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Happy Presidents’ Day From Mad Man On A Great Lake.

Can you believe February is almost over?

There was a time when we didn’t just have a Presidents’ Day but two.  As anyone who has seen the film Holiday Inn with Bing Crosby can tell you, there was once a holiday for George Washington and other for Abraham Lincoln.  While some people out there might have been up in arms to know that government workers and teachers would have had two-day off if this was still going on, nevertheless it would have been nice to still celebrate these two great men individually.

Between work, my writing project, and life in general, it has been hard to write for this blog.  Then again, I think the bad comment I received a few months back subconsciously intimidated me which just shows I have to develop a thicker skin if I am to write for public consumption.  After all, one week later, I received a very nice comment from someone I am acquainted with from the Geauga Democrats who really liked, guess this, one of my pieces regarding East 185th Street North Shore Collinwood.  No politics at all!  That’s the point, I may veer off on occasion because of my concern over the state of this nation right now, but Mad Man On A Great Lake is more than that.

So, I guess I can share the link to this piece in the Guardian I read about the current resident of the White House (I couldn’t post a really good one from the New Yorker about his “Russian Gamble” but here’s a transcript of the indictment courtesy of the Atlantic).  I thought people were going overboard when they said that the man is not a legitimate president but after Friday’s Indictment you don’t have to be just on the hysterical left to wonder.  Well, that’s enough!

I was surprised to see today a few people looking at one of my old pieces on the phantom neighborhood of Beachland in the Nottingham area of North Shore Collinwood (still following me?)  Once our development corporation gets its’ act together they should join with the councilman into getting the city planning department to change our neighborhoods name back to North Collinwood or something a lot more catchy.  Hey, why not Euclid Beach so we can really confuse people looking for Euclid Ohio?  At least that name has a history here.  Actually we have a lot more projects to tackle than just branding the area.  I still can’t wait to take a tour of the La Salle Theater once they really get around to doing it.

Anyway, for those who have read this, thank you very much for your continued interest.

A Quick Little Post, My blog., Opinion, Uncategorized

Where It’s All Heading? A Quick Little Post.


A trail in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. 

Last month, Mad Man On A Great Lake received 122 views.  That dos seems better than one but, for me, it’s kind of makes me think.   After all, this is supposed to be an outlet to self publish things that apparently real publications such as Crain’s Cleveland business aren’t interested in (What Happened to the West Quad Project? March 7 2017).  It has also turned out, mainly in my quick little posts, a mean to articulate my voice on issues, for the most part lately political since in the real world I am pretty much forced to play the role of listener with people who basically want others to validate their own views, no matter how much I truly disagree with them.  That was not the plan for this.

While perhaps A Long Hot Stinking Summer probably deserves only 6 views throughout the world, I would have thought that Don Peck’s America Is Still In a Pinch would have received far more than the 14 views generated.   After all, a lot more time and effort was put into that.

Like many other things, I have to contemplate where I am going with this and if the direction is towards a cliff instead of a gate, I will just turn and walk away.  Well, enough self-pity, there are other things that need to get done.

Okay Ladies and Gentlemen, enjoy your Saturday Evening.  I sure plan to.


Photograph by James Valentino.



A Quick Little Post

Fall in NE Ohio; Another Quick Little Post.

The North Chagrin Reservation Nature Center.

The North Chagrin Reservation Nature Center.

Oberlin November 1, 2015

A quiet street in Oberlin, Ohio.


The view from Chalet Debonne in Ashtabula County.

One of the reasons that I haven’t come up with any in-depth posts for Mad Man On A Great Lake lately is because of the wonderful weather we’ve been having here in Cleveland Ohio.  The last couple of days we’ve had highs in the 70’s which makes everyone want to go outside and enjoy.  This made the last couple weeks a great time to hop in the car and see the leaves change colors.

A view of the Polly Harper Inn in Grand River Wine Country taken in October.

A view of the Polly Harper Inn in Grand River Wine Country taken in October.

Many locals complain about how the weather seems to change all the time.  The saying goes that you can have 60 degrees one day and the next snow.  Of course, it’s an exaggeration to a point.  We have four seasons here and while it does mean we can get hot and sticky humid summers which make me want to sit in front of the air conditioner (and cold snowy blustery winters that make the morning commute a mess), we usually happen to have very a nice spring and fall.  The warm waters of Lake Erie moderate the weather a little and, while killer frosts have hit places like Mansfield further inland, Impatiens are still blooming in my yard.  This must have an impact on the trees as well.  Even though it’s already November, as I drove through Rockefeller Park in Cleveland to get to the job Friday morning, I marvelled that most of the trees still had their leaves; and it made a nice show.

A view of Shaker Boulevard at Shaker Square in Cleveland, Ohio. Taken November 4th, 2015.

A view of Shaker Boulevard at Shaker Square in Cleveland, Ohio.

The autumn leaves at Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine in Euclid, Ohio.

The autumn leaves at Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine in Euclid, Ohio.

However, on this first full weekend of November, temperatures will be reverting back to seasonal 40s and 50s, at least for a spell.  Soon, the trees will be bare and pines will be brought inside for the Holidays.  The colors are fleeting but an annual treat.

South Ridge Road in Ashtabula County looking west.

South River Road in Ashtabula County looking west.

Photographs taken by James Valentino