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GIMP headers

Submitted by lmcshane on Thu, 08/09/2007 - 08:34.


Norm--I LOVE today's GIMP header of a flooded Rockefeller Park.  I think of Masumi Hayashi and John Jackson.   And, it makes me want to reread Love in the Ruins by Walker Percy. 

How can we refer back to these images?  Do you have them stored somewhere accessible?  Are they titled? 

Saving our history-Preservation pays off

Submitted by lmcshane on Mon, 08/06/2007 - 18:25.

This week's Crain's Cleveland Business commends the efforts of Convivium33's Alenka Banco and the design team of Nottingham-Spirk. Preserving the past to give us hope for the future. Bravo.

From Crain's Cleveland --Repeating history Monday August 6, 2007
For the business owners and others who opt to bring new life into old buildings, high costs, years of work and a slew of other challenges await. Is all that time and trouble worth it? Yes, insist some who have renovated rather than built new. 

The Tyler Elevator building project is another encouraging story.

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Just a guess

Submitted by lmcshane on Sun, 08/05/2007 - 20:41.

My guess--the most recent member to sign on to RealNEO is Stefanie Spear--I think her maiden name was Penn.   Am I right?   I saw a copy of Earthwatch today as I met up with Lois Moss to promote Walk and Roll Cleveland.  The writing seemed familiar to me.  I lived through Cleveland in the nineties and remembered a highly literate magazine named Affinity.  Is this the same Stefanie?  So, I thought--Cleveland Public Library.  Surely, we must have archived a local environmental publication? Wrong! So, I checked www.worldcat.org.   And here's what I found.  Affinity.\by Stefanie Penn Language: English  Type: Periodical 

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Good news for Ward 15?

Submitted by lmcshane on Mon, 07/30/2007 - 18:50.

Some good news for my neighborhood-the Treadway Creek Project is off-the-ground and recycling may be coming back to the City of Cleveland thanks to the efforts of Councilwoman Donna Brady.

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Persistence of Memory

Submitted by lmcshane on Wed, 07/25/2007 - 10:37.

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My bank?

Submitted by lmcshane on Mon, 07/23/2007 - 17:35.

Third Federal will close it's downtown branch due to the decline in traffic.  Has any one on the Third Federal payroll noticed the orange barrels on Euclid?

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Masereel Centrum

Submitted by lmcshane on Thu, 07/05/2007 - 08:27.

My sister and her husband just returned from an arts residency at Masereel Centrum.  This is a photo of the lovely courtyard and living quarters provided to the artists.  The deadline to apply for next year is August 1st, 2007.  Art residencies...hmmm...what an idea???  Where do artists want to live while they are in Cleveland??

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angle no more

Submitted by lmcshane on Sun, 07/01/2007 - 19:41.

Our information society is in a state of flux.  I am sad that angle's demise had to be a part of the change.  The challenge will be to maintain any local print publication format.  If you can help change the model for a reincarnation of ANGLE magazine please mail a hardcopy proposal to Janus Small, Janus Small Associates, 3220 Green Rd. Cleveland OH 44122 or email your proposal to hollychrist [at] gmail [dot] com.

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Who is saving our local history?

Submitted by lmcshane on Fri, 06/29/2007 - 15:29.

Cleveland Public Library and Cuyahoga County Public Library subscribe to a database Newsbank that receives a feed from the Plain Dealer.  The Plain Dealer articles are somewhat archived and indexed, but the Sun newspapers (published by PD) are not indexed, except by their own site (ditto PD for their article archive).  The Sun newspapers are not included in this feed.  For future historians and researchers, we need to push for better indexing and archiving of our local stories.  The microfilm is kept at CCPL and CPL but how will we find stories such as this one in the Westside Sun News?  Ohio City Chief hired by Stark.

Positive promoting

Submitted by lmcshane on Fri, 06/29/2007 - 08:21.

I for one am very happy to see how much TravelCleveland.com has improved.  Check it out and win some prizes!

Summer in the City Sweepstakes

Deadline to enter: July 3, 2007



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Submitted by lmcshane on Sun, 06/17/2007 - 21:44.

Kurt Waldheim died this past week.  Hardly worth a thought, unless you are like me, the first-generation daughter of Eastern European immigrants.  Elizabeth Sullivan noted the event in her Plain Dealer column.  She tends

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Cool people

Submitted by lmcshane on Thu, 06/14/2007 - 19:51.

A very cool person, who just moved back to the Cleveland area, tuned me in to this site StitchCleveland.com.  Mary Ann your family needs a house...you have two kids (boys?) and so do Norm and Evelyn.  Talk to them.  Think of the synergy :)

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EVERYONE thinks it's a great idea

Submitted by lmcshane on Sat, 06/02/2007 - 08:16.

So declares Bonnie Teeuwen ODOT's returning District 12 chief in this month's AAA Motorist, as she describes the Opportunity Corridor, the proposed highway from East 55th St. to University Circle.  Well, count me as one person, who is not everyone.  I think the plan stinks.  I want to see a return to civilized boulevards in this city.  Real tree-lined boulevards. I think that there should be a way to make federal and state funds available to restore our boulevards (to include bikes): East Boulevard, West Boulevard, Martin Luther King Boulevard, Lakeshore Boulevard, Clifton Boulevard..And redesign other thoroughfares that should be boulevards : Chester, Superior, Detroit, Broadway, Harvard-Denison, Miles and Pearl.  We need to size down, not up.  And, what's the point of the Euclid Corridor, if we are building a parallel corridor for the rich folks?

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Submitted by lmcshane on Mon, 05/28/2007 - 14:58.

We attended a Memorial Day ceremony at the forgotten founders Denison cemetery along Garden Court.   Rick Nicholson read Logan's order and Rev Wilde and Rev Andrews officiated over benedictions.  Addy Cummins played Amazing Grace on the recorder. A beautiful day to remember.  I ran across this obituary and it made me smile.  Click on Mickey for the full story and read the tributes from the ladies in this great toymaker's life.

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Hot potato, hot potato

Submitted by lmcshane on Sat, 05/26/2007 - 21:32.

Anyone know how the Issue 18 monies will be divvied out??

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Demos for developers

Submitted by lmcshane on Wed, 05/23/2007 - 13:35.

Statement from Brian J. Cummins

Council Representative, Cleveland City Council Ward 15

Information to-date Regarding Demolition of 2606 Riverside Avenue

Dated:  May 22nd, 2007

On Sunday morning, May 20th, 2007, the boarded-up, condemned house located at 2606 Riverside Avenue was demolished in error in what appears to be a case of a new aggressive contractor acting without full authority from the City of Cleveland’s Building and Housing Department.

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Which door??

Submitted by lmcshane on Sun, 05/20/2007 - 23:40.

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Submitted by lmcshane on Fri, 05/18/2007 - 11:25.


Image credit: Final Fantasy Compendium

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Submitted by lmcshane on Sun, 05/06/2007 - 21:25.

Sometimes, you have to break the rules to see the vast green potential of our region.  Get on a bike and explore.  Can't say where I went, but there are so many great hidden picnic spots in northeast Ohio.  And today was unbelievable.

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Happier news

Submitted by lmcshane on Wed, 05/02/2007 - 21:51.

Mourning warbler


To spare myself from the ever present, I find refuge in the vicarious adventures of other birders.  One of my favorites--Jen Brumfield.  Check out her art work.


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Man kills 2, turns gun on self

Submitted by lmcshane on Wed, 05/02/2007 - 17:30.

And does anyone say, where is the spokesperson for the white community?  What a ridiculous thing to say, as if there is a spokesperson for the black community or the white community.  It is OUR community.  It is not an urban or suburban problem.  It is OUR problem.  We are all living with fear and anger.  How do we teach our children to react?  How do we define ourselves as adults

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Built too well...

Submitted by lmcshane on Sat, 04/28/2007 - 14:26.

The beautifully engineered Fulton Road bridge was scheduled to be demolished today...like so many other beautiful and neglected structures it was "condemned" for being built too well.  It is fitting that it will not come down without a fight.  Built too well...an epitaph that could be applied to so many abandonned and condemned properties in Cleveland.  But politicians and contractors need to make money, so everyone (main stream media especially) shyed away from this story--a story that includes human and environmental elements--families that filed a lawsuit to try and prevent the taking of their property and the destruction of an historic WPA-era stone wall and graceful elm trees.  Can anyone name a recent civic structure built to compare to the solid grace and beauty of the Fulton Rd. bridge?  See Hunter Morrison's thoughts on bridges.

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Worth remembering

Submitted by lmcshane on Fri, 04/27/2007 - 17:38.

Today is a dreary day and it helps to remember brighter days do come around.  I know I feel discouraged by gun violence, decay and the creeping ugliness around me.  I cling to some hope when I remember others have persevered.  One person at a timeRestore Cleveland's Hope.

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Blood drive alert--Northeast Ohio needs Type-O donors

Submitted by lmcshane on Thu, 04/19/2007 - 20:35.

I hate to say this but AM radio WTAM reaches more northeast Ohio residents than any blog or the PD.  Ask my 65 year old neighbor.  At least they put out some important community alerts along with the latest American Idol results:

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ART draws

Submitted by lmcshane on Tue, 04/17/2007 - 12:02.

Norm, your GIMP photos make me tune into RealNEO everyday (and, of course, the interactive flow of ideas and the heady vanity rush that comes with the self-publishing of those ideas). 

So, what makes a site a portal that draws in viewers?  SEE http://www.passportproject.org/ ">Passport Project

for an idea.
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