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Cleveland Girl

There was a time when Cleveland was NOT on the upswing. Jobs were scarce, opportunities…nowhere to be found. Families struggled to keep their heads above water. The situation seemed hopeless. But, this is Cleveland… And Clevelanders don’t quit. They work harder, get more creative, and find ways to turn the losses into wins. All around town, organizations and individuals are in the trenches, working in small pockets around Cleveland to lift the city up. We see evidence of many, many years of hard work all over our city. We’ve got competitive sports teams that compete in beautiful venues. Creative’s and makers have filled retail spaces with their wares, made right here in Cleveland. Our art galleries are thriving, as is...

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Shannon's SMASHING cancer Journey

    Sharing my Sister’s Story…   It’s important that I share my sister’s story—it’s her story, but it’s a story many families will identify with.   My sister’s name is Shannon Sprankle Oldenburgh and she is a 43 year old a wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, and so much more.  In November 2015, just before Thanksgiving, Shannon was diagnosed with Stage 4 Breast Cancer, an aggressive, incurable, Triple-negative Breast Cancer.  She and her husband carefully and painstakingly looked at all options and consulted with specialists. They realized that traditional medicine offered just a 5% chance of surviving 5 years.    After intense research and prayer, my sister decided to take a homeopathic approach.  Shannon’s husband is an eye doctor;...

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Franktastic

Franktastic [Frank-ta-stick] n. My husband. Also a father, son, brother, friend. Fabulous, awesome, one-of-a-kind, unique, like no other, never to be duplicated, yummy, handsome, fantastic.  Franktastic always starts with a No. For example, I found a ‘table base’ at an estate sale a couple of years ago. Seller Guy: You don’t even know that that is Me: Yes, I do. It’s a table base! Seller Guy: No, it’s not. Me: If I buy it, it is. Left him scratching his head. But I did take it home. Franktastic: What is this? Me: It’s a table base. Franktastic: That’s NOT a table base. Me: We’ll make it a table base. Franktastic: We can’t. Me: Sure we can. Just put a hook...

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I Called and God Emailed

If I’d been told 10 years ago that a career as an Artist was in my future, I’d have thought “no way!” It never occurred to me that I harbored any special gift for visual art. I’ve always been creative, but that often stemmed from not having the money to make things The Way I wanted them. Creativity was a way of being resourceful--and that I have always been! Over the years my art has been revealed to me by missed calls and failures. There have been several unsuccessful attempts at creating businesses; the first involved purchasing an embroidery machine with all the bells and whistles. Some of my first pieces of art were done with fabric. But the embroidery never quite...

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