Dec 22 2011

Tower City Christmas



tower city tree

Today’s Photo: Tower City Christmas

Today’s Photo is of the large Christmas tree located in Tower City Center in Cleveland, Ohio.

Today’s Quote: Christmas is a season for kindling the fire for hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart – Washington Irving

Dec 9 2011

John D. Rockefeller obelisk



Today’s Photo: John D. Rockefeller obelisk

From the website:

“Before he left for New York, John D. Rockefeller was one of Cleveland’s favorite sons. The “richest man in the world” at the turn of the 20th century began his business career in Cleveland and made his fortune by founding the Standard Oil Company, based in the city. Rockefeller donated much to the city’s cultural institutions, including the land for Rockefeller Park.
When Rockefeller died in 1937 at the age of 98, he wished to be buried at Lake View Cemetery in the city he once called home. A 70-foot obelisk marks his grave. The structure, the tallest in the cemetery, was created by sculptor Joseph Carabelli.

Visitors to the gravesite often place dimes at the base of the stone, perhaps hoping that their money will increase as Rockefeller’s did.”

For more information:

Today’s Quote:

“I do not think there is any other quality so essential to success of any kind as the quality of perseverance. It overcomes almost everything, even nature.” – John D. Rockefeller

Dec 8 2011

Charles Brush Arc Lamp


Brush Arc Lamp

Today’s Photo: Charles Brush Arc Lamp

Today’s Photo is of a replica Arc Lamp like Charles Brush used in an early application on Public Square in Cleveland, Ohio, on April 29, 1879. For more info on one of Cleveland’s most famous inventors please visit:

Today’s Quote: “Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dec 2 2011

Winter on Lake Erie


frozen lake erie

Today’s Photo: Winter on Lake Erie

This photo was taken on Whiskey Island in Cleveland last winter. It was so cold that I couldn’t stand outside for more than few minutes at a time. In the background you can see a ship making its way towards the mouth of the Cuyahoga.

Quote: Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude – Thomas Jefferson

Nov 23 2011

Crossing the Cuyahoga


cuyahoga rail bridge

Today’s Photo: Crossing the Cuyahoga

This photo was taken looking down the Cuyahoga River towards Lake Erie. One of Cleveland’s many rail lift bridges can be seen on the left.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Today’s Quote:  “The United States as we know it today is largely the result of mechanical inventions, and in particular of agricultural machinery and the railroad” – John Moody

Nov 21 2011

Moses Cleaveland Statue


Moses Cleaveland Statue

Today’s  Photo:  Moses Cleaveland Statue

“Moses Cleaveland was a lawyer, politician, soldier, and surveyor from Connecticut who founded the U.S. city of Cleveland, Ohio, while surveying the Western Reserve in 1796. The place called “Cleaveland” eventually became known as “Cleveland”. Oneexplanation as to why the spelling changed is that, in 1830, when the first newspaper, the Cleveland Advertiser, was  established, the editor discovered that the head-line was too long for the form, and accordingly left out the letter “a” in the first syllable of “Cleaveland”, which spelling was at once adopted by the public. An alternative explanation is that Cleaveland’s surveying party misspelled the name of the future town on their original map.”

For more info:

Today’s Quote:

Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world. –
Harriet Tubman

Nov 17 2011

German Cultural Garden


German Cultural Garden Cleveland

Today’s Photo: German Cultural Garden

From the CCG website:

“Second Cultural Garden to be constructed, after the Hebrew Cultural Garden in 1926. German-American Karl Wolfram was instrumental in creating the Cultural Gardens and in developing the German Cultural Garden. Like the Hebrew Garden before it, the first German cultural figures to be recognized were poet-philosophers (Goethe, Schiller, and Heine), musicians (Bach and Beethoven) and writers (von Hutten). The German Cultural Garden expanded their honored cultural heros to include artist Durer, dramatist/critic Lessing, educator Froebel, physical culturist Jahn, and scientist Humboldt. In the 21st century the Garden recognizes “Balaskapelle” or traditional, German, brass band music with its annual Conrad Mizer/Karl Wolfram concert in the Garden with regional German-American bands and singers. Conrad Mizer was a 19th century German emmigrant who first started “Fruhschoppenmusic” or public park concerts in the area and then went on to be one of those instrumental in the founding of the predecessor organizations of the Cleveland Orchestra.”

For more info:

Today’s Quote: “A person hears only what they understand” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Nov 15 2011

Hinckley Lake


Hinckley Lake Medina

Today’s Photo: Hinckley Lake

Hinckley Lake, located in Hinckley Reservation, impounds 87 surface acres of water on the east branch of the Rocky River which makes it the largest inland lake in Cleveland Metroparks. The lake is another great place to spend an afternoon with the family. For more info:

Quote: We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now. -Martin Luther King, Jr.


Nov 11 2011

Ripples on the Pond


Mapleside Farms

Today’s Photo: Ripples on the Pond

This is a photo of the small pond at the bottom of hill at Mapleside Farms in Brunswick, Ohio. By taking the photo low to the ground with a wide angle lens it creates an illusion that the pond is much larger than it actually is.

I hope everyone has a great Veterans Day and a great weekend. I will be out of the county until Monday afternoon but I am still hoping to post a photo before the day is over.

Today’s Quote:

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead

Nov 10 2011

Bike on Euclid


bike on Euclid Ave

Today’s Photo: Bike on Euclid

This is a photo of a bike that was locked up on Euclid Avenue near the Idea Center and the Playhouse Square theaters. Biking is an excellent way to get around if you live in the city. It is also a great way to see the city if just want to slow down and see the sights. Here is some information about a company that offers bicycle tours in Northeast Ohio:

Great Lakes Touring Co. is Northeast Ohio’s premier source for custom bicycle tours and excursions. The company aims to bringing fitness, fun and adventure together on Cleveland-area bicycle trails, while promoting interest in regional tourism and history. Tours of Northeast Ohio communities, the 55,000-acre Cleveland MetroParks and the Cuyahoga Valley National Park are available throughout the year for riders of all experience levels from beginner to expert cyclist. Great Lakes Touring Co. offers corporate team building events, gym alternatives and birthday party packages.

For more info:!/iBikeCLE?sk=info

Today’s Quote:

When I see an adult on a bicycle, I do not despair for the future of the human race. ~H.G. Wells