Saturday, July 15, 2017

In Lakewood for the solar green moment

 At Lakewood High, Johnny Appleseed's facelift is still not done.
 A purple martin takes off at lakewood Park
 Gray squirrel in an oak tree in early evening light
 not from this angle, but at the photographer's, she is holding the sun in her hand
 the setting sun is sliced by a cloud
At the solstice steps watching to see the sun fall into the water, and within the last second of partial disc visibility, it turned green. That is the first time i have seen that, and it came in an eyeblink. Missed the foto, it was a goodly sized crowd, they applauded the sunset, i do not know if many noticed the green moment.

A little political theatre to-day, noon...

Well, the local newscast yesterday were all talking about all the things happening downtown this weekend. No one mentioned that there are national protests against Trump and his fascist regime, including one in Cleveland, the place he was officially announced as the Republican candidate. One station did have a story about that convention, figures should have been released on its economic impact on the city. It has not.
In the top left of the foto, supra, is a street sign reading: E. 9th Street/Rock & Roll Blvd. The building in the background is Cleveland City Hall. In the middleground is Claes Oldenburg's Free Stamp sculpture. In the center foreground is the event's main banner with their message, The Trump/Pence Regime Must Go! In The Name of Humanity, We REFUSE to Accept a Fascist America. Locally, the event was sponsored by Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus. In the left foreground is retired US Army Captain Lou Pumphrey, Viet Nam service. He used to work at the Universe Bulletin. He believes in peace, and often comes to parades and such events. Captain Lou is of very calm demeanor, and is not fond of bullhorn speeches. Across the street, to the left, is a 30+ storey Federal Building with a view of the whole spectacle.
Cleveland Police had bicyclists across the street to the northeast, and police alongside City Hall and elsewhere. I only stayed a few minutes, and they had very little to do.
Foto supra, there are two people left of center are observer lawyers, they have small back packs and have a piece of clothing in high visibility yellow-green. Out of the picture, beyond left are people watching with disapproval of the event in front of them.

What is Fascism? sign
Anti-demonstration observers, pro-fascist, pro-Trump/Pence regime supporters armed on the sidewalk in front of the Free Stamp. Pony tail guy gave me several looks of annoyance/displeasure/suspicion. Woman is wearing one of those bolshevik red MAGArac caps.
 In some countries, this would look quite menacing.


Monday, July 10, 2017

trochaic tetrameter with rhymed couplets

 Having fun with Shakespeare

foto supra:  Cleveland Natural History Museum, Poison exhibit 2016

Act IV scene i.  A cavern. In the middle, a boiling cauldron. Thunder. Enter the three Witches.

Cleveland's outdoor Shakespeare troupe will be performing MacBeth.  A lot of play with this part. Even a scarce budget, and minimalist props should have a cauldron. Depending on the edition, they are the Weyward, or Weird Sisters, or Witches. That hellish stew they are cooking with fearsome children story verse is in trochaic tetrameter with rhymed couplets. The ingredient list can be done with delicious taste of ham. A combination of fear and comedy, but did we not watch "the Munsters", and "the Addams Family" in the turbulent sixties in joy?
    Double, double toil and trouble;
    Fire burn, and cauldron bubble.
I compare this with the old "Stone Soup" story, where three hungry Napoleonic soldiers con a village with three stones to make a huge, tasty soup. They just kept on asking for ingredients to throw into the burrowed cauldron.

There is a lot of dark humour in Shakespeare. Life under the Elizabethan police state was endangered, and people were gambling whether the Scot Stuart would better be.

Unfortunately my memory has faded, but my senior English class went to see a few plays at the four theatres of the Cleveland Play House. I do believe, "MacBeth" was one. I remember, Eric Bentley's play“Are You Now Or Have You Ever Been,, was one. It was about the HUAC witch hunt of the late forties, and into the fifties.

Getting back to Will. I hear a cable teevee series is about to start on him.

One of those clever moments is Othello. Othello is a Moor. The patron saint of Spain is James the Moorslayer. Iago is a Spanish variant of James. Before the play starts, you have to know Iago is going to do in Othello.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

sprucing up Lincoln Park

Lincoln Park is between W.11th and 14th, in what is now called Tremont. Previously it was University Heights, before Lincoln became president, and the South Side later. The city is spending resources to nicen it up.
A new gazebo replaced the previous one in the center of Lincoln Park, and it was ready for use by the local outdoor Shakespeare company for shrew taming on July 2nd. [i have been trying to find a foto of the old one]
and a little humour
Don't know who placed the Vatican City flag by this little evergreen. Cleveland has a place in Christmas tree history. It was not the first one in America, but the first one that got in trouble. They may not count, but the Hessian soldiers during the War of Independence celebrated Christmas, and with Christmas trees. Later, other Germans would do so in Pennsylvania, and New York. In 1851, Heinrich Christian Schwan and his wife had one in their Zion Lutheran church. Cleveland was a Yankee controlled town then, and it attacked Schwan and his people in the papers. The year after several people had Christmas trees. For years there has been a ceremony at Schwan's grave at Lake View Cemetery in December.
 Across the 14th side, St Augustine is having their windows repaired.
Across the 11th street side, Our Lady of Mercy's campus has been turned into apartments. This was the rectory.

Saturday, July 8, 2017


4th of July Lorain Avenue Cleveland before 9.30 a.m. 

Just before the Independence Day parade was about to start, this guy was running down the yellow center line. He had to divert a bit, when children used the crosswalk. The street was wide open, and the sidewalks had people waiting.

Our Lady of Mercy gets kicked again

Our Lady of Mercy (Slovak) Cleveland was extinguished on Mother's Day 2010 by Richard Lennon. The property did not move so fast. They had a campus. It has been remodeled for residences. The rectory (pictured) has two units. Notice the Marian image above, and the leg lamp below. Some of the film, A Christmas Story (1983) was filmed very close by, there are some residences now with leg lamps.

St. Lawrence gets grilled again


St. Lawrence was martyred on a grill. St. Lawrence (Slovene) Cleveland campus was sold for $100,000 by Richard Lennon to a formerly store front church. They have put up a placard over the yearstone/namestone. There is now a barbecue grill outside St. Lawrence.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Cleveland 4th of July

Now, every Independence Day Parade ought to have Uncle Sam, and Lady Liberty.
Knights of St. John
West Tech High School's last year was 1995. It is great they still come out.
West Park Lutheran School carried Lady Liberty.
An astronaut with a rocket made from garbage cans. Ohio has had several astronauts including John Glenn, and Neil Armstrong. I think this float is from another Lutheran school.
Cleveland is having a mayoral election. Several candidates are running, and they had contingnts small and large in the parade. The largest were for Frank Jackson, who is mayor now, and Jeff Johnson. Someone, for another office, was using an appropriate sign.
Tim Willis' latest creation is a two-headed, winged dragon.