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 […]

Life in the Breakdown Lane

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 For my second thread blog thread, I’m going to post material from a manuscript titled Life in the Breakdown Lane. In this country, children’s services agencies and juvenile courts intersect at a place I call the breakdown lane. Telling the story of this place seems as insurmountable as it is important.  An occasional headline gives […]

Good Man, Good Deeds – Making a Difference

Shaul Janes
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We all have the power to make a difference in the world, but it doesn’t always feel like it. I would like to take a moment to brag a little bit about my husband, Shaul Janes. Shaul and I moved to Cleveland Heights just over two years ago from Jerusalem. It has not been an […]

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 […]

The Summer Swing: The rewards of interning small

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FutureHeights intern Simone Jasper writes about her experience working on the Heights Observer: By Simone Jasper This summer, I have another opportunity to intern at The Heights Observer, a community-based newspaper that serves two Cleveland, Ohio, suburbs. I first interned at the newspaper for my high school senior project, and I returned this summer because the […]

Cool people I know: Daniel Stashower

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Daniel Stashower, author of The Hour of Peril, was in town this weekend on a publicity tour scheduled tighter than the subject of his new book: Lincoln’s perilous 1861 train trip from Springfield, Ill. to his inauguration in Washington. About 200 people packed the Beachwood Public Library on Sunday to hear Stashower – an accomplished […]

Tommy Talks

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Yes, that Tommy. The owner of 40-year-old Tommy’s Restaurant doesn’t say “no” to very many reasonable requests. He’s just that kind of guy; it seems like he’ll help out with just about anything the community needs. But I’ve never heard him talk about himself, until I saw this video, posted on the Friends of Coventry […]

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 […]