Poetry Friday: Kisha Nicole Foster

Book cover from Kisha Nicole Foster's book of poetry 'Poems 1999 - 2014'
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Last night I went to church*. Church in this case was a mixer for Literary Cleveland at Platform Brewery in Ohio City.  It was loud, the beer was flowing, the congregation distracted. Between the words, text and talking – I heard only one voice.  Kisha Nicole Foster on stage, on the altar, her words, her strength. I was […]

Tussie-Mussie?

My first attempt. Success!
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Saturday, October 10th at the Cleveland Botanical Garden marked the Western Reserve Herb Society’s 70th Annual Herb Fair.  A celebration of herbs in all forms and varieties was on display with a myriad of activities (make your own herb vinegars and meat rubs) to delicious baked goods and exquisite jams for sale.  It was a […]

Gift Idea? Balloons, Bears, Birds and Butterflies. Get to know local author/illustrator Lindsay Ward!

Please Bring Balloons by Lindsay Ward
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This holiday season give the gift of bears, balloons, birds and butterflies with local Cleveland area writer/illustrator Lindsay Ward‘s selections of beautiful and wonderous children’s picture books.  Her most recent, “Please Bring Balloons” published by Dial Books for Young Readers follows Emma an ever curious little girl who befriends a Grand Carousel polar bear. I […]

Golden Hour: A Wine and Sign evening at Luna Bakery

Author Bridget Thibeault signs books at Luna Bakery
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This past evening or ‘golden hour’* I found myself sampling the most amazing new cupcake flavor – caramelized apple  with blue cheese frosting, topped with crushed walnuts. Yes, it was a multi-layered experience. Delightful and yes,  you have to try them. Luna Bakery owner Bridget Thibeault joined forces with local foods expert Kari Moore of […]

Behind the Scenes with Boston Marriage at Ensemble this week

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I had the great fortune to visit with Director Christine McBurney yesterday to get a sneak peak at Mamaí Theatre Company‘s second production of their inaugural season of which is Boston Marriage. Written by David Mamet this is the Cleveland premiere.  It opens this Thursday, July 18th and runs to August 4th. The Mamaí Theatre […]

From a far, a musical musing

A quiet observer like myself watches the nightly show.
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There is always one person up front who thinks they are at a Phish or Grateful Dead concert, and I thank God they are there. They are the first one, often the only one, to start swaying to the beats and rhythm of the song.   This past weekend I sat behind the free spirit and […]

Cooking, Comedy and WWII

My Dearest Anna
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Cooking, Comedy and WWII No, I’m not writing about a Downton Abby spin off.  I am writing about giving life to local voices this holiday season by giving a book to all your loved ones. A very popular idea this gift giving season is to support local.  Why not support local voices, local authors and […]

The world of Crowdfunding: Local Interests and Beyond

Geek A Week © Len Peralta
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Today we have a trend in accessing funds from friends and other interested parties via the internet in the concept of crowdfunding.  Crowdfunding is where your friends are the capital.  You state your project and ask for their financial help in achieving your project goals.  I recently ventured into the crowfunding world and found three […]

Schooled by Tali Nay | A Memoir

Schooled by Tali Nay
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Recently I sat at a local author’s table at Appletree Books selling my picture book, The Porch Dream, and met a wonderful local author, Tali Nay.  Tali’s book “Schooled” is a memoir of her younger years up to the present – which I found fascinating because she is so young.  Long ago memoirs were the […]