Pittsburgh as the site for the 2009 G-20 summit with a high five. 

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Mrs. Seifert

Submitted by lmcshane on Thu, 04/17/2008 - 09:49.

AuthentiCITY--Mrs. Seifert at City Hall puts the REAL in RealNEO.   I have to love this woman who answers the phone for the City of Cleveland.  She knows her job and she does it well.  I called to comment about the recycling program was patched through to the Mayor's Action Line and patched through to Nicole in Public Service.  I felt like I was heard today.  Thanks to Nicole, too.  The whole transaction took 5 minutes.  No music, no endless button-pushing.  Results.

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My neighbor the ROBOT

Submitted by lmcshane on Fri, 04/04/2008 - 10:52.

One of my neighbors  builds ROBOTS (I won't out you Michael). 

So, what does the future look like for me?  Homeland Security just stopped by to check me out.  I would rather have the REAL agent, who showed up for our interrogation and relocated here from LA with his family to live next to me (he chose Olmsted Falls).

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Bad dreams

Submitted by lmcshane on Thu, 04/03/2008 - 09:12.

Last night, I woke up as I do on many nights to a bad dream.  A dear friend was trapped in a windowless cell, but he would not see the tunnel afforded him under the bunk of his bed.  I tried to show it to him, but I had to confess that looking down the narrow tunnel afforded me no comfort.  I woke up with chest pains.  Fear for myself and fear for my friend.  Do we stay in our cells, because of our fear of the unknown?  We choose the hell we know over the unknown?  Phillip Morris' column today reminds me of my bad dream. 

When can we all wake up?

In today's hard times, we can all feel that hand on the neck - Phillip Morris

Plain Dealer Columnist
Thursday, April 03, 2008

I remember the first time I witnessed a killing. I was 6. The poor guy had his neck snapped in two. But he was a stubborn brawler. He refused to go down without a loud and bitter ruckus.

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Submitted by lmcshane on Sun, 03/30/2008 - 11:48.

Pilching this poignant image from the NYT article Susan cites:

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Firehouse Food

Submitted by lmcshane on Fri, 03/28/2008 - 12:07.

I love cookbooks. 

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Submitted by lmcshane on Fri, 03/21/2008 - 10:02.
(to Librarians and other people, and they will be NICE to you!) From Library Journal Insider:


A Retired Librarian Leaves $2M to West Hartford Public Library

March 19, 2008

Often, the story of an unexpected major bequest involves a patron who quietly but regularly used the library. In the case of the West Hartfort Public Library, CT, however, the story stars a longtime reference librarian, Thomas Kilfoil, who died in 2005 at 82 and left the library $2 million. (He worked until he was 79.)

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Find joy

Submitted by lmcshane on Thu, 03/20/2008 - 00:52.

Only a few more weeks to go Cleveland.  We can do it!

What's in a name?

Submitted by lmcshane on Tue, 03/18/2008 - 08:48.

From the Cuyahoga County Planning Commission blog:

The U.S. Board on Geographic Names approved names for five tributaries of Euclid Creek yesterday: Claribel Creek, Redstone Run, Stevenson Brook, Verbsky Creek, and the East Branch of Euclid Creek.

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Submitted by lmcshane on Sat, 03/15/2008 - 06:11.

School design has been on my mind. Here is a thumbnail of an almost perfect Cleveland school.  Benjamin Franklin School slated for demolition in the CMSD Facilities Plan.  It also has beautiful adjacent gardens.

Sad state

Submitted by lmcshane on Mon, 03/10/2008 - 19:05.

Woe is me.  The sad state of communication leads to a state of confusion in Northeast Ohio at every level.  Street, block, neighborhood, county, state, ad infinitum...  Will anyone ever figure out the new media?  Please.  Today, as Councilman Cummins knows...I fielded questions about snow bans, plowing, school closings, and sidewalks.  Kids did not get picked up by school buses, because the streets were impassable. 

What can we do about this Mayor Jackson?  By now, most of us have Internet access and the rest certainly have a TV.  Let's all talk.  Please.

I will be emailing my own suggestions, but can we start with the ability for your office to post critical alerts on the City of Cleveland web site? 

A great city is not merely a collection of buildings. It is a place of connections.* At its simplest, a connection can be a bike path that connects a neighborhood to the waterfront or a bus line that connects people to jobs. At its most fundamental, a connection can be a shared space - an urban plaza, a neighborhood park, a community institution or even a coffee shop - that connects people to one another in a way that creates a sense of "place" and a sense of belonging - that elusive but enduring thing that we call a "community."

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Post Photos

Submitted by lmcshane on Sat, 03/08/2008 - 11:28.

Expose the corruption you see around you.  Make it hard for the culprits to hide.  Or, instead, just post a happy image to make us laugh, cry, be inspired.  The new media allows us to have a say.  Change the world.  Don't be afraid.  There is no time for fear.

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Cultural traits-Work to do?

Submitted by lmcshane on Wed, 03/05/2008 - 09:45.

Change.  Wow, it is happening.  Thank you Obama and Hillary. Today, Kevin O'Brien declares himself a Democrat (?).  His change of attitude has me pondering my own cultural make-up.  Do we have in-breed, unpleasant cultural traits that need to be evaluated and addressed from time-to-time? 

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Submitted by lmcshane on Thu, 02/28/2008 - 21:06.

It's always good to return home with fresh eyes.  There are so many positives to our city.  It all depends on your view.

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Shameless plug

Submitted by lmcshane on Wed, 02/20/2008 - 19:29.

I am at home now, so I am allowed to say this:  If you live in the City of Cleveland,
please don't forget to Pass Issue 2.

Meet the Bloggers produced an insightful interview with Holly Carroll and Pam Eyerdam of Cleveland Public Library.  Please give it a listen.  Please also visit your local library.  If you haven't been able to visit lately, you will be surprised by the breadth and depth of our services. 


Submitted by lmcshane on Sun, 02/17/2008 - 14:02.

This past week during a cinquain exercise for the Cultural Exchange Read Baby Read program, I asked a second-grader what she saw herself doing as an adult. 

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Submitted by lmcshane on Sun, 02/17/2008 - 10:33.

The Meet the Bloggers interview with library administrators Holly Carroll and Pam Eyredam triggered this ponder.   How many people see libraries as part of their growing lives, but then "move on?"

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