ShopCLE: An onslaught of litter every Wednesday

Desota Ave., Nov. 17. There are at least 11 copies in this photo, of which only one made it onto private property. Can you find them all?
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Video and photos of the streetscape after weekly distribution of the ShopCLE “shopper” throughout Cleveland Heights. Week after week after week, they drive through our neighborhoods and toss thousands of bagged papers out the window without regard to where they land. Complaints to the Plain Dealer and Northeast Ohio Media Group, which publish this product, are ignored. […]

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 […]

A walk in a whiteout

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At this time of year, even those who embrace winter the most begin to get tired of it – the cold and gray, shoveling, shivering, trudging and salt-encrusted everything. But when a new snow storm comes in, I don’t care how long or cold the winter has been; I head out for a walk with […]

Photo essay and thoughts on Coventry Village

Photos by Robert N. Brown
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Robert Brown is a city planning consultant of note. Named a Fellow of the American Institute of City Planners (FAIP) and recipient of APA’s national award for excellence in comprehensive planning, he served for a decade as the Director of Planning for the City of Cleveland. During that time he prepared Cleveland’s Civic Vision 2000 Citywide Plan […]

Sycamore Trees

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The side streets in my part of the Heights were developed in the early 20th century and lined with sycamore trees – notable for their sloughing bark and brittle wood. In winter, their trunks are classic winter camo – a mix of white and heather and brown. In fall, they still wear the olive version. […]

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 […]

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 […]