New Year, New Cup, New Me.

The Retirement Plan © Tiffany Laufer
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Four years ago I started a new tradition in my life. Each January, maybe even in December I start looking around, lingering in consignment shops or window shopping even at big box Crate and Barrel type stores – I’m not ruling anything out.  I’m searching for the right one.  It’s not a man or dress […]

A singular feat of driving – 8 min. to I-271 without breaking the law

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Saturday, Feb. 4. 8:17 a.m. Leaving 10 minutes late to get the youngest member of the family to an indoor soccer match. Road surfaces are dry, traffic is light. The details are worth noting, as this was the situation when the unthinkable occurred: We made the drive up Cedar Road to the I-271 (South) on-ramp […]

The real meaning of the closing of Seitz-Agin Hardware

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Retail shops come and go. To me, Seitz-Agin is more than a store; it’s part of the fabric of my life and writing this post feels like the presentation of a eulogy. I’m pretty sure that sentiment will make Joel Borwick, the store’s owner for the last 38 years, uncomfortable – though that’s not what’s […]

Where did YOU go to high school?

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When the bride’s father, Mel, asked about Yiddishe Cup’s fees, he mentioned his grandmother had baby-sat Joel Grey (Mickey Katz’s son).  Mel asked if Yiddishe Cup knew any Mickey Katz tunes. I said, “We play more Mickey Katz songs than anybody in the world! You’ve heard us, right?” No, he hadn’t. I said, “Have you […]

Jerry “The Birdman” Kramer

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Jerry “The Birdman” Kramer has many ideas about how life should be lived.  Just read the sign that hangs in the window of his Obama/Elvis car. He’s used to getting stopped by the police or having people follow him home to ask about his automobiles. Or in my case, having a half-crazed woman chase him […]

Those Among Us

Playoff Game at the Cleveland Heights Senior Hockey League
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Where can you find doctors and ER surgeons, lawyers, Japanese translators, car salesmen, dentists, psychologists, software engineers, physicists, police, and a whole lot more, dressed as gladiators, balanced on a thin blade of steel, wielding potent shafts of composite material, chasing one another, trying to out-shove each other, and willing to shake hands when it’s over? It’s a […]

Books: An excerpt from John Stark Bellamy’s latest

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Author John Stark Bellamy II, Cleveland’s master of mystery and mayhem, comes by his taste for the sensational honestly, having grown up reading stories about Cleveland crime and disaster written by his grandfather, Paul, who was editor of the Plain Dealer, and his father, Peter, who wrote for the Cleveland News and the Plain Dealer. […]