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.

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.

Album review: Half Way Home – Ryan Humbert

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Half Way Home was recorded February 16-22,2014 at The Rukkus Room, Nashville, TN.

I first saw local artist Ryan Humbert open for Pete Yorn at the House of Blues in Cleveland, Ohio. It’s a good thing I don’t like labels, because it’s near impossible to apply one to this talented singer/songwriter. I’ll describe his style as straddling the groove between roots rock and pop. His lyrics give you pause and make you think, but make no mistake – you’ll find yourself tapping your toes and dancing along the way. It’s a delicate balance, and one that he’s mastered with eloquence. A balance that’s uniquely Ryan Humbert.

Half Way Home, Humbert’s fifth studio album, showcases his most personal and introspective writing to-date. The title track “Half Way Home (Keep Your Head Up)”, inspired by his mom’s recent battle with breast cancer, is an anthem of encouragement:
“Keep you head up
Keep you head up
You’re not alone…,” Ryan reassures.

As the album continues, each track gently rises and falls to fill every space around you. Half Way Home is a master’s class in simplicity (read as: not overproduced). Humbert shows us that simplicity can be magnificent and give rise to it’s own extraordinary kind of complexity – one that feels at once brand new and as old as the world itself.
What a gift.

In the spirit of giving, I purchased one extra copy and it could be yours. (U.S. residents only)

How? Simply watch the video below and give a listen to one of my favorite tracks on the album “California To Ohio.” Co-written by Grammy-winning songwriter Kim Richey, the track is based on a true story. In February 1953, Ryan’s grandfather surprised his grandmother by hitchhiking cross-country from Camp Pendleton, CA to Hartville, OH to see her and their newborn daughter. They are currently 82 and 83 years of age, and have been married for more than 60 years. What a love story!

Leave a comment about how the song makes you feel: good, bad, or indifferent, and you’ll be entered for a chance to win.

One winner will be selected at random prior to midnight on Friday, December 5. It will make a great stocking stuffer, but I can guarantee you’ll want to keep it for yourself.

Find Ryan online:
Official site
Facebook
Twitter

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 Man on a Rescue Mission

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St. Francis of Assisi in the meditation garden at the Museum of Divine Statues

When the Cleveland Catholic Diocese decommissioned local parishes due to declining attendance and a shortage of priests, Lou McClung opened the Museum of Divine Statues  at the corner of 129th Street and Madison Avenue in Lakewood, Ohio. “I knew I had to preserve this history,” he explained to me during a recent visit. The museum, housed in the former St. Hedwig Church, is filled with statues, stained glass, and other sacred relics.

A makeup artist by trade, it’s poetic that Lou is using his talents to enhance the beauty of these faces. The attention to detail evident in this self-taught renovation artist’s work is breathtaking. This is Lou’s calling – and he’s answered it in a most magnificent way. One could say these pieces of history have found their patron saint in Lou.

Each statue stands bathed in its own pool of light, which gives a warm intimacy to each artifact. The feeling of connectedness to something greater than you is palpable. It draws you in. And you want to learn more. Fortunately, you don’t have to go far to do so. Next to each statue is a QR code, so be sure to download a QR Code Reader prior to your visit.

A peek into the museum:

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King of Heaven

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St. Joan of Arc

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St. Vincent de Paul

The Museum of Divine Statues is located at 12905 Madison Avenue in Lakewood, Ohio,
and is open to the public noon – 4:00 p.m. on Sundays. Admission is $8.

Connect with the museum on Facebook and Twitter.

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.