Weekly Wrap Up

Seven things that moved me, grooved me, or improved me.

ONE: Interesting use of Advanced In-Vehicle Technology by Honda to integrate social media into the driving experience. Introducing car horn emojis.

TWO: Incredible read. This story is equal parts sad, inspiring, and hopeful. “A 22-Year-Old Entrepreneur Moves Forward After a Life-Changing Accident Left Him Paralyzed”

THREE: Need a gift for a copywriter in your life? This t-shirt is aces.

FOUR: And speaking of copywriters, this is pretty much the most brilliant website by one I’ve ever seen.

FIVE: I don’t know about you, but I’m sure ready for the weather to break. There’s certainly no shortage of things to do in my home state when it does. Here’s a great list of Ohio Festivals to check out.

SIX: I’m so incredibly proud of my nephew who took third place in his poetry division. He recited Kenn Nesbitt’s My Dog Lives On the Sofa . Cheers to schools that support poetry!

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SEVEN: Happy for new music from Aimee Mann. Her latest Mental Illness is definitely worth a listen. Spotify.

What moved, grooved, or improved you this week?

Until next time, be kind to yourself. And each other.

xo,
mG

Note: All opinions expressed here are my own. I have not received any compensation for writing this post.

 

Weekly Wrap Up

Seven things that moved me, grooved me, or improved me.

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ONE: “Come together, RIGHT NOW, over CLE.” Another fantastic video from Destination Cleveland showcasing my hometown. 🙌🏻

TWO: One more cup of coffee. And this rare, extensive interview with one of my heroes Bob Dylan. ☕️

THREE: Newborn babies named Romeo and Juliet born hours apart in S.C. How sweet. I hope the families keep in touch. 🍼🍼

FOUR: Sweet Moses Soda Fountain & Treat Shop is helping The Cleveland Orchestra celebrate its 100th season of concerts in a most decadent way. 🍫

FIVE: There’s a new friend on Sesame Street. Julia, A Muppet With Autism, Joins The Cast Of ‘Sesame Street.’ ❤️

SIX: Cleveland Metroparks and KeyBank announce hometown partnership. Hint: The darling elephant-shaped ZooKeys are coming back! 🐘🔑

SEVEN: Hometown proud. Perceptions of Cleveland continue to rise. Planning your summer excursions?  Consider Cleveland. We’d love to have you. 👍🏻

What moved, grooved, or improved you this week?

Until next time, be kind to yourself. And each other.

xo,
mG

Note: All opinions expressed here are my own. I have not received any compensation for writing this post.

A Long-Overdue Trip to Cleveland Public Library

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First things first, I’ll get my confession out of the way — I’ve never been to the Cleveland Public Library. Until yesterday, that is. This bibliophile is elated to report that I finally decided to turn “I’ll visit one day” into “I’ll visit today.”

The genesis for my visit was a Facebook post about a current exhibit The Wonder of Shakespeare. I immediately knew I had to indulge my love for The Bard — I have a parrot named Romeo for heaven’s sake — and decided to plan a visit with a couple of friends.

A hop, skip, and a jump from Public Square, this cultural and architectural gem sits at 325 Superior Avenue. We could have spent considerable time admiring the building’s facade, but the winds were pretty wicked, so we hurried inside and right into the exhibit. It’s fairly small so I won’t share all of my photos, but as you can see, it’s a visual feast. There are also plenty of items on display to read.

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The Wonder of Shakespeare runs through 3/25, so catch it if you can. I was informed the next exhibit is all about Superman, so stay tuned!

During our visit, a very friendly employee Stacy explained to us that Cleveland Public Library is the world’s largest chess research library. How interesting is that? Of course, we had to spend some time admiring the various chess sets on display. This one? My favorite. Pass the salt, please.

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What’s more, if you’re diligent about getting your steps in for the day, the library, in partnership with the American Heart Association, has mapped out a one-mile indoor walking trail. Fantastic!

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There’s so much more to see, so for now, I’ll leave you with several of my favorite sights.

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Clevelanders and out-of-town guests, do put Cleveland Public Library on your list of must-see places. There’s no doubt I’ll be back, especially when the weather breaks. I’ve got my eye on that charming reading garden and can’t wait to enjoy it at lunchtime.

Until next time, be kind to yourself. And each other.
xo,
mG

Note: All opinions expressed here are my own. I have not received any compensation for writing this post.

Weekly Wrap Up

Seven things that moved me, grooved me, or improved me.

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ONE: Spoon’s new album Hot Thoughts is SO GOOD! Get on it.  🎧

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TWO: Cue the “I want to be the T-Rex” arguments. Boot, wheelbarrow, thimble ousted from Monopoly board game. 🎲

THREE: As a writer and copy editor, I LOVE the outcome of this legal case. ✍🏻

FOUR: Insanely talented musician and Cleveland native Nicholas Megalis brings us David Bowie + Pi in this mesmerizing mashup. 👨🏻‍🎤

FIVE: Kudos to Cleveland-based company Sherwin-Williams and their AoR McKinney for the latest installment in their “Color Chips” campaign. It’s visually stunning. 👀

SIX: According to WalletHub’s 2017 Happiest Places to Live,  Cleveland ranks 149/150, just above Detroit. Phffft. I demand a recount. 🙃

SEVEN: “Finally, a noble use of an iffy strategy.” Yep. This is clickbait I can get behind. 📚

Until next time, be kind to yourself. And each other.
xo,
mG

Note: All opinions expressed here are my own. I have not received any compensation for writing this post.

Amazon’s Kindle First Program

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Amazon Prime subscriber?

Kindle owner?

if you answered “yes” to both questions, are you taking advantage of Amazon’s Kindle First program?

When it comes to reading, I’m not fussy. I alternate between analog *wink* and digital books. And thanks to this great program, my Kindle has been getting quite a workout.

Book mail is the BEST mail! I don’t know about you, but three of my favorite words are advance reading copy. And whether it’s delivered to my mailbox or my Kindle, there’s nothing quite like the thrill and privilege of reading a book before its official publication date. With Kindle First, I’m able to read titles before their release into the wild and I gain access to authors I might not have discovered otherwise.

Each month, several new titles by Amazon Publishing authors are chosen by Amazon Publishing editors from Kindle’s most popular genres. Prime members can select one book for free, and the book becomes part of your permanent Kindle library.

This month, I chose A Criminal Defense by William L. Myers Jr.

To give you a better idea of the range of titles offered, my past selections have included The Mutual Admiration Society: A Novel by Lesley Kagen, Who We Were Before by Leah Mercer, and We’re All Damaged by Matthew Norman.

As you can see, if you answered “yes” to the questions above and are not taking advantage of Kindle First, you’re missing out on early access to some great titles.

If you are taking advantage of this perk, what authors and titles have you discovered? I’m always on the hunt for the next great read!

Until next time, be kind to yourself. And each other.
xo,
mG

Note: All opinions expressed here are my own. I have not received any compensation for writing this post.

Irish Soda Bread

IMG_5260I can’t resist the urge to pay homage to my Irish roots by making a couple of loaves of Irish Soda Bread once a year. Like clockwork, they appear in the kitchen during the week of St. Patrick’s Day.

Somewhere in between bread and cake, soda bread pairs nicely with fresh fruit for breakfast or as a side with a corned beef and cabbage dinner. I popped a slice into the microwave this morning and finished it with Kerrygold Butter. Confession: I just learned about this natural Irish butter this week via a friend’s Facebook post, and it happened to be on sale at Heinen’s this past weekend. Win!

Get your Irish on and give this recipe a try. It does not disappoint.

Irish Soda Bread *Makes 2 loaves

4 cups flour, sifted

1 tsp. salt

1 cup sugar

2 tsp. soda

4 T. butter

2 cups raisins

2 cups buttermilk

Preheat oven to 350.

Mix the first four ingredients together in a large bowl.

Add 4 T. butter and work in with fingers.

Add 2 cups raisins.

Stir in 2 cups buttermilk.

Grease/spray with Pam 2 cookie sheets and place dough in mound in center of each cookie sheet.

Using a floured knife, cut a shallow cross into the top of the mounds of dough.

Bake for 40-50 minutes, checking for doneness when bread is slightly browned and a knife/toothpick comes out clean.

Immediately after removing from oven, put a generous pat of butter in the center of each cross.

Enjoy!

Until next time, be kind to yourself. And each other.
xo,
mG

Note: All opinions expressed here are my own. I have not received any compensation for writing this post.