History Demo ‘ed -Another Rehabbed- Pt2.

PART ONE The Demo!

http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2014/07/16/history-demoed-another-rehabbed-pt-1/

heneryhamiltonPhoto Mark Teleha

The Gow House ( which ironically enough) remained in the Gow family until its demise- sitting empty and forlorn for decades- was on the corner of 4th and Hamilton. 4th Street was not always 4th street it was once named “DUANE Street” and at the end of and opposite to is the Duane Building- another historical structure that was rehabbed

https://www.ohiohistory.org/state-historic-preservation-office/state-historic-preservation-office-awards//2012/duane-building

duane In 1908 or there about Lorain ( known for changing names – Black River Township- Charleston Village – Lorain) street names also underwent a revamp .

http://danielebrady.blogspot.com/2012/07/lorains-street-renaming-plan-may-1908.html

A little east of the Gow House on the opposite side of the street another of Lorain’s professional people built his home – – the address was 231 Duane Street.( circa 1903) His name was Frank Coleman and in the 1898-99 phone directory he had an office at 203 Broadway. There is no longer an office a 203 Broadway or indeed his later office at 426 Broadway or for that matter a trail for 356 or 360 Broadway

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Lorain Map circa 1874
but you can imagine an enterprising young man, as so many others did in this neighborhood, building his home within walking distance from his place of work.
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In fact, he made the Lorain’s Prominent Lawyers listing in the 1903 Lorain. Ohio by George H. Teague

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Frank and his wife Agnes lived in his home on Duane ( now 1031 4th Street) until he moved in 1937 ( his wife Agnes was no longer recorded -assumption is – she had passed)It looks like Frank ended up owning two lots 187 – and 188
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His home was sold on after 1936 ( probably after his wife passed.) to one Isadore Baer.

In any case he moved alone in 1937 to 918 Washington Ave. This is interesting, because as with his previous home history, 1031 West 4th Street -
Landlord – Ed Watling ( foreclosure???) -and then First Federal Savings and Loan ( again on my street)

http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2013/07/09/the-pos-and-nuisance-ordinance-a-lesson-in-history/

this home too followed a pattern becoming all to familiar in this neighborhood.
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and now we have at last the Lorain County Land Re-utilization Corp rehabbing Frank’s 110 year old home.

But 918 Washington Ave. his new domicile seemingly repeats the history of the older homes we see dumped and devalued every day – in more ways than one: What started as a piece of “old house history” has taken me once again on the dumped and devalued road of this neighborhood. .

NOTE: Readers take a good look at this photo ( you may want to come back to it later and compare to 1031)
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As with Frank’s family home on Duane/4th – his next home (918 Washington) also went the way of home ownership- to rentals and landlords and banks and “ losing in value”.

For instance this 918 Washington property once again is a poster child of what happens when ‘banks apparently make poor business choices” WE end up losing in these older neighborhoods, deemed historic by the state, if not the city, as neighborhood property values fall due to the “sale prices “ of the homes

NOTE bear with me the following is a little confusing

In 7/11/2011- 918 Washington (0201004114016 ) the next house Frank Coleman lived was recently part of a deal with three other properties -

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1014 Long Avenue- 2055 E 29th Street -434 9th Street purchased by First Federal Savings and Loan Assoc Lorain ( there is that name again) the sale price listed $106.000 for those properties to REHABS TO RENTALS PROPERTY MANAGEMENT LLC North Ridgeville agent and principle – Scott A. Russell
6486 Ridgeview Blvd.N. Ridgeville, OH 44039- this LLC is apparently still active according to the State of Ohio.

NOTE: However, I did some further checking on the 4 parcels that were worth apparently $106,000. to First Federal Savings and Loan Association Lorain and found-
918 Washington was sold for 10,500
1014 Long sold for $5,000
434 9th sold for $15,900
2005 E 29th- $8,500

So, if my math is correct, after the sale of all four properties First Federal Savings and Loan took a loss of $66,100 dollars and recouped just $39,900 – a loss of 60%-on the dealings with REHABS TO RENTALS PROPERTY MANAGEMENT LLC. That isn’t exactly screaming healthy business practices to me but what do I know , even the price of milk going up effects this “investor” in Lorain.

Back to Frank
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Frank Coleman then moved on to 1031 9th Street in 19391031 9th And yet another “sale loss drop dump- this his 3rd home was not a First Federal house for sale- commodity this time it was AMTRUST BANK A doing the honors and another LLC picking at the dying carcass of “homes”
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2005 property sold for $70,000 dollars bank got it back for $28,000 in 2008 and 20 days later sold it for 13,500 to Brian Fuller who transferred it to his LLC NEW AGE REAL ESTATE LLC ( owning 6 properties)( Avon Lake)
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Frank Coleman seemingly did not move offices much always in the 300 block of Broadway. In 1942 the last we have found to date on Frank he had moved to 306 9th Street
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This home has been owned by Baker Homes of Vermilion since 2005 but considering it is another “century home” ending up as another rental can the tale be much different???? If you want to know more a trip to the recorder’s office and look up OR Volume 1220- Page 142. I would bet you will find a similar history!
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But back to Frank’s original home and the “rehabbing of this old lady. She has suffered through the years modernization of the 50′s and 70′s and turned from a single family dwelling to a triplex rental. She even had to suffer the ignominious treatment of having her beautiful solid wood carved doors

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( what was left of them- there seemed to be a lot of doorways with no doors) – having the outside surface covered with cheap crappy plywood – stained to look like wood) – what were they thinking?????? ) and even worse yet 1960″s paneling put over the outside of the doors!

1960′s paneling covering the door!
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The other side of the door

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Our hearts sank as we toured the property, as would Frank Coleman’s had he been around to see what they have done…………

TO BE CONTINUED…………………
NOTE:
The Lorain County Port Authority in conjunction with the Lorain County Community Development Department are rehabbing the property using Neighborhood Stabilization Program III (NSP3) funds.

July 18, 2014 at 11:15 am 4 comments

History Demo’ed- Another Rehabbed Pt 1

As regular readers of this blog are aware, I threw a fit about what I called the Icon house of Lorain’s deteriorating housing structure . Hamilton Ave and 4th

http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2013/11/16/welcome-to-fairyland-aka-in-the-pink-lorain-ohio/

I was not alone and Dan Brady also had a post about this old house

http://danielebrady.blogspot.com/2014/03/the-house-at-1034-fourth-street.html

After years of frustration ,

http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2013/11/13/away-with-the-fairies-living-in-lorain/

looking at the deteriorating structure that met my gaze from my den window every morning, something was finally done

Gow House 1034 4th

Gow House 1034 4th


After 38 years, blighted Lorain house to come down
Chronicle Telegram- Evan Goodenow

http://chronicle.northcoastnow.com/2014/03/06/38-years-blighted-house-come/

and the Morning Journal as well as Channel 5 covered the demise.

http://www.morningjournal.com/general-news/20140307/1034-w-fourth-st-in-lorain-demolished

The former home at 1034 W. Fourth St. became scrap wood, brick, metal and shingles as an excavator knocked down the structure as part of the demolition program of the Lorain County Land Re-utilization Corp., or county land bank.

I did not join the throng that morning in March as the house was demolished. For too long, I had hopes ( in the very beginning) that somehow that house( which was over a century old )could be rehabbed. I sat, as I always do, that March morning with a cup of coffee and watched as another “story and home of history “ of Lorain fell in upon herself.

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It was bitter-sweet but a necessary evil

photo Dan Brady

photo Dan Brady

So under the auspices of the Lorain County Land Re-utilization Corp – Lorain County Port Authority
whose mission ” Improving Lorain County and Revitalizing Neighborhoods” the eyesore that was once a well-loved and cherished home came down.
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This old neighborhood herself was once cherished – the “movers and shakers” of their day built “homes” for growing families – close to their businesses and the port which was the highway into Lorain .

Over the years these homes , for the most part, were sold on from those that built a community. The size of them made them ripe for the “rental” business as landlords could divide the large homes into apartments , chop them up making two-three apartments and sometimes more – just look at the number of electric meters on the sides of these old homes.
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Captain Thomas Wilford House

The people who built such edifices to their success are now no more than crossed out names on a tax map. Unless, their tales are written about by the few “Lorain historians” who care about such events.

http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2008/02/12/capt-wilford-a-hero-of-the-inland-seas/

http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2012/05/30/lorains-history-mystery-the-wurmser-house-a-tale-of-two-houses/

http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2009/02/28/port-of-lorain-salute-to-her-people/

http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2008/08/03/more-on-the-porters-maureen-smith/

http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2008/07/23/introducing-the-porters-by-maureen-smith/

http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2008/07/27/the-porters-cont-by-maureen-smith/

Are these old homes and their history all going the way of the wrecking ball on this street in order to revitalize our neighborhood? We have had two go down on one block in recent months 1034 ( the icon house) and 1125 W 4th.
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The house at 1125 also was not a candidate for rehabilitation – However, all is not lost as the very same agency ” Lorain County Land Re-utilization Corp – Lorain County Port Authority” now, I am pleased to say, has purchased another of the First Federal Saving and Loans foreclosure properties that we seem to have a plethora of in this neighborhood
http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2012/07/11/banks-banking-on-lorain-business-of-blight-devaluing-lorain/

Far from tearing down this time they will be rehabbing one of the oldest homes on the block, which is over a century old . A home that survived the tornado without too much damage if not ” latter-day Lorainites and landlords and banks”.
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The story – The who what and where in Part Two To Be continued

July 16, 2014 at 8:23 pm 2 comments

HypNOTic Regression – the Session- Pt 2

The diagnostic box- self- portrait  Chris Ritchey

The diagnostic box- self- portrait Chris Ritchey

Part One

http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2014/07/08/hypnotic-regression-the-session-pt-1/

The therapist did her utmost to relax me- the room was large – open and airy – sunlight filtered in . A warning to my daughter not to get too relaxed herself as we went through the process

There had been a discussion, rather lengthy, as to what role “imagination” plays in the past life regression “happenings’ . This was very similar to what is written in the blog Eric J Christopherhttp://www.ericjchristopher.com/about-2/meet-eric/

http://www.ericjchristopher.com/what-past-life-regression-really-is/

Imagination is the gateway to the soul.” This is true for past life regression. Your imagination launches this inner journey. The past life information then starts coming to you slowly and feels like you’re making it up. However, research shows that it may be an actual past life, a metaphor, or a mixture of both. To the degree that you focus on whatever impressions your intuitive guidance shows you without analytical mind commentary, is to the degree that you’ll move deeper into the experience

I was directed to a large comfortable chair with large ottoman. I was extremely at ease , comfortable and very willing. I did what I was instructed to do with my breathing and felt totally relaxed – my arms felt a little heavy and there was a little tingling.

I could hear everything, I could feel the sunshine on my face from the windows. BUT there was an issue, for me at least. Not having had any experience with this sort of thing, I listened to the therapists voice, which was pleasant but as she took me down the “path” through the gateway – that was fine but she then took me to a meadow filled with flowers. Of course, what popped into my brain was the Wizard of OZ, Dorothy and the fields of poppies .
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Poppy Field ( near Gayton UK- 2014) Photo Molly Housego
We then went up a mountain path , and although probably quite spiritual and relaxing to the therapist I was thinking – I don’t want to do this climbing the mountain- it is hard work climbing a mountain , I would get all hot and sweaty and not something I particularly would want to do.

She then tried various other situations, going down stone steps, getting on an old train , describing the train. My “imagination” was filling in the blanks re the train- she obviously hadn’t been on British rail and was describing something from the Wild, Wild West show-

That brought in visions of the old tv show, so my relaxation became less relaxed as my conscious brain was wondering what ever happened to the actor Robert Conrad http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Conrad.

“This” went on for quite a while trying to get me to relax, actually ” this” had the opposite effect – it was taking me “out of the relaxed state” .
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Finally, after an attempt of describing what was happening on a “big television screen” – for me segued into the old movie the Quatermass and The Pit and the jumping Martians scene being viewed from the brain of one of the characters.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quatermass_and_the_Pit_(film)

As I said this way of getting me to go deeper was having just the opposite effect. I stopped the session and said – this really isn’t working for me-

but as I opened my eyes, her face was genuinely crest fallen and I felt badly for her .

Maybe it was my fault ? Was I subconsciously fighting her?

No! the more I thought about it then and indeed now I truly believe I was already in a state where I could be regressed, at least as far back as my childhood, her descriptive speeches in trying to get me to a place where I believe I was already only this was not being recognized and the “leading” me had the effect of bringing me OUT of that state.

After another little bit of walking some more and into a cave- I felt sorry for the therapist. I felt I was being a tad bit obstreperous, so when we went into a cave and in darkness- I was told there was a plinth and asked what was on the plinth -I remember thinking OK let me go with this scenario – I said:

There was a silver chalice on the plinth-

What was in the chalice?-

red wine

- What was I a man or a woman- I said

a woman by my hands and forearms

( but then again I could’ve been a young thin male- when you think about it) but I said

woman – I was in a robe ( dark, with long flowing sleeves, a heavy material)

Asked to describe my surroundings, I said

the background behind the chalice was in flames.

I was then asked to pick up the chalice and take it down a corridor, describing the corridor , the door I was entering , what was the room like I was entering ( I have been in too many old castles, me thinks, because I believe I pictured rooms I had seen in this life.
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I know I didn’t really want to continue this ” story line” so I consciously had it had it vanish into light.

Next stop was supposedly the 17th century but I ended up in the 19th century – describing a London Cabby circa 1890 -
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I know my I was thinking consciously of my grandmother and the tale of her father and mother being taken out for the evening via the Hansome Cabs-

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hansom_cab

- and so the tale of waiting outside the Covenant Garden Opera house, in the cold and wet , even to what I was wearing , the steam rising in the dank night air from the horses nostrils and my happy chubby wife at home . I filled in all sorts of details as to this chap- from being a war veteran with a bad leg , the coarseness of his coat but you see I rather think it was my conscious imagination because the detail I got wrong was -I was sitting up front and we know ( at least I do now) having done a little research the cabbie sat at the back :)
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Source:http://www.presbyterian.org.nz/archives/photogallery20/page1.htm

So surely , if I had been that cabby I would have known that fact the cabby – sat at the back. I truly felt I was making this up as I went along- ironically because I felt bad for the therapist. She woke me up but I was already awake- I let her go through the rest of the sequence for her sake .

I have to say, I felt rather guilty, because she was sure we had reached a bit of a breakthrough. I listened as she explained certain conclusions. Thanked her and left-

Assignment - Chris Ritchey-CIA

Assignment – Chris Ritchey-CIA

My conclusion : I was part way into the trance, maybe a different technique other than the one this therapist used may have helped me go deeper and find some answers. I felt if the focus had been on me and my life when I was initially so relaxed instead of journeys up mountain, on trains and into caves things may have ended differently.

I am a storyteller at heart and when I have an audience I will “tell the story” even if I am the one paying the “admission price” . BUT then again :


The past life information then starts coming to you slowly and feels like you’re making it up. However, research shows that it may be an actual past life, a metaphor, or a mixture of both. Eric J. Christopher

I believe the incidents I describe were out of my fertile imagination or too much television in my youth and not remembrances.

However, that being said I wouldn’t poohoo the practice – this particular session didn’t work for me and honestly I don’t have the money to “explore” further as I said it doesn’t come cheap. But should the opportunity arise as well as cash I would delve into it a little more deeply. Until that happens I will chalk it up to an interesting experience and read up on self-hypnosis !

http://www.wikihow.com/Perform-Self-Hypnosis

Note: I have purposely not given the therapists name – I still do not have enough information to draw any conclusions as to her abilities- What I do know is that she was the only one willing to be witnessed and that says a lot.

July 13, 2014 at 1:53 pm Leave a comment

HypNOTic Regression- The Session PT 1

Chris Ritchey CIA

Chris Ritchey CIA

A couple of months ago I watched a television program on
past lives and regression therapy.

http://www.mylifetime.com/movies/reincarnated-past-lives

Being the cynic that I am , I looked at the show with more than a hint of skepticism. In ALL things I look at the “agenda” who profits from promoting “health” – “beliefs” from organized religions of the world to those that can talk to the dead and those that can say we are reincarnated. As I reach my sell by date in this life I suppose I will find out the truth soon enough ;)

However, curiosity got the better of me , I decided to try this regression therapy- after all I pride myself in not being a follower, having some intelligence , not easily fooled. I also wondered IF hypnotism would work – maybe I could change the habit of “food for comfort” !

I spent a few days researching those practitioners within a reasonable driving distance who had certain qualifications – one being clinical psychologists who would allow the session to taped and also witnessed. I found half a dozen that fit most of the criteria but only one ( who happened to be the most reasonable – this does not come cheap) the closest and also the ONLY one who allowed the taping and the witness. That was the deciding factor for me ! I was going to see a complete stranger on their turf. I wanted one of my own with me . I didn’t want to end up barking like a dog at the next council meeting if someone gave a trigger word.

Purposely , I did not research what it is like to be hypnotized, what happens, regression techniques, or relaxation techniques. I did not want to go to the session with any preconceived ideas planted in my brain.

I took my daughter with me and our trusty tape recorder and for once a “purposely” open mind .

The diagnostic box- self- portrait  Chris Ritchey

The diagnostic box- self- portrait Chris Ritchey

Would I really find out it I had lived before? Would THIS life and the tragedy that befell me and mine with the losing of my son finally make any sense? Because none of it in this life time makes any sense to me, not the faith-based religions, not the medical diagnosis and subsequent explanations which amounted to a “shoulder shrug” or the crassness experienced by those that supposed to love. Would I find out from a previous existence what I had done?

Answers, we spend our life looking for answers to questions of the unknown, looking for logic where there is none. Humankind, desperate to find out we are somehow “special” – more so than the other inhabitants both vegetable and animal of this planet who come into being, live, feed, procreate and die leaving another generation to carry on. What makes us so special to think there is a plan” for us? We certainly haven’t learned much from all the teachings in the books of organized religions. Thinking that maybe I WAS “special” and there was a plan, a reason for this gutting pain that would ,at last make, some sense.

Had I done something in my past life that now revisted me in kind in this? Was I supposed to right a wrong or deal with the cretans in this life I had neglected so to do in a past life? Some sort of Karma ?

Chris Ritchey- CIA

Chris Ritchey- CIA

KARMA:

http://www.buddhanet.net/e-learning/reincarnation.htm

Karma is a Sanskrit word from the root “Kri” to do or to make and simply means “action.” It operates in the universe as the continuous chain reaction of cause and effect. It is not only confined to causation in the physical sense but also it has moral implications. “A good cause, a good effect; a bad cause a bad effect” is a common saying. In this sense karma is a moral law.

Now human beings are constantly giving off physical and spiritual forces in all directions. In physics we learn that no energy is ever lost; only that it changes form. This is the common law of conservation of energy. Similarly, spiritual and mental action is never lost. It is transformed. Thus Karma is the law of the conservation of moral energy.

By actions, thoughts, and words, man is releasing spiritual energy to the universe and he is in turn affected by influences coming in his direction. Man is therefore the sender and receiver of all these influences. The entire circumstances surrounding him is his karma.

With each action-influence he sends out and at the same time, receives, he is changing. This changing personality and the world he lives in, constitute the totality of his karma.

Karma should not be confused with fate. Fate is the notion that man’s life is preplanned for him by some external power, and he has no control over his destiny. Karma on the other hand, can be changed. Because man is a conscious being he can be aware of his karma and thus strive to change the course of events. In the Dhammapada we find the following words, “All that we are is a result of what we have thought, it is founded on our thoughts and made up of our thoughts.”

The first part of the session which lasted over two hours, was a getting to know each other and explanations of what would be happening to me as I went through the process. The do’s and don’ts and also the “why” I wanted this session. I was completely open and relaxed……
The following links explain pretty much what I was told in the beginning of the session

http://www.hv-hypnosis.com/expect.html

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/hypnosis-the-power-trance/200907/what-does-hypnosis-really-feel

I was told- I would be aware of my immediate surroundings, I would hear the “outside noises etc” and so we began
……. To be continued……….

July 8, 2014 at 1:07 pm 1 comment

July 3rd – The Story- The Book- Chris Ritchey

photo -self -Chris Ritchey

photo -self -Chris Ritchey

Every third of the month finds me writing your story and trying , as so many mothers try to do, keeping your life from just becoming another HYPHEN in between- 1980- 2009.

We are all forgotten eventually until some researcher of some far-flung future family descendent will
“look us up” . Most will find government documents for their information source. Will there be a version of the internet in those distant future years I don’t know? Most of us have not done anything “notable” to be remembered”.

I am often told , “Everyone has a story” and they are right. Every living thing or being on this planet has a story – even the tiny butterfly I watched after the storm a few days ago . Winds and a deluge of rain whipped the trees into a frenzied dance , newly formed apples were ripped from the branches and pelted down onto the fragile blossoms of summer flowers, battering them into submission. The storm went as quickly and as destructively as it came.

Source
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I looked out on the mess that was the front garden , the French Hydrangea ( which everyone despises but me ) was holding more than the blossoms – minutes after the storm a Red Admiral Butterfly was supping from the rain drops left on the leaves. I wondered how this tiny delicate creature could be slaking its thirst, seemingly unscathed , moments after such a turmoil of nature. I wondered at the “story” of the butterfly because he/she too had one. Our stories remain untold unless someone “tells ” it .

For many months I have tried to start “the book” to tell your story . I couldn’t find a place to begin – nothing seemed to work as a beginning. Then, thanks to a facebook post from a writer, I followed a link. The writer used a quote- an epiphany of sorts – so I have begun the book- because you are writing/illustrating this book.

artwork Chris Ritchey

artwork Chris Ritchey

NO LIMITS By Loraine Ritchey

“Nothing should be hidden or untouchable, if it is your truth and you stand behind it – no one should be able to silence you “


Foreword

Brave words from my son, Christopher, on a fall day, his 4th year at Cleveland Institute of Art. I had met him for a meal in Tremont, Ohio. He was so very angry, one of his projects had met with resistance and indeed censorship. His anger and frustration spilled out:
Why were his thoughts not being accepted in a very community that accepts so much more than the general population? Why would he be censored in the very open environment of an art college where nothing it seemed was untouchable?

I will tell your story Chris- as hard as it is to write the whole of it ….. I will .. and I love you I so miss the in between , because that is all I have of you ………

July 3, 2014 at 12:12 pm 4 comments

Kinks- Past – hyphenated- Lorain- Loraine Pt 5

hyphenated
Source

Teddy Roosevelt: “No Room in This Country for Hyphenated Americans”
Address to the Knights of Columbus
New York City- October 12th, 1915

Part One http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2014/06/15/kink-s-in-fathers-day-best-of-british-pt-one/

Part Two http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2014/06/18/kinks-culture-shock-best-of-british-pt-2/

Part Three

http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2014/06/25/kinks-on-being-a-hyphenated-american-part-three/

Part Fourhttp://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2014/06/28/kinks-all-in-a-name-a-carta-and-constitution-a-trojan-horse-part-four/

Therefore, not finding a non- hyphenated group upon which to acclimate into the Americanization of Loraine- I chose to use the common denominator of Lorain. I put my focus on Lorain- after all it was going to be HOME- and I would have something in common with others who also chose to make Lorain their home!

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We had purchased our “starter” home( in which we still reside) in an old neighborhood; one unfortunately that was in decline. We saw the house in the dark, my husband fell in love it with it and made the offer before I had even seen the basement!

I drove to the house the next morning , I still liked the house but soon realized this was not “upmarket” and the neighborhood was having issues. But then I thought:

well this is America and I don’t know too much about American neighborhoods and post codes ( zip codes)

and there by started the journey of “finding out about Lorain” a mock English Tudor and me.

I soon realized just like the lack of theatre locally , there was a drought of information that could be found about Lorain- there was not at that time a formal Lorain Historical Society , no computers, the library evidenced the most information and yet I knew just by walking around this old neighborhood, the architecture, the layout of the streets, the hodgepodge of different styles there were stories and history.

Palace before restoration 1978 - New Lorain

Palace before restoration 1978 – New Lorain

It was the theatre and saving one that found me getting my “Lorain” feet wet- the preservation of the Lorain Palace Theatre- with the ladies that lunched-

http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2009/07/21/ladies-of-lorain/

Barb McGregor , Mary Lou Connone, Ruth Calta Lori Hoke, Barbara McGregor, Corky Bruck, Charlotte Zakowski, Jane Baran, Jane Norton, Lou Kepler, Alice Weston, Phyllis Pfaff, Sally Bobel , Lilly Yuzon, Sally DeLuca , Mirium Schneider , Darlene Brown , Mrs. Robert Bostwick, Mrs. Dave Herzer , Carol Kramer, Frances Cellozzi, Marie Bonaminiooand so many others including Sandy Prudoff ( our first meeting) .

PALACE PLAYERS-
Top row left to right Casey Wolnowski- Loraine Ritchey- John Handyside- Sally Deluca – Dan Deliman – Jean Schaeffer- and I have forgotten- anyone know?

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Jean Schaeffer took me under her wing – I met her at the Chef Henri Dinner Theatre and she decided I needed to be involved in Lorain and you just couldn’t say no to Jean . I have been involved in Lorain ever since.

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I have made a nuisance of myself to all of the administrations. I started by storming into Mayor Zahorec”s administration ( 9 months pregnant) when Elio Jacabozzi declared no city worker or their families could attend City Council meetings . Incensed when I read the notification given to my husband I ranted on to Mayor Zahorec ( in my best British at the time) about freedom of speech , American Democracy etc. the policy was changed.
ore piles
You see, my husband now worked for the City of Lorain ( Communications) and I was at a meeting speaking against the ore piles- that didn’t go down to well- fresh perspective of ( you don’t put great heaps of ore to mar a beautiful harbor and river) but they didn’t listen and acquired those ore piles; it took decades to get rid of them. I continued to try my best for Lorain no matter the Mayor, no matter the cause- just to bring to do what I could for my “home”.
Key_to_the_City_of_London,_Charles_Lindbergh
Under Mayor Krasienko I was given the “Key to the City in 2010

http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2010/04/20/the-key-to-the-city-a-thank-you/

twelth night
Lorain is still hyphenated , now sometimes into the halves and quarters. I have been battered and bruised ,called names as I continued the journey trying my best to preserve, promote and support Lorain. Lorain’s earliest green space and the saving thereof caused such angst.

http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2013/08/02/veterans-memorial-park-fini/

St Mary's
I even advocated for the Roman Catholic Church of St. Mary’s 7th street,

http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2009/03/19/charleston-village-letter-mj/

A church and priest Father Dan Divis who are not thought of with any fondness after their enabling of pain to this family.

I have tried to be an American non hyphenated by being a Lorainite, to assimilate, to do what the people who settled this community did to put Lorain ahead of hyphenation.

The older I get (life circumstances and hyphenated people) have found me changed since 2009 . I find myself drifting back into wanting my culture around me – those that think, understand and relate without explanation how I “work”, to be around MY cultural and religious heritage . Only here I am totally outnumbered , those are few and far between.
chrisart collage
When my son was dying, that dreadful, dreadful day – I was surrounded by the grating voices and the “our way ” bullying of the Italian – Polish- German- Hispanic Roman Catholic- American controllers Vyka, Lombardi, Gonzales, Gott, Zaworksi-

http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2012/06/07/a-memory-of-vipers-chris-ritchey/

Your name was RITCHEY , NOT – Lombardi , Vyka , Gonzales, Gott or Zaworski . You were taken to their faith and their closure, denying your family even the “time of your interment in their selfishness.”

As someone said

“it is like Chris’ family didn’t exist”

I desperately reached for my cell phone in those minutes after being told my son was probably brain-dead, whilst Lombardis sat there dry-eyed, stone faced , without a tear – worrying I wouldn’t pull the plug- messing further with their already laid our plans. I left the room to call a cousin as I was surrounded by “self” – ishness, inhumanity and without depth of human feeling as a mother and father lost their son, a sister lost her brother. I thought I would totally melt down if I didn’t hear an English voice- he was a life line in that instant.

chrismeresglow1 With what happened to this family – the might of one hyphenated group trampling all over the culture and religion of another has not sat at all well with me , as longtime readers of this blog can attest. It does not fade but then another English trait long memories for injustice and tenacity.

Our wishes and our beliefs, culture overridden by the “hyphen-aters”. I watched as the “spoils” from a fundraiser were distributed with cloak and dagger secrecy by the mother Sue, of the clan Lombardi, and her banker husband Tim and sisters Zaworski and Gonzales. Nothing done that was technically illegal but in my opinion I found what happened to that money morally reprehensible.It was so against any upbringing I had experienced. Again, this left a bad taste in my mouth morality missing, but not apparently to those of the various “family culture”.
The bad taste in my mouth lingers.


I am still at sea – my caring of Lorain has diminished too – if I could run away I would – but wherever I went in the world I would take my untenable pain of loss with me.

There is no place that would ease and I have so much here to love ( those of my own) and they are now my place of respite and love. THEY ARE MY HOME OF MY HEART-THEY ARE THE ONES WHO “KNOW’ AND UNDERSTAND WITHOUT NEED OF EXPLANATION- THEY ARE MY CREED AND CULTURE NOW- AND IT IS FOR THEM I EXIST.The small group of “true” friends that “know” our pain without being told.

I now let others advocate for Lorain . I SOMETIMES WRITE BUT WITHOUT THE PASSION OF CARING IF THE OUTCOME IS FAVOURABLE TO MY THOUGHTS – IT IS WHAT IT IS-
I will keep my commitment to those projects started and to protect them as I wrap myself up in this little old neighborhood Charleston Village - that is who I am my culture of following through against all odds.

BUT – I WON’T take on anything else – I no longer get to get emotionally involved in Lorain – it is time to find a peace where I can . a hyphenated culture AND PEOPLE totally at odds with my own has won out leaving a bad taste for those cultures and religion who have cased such pain – I TOO, AM NOW HYPHENATED

Me and the Kinks lost to history !

Kinks – The Village Green Preservation Society

We are the Village Green Preservation Society.
God save Donald Duck, vaudeville and variety.
We are the Desperate Dan Appreciation Society.

Deshttp://lewstringer.blogspot.com/2012/05/desperate-dans-long-road-to-cover.htmlperate  Dan

Deshttp://lewstringer.blogspot.com/2012/05/desperate-dans-long-road-to-cover.htmlperate Dan

God save strawberry jam and all the different varieties.

Preserving the old ways from being abused.
Protecting the new ways, for me and for you.
What more can we do?

We are the Draught Beer Preservation Society.
God save Mrs. Mopp

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/It’s_That_Man_Again

and good old Mother Riley.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old_Mother_Riley

We are the Custard Pie Appreciation Consortium.
God save the George Cross, and all those who were awarded them.

Oooh…
We are the Sherlock Holmes English-speaking Vernacular.
God save Fu Manchu, Moriarty and Dracula.
We are the Office Block Persecution Affinity.
God save little shops, china cups, and virginity.
We are the Skyscraper Condemnation Affiliates.
God save Tudor houses, antique tables, and billiards.

Preserving the old ways from being abused.
Protecting the new ways, for me and for you.
What more can we do?

We are the Village Green Preservation Society.
God save Donald Duck, vaudeville and variety.
We are the Desperate Dan Appreciation Society.
God save strawberry jam and all the different varieties.

God save the village green!

June 30, 2014 at 8:03 pm 5 comments

Kinks- All In a Name- A Carta and Constitution- A Trojan Horse part four

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Part onehttp://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2014/06/15/kink-s-in-fathers-day-best-of-british-pt-one/

Part Two http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2014/06/18/kinks-culture-shock-best-of-british-pt-2/

Part Three

http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2014/06/25/kinks-on-being-a-hyphenated-american-part-three/

It was very lonely here in Lorain, although I did meet friends through the Canadian Legion, one especially has been my friend for 40 years and has put up with me and supported me even in those early days. I have met some wonderful “hyphenated- American Lorainites and some who are the very dregs of their respective hyphenated culture .

So here I was at a loss – when I realized I did share something in common with Lorain- THE NAME -MY NAME (which was also spelled incorrectly Loraine as opposed to Lorraine, both named after the area in France.)

My focus then became Lorain and for decades I tried to promote Lorain ( my new home – the home and birthplace of my children) whilst trying to keep what was the best of being English and or British.

King John of England (right) and an English baron agreeing to Magna Carta King John of England (right) and an English baron agreeing to Magna Carta. A detail from the bronze doors of the U.S. Supreme Court building, Washington, D.C. Credit: Image courtesy of the U.S. Supreme Court.

King John of England (right) and an English baron agreeing to Magna Carta
King John of England (right) and an English baron agreeing to Magna Carta. A detail from the bronze doors of the U.S. Supreme Court building, Washington, D.C.
Credit: Image courtesy of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Mr Cameron recently pronounced the values of the British when dealing with the Trojan Horse Scandal and the 800 anniversary of the Magna Carta ( upon which the US Constitution is based) http://edsitement.neh.gov/lesson-plan/magna-carta-cornerstone-us-constitution

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-27853591

Mr Cameron, British Prime Minister said “British values” included: “A belief in freedom, tolerance of others, accepting personal and social responsibility, respecting and upholding the rule of law.”

Birmingham Mail
Photo Sourcehttp://www.birminghammail.co.uk/

Unfortunately, England is now having to deal with a diversified culture and “hyphenation ” as to different values and the taking over of England by “immigrants” who have stamped their culture full square on their “new home country” – Very few have followed the creed “the when in Rome” and to assimilate into a very British way of life and using the “free to be me and let it be” values of England.

The Trojan Horse Scandal

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Trojan_Horse

Operation Trojan Horse was an organized attempt by Islamists to co-opt schools in England and run them according to their beliefs and ideals.[1][2][3] The name, based on the Ancient Greek legend, came from a leaked letter of questionable authenticity discovered in March 2014, alleged to be from Islamists in Birmingham, detailing how to wrest control of a school and speculating about expanding the scheme to other cities. Around a month later, Birmingham City Council said that it had received “hundreds” of allegations of school takeover plots, similar to those illustrated in the letter, some dating back over 20 years. Tahir Alam, the chairman of the Park View Educational Trust which runs six schools in Birmingham, was found to have written a 72-page document for the Muslim Council of Britain in 2007 detailing a blueprint for the “Islamisation” of secular state schools.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/educationnews/10900955/Trojan-Horse-plot-driven-by-same-warped-Islamic-extremism-as-Boko-Harams-says-Tony-Blair.html

The alleged Islamic extremism seen in the ‘Trojan Horse’ scandal in schools in Birmingham is the same as that practised by Boko Haram, the Nigerian terrorist network,

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-13809501

Tony Blair has said.
The Trojan Horse ‘plot’ to bring hardline practices into Birmingham classrooms is part of a global extremist movement stretching from Britain to Africa to the Far East, the former Prime Minister claimed.
Six Birmingham schools are in special measures after the education watchdog found they had fallen into the hands of bullying governors who had sought to narrow the curriculum and exclude non-Muslim pupils.

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-27766291

Look in the classrooms of the new “free” state-funded primary schools, for example, and you will find a higher proportion of pupils come from an Asian background (35%) than a white British heritage (32%)……………

Reading the EFA review, it appears almost that the Muslim ethos of a school is evidence of “extremism”. The loudspeakers which broadcast the call to prayer, the fact that 80% of girls were wearing white headscarves, the school fundraiser for Syria – even though these were not necessarily a cause for concern in themselves, they were listed under a heading that suggested the Park View Trust schools were not doing enough to promote community cohesion.

It is vital that we make this distinction between religion on the one hand, and political ideology on the other. Time and again, people equate the two,”

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2658033/Be-British-Cameron-tells-UK-Muslims-PM-issues-powerful-new-pledge-combat-extremism.html

Worrying to the British government is the number of ” British Muslims” who are now becoming “home grown terrorists”

A lethal new class of British jihadi: Second fanatic in ISIS recruitment video went to same Cardiff college as the first and once dreamed of becoming prime minister. Now he says: ‘Muslims who don’t join us will die a painful death’

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2664668/A-lethal-new-class-British-jihadi-Second-fanatic-ISIS-recruitment-video-went-Cardiff-school-dreamed-prime-minister-Now-says-Muslims-dont-join-die-painful-death.html#ixzz35fm4ZgZy

TO BE CONTINUED…..

June 28, 2014 at 1:11 pm 2 comments

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