“Out of the blue, and into the black…”

“My, My, Hey, Hey (Out of the Blue)” – Neil Young and Crazy Horse (live, 1979)

A shot of the Terminal Tower and the Tower City Center Complex in downtown Cleveland, from the Carter Road Bridge spanning the Cuyahoga River.

Photo taken February 25, 2014


“Sleep with one eye open, grippin’ your pillow tight… exit light, enter night… Take my hand… we’re off to never never-land…”

“Enter Sandman” – Metallica (1991)

Pictured: The mysterious, dilapidated, old dwelling that hugs against the Friendship Baptist Church at E. 55th Street and Central Avenue in Cleveland, Ohio. The church was built originally as the Tifereth Israel (The Temple), Jewish synagogue, in 1894. I could find no history on the house.

Photo taken October 4, 2013

“Heads will roll and rock tonight… For those about to rock, we salute you…”

“For Those About to Rock (We Salute You)” – AC/DC (1981)

The all-star line-up for the Cleveland Indians Major League Baseball team, photo taken circa 1992-93, at the old Cleveland Municipal Stadium (demolished). From left to right, Sandy Alomar, Jr., Carlos Baerga, Kenny Lofton, Albert Belle, and Jim Thome.

Tonight, the current edition of Cleveland Indians host the Tampa Bay Rays at Jacobs Field in Cleveland– the American League “Wild Card” game. The winner earns the right to enter into the play-off tournament to crown an American League Champion, and eventually a 2013 Major League Baseball World Series Champion.

Coincidentally, I lived in the Tampa Bay area for 9 years and followed the Rays quite closely during that time. Born and bred in Cleveland, and now back as a resident, there is no question which team I want to “Rock” tonight. GO TRIBE!!

“…and if I had a dollar bill for all the things I’ve done, there’d be a mountain of money piled up to my chin…”

“Missionary Man” – Eurythmics (1986)

An old, rather odd shaped bank building, on Detroit Avenue in the Gordon Square Arts District west side neighborhood of Cleveland, Ohio.

Photo taken June 9, 2013

“I stood stone-like at midnight… suspended in my masquerade. I combed my hair ’til it was just right, and commanded the night brigade”

“Growin’ Up” – Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band (1978, live from the Cleveland Agora, with the “infamous” story)

At the Gordon Square Street Festival
Detroit Avenue near W. 65th Street
Cleveland, Ohio

Photo taken June 8, 2013

“I’m goin’ back to New York City, I do believe I’ve had enough…”

“Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues” – Bob Dylan (1966)
“Finger Lickin’ Good” – The Beastie Boys (1992)

Soho neighborhood – Manhattan
New York City, New York

Photo taken July 2, 2005

“…I had some dreams, they were clouds in my coffee… Clouds in my coffee, and…”

“You’re So Vain” – Carly Simon (1972)

Late night coffee
Koffie Cafe
Ohio City
2521 Market Ave
Cleveland, Ohio

Photo taken May 2, 2013

“…Can you tell a green field from a cold steel rail…”


At the Chagrin Falls Metroparks
Photo taken September 5, 2012

“Semper Paratus”

“always prepared”

Grays Armory

Photos taken December 3, 2012

Located between Boliver Road and Prospect Avenue in downtown Cleveland, GRAYS ARMORY was built in 1894 as a headquarters to the “Cleveland Grays”–a city militia group founded in 1837 to help local police, as well as provide a first line of defense against a northern invasion by the British earlier in the century. This local militia unit fought at the battles of Manassas and at Phillipi in the American Civil War and battled alongside General Pershing in the Spanish American War. In 1916, “The Grays” fought in the 145th Infantry as part of the American effort in World War I.

Grays Armory– a castle-like building is constructed of a variety of materials including brick, granite, and sandstone mined from nearby quarries in Berea, Ohio. Among the amenities inside, the Armory has a ten-thousand square foot ballroom and a shooting range in the basement.

Over the years, in addition to being a military installation, the structure also served as a community center and was home to some of Cleveland’s most notable high society events and parties including the first performance of the Cleveland Orchestra as well as the premier performance in Cleveland by the Metropolitan Opera.

“…haunted by the ghost imagination…”

Considered by many to be the most “haunted” house in all of Ohio, The Franklin Castle, located in Ohio City– on the near west side of Cleveland, has been, indeed, besmirched by a spooky past. Built in 1865 by German immigrant and wealthy financier, Hannes Tiedemann, this 4-story, 30+ room Gothic mansion was to become the home to deadly happenings. Over the course of just a few years, four of Tiedemann’s children were to die in mysterious circumstances. Tiedeman’s wife, Luise, and mother, Wiebeka, also passed away during their residence at Franklin Castle. There are also stories that Hannes Tiedemann murdered his niece and a young female house servant . In any case, this old, 19th Century castle had seen it’s share of morbid incidents and much speculation still swirls amongst those who are acquainted with this residence and it’s shadowy past. Since 1895, when Tiedemann sold the Franklin Castle, it has changed ownership many times. Some say that it is haunted and that screams can be heard coming from the inner hallways. Today it sits, waiting for renovation.

Photo taken October 8, 2012

“All along the watchtower, princes kept the view…”

“All Along the Watchtower” – Bob Dylan (1967)

Experimenting with artistic augmentation.
The Lighthouse
St. Augustine, Florida

Photo taken November 20, 2004