lmcshane's blog

Masks need to come off

Submitted by lmcshane on Thu, 10/20/2011 - 10:08.


Image from BBC World News









We all wear masks in our daily life.  The recent dust-up about the Guy Falkes masks are illustrative of a problem in NEO that needs dialogue. 

Regional Art

Submitted by lmcshane on Sun, 10/16/2011 - 10:37.

Pumpkin by Shirley Aley Campbell

At some point in our future, there will be a realization that it is important to hear more than one voice or see more than one reality.  I think that the world will appreciate the art made in places besides New York.  I think Northeast Ohio has some amazing art and amazing artists.  See it, hear it, feel it.

Gasification/Incinerator Plant on Ridge Rd.

Submitted by lmcshane on Tue, 10/11/2011 - 22:45.

Tonight, 75 persons attended the meeting held by Ohio Citizen Action at Neighborhood Family Practice on Ridge Rd organized by Sandy Buchanan.

Credit to Councilman Cummins for attending and addressing concerns, though much has to be explained on behalf of the City of Cleveland, and specifically, through Mayor Jackson's office pertaining to the proposed gasification plant at Ridge Rd.

Riverside Tribute to CLE Jazz Greats Lockwood Jr., Ocasio, and Skeets

Submitted by lmcshane on Sun, 09/18/2011 - 17:42.

A beautiful day in the Brooklyn Centre neighborhood of Cleveland.  Thank you to all of the wonderful folks who put together a tribute to three of the greats buried at Riverside Cemetery: Robert Lockwood Jr., Roberto Ocasio and Robert "Skeets" Ross.


From the program:

Failure of United Way 211 service

Submitted by lmcshane on Wed, 09/14/2011 - 10:52.

Every day someone is faced with a medical emergency.  My situation occurred during the care of a loved one on a Saturday.  Try to find medical treatment on a Saturday or Sunday.

In Cuyahoga County, most public employees are trained to use the service 211.


My first reaction to the medical emergency, which I incorrectly assessed as not life threatening, was to find an urgent care or primary care facility that would take blood and properly assess the symptoms. 

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Remembering 9/11

Submitted by lmcshane on Sat, 09/10/2011 - 13:44.

Our world has changed so dramatically in ten short years.  I am reproducing this letter I received here.  I hope the author does not mind:

Magic on a Summer Night

Submitted by lmcshane on Fri, 08/26/2011 - 23:45.

Despite all the on-going corruption and the sad real estate speculation in the City of Cleveland--there are moments of magic, like tonight, as Verb Ballet performed in Tremont's Lincoln Park.  The impromptu dance routine by many of the kids in attendance captured my imagination. 

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TWDC and continued nightmare for residents--Giglio, Schmitt, Bell redux

Submitted by lmcshane on Fri, 08/26/2011 - 21:53.

Folks will remember that TWDC made bald-faced parking/land grabs for several properties in Tremont.

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Car-Free = Care Free

Submitted by lmcshane on Mon, 08/15/2011 - 21:44.


For a change of scenery, I recently took Amtrak to Western Maryland.  I chose Frostburg, because I like the people and the environs.  The views in Maryland are especially restorative. When you think "Purple Mountains Majesty," this is Maryland. 

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Columbia and Magnolia Wade Historic District

Submitted by lmcshane on Mon, 07/25/2011 - 22:56.

The loss of the Columbia Building and possible loss of historic structures in University Circle--discussed here by Craig Bobby and as reported by the Plain Dealer:

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CMSD Story and Land Bank Story

Submitted by lmcshane on Sat, 07/23/2011 - 20:24.

Folks may have missed these two stories:


subtext: CMSD pays big bucks--your money--- to Weston Development Group...to eventually determine that it will be most cost effective for administrators to work out of one of the district's shuttered schools--either East High or South High. 

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Habeas Corpus

Submitted by lmcshane on Tue, 07/12/2011 - 03:54.

Recently, I caught a rebroadcast of a PBS documentary entitled: The Judge and the General.


Cleveland Metroparks Concert Series

Submitted by lmcshane on Sun, 07/10/2011 - 14:22.

Some of the most magical experiences found in NEO are available to all of US for FREE!

Please make time to walk or ride your bike to the nearby Canalway Sunset Series or the Brookside Lawn Chair Concert Series in your Cleveland Metroparks.

For more information see: http://clevelandmetroparks.com

Upcoming events include:

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Frankie Manning Lindy Hop Legacy Fund and the Lindy Hopper Fund

Submitted by lmcshane on Thu, 06/30/2011 - 04:13.

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22nd International Folk Festival-One World

Submitted by lmcshane on Sun, 06/26/2011 - 18:56.

I have lived in NEO for most of my life and somehow this annual event was not on my radar. 

After a week of gloomy weather, the rain lifted and the sunshine and clouds almost stole the show--the dancing acts were entertaining, despite a difficult seating and stage arrangement.

Pilgrimmage--Archaic Revival : Works by Gary Spinosa

Submitted by lmcshane on Sun, 06/19/2011 - 10:29.

Archaic Revival: Works by Gary Spinosa
Ronald E. Holstein Gallery -Erie Art Museum
May 6, 2011-August 28, 2011



Make a day trip to visit Erie, PA and the Erie Art Museum's exhibit of Gary Spinosa's most recent work.  You will be rejuvenated.

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Keeping it REAL

Submitted by lmcshane on Wed, 06/15/2011 - 22:32.

Do you plan on staying here? If so, what are the reasons keeping you here in NEO?



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Beautiful Day

Submitted by lmcshane on Sat, 05/21/2011 - 19:55.

It's been a glorious day for NEO.  I was only able to hit Pop UP Pearl, Pedal for Prizes and the Asian Festival. 

I know so many other things were happening today.  I look forward to some photos from other folks.  Meanwhile, here are my images of a beautiful day in NEO.

GOOD Earth

Submitted by lmcshane on Sun, 05/15/2011 - 16:06.

All Rights Reserved-Laura McShane

 These photos were taken in Frostburg and Cumberland, Maryland. See: http://www.mdmountainside.com/

Ruling Class

Submitted by lmcshane on Sun, 05/01/2011 - 11:51.

Just reminded of the movie--Ruling Class. As today's PD provides a movie treatment for Dimora's crucifixion.

All will rise again...and be redeemed.

Remembering Hart Crane

Submitted by lmcshane on Fri, 04/29/2011 - 16:35.


Does poetry matter?

Poor Hart Crane.  Forgotten.  His monument relegated to a corner of the library at CWRU.

But soon to have his very own skateboard park!

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Daffodil Days

Submitted by lmcshane on Sun, 04/24/2011 - 10:48.

Thank you for today's header--if you haven't already done so, get out on this fleeting weekend to enjoy the cherry blossoms and the daffodil days in University Circle and at parks throughout NEO.

I was fortunate to be up early, both yesterday and today, to hear the robins and the sweet plaintive call of the white-throated sparrow.

The Barber

Submitted by lmcshane on Sat, 04/23/2011 - 07:35.

Born in the Great Depression, my father advised me to choose one of two professions-
doctor or barber.

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