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.

Weekly Wrap-Up

It’s been awhile, but I’M BACK! Kicking things off again with my Weekly Wrap-Up.

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

ONE: This? True love. You May Want to Marry My Husband is an amazing piece of writing by the incredibly courageous Amy Krouse Rosenthal.

TWO: I see an evil face in this burning tree. And while it’s giving me the creeps, I can’t look away.

THREE: Fascinating. Turkeys Circling a Dead Cat Are Probably Weary, Not Working Dark Magic.

FOUR: Squee! Hall & Oates + Tears For Fears Plot Joint North American Tour. I am SO THERE!

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SIX: Schitt’s Creek: The best comedy on Pop TV and Netflix. Do yourself a solid and watch it. Eugene Levy, Catherine O’Hara, Dan Levy, and Chris Elliott. Need I say more?

SEVEN: “Everything has a purpose.” Amen, Francisco Lindor. Indians’ Lindor inspired by sister’s cancer battle.

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.

Music Can Help Heal

IMG_0049“Music is a vehicle. Let’s use it to get somewhere good.” ~ Kristine Jackson

And that’s exactly what Kristine does. This month, all proceeds from the sale of her latest single “Proud to Say,” are going to help with her 9 y/o niece’s medical expenses as she undergoes surgery for Trigeminal Neuralgia, a neuropathic disorder characterized by intense pain in the face.

Listen:

.99 download from iTunes.

Whether your support takes the form of a download, a prayer, or positive vibes sent to the Jackson family, it’s very much appreciated.

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.

Fun for Your Whole Flock

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Clevelanders, are you looking for a way to bond with nature in a magical way?

Visit Brecksville Nature Center for the opportunity to hand-feed Chickadees and other small birds. The friendly staff provides black sunflower seeds along with tips to help ensure birds will land on your outstretched hand and take your offerings.

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First on the scene? A Tufted Titmouse
photo credit: K. Lawlor

This wonderful experience is free and appropriate for all ages. My three-year-old niece put her tiny hand on top of mine, and a bird landed almost immediately and took a seed from her. I’ll never forget the wonder in her eyes.

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photo credit: K. Lawlor

Brecksville Nature Center is located at:
9000 Chippewa Creek Drive
Brecksville, OH 44141

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You can hand-feed the birds tomorrow, December 31 from 10:00 a.m. – noon. Feedings will continue in January and February on Saturday and Sunday mornings from 10:00 a.m. – noon.

Bonus: We happened upon a Panera in a shopping plaza just outside of the Metroparks. It’s a great place to warm up with a bowl of soup or chili, while talking about your morning with the birds. And trust me, you’ll talk about it for some time to come—it’s an experience you’ll not soon forget.

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If excitement causes exhaustion, I’d say our day was a success.

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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: Shocked. And deeply saddened by this headline: Ikey Owens, Keyboardist for Mars Volta and Jack White, Dead at 38. For those interested, Jack White’s touring drummer Daru Jones is beautifully #CelebratingIkeyOwens on Twitter and Facebook.

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Final bow with Ikey. Puebla. 13 October 2014. Credit: David James Swanson

TWO: You & Downtown Cleveland is a sweet little video that captures the warm and fuzzies I have for my hometown.

THREE: Jimmy Page: How he wrote Stairway to Heaven. This is one of the most brilliant, multi-dimensional interview clips I’ve ever seen. Pay close attention to Jimmy, and you’ll see the transcendent power of music personified.

FOUR: Someone strapped a GoPro to an eagle flying over Paris, and the results are fantastique. I want an eagle to swoop from the sky and land on me.

FIVE: Meet Homelessfonts—a suite of typefaces based on the unique handwriting of the homeless people it helps. Inspiring.

SIX: Rick Rubin returns to his NYU dorm room thirty years later. A fantastic little film about the humble beginnings of Def Jam.

SEVEN: This? Delightful. Famous film scenes in LEGO®.

And before I forget, a bonus this week: Happy Sweetest Day!

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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.