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Learning from Old McDonald, by Brian Williams

Published: May 21, 2020

As recently as 50 years ago, Cleveland had 400 acres of farmland within the city limits, producing much of the tomatoes, cucumbers, greens, and other vegetables eaten in Cuyahoga County. Inspecting tomato plants at the Ruetnik Gardens Greenhouses, circa 1960. Photo by Cleveland Press Collection, Cleveland State University… Read More

Poplars, Sunflowers, and a Boy, by Missy Greenleaf Flinn

Published: May 20, 2020

In this time of so many tragic deaths, I want to share this story about a single tragic death. About memory and literature and this frail human life that bursts into brilliant fragile bloom. About how a few poems, or a few trees in a park, can bring us together. Read More

Conversations at Home May 19, 2020

Published: May 19, 2020

#HumanitiesAtHome Conversations at Home. We could use a little Whitman right now. What is your favorite part of Leaves of Grass?… Read More

“What Strange Times:” an anti-slavery newspaper survives mob violence, by Pat Williamsen

Published: May 18, 2020

“ON TUESDAY LAST A BAND OF FIFTEEN OR TWENTY DEPREDATORS . . . scaled the premises of Mr. Pugh, the Printer of this journal, at midnight,” reported the Philanthropist on July 15, 1836. The vandals’ intent was to stop publication of the anti-slavery newspaper. They stripped the press into manageable pieces, “carrying away the smaller parts of it.” Grabbing… Read More

What We’re Reading-Gumption: Relighting the Torch of Freedom with America’s Gutsiest Troublemakers, by Nick Offerman

Published: May 15, 2020

by Diane Schroeder   “Gumption. Common sense, mother wit, shrewdness.” – Oxford English Dictionary   Most people know Nick Offerman as the character Ron Swanson on Parks and Recreation. In addition to being an actor, Offerman is a writer, producer, and woodworker. His book… Read More

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