Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The Chaplin's Cross: A World War Two Tale

Based on real events that took place during the final weeks of World War II, author Ed DeVos writes his second historical novel, The Chaplain's Cross, from two points of view: that of a fighter pilot in the Japanese military, and a U. S. military chaplain based with the the unit assigned to confront Japanese forces.

The novel is subtitled Crisis in Conscience, as is Mr. DeVos' first novel, The Stain, which followed the centurion the author imagined as John the Baptist's executioner.  Both books reflect the author's interest and expertise in military history, and his deep devotion to Christ.

God Is Gary Wright's Dream Weaver

He was brought in as a studio musician to play keyboards on George Harrison's first solo album, the epic All Things Must Pass.  Thus began a friendship, based on mutual interests that included not only music, but also gardening, food and devotion to God, guided by a guru and Indian philosophy.

Gary Wright's memoir, Dreamweaver: Music, Meditation, and My Friendship With George Harrison comes complete with some rare photographs, including two shot by Cleveland photographer Janet Macoska in the 70's.  It's a rock and roll story minus the sex and drugs.  Refreshing!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

You Can Help Project Hope Fight Ebola In Africa

Project Hope is raising funds to fight the Ebola virus at its source: in Western Africa.  Representative Scott Wilder implores you to donate by calling 844-454-HOPE (4673) or by donating online.

He explains how Project Hope is one of Charity Navigator's most highly-rated organizations, with less than 5% of the funds raised used for administrative costs.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Celebrate The Holidays With The Mom Squad

Moms, get ready for Thanksgiving and Christmas this Saturday, when Sara Carnes of The Family Friendly Morning Show on 955 The Fish hosts a Mom Squad Holiday Celebration at La Centre in Westlake.  Robin Swoboda will deliver the keynote speech, and Lori Triplett will sing.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Vikings Coach Gary Waters Is At CSU to Stay

Gary Waters speaks to the Rotary Club of Cleveland/ Photo credit: Jim McIntyre

Gary Waters, head coach of the Cleveland State University men's basketball team, is the most successful coach in Vikings history, surpassing Kevin Mackey for the number of games won under his leadership over the past eight seasons. And Coach Waters recently signed a contract extension that will keep him at CSU through the 2019-2020 Season.

The Vikings lost their season opener in Iona, but beat Tiffin in the home opener at the Wolstein Center 85-56.  Coach Waters thinks the Vikings can compete against the biggest schools in the NCAA, and can win on any given day.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

A Glance At The Golden Age Of TV In Cleveland

Barnaby, Captain Penny and Ghoulardi are featured prominently in Cleveland TV Tales: Stories from the Golden Age of Local Television.    Cleveland Pop Culture expert Mike Olszewski and his wife Janice have researched and written not only an entertaining account of the characters who helped create local TV, they also offer a look back at the last half of the 20th century in Cleveland.

Mike and Janice will appear at various venues leading up to Christmas.  Cleveland TV Tales would be a great gift or stocking stuffer, especially for anyone over 50 who grew up watching Barnaby in the morning, Captain Penny after school, and Ghoulardi with dad on Friday night.

CPI: Producing Plumbers And Preventing Problems

Have you winterized your plumbing?  It's especially important if you plan to travel for the holidays, leaving your house empty for a number of days.  Jason Shank, President of the Northern Ohio Chapter for the American Society of Sanitary Engineering offers helpful hints as the holidays approach.  The biggest takeaway:  get rid of your garbage disposal.

Jason is also Training Director for the Cleveland Plumbing Industry.  He is a big proponent of apprenticeships for aspiring plumbers, and he discusses the CPI apprenticeship program.