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.

Weekly Wrap Up

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

ONE: An important read. “20 Years Ago, I Accidentally Struck and Killed a Cyclist.”

TWO: The Happy Movie looks pretty incredible. Must watch soon.

THREE: What Happens When Bookstore Employees Get Bored? This.

FOUR: HAPPY DANCE. My favorite comedy in the history of ever Schitt’s Creek was renewed for Season 4.

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FIVE: Thanks to a most eloquent review by Bill Gates, I’ve added When Breath Becomes Air to my must-read list.

SIX: I’d tell you how many times I’ve watched this video, but I’ve lost count. “4-year-old girl swept off her feet by fierce Ohio winds.”

SEVEN: This book has received so much positive buzz, I couldn’t DL it fast enough when I saw the Kindle version on sale for $3.99. Not sure how long it will be on sale for. Have you read The Marriage Lie by Kimberly Belle?

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.

ONE: 911 receives a ‘pizza order’ from a woman who needs help. Read transcript.

TWO: John Spinello, the inventor of Operation, can’t afford a real-life operation. Fans of the game have answered in the way of $25,250 raised to-date via a CrowdRise campaign.

THREE: John Denver receives star on Hollywood Walk of Fame. This makes me so happy! My first concert was John Denver at Richfield Coliseum.

FOUR: I love when brands make bold moves. I’m looking at you, Taco Bell.

FIVE: This? Amazing. Would love to see in-person. Nicely Preserved Mammoth Carcass Shown in Moscow.

SIX: Need a pick-me-up? Click PLAY. OK Go’s latest video does not disappoint.

SEVEN: “My face carries all my memories. Why should I erase them?” 10 Things We Learned From Diane von Furstenberg’s New Memoir. Can’t wait to read it.

BONUS: Why is it called candy corn? Mystery solved.