Happy hyperlocal holidays

Courtesy of In the 216 on Coventree
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When did holiday shopping become a contact sport? There is an entire class of websites dedicated to Black Friday deals. If I’m to believe what I see in the media, people map out chain-store floor plans weeks in advance. And before the Thanksgiving gravy has congealed, they motor from doorbusters to blockbusters in a wild […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

The value in a (slightly) more expensive can of tuna

tuna
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I was at Dave’s the other day at Cedar and Fairmount. This is the store that might have become a giant Giant Eagle a decade ago, if a small group of vocal citizens hadn’t stood up to object. They succeeded in halting a proposal by the Pittsburgh-based supermarket chain to greatly increase the store’s footprint […]

Otter To Flounder: ‘You (messed) up, you trusted us!’

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“Walmart Supercenter may be headed to Oakwood Commons in South Euclid” – Plain Dealer, February 22, 2012 As you can see from this headline and the linked article, there’s a new branch of science: South Euclidean Geometry. Test yourself on how well you know this all-too-important subject matter. Each question is worth 10 points. You can tabulate […]