“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


“…my chrome is shining just like an icicle… I ride around town on my low-rider bicycle…”

“Professor Booty” – Beastie Boys (1992)

Cedar Avenue at East 30th Street, looking west.
Cleveland, Ohio
Photo taken February 18, 2015

“We’re playing those mind games together… pushing the barriers… planting seeds…”

“Mind Games” – John Lennon (1973)

(Seven photos)

James A. Rhodes Tower, built in 1971.
Fenn Tower, built in 1929.

Two buildings that have defined the landscape and skyline between East 13th and East 24th Streets and Euclid Avenue, in downtown Cleveland– the real estate known as Cleveland State University.

The older of the two buildings, Fenn Tower, was originally built as the National Town and Country Club, but the private membership businessman’s club was ravaged by the Depression and the 22-story skyscraper ultimately was sold to Fenn College in 1937. In 1964, Fenn College, an engineering school, became Cleveland State University.

James A. Rhodes Tower, with the CSU moniker broadly displayed on each of it’s four sides, rises 373-feet into the sky and is the second tallest educational building in the United States. Named for the State of Ohio’s 61st and 63rd Governor of Ohio, Rhodes Tower is the home to Cleveland State University’s library and Administrative offices.

Top photo taken September 4, 2014
Photo (2) taken February 5, 2015
Photo (3) taken September 19, 2014
Photo (4) taken February 3, 2015
Photo (5) taken December 6, 2013
Photo (6) taken May 13, 2014
Bottom photo taken February 3, 2015

“Bridges of muscles spanning so long and high…”

“Towers of London “ – XTC (1980)

Looking northeast, descending from Ohio City, down Main Avenue into Cleveland’s Flats, where trucks haul loads of road salt from the salt mines under Lake Erie. Above, the thusly named Main Avenue Bridge, built in 1939, stretches 8,000 feet across the Flats connecting the East and West Shoreway that runs through the city, along the lake.

Photo taken January 9, 2015

“Oh the fishes will laugh as they swim out of the path, and the seagulls they’ll be smiling… The hour that the ship comes in…”

“When The Ship Comes In” – Bob Dylan (1964)
“When The Ship Comes In” – The Lumineers (2008)

(11 photos)

On a blistery cold day, in the shadows of the skyscrapers that mark downtown Cleveland, Ohio… The freighter BUFFALO, of Wilmington, Deleware, makes it’s way up the icy waters of the Cuyahoga River. The Seagulls, in mass, illuminate the sky and water as only winter invites…

Photos taken January 9, 2015

“Peace on the earth, good will to men… from heaven’s all gracious King…”

“It Came Upon the Midnight Clear” – Johnny Mathis (1958)

Severance Hall
11001 Euclid Avenue
University Circle
Cleveland, Ohio
The home of the Cleveland Orchestra
Building completion: 1931
Architects: Walker and Weeks
Concert hall seating: 2,000

Photos taken December 21, 2014

“Hark! The herald angels sing… Glory to the newborn King!'”

“Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” – A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)

The Palace Theatre lobby at Playhouse Square in downtown Cleveland.

Photo taken December 18, 2014

“This whole city’s black and white… tell me what is your color… could it be the same as mine?”

“City of Black and White” – Matt Kearney (2009)

And everything returns eventually… from last January, where Lexington Avenue dead-ends into East 47th Street. A snowy day then, like it was from time to time today, here in Cleveland.

Hoping everyone had a wonderful, Blessed Thanksgiving!

Photo taken January 23, 2014

“This freeze-frame moment can’t be wrong…”

“Freeze-Frame” – J. Geils Band (1982)

Walking on a frozen Lake Erie, at Edgewater Park on Cleveland’s near-west side.

Photo taken March 11, 2014

“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

“She asked me, ‘Son, when I grow old… will you buy me a house of gold?”

“House of Gold” – Twenty One Pilots (2013)

Three photographs sampling the diverse dwellings that populate E. 89th Street, between Euclid and Hough Avenues, on Cleveland’s east side. The area is designated as a National Register of Historic Places District for it’s surviving late 1800’s – early 1900’s residential architecture. E. 89th Street, originally called ‘Bolton Avenue’ is also classified as a Cleveland Landmark District.

Photos taken January 31, 2014

“I’d be safe and warm… if I was in L.A… California dreamin’ on such a winter’s day…”

“California Dreamin'” – The Mamas & the Papas (1965)

At the Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve, on the shoreline of Lake Erie, at E. 72nd Street.

Photo taken February 3, 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

“Then blue turns to grey…”

“Blue Turns to Grey” – The Rolling Stones (1965)

Two photos of the frozen tundra of Lake Erie, taken at the Edgewater Park Pier, in the wake of the 2014 Polar Vortex that swept harshly through Cleveland and the Midwest and Eastern United States earlier this week. Edgewater Park is located on Cleveland’s near-west side, in eye shot of downtown, and is part of the Cleveland Metroparks system.

Photos taken January 8, 2014

“Damn this traffic jam… how I hate to be late… it hurts my motor to go so slow… time I get home my supper’ll be cold. Damn this traffic jam…”

“Traffic Jam” – James Taylor (1977)

Another bridge icon in northeastern Ohio spanning east and west over the Cuyahoga River Valley. The Valley View Bridge, better known as the I-480 Bridge, was opened in 1977 and connects eastern and western suburbs of Cleveland. It consists of two parallel sections 4,150 feet in length. The bridge rises 212 feet above the river valley below.

Photo taken December 30, 2013

“Ahhh… Happy New Year…”

“Victrola” – Veruca Salt (1994)

(2 photos)
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!

“…but some how the vital connection is made.”

“Connection” – Elastica (1994)

One of the many bridges that connect east with west, over the Cuyahoga River flats–the Interstate 90 Bridge looking east toward downtown Cleveland.

Photo taken December 11, 2013

“The Lord be gracious unto you…”

From Numbers 6:24-26
“The Lord Bless You and Keep You” – The Normandy High School Choir, Parma, Ohio (1983)

A backyard shot on the Southern edges of the Tremont neighborhood, in Cleveland, Ohio.

Merry Christmas!

Photo taken December 11, 2013

“Round and round the Christmas tree…”

“Round and Round the Christmas Tree” – Bing Crosby (1945)

Christmas time inside the Gaylord Opryland Hotel
Nashville, Tennessee

Photo taken December 9, 2003
Olympus C5050Z

“A winter’s day… in a deep and dark December…”

“I Am a Rock” – Simon and Garfunkle (1965)

This picture looks southeast toward the First United Methodist Church, located at East 30th Street and Euclid Avenue, in downtown Cleveland. The church was built in 1905 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was designed by J. Milton Dyer, in an adapted Perpendicular Gothic Architectural style and is made primarily of Indiana Limestone. The Sanctuary seats approximately 1,200 people.

This photo was taken December 13, 2013, from the lawn of the Samuel Mather Mansion, on the campus of Cleveland State University.

“…Let every heart prepare Him room…”

“Joy to the World” – Nat King Cole (1960)

Public Square, in downtown Cleveland at Christmas time… a blessed time of year. The lights around the Square will put even the staunchest “Grinch” into the Christmas spirit!

Photos taken December 19, 2013

“Hey you, up in the sky… Learning to fly… tell me how high do you think you’ll go…”

“Up in the Sky” – Noel Gallagher (OASIS, acoustic 1994)

(2 photos)

Lucky’s Cafe
777 Starkweather Avenue
Tremont Neighborhood
Near west side – Cleveland, Ohio

Photos taken December 11, 2013

“…yet in thy dark streets shineth the everlasting Light… The hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight…”

“O Little Town of Bethlehem” – Elvis Presley (1957)

Christmas Season in the Industrial Flats of Cleveland…

Photo taken December 5, 2013

“Snow can wait, I forgot my mittens… wipe my nose… get my new boots on…”

“Winter” – Tori Amos (1991, live)

On Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard at University Circle, on Cleveland’s east side– Public artwork by Brittany Lockwood, Cleveland Institute of Art, Class of 2014.

Photo taken October 17, 2013

“For I smell of the earth… and am worn by the weather…”

“I am Stretched on Your Grave” – Sinead O’Connor (1990)

Cleveland, Ohio
Photo taken March 11, 2013

“In the winter time… when all the leaves are brown… and the wind blows so chill…”

“Winter Time” – The Steve Miller Band (1977)

Behind the Gordon Shore Boat Club on the frozen shores of Lake Erie
5401 North Marginal Road, Cleveland, Ohio
Photo taken March 9, 2013

“Take me back to Cleveland… I forgot how good this city feels…”

“Any Town USA” – George Thorogood And The Destroyers (2008)

Downtown Cleveland, from the near-west side,
Ohio City
Cleveland, Ohio

Photo Taken January 11, 2013

Telling it like it is…

The Telling Mansion
Current Home to the South Euclid-Lyndhurst Branch
of the Cuyahoga County Public Library
4645 Mayfield Road
South Euclid, Ohio

Photos taken February 10, 2013

“I will listen hard to your tuition… and you will see it come to its fruition…”

“Wrapped Around Your Finger” – The Police

Cuyahoga Community College – Metro Campus
Looking north toward downtown
Cleveland, Ohio

Photo taken February 6, 2013

“Moon over Parma, where the pink flamingos stand…”

“Moon Over Parma” as sung by Drew Carey

City Hall
Parma, Ohio (Cleveland, Ohio’s largest suburb)

Photo taken January 22, 2013

Merry Christmas!

The Christmas Tree on Public Square
Cleveland, Ohio

Photo taken December 21, 2012

“Over the river, and through the woods…”

Covered bridge in Olmsted Falls, Ohio
Photo taken November 29, 2012

“look around, leaves are brown now… and the sky is a hazy shade of winter”

“Hazy Shade of Winter” by Simon and Garfunkle (1966)

Taken from atop a parking deck at the Cleveland Clinic, looking west–The City of Cleveland.
Photo taken December 13, 2012

“Silver bells… silver bells.. It’s Christmas time in the city…”

Public Square
Cleveland, Ohio

Photo taken December 16, 2012

“And nobody has to think too much… About desolation row”

“Desolation Row” by Bob Dylan

Somewhere in Medina County, Ohio
Photo taken February 4, 2012

“…and all the trees of the field will clap their hands.”

“…and all the trees of the field…” – Isaiah 55:12 (King James Version)

Cleveland Metroparks
Rocky River Reservation
Fairview Park, Ohio

Photo taken January 22, 2012

Right around the corner…

From my 14th floor apartment at the time– The Chesterfield… looking up East 12th Street toward Lake Erie (which is blotted-out by snow squalls.) On nights when the Indians or Browns played at old Cleveland Municipal Stadium, you could see the stadium lights haze over the buildings that appeared out my window. It was a time of walking everywhere.. even in the winter, because “everywhere” was close by–the heart of Downtown Cleveland. A “flop house” for friends to spend the night after crazy adventures to the entertainment district of Cleveland at the time–“The Flats” or to ballgames down at the stadium. Being in a stones throw to Lake Erie was a blessing of downtown living as well.

This photograph was taken in January of 1993, on a very cold day.