“There’s a meat market down the street…”

“Dance Anthem of the 80’s” – Regina Spektor (2009)

State Meat Market
Ukrainian Village
5338 State Road
Parma, Ohio
Southwestern Cleveland suburb

Photo taken January 25, 2015


“…’round here we always stand up straight… ’round here something radiates…”

“Round Here” – Counting Crows (1993)

An outdoor sculpture garden in the Health Career Programs wing of Cuyahoga Community College Western Campus in Parma, Ohio. In this sector of the College, facilities for Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Electroneurodiagnostic Technology, Nuclear Medicine, Radiography, Mammography, Polysomnography, Veterinary Technology and Physicians Assistant Programs are housed.

Photo taken July 15, 2015

“…and he had something relevant to say… now he sits alone in his chair…”

“Mr. Gray” – The Happy Bullets (2005)

A small patch of serenity at the busy intersection of Euclid and Chester Avenues, on Cleveland’s East side–part of University Circle’s Wade Park. An ode to Cleveland native, Republican United States Senator, political power broker, and industrialist Marcus Alonzo Hanna (1837 – 1904.)

The monument, was designed by Augustus Saint-Gaudens, an American sculptor, who was responsible for the design of the $20 “double eagle” gold piece, produced by the United States Mint between 1907 and 1933, considered today to be one of the most exquisite coins ever minted in the U.S. The monument’s base was created by Henry Bacon– famous for his design of the Lincoln Memorial, in Washington, D.C.

The inscription on the monument’s base reads:

“This monument is erected by friends and fellow citizens commemorating his efforts between capital and labor and his useful citizenship and distinguished public service.”

The Hanna Monument was unveiled to the public on May 24, 1908.

Photo taken October 28, 2014

“…and your stone walls turn my blood a little cold.”

“San Quentin” – Johnny Cash (live 1969)

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Eerily serene, especially during a fast approaching nightfall– Squire’s Castle sits nestled in the North Chagrin Reservation of the Cleveland Metroparks, in Willoughby Hills, Ohio. Built in the 1890’s by Feargus B. Squire, an executive with Cleveland based Standard Oil Company, the structure was originally intended to be a “gatekeepers” house for a country home estate for Squire and his family. The home was never built, and the Squires utilized the “castle” as a weekend retreat. The building included several bedrooms and living areas, a kitchen, dining room, breakfast porch and a library. It’s interiors boasted finely plastered walls, leaded glass windows, and beautifully detailed woodwork.

Squire sold the dwelling in 1922 and in 1925 the land and structure was sold to the Cleveland Metroparks. Over the years the interiors have been gutted and all that remain are the castle ruins. Legend has it that Squire’s Castle and it’s land are haunted by the ghost of the wife of Feargus Squire, Rebecca, who died at a very young age, in 1929.

Photos taken December 26, 2014

“…we can’t do it any other way… everybody’s got to rock and roll… shout it, shout it, shout it out loud…”

“Shout It Out Loud” – KISS (live 2014)

The legendary rock and roll band KISS, live on stage at the Blossom Music Center, in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. The CLEVELAND stop for the band on their 2014 tour–an out-door venue, with a covered pavilion. For his birthday, I took my teen aged nephew and we stood on the lawn… a huge hill, which is what Blossom is known for, and the show did not disappoint! My first KISS concert… my nephew’s second time seeing them! This picture isn’t the best– I brought my old camera instead of my good one… but I was happy with this photo– enough to share it here!

Photo taken August 26, 2014

“Were you there when they crucified my Lord?”

“Were You There (When They Crucified My Lord)” – Johnny Cash (1962, live)

A Lorain County Ohio, Lake Erie beach at sundown.

Photo taken April 29, 2012

“It’s a long way to the top if you wanna rock ‘n’ roll…”

“It’s a Long Way to the Top (if you wanna rock ‘n’ roll) – AC/DC (1975)

In the Mill Stream Run Reservation section of the Cleveland Metroparks, in Strongsville, Ohio– the toboggan ice chutes.

Photo taken February 15, 2014

“Rollin’ down the hill, snowballin’ gettin’ bigger…”

“Looking Down the Barrel of a Gun” – Beastie Boys (1989)

At Boston Mills-Brandywine Ski Resort
Peninsula, OH

Photos taken January 18, 2014

“I dreamt we were standing… by the banks of the Thames… where the cold grey waters ripple… in the misty morning light…”

“Misty Morning, Albert Bridge” – The Pogues (1989)

“The Crooked River”– The Cuyahoga, as it flows slowly southward through the Village of Mantua, in Portage County, Ohio.

Stretching 85 miles in total length, The Cuyahoga River begins in Burton, Ohio, flowing south and west through Akron, in Summit County changing direction, where it heads north and eventually empties into Lake Erie, in downtown Cleveland.

Photo taken January 18, 2014

“Ahhh… Happy New Year…”

“Victrola” – Veruca Salt (1994)

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On the outskirts of Cleveland, off of Brecksville Road near the declining hill to the Cuyahoga Valley in Independence, Ohio.

Photos taken December 30, 2013

Happy New Year to everyone!

“…You didn’t know it… now you do… this is the way… we move.”

“The Way We Move” – Langhorne Slim & the Law (2013)

“Tsamiko,” the traditional Greek dance where style and attitude is King! Here, a dancer dressed in authentic “Fustanella,” performs the trade-mark Tsamiko high kick with precision and grace.

This performance was part of a Summertime Festival Celebration at Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, an eastern suburb of Cleveland.

Photo taken August 25, 2013

“Pretty Good Year”

“Pretty Good Year” – Tori Amos (1994)

Former Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company World Headquarters are being transformed into a modern “live, work and play” mixed-use urban attraction on Akron, Ohio’s east side. Goodyear is moving into new facilities in the city, and the historic, old buildings that were vital to Akron’s development as the “rubber capital of the world”–1.7 million square feet, in all, are being redeveloped through an ambitious urban renewal project called “East End.”

Photo taken November 23, 2013

“…every time I see you falling, I get down on my knees and pray…”

“Bizarre Love Triangle” – New Order (1987)

Brandywine Creek falling over the layered sandstone and shale that formed millions of years ago, creating the spectacular 65-foot Brandywine Waterfalls– part of the Northern Ohio treasure: The Cuyahoga Valley National Park. The falls are located in Sagamore Hills Township, approximately 20 miles Southeast of downtown Cleveland.

Photo taken November 3, 2013

“…fingernails are pretty… fingernails are good… seems that all they ever wanted was a marking…”

“This is a Call” – Foo Fighters (1995)

Sculpture on the scenic grounds of the Cleveland Clinic Lyndhurst, Ohio Campus. Located at 1950 Richmond Road, on the east side of Cleveland in suburban Lyndhurst.

Photo taken October 18, 2013

“Well, darkness has a hunger that’s insatiable… and lightness has a call that’s hard to hear…”

“Closer to Fine” – Indigo Girls (1989)

A drive after church on Sunday brought me to quiet moments at the Columbia Reservation… on Royalton Road, in Columbia Station, OH.

Photo taken October 6, 2013

“You… ain’t nuthin’ but a hound dog… been snoopin’ ’round my door…”

“Hound Dog” – Big Mama Thornton (live, 1965)

The backdoor at Green Vista Farm
8200 Lattasburg Road
Wooster, Ohio

Photo taken April 14, 2012

“…and all your weight.. it falls on me…”

“HEAVY” – Collective Soul (1999)

Pictured–a side entrance to the Wayne County Courthouse, located in downtown Wooster, Ohio. The two “Atlantes” hold up the triangular pediment that states the year the building was built. The architectural design of the Courthouse was done by Thomas Boyd, in classic Second Empire style.

Photo taken July 14, 2013

“…Here you go, way too fast… don’t slow down, you’re gonna crash…”

“Crash” – The Primitives (1988)

Inside the fenced off area once known as “Chippewah Lake Amusement Park” (1878 – 1978). I posted other photos from this exciting trip that Blondie and I made to this historic place last summer, here: Ghosts in the Machine, and here: “The amusement park rises bold and stark…”

This area, in Medina County Ohio, sits as a graveyard of demolished buildings and broken down rides from days gone by– all of it overgrown by nature. We snuck in on this visit, through a hole in the steel fencing that the owner put up to keep people out. Eventually we were found out– threatened with calls to the police, by the caretaker of the property, a woman with a vicious looking dog. All we were doing was taking pictures! A day I won’t ever forget.

Photo taken on May 11, 2012.

“…I’ll end up alone like I began…”


Along Abbeyville Road, outside of Valley City, Ohio – Medina County.

Photo taken May 19, 2013

“I spit in a bamboo viper’s face… and I’d be dead, but by God’s grace…”

Memorial Day 2013

“Drive On” – Johnny Cash (1994, live from the Viper Room)

Iwo Jima Flag Raising Mural
248 Park Avenue
Amherst, Ohio
Artist: Mike Sekletar

Photo taken December 8, 2012

Ohio bricks, olive oil and vinegar…

Ohio bricks, olive oil and vinegar...

Inside “The Olive Scene”
19132 Old Detroit Rd
Rocky River, OH

Photo taken June 5, 2012

“It towered high above the thick foliage…”

Ezekiel 19:11 (NIV)

The Cox Arboretum and Gardens
Nature Observation Tower inner stairwell
6733 Springboro Pike
Dayton, Ohio 45440

Photo taken May 24, 2012


Ghosts in the Machine

Nature has intimately bonded with the remnants of the long abandoned ferris wheel on the grounds of the ghost town that was Chippewah Lake Amusement Park (1878 – 1978), in Medina County, Ohio.

Photo taken on May 11, 2012.

Eerie Lake

Huntington Beach Reserve – Cleveland Metroparks
Lake Erie
Bay Village, Ohio

Photo taken March 22, 2012

“Like a river that don’t know where it’s flowin’…”

The Rocky River Reservation
Cleveland Metroparks
Brook Park, Ohio

Photo taken March 18, 2012

The Cascading Splendor of Chagrin Falls

Taken at the South Chagrin Reservation, Cleveland Metroparks
Photo taken September 5, 2012