Archive for the ‘Culture’ Category

Textographer (noun)

January 3, 2011

A person who texts for someone else (1.3.11).


Understanding Immigration.

October 24, 2009

As I was talking about wanting to visit the White Horse Tavern in the West Village in New York City yesterday, I remarked to my partner that I finally realized why I never read the awesome books of Frank McCourt in high school or college — going to Catholic Schools for 16 years probably had something to do with it given his reflection of growing up a poor Catholic in Ireland and returning to the United States in young adulthood.

Angela’s Ashes and ‘Tis A Memoir should be required reading for every man, woman and child in the United States today!

Before anyone decides their position on immigration reform, health care for immigrants, etc. they need to see that the human condition knows no country boundaries. People are people and how we treat others less fortunate than us says a lot about who we are.

Happy reading!

Time is a finite resource.

October 7, 2009

Time is a finite resource. Time is perhaps a newly defined, and the most important, form of capital we possess because we control it.

Also, how we spend our time on a daily (and nightly) basis is one way of measuring what we value.

Researching and writing a dissertation, raising a family, reading great works of literature, visiting the ill and frail, campaigning for elected office, helping a stranger with directions, thinking creatively and sharing the results . . . even taking a well-deserved nap . . . all require time.

Some things we do take a lot of time. Instead of saying I wish had more time, why not say, how will I be more intentional with my time.

Time matters.

Civil discourse . . . a definition

April 2, 2009

Last night, Oberlin College hosted NPR journalist Diane Rehm. As her son interviewed her in front of a standing room only crowd at Finney Chapel, Diane reflected and spoke honestly about her ethnic roots, her childhood, her coming of age, and the life changing moments that have made her who she is today.

She was never shy and offered her perspective on many contemporary issues including civil discourse. I paraphrase her definition which is powerful and meaningful:

“Civil discourse is our ability to have conversation about topics about which we disagree, and our ability to listen to each others’ perspectives.”

She commented further that, “Civil dialogue and civil discourse begin at home.”

I love my city!!!

February 28, 2009

Where in five hours (including travel time) on a Friday night can you . . .meet a colleague to wind up a deadline, eat an early dinner, and run into old friends and hear about the latest Cleveland Orchestra’s residency in Florida, drive down the street to a City neighborhood to attend an art opening featuring art by musicians, and then head downtown to the City’s best modern and contemporary art gallery to listen to public radio’s best interviewer being interviewed by Cleveland International Film Festival groupies.

The answer:  In Cleveland, Ohio.

Simplicty and clarity counts.

January 21, 2009

Hope. Virtue. Character. Liberty. Celebration. Freedom. Duties. Future. Sacred oath.

Powerful messages are often composed of simple words.

The clarity of a leader’s message matters because language defines culture.

Live/Work: Working at Home, Living at Work

May 29, 2008

Archetype Press has just published this book full of great examples of “houses designed from the ground up to shelter businesses as well as living spaces, renovated lofts and recycled buildings, offices and studios cleverly tucked away in back yards or above cafes and galleries, and residences designed to be earth friendly.”

The Cobalt Group is featured along with the Tower Press Building in a chapter entitled, “Living Above the Store: Shared Spaces.”

This book is inspirational and a testament to local City leaders who had the vision to create the live/work district along Superior Avenue, the first neighborhood to the east of downtown Cleveland.

For inspiration and to get your copy call 800.759.0190.

What is art?

April 27, 2008

After spending time with New York artist James Gilroy ( in his studio, touring several revitalized Brooklyn neighborhoods populated by artists and immigrants, and viewing the Whitney Biennial today I have been asking one question: What is art?

In traditional circles this question is often answered by asking:

What is language?
What is culture?
What is knowledge?
What is beauty?

I would add at least one more question to this series of questions that helps define art: What is the context?

Great artists bring context to their work . . .from yesterday or yesteryear. They channel their personal experiences and sense of individual being to their work. They capture even the most simple yet the most complex experiences and combine them to create a beautiful language all their own.

Great art speaks for itself.

The Arts: one way to understand culture

April 16, 2008

Cleveland Mayor Frank G. Jackson once said of art and culture . . . “Culture is the definition and art defines culture.”

Having just left the 2008 Governor’s Awards for the Arts in Ohio Luncheon in Columbus, I would like to share the news and congratulate Marcie Goodman, Executive Director of the Cleveland International Film Festival, for receiving the 2008 Governor’s Award for Arts Administration.

Dozens of “Friends of Marcie” were on had to watch her accept this distinguished award that places her in the company of an accomplished group of individuals leading arts activities around the state in education, philanthropy, business, individual expression, and community development and participation. In their humbling acceptance comments the recipients talked about the power of the arts to engage, connect, express diversity, bring about change, instill hope and share passion for the arts with all of humanity.

Governor Ted Strickland reminded the audience of the power the arts have to innovate and inspire and that there exists an intrinsic connection between the arts, education, workforce development and economic development.

Our state has both public and private leadership that is creating a culture defined by our commitment to and support of the arts.

The arts are one way of understanding our culture in Ohio . . . from the rolling hills of Appalachia to the lakefront communities of Toledo and Cleveland.