• Cleveland,  Family,  Home,  Politics

    Settling In

    COVID took my writing here in a weird direction. I wrote a series of methodical-yet-irregular diary posts about the details of what I was feeling and what was happening in our lives, but after a couple of months the importance of that writing fell away. I think I was using it as a tool to process my feelings about the world, and eventually moved to other approaches. So, an update. Everyone’s healthy and fine. Our girls have started the school year from home, and we’re having beautiful late-summer / early-fall weather in Cleveland. We’re all settling in to a schedule and a new set of expectations. Susan and I are…

  • Cleveland,  Music

    Old Time Jams in Cleveland

    These are the old-time jams that I know of in the Cleveland area.  If anything is incorrect, please let me know.  I haven’t been to any lately, and I need to reconfirm with the hosts for most of these.  

  • Cleveland,  Outdoors

    Hiking Near Cleveland

    This is my working list of hiking trails near Cleveland.  I’ve tried the hiking areas in the following table. The table below contains a list of hiking areas I have heard about, but I haven’t tried them (yet). Resources Northeast Ohio Hikes and Bikes

  • Cleveland,  Drones

    Flying Drones in Cleveland Metroparks

    Cleveland Metroparks has drone regulations which specify what, where, and when you can fly a drone in their regional parks. I created this page to provide some additional information about those sites, and distill their regulations page into a table that’s easy to understand and use.  The least restrictive sites are listed toward the top of the table. There are three sites specified for year-round flying, plus six golf course fairways listed as available for drone use in the winter (November 1 to March 15). Except for those sites, it is against Metroparks’ rules to fly drones anywhere in the parks.  All drones must weigh less than 4.4 lbs (2…

  • Cleveland,  Drones

    Cleveland Area Local Drone Laws

    This is my working list of drone regulations in the Cleveland Ohio area. It is checked periodically to ensure it is current, but rules change frequently so it’s possible something is missing or out of date. Do your homework when you fly. Where local and state laws don’t restrict drone use, you must still always adhere to federal (FAA) regulations.

  • Cleveland

    Good Videos Featuring Cleveland

    People are constantly referencing those Hastily Made Cleveland Tourism Videos.  Here are some videos about Cleveland that capture the feeling of the city for me. They’re the ones I show people when I hear “why Cleveland?”  

  • Cleveland

    Supporting Myles Garrett

    I donated to The Waterboys this morning, in honor of Myles Garrett. Most of my non-Midwest pals probably aren’t tracking this, so I’ll add a little explanation as to why I suddenly have something to say about football. Myles is an exemplary player and human, not just among Browns players, but across the whole NFL. He writes poetry. He listens to jazz. He invites people from the community to hang out with his puppy at the dog park (“no autographs, please”). He’s friendly in public and universally liked by the people of Cleveland. Have a look at the Emmy-winning series “Building the Browns” for more of his backstory. Most people…

  • Cleveland

    Where To Get Tacos in Cleveland

    I grew up in Texas and learned to eat in San Antonio, so Mexican food is an important part of my weekly diet.  Popular opinion i Cleveland has it there’s only one place to get authentic tacos around here:  La Plaza. This Mexican-focused grocery store in Lakewood used to serve tacos from their deli counter, but they became so popular they opened a dedicated restaurant space in the front of the store. Due to their popularity, the taco’s aren’t cheap… $3/ea at the time of writing. They’re reasonably sized, but they still provide a bit of sticker shock. If for some reason you don’t want to go to La Plaza,…

  • Cleveland,  Music

    Born in Cleveland: Henry Mancini

    Henry Mancini (composer, conductor) who is known for things like the Pink Panther and Peter Gunn themes, won a Golden Globe, four Academy Awards, and twenty Grammys and was born in Cleveland’s Little Italy in 1924. His family moved to Pennsylvania when he was five, but pretty cool even so.

  • Biology,  Cleveland,  Conservation,  Family

    Green Burial

    I am interested in green burial (aka natural burial).  Traditional cemeteries are arranged for the living.  Traditional burial is expensive, wasteful, and weirdly permanent.  Green burial (as defined by the Green Burial Council), is a way of “caring for the dead with minimal environmental impact that aids in the conservation of natural resources, reduction of carbon emissions, protection of worker health, and the restoration and/or preservation of habitat.”  That resonates strongly with me. Green burial uses non-toxic and biodegradable materials, such as caskets, shrouds, and urns. I found these resources helpful. General Info New York Times Article (2018) Green Burial Council Wikipedia Cemetery Survey Results Videos Will For The Woods…