• Adventure Travel

    Turning Stories into Business Growth

    Tweet Developing a small business in the United States, and in most cases, globally, frequently relies on the kindness of friends and family. We have all heard of the horror stories of trying to obtain capital from banks and venture capitalists. At last there may be a solution to help SMBs through modern funding techniques.

  • Culinary Travel,  Sustainable Travel

    Corporate Social Responsibility-Being a Good Neighbor

    Tweet He had every intention of retiring from medicine and becoming a gentleman farmer. Eight kids to see through college but a recent bequest had left him acreage in South Florida right on the Intercoastal Highway. His dream, an aquaculture farm. What to do/ Shrimp or Tilapia? Such was my research brief for a project back in the early 90’s. Amazing what a medical librarian will be asked to do when she is considered one of the best value adds for recruiting physicians to a tier two regional hospital. But I loved it! What did I find? That the biggest concerns were soil erosion and water quality. Fast forward to…

  • Community Building Resources,  Social Marketing

    How Social Networks Can Predict Epidemics

    Tweet Carrie Belle, a truly genteel Southern lady, led an exemplary life as social leader in her small town in the foothills of West Virginia. Her legacy to her great granddaughter was a love for community, her heritage and her family. That granddaughter would grow to foster a love for humanities and sociology and become an information specialist. The skills learned, initially from her grandmother’s knee (along with of all things crocheting) plus being a darn good researcher and teacher in information sciences led to a love for social interactions and building relationships. Going with the adage that opposites attract, the lady met this fellow. And they knew that it…

  • Adventure Travel,  Sustainable Travel

    Sustainable Travel – Keeping the Grass Greener

    Tweet Sustainability is critical when considering travel in a region like the Appalachian Highlands of West Virginia. This state relies equally on its tourism and energy industries. We will be leaving in just a couple of weeks for our final camping trip of the year. Camping in these mountains are a part of my life. I grew up in the foothills, not more than an hour away. This is a magical place with sweeping vistas, clear streams, abundant fishing and some of the most gorgeous trails you can imagine. It is important to me that this area is preserved. Looking from the air as we fly over, it is hard…

  • Adventure Travel,  Culinary Travel

    For Culinary Adventures, Cleveland Rocks

    Tweet Food and wine top every list for interesting things to do when coming to Cleveland. Just had time to read a recommended article from the Pittsburgh Gazette concerning the hot spots. A couple of years ago Bill and I were seated on a rooftop garden overlooking the downtown area with some of Cleveland’s finest chefs and urban sophisticates. Thats saying quite a bit when you think that we boast an Iron Chef, the founder of the regional culinary movement, and a nationally acclaimed culinary writer. We also seem to have our fair share of master chefs who have studied and worked around the world and returned to their roots…

  • Adventure Travel,  Urban Travel

    Surfin’ the Waves on Lake Erie? How Challenging Can It Be?

    Tweet Sitting at my desk thinking about what I would rather be doing than writing to you. I just saw my neighbor’s car pass by my window loaded on top with his windsurfing gear. The sky is a clear September blue with a few low cumulus clouds to the north, just over Lake Erie. The trees are gently moving right now but this is when the winds are getting better for windsurfing.

  • Community Building Resources

    CLE and the Elegant Fries

    Tweet michael d symon is such a class act. While most Clevelanders woke to rants in their email, on web pages and in print about LeBron leaving town in such a public way, Chef Symon was graciously in his comments on his public page. His comments stayed with me all day. I decided to visit his B Spot restaurant since I had a meeting on the east side that afternoon (and I never pass up a chance to visit Eton in Woodmere when I am in the area). Imagine my surprise when I was expecting the Best Hamburger in America (and it was!) and getting the bonus of the Best…

  • Uncategorized

    Kudos to the Cleveland Museum of Art for More Praise!

    Tweet The Cleveland Museum of Art received a stunning endorsement from the NY Times as they prepare to reopen the newly renovated Greek, Roman, and Egyptian Galleries. For those of us who have enjoyed the world class collection over the years, its inaccessibility during the huge renovation and expansion has been a low point to what is by any standard a great achievement in superb planning for this massive project.

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    Making Soccer the Destination: Inviting the World to Visit

    Tweet Its official. The bid has been made to FIFA to bring the World Cup Back to the US. Although we love our American Football, soccer is the game of millions of families here and around the world. On the soccer field, moms and dads watch their children while building relationships that will last years with their neighbors. Schools are increasingly competitive, and here in Cleveland excitement builds to bring professional soccer back to region. Enjoy the video and see why Americans are so excited. As Mia Hamm says, “The Game is in US!”