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 […]

Michelangelo Lovelace, Sr. – Urban Wonder

An amazing exhibit you will not want to miss.
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  Last Friday I experienced urban wonder. Passionate – color filled – electric energy – urban wonder.  Just shy of Little Italy at the Artist Archives of the Western Reserve  I attended an amazing retrospective exhibition of the Art of Michelangelo Lovelace, Sr. Michelangelo’s work is vibrant with life, color, love – the public life of […]

A MOMENT WITH…Michael Ruhlman

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Michael Ruhlman is the author of nine books including Ratio, Charcuterie, and The Soul of a Chef, as well as the co-author of seven cookbooks written with notable chefs, including The French Laundry Cookbook.  He regularly writes about food for the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, on the web at Ruhlman.com and other food journals.  He has appeared as a judge on Iron […]

If Only | Polaroid had hired… me!

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Remember taking a polaroid?  Gosh it seems like awhile ago.  Click!…  and after it shot out of the camera … you might have waved it around as the crowd of friends around you eagerly waited for it to develop?  Well recently – I’ve been waving my cell phone around taking photos with the uber cool […]

A Moment with … Antonio Pompa-Baldi

Ohio Philharmonic Orchestra
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Born and raised in Foggia, Italy, Antonio Pompa-Baldi first came to the U.S. in 1999 to participate in the Cleveland International Piano Competition in which he then won First Prize.  Shortly there after he and his wife, Italian pianist Emanuela Friscioni, decided to make Cleveland Heights their home. Mr. Pompa-Baldi has toured extensively in four […]

CIFF: MY Final Four

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While the rest of the country was watching the Final Four of basketball, I watched my Final Four of the festival. Three years in prison changed a lot of things. Enrique comes home to find that his wife of 17 years is pregnant with another man’s child and his teenage transgender son no longer shares […]

CIFF: Pelotero to Cape Spin

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For young boys in the Dominican Republic, baseball may be their only chance to raise their family and themselves out of poverty. There are lots of reasons to dislike Major League Baseball, and chief among them, for me at least, is the way in which the organization and its agents take advantage of these future […]