Archive for May, 2010

They Died for – US- Lorain Dude

I went back to the church on the corner , it was where I was given my name. Only this time it was different. I didn’t have to get all dressed up , although after hearing what my Poo Bah and Nag Nog were saying, maybe I should have.

This weekend is very special apparently , everyone says thank you and remembers all the men and women who died serving this country .

We put out a call that ” we, the future need you ” and you the brave , who will now never grow old so that we may , answered that call

The church on the corner ( Christian Temple Disciples of Christ) also remembers that we are still at war and every day another mother and father loses their son or daughter, a wife her husband, a husband his wife, kids like me lose their daddies and mommies just so I can live free and proud of my home.

This year there were 5,477 ( and counting) flags put in the “garden of remembering” and there are thousands of family and friends who miss them, cry for them and millions who thank them for their sacrifice.

THANK YOU !!!! to all the people from all the wars who let me live and grow in freedom and keep my mummy safe.

ED: NOTE.. The Christian Temple Disciples of Christ will need help in gathering in the display flags on Tuesday and just a reminder the flags cost money so please if you can spare a few dollars I know the people at Christian Temple would be very appreciative.
940 West Fifth Street
Lorain, OH, 44052

Also check out the Morning Journal Video linked below

May 30, 2010 at 12:06 am 3 comments

Christopher D. Ritchey – Scholarship – CIA- Awarded

Self portrait- by Christopher David RITCHEY

I am sending out personal thank you’s this weekend – a different sort of a “memorial weekend” for me at least.

The recipient of the $1,500.00 Christopher Ritchey Memorial Scholarship awarded for the year 2010-2011 went to 4th year Communication and Design Student
Jessica Obando (11). Cleveland Institute of Art.

The award given in memory of Chris was based upon the student’s ability to exhibit diversity , tenacity and out of the box thinking and did not necessarily have to be a student performing at the top of the class.

Chris’ family and friends will try to continue to give this scholarship every year and will use December 3rd as the day we will send the check to CIA.

If you would like to contribute in the future please contact me so I can give you all the details.

We are also considering a scholarship to Lorain County Community College.

As I have stated before Chris’ family , knowing his generous and loving nature, we realize Chris would want his name to be continued to be associated with the living and giving back to those places that gave so much to him.

He was more than a few lines in a Saturday Obituary or to be carved on a piece of granite. And as long as we can we will see to it that his name “lives”.

Thank you to all those that have supported our decision and helped make it possible.

May 28, 2010 at 12:05 am 5 comments

Lorain Dude – returns to Lakeview

Lakeview Fountain – Photo Paula Tobias

Remember last month – – when I wasn’t appropriately dressed for the sand and surf! I finally got my way. Nana, Nag Nog and another of those English friends of Nanas and my mummy went to lunch at the Rose Cafe.

Rose Cafe Reflection- Photo Paula Tobias.

This time I was able to eat some “real people” food rather than those yukky green beans. ( Having teeth sure helps!) Everyone finished their plates like good girls.

Lakeview deck – Photo Paula Tobias

Finally the ladies who lunched stopped talking long enough to see that I wanted to check out this beach thing!

Let me tell you they had the biggest toy play set, much bigger than anything at my house Photo Lorain County Metro Parks

and there were girls too!

I didn’t want to appear too keen so I checked them out without appearing interested

Since the ladies of the beach were a little old for me and they were taking no notice anyway I decided it was more fun to test out the equipment- the sand was nice and clean and the play stuff was very sturdy

Finally a quick look see what all this water is about- cold but lovely and clear- wash off that sand stuff for a bit- and back to that big play set!

I know that doggies don’t wear diapers- so not a good idea to have Misty running the beach but I will make it up to her. And they do have some “doggy events” at the Lorain County Metro Parks-

The Lakeview park people have a website too and you can find out what is happening at Lakeview Park too without getting sand in your pants!

May 27, 2010 at 11:38 am 5 comments

Lorain County Needs YOU TO VOTE

Take a look- and if you would like to see Lorain County to receive funding of $100,000 for the this project then you need to take a minute to vote! Lorain County is vying for the project funding among other counties!

The Polls close May 31st

The project submitted by the Lorain County Community Alliance
with the assistance of PSI at Lorain County Community College
to for funding is titled;

Implement Countywide Collaborative Storm Water Management
Agency Supported by County Commissioners, County
Engineer, Local Jurisdictions and Citizens
(Announcement of the projects selected to receive funding will take place in early June 2010.)
“Partnerships for the Future”
Virginia Haynes Administrative Coordinator Lorain County Community Alliance
226 Middle Ave. Room 515 Elyria, Ohio 44090 440-328-2362
Cast Your Vote for Lorain County NOW!!!

It only takes a minute to make a difference!!
Let’s finish the project!!!! VOTE NOW!!
Voting by the general public is open
NOW through May 31, 2010 by visiting this website;

Mayor Krasienko stated:

This is an opportunity for Lorain County government as a whole, to collaborate on the use of taxpayers’ money more efficiently. We can address the issue of storm water as a region and a foundation is offering up to $100K to help us accomplish this goal. But we must show, by our votes, that this is a good idea and we want it to happen. The opportunity is there, let’s be the ones to get it done!

So if you agree VOTE!!!

Standings Squeeze Tight in Final Week of Voting

The voting margins can’t get much slimmer than they are right now, meaning we could see multiple position changes at our next standings update. Are you shouting from the rooftops about your favorite projects? Better get out your megaphone. Only the top three vote-getters will share $330,000 in grant money from the Fund for Our Economic Future.

With only seven days left and thousands of ballots cast by Northeast Ohioans, the standings of the ten finalists as of this morning, starting with the leader, are:

Grounds for Change: Creating the First Collaborative Land Bank for the Mahoning County Region

Trumbull County Coordinated Geographical Information System (GIS) Sharing and Data Collection

Let the Sun Shine: The Cleveland – First Suburbs Solar Special Improvement District Pilot Program

Countywide 9-1-1 Dispatch Center (Stark County)

Implement Countywide Collaborative Storm Water Management Agency (Lorain County)

Better than Margarita Salt! Four cities join together to create system to increase safety, decrease cost and improve the environment

GIS Cooperative for Small Communities and Utilities (Partners within Ashtabula, Columbiana, Summit, Carroll and Lorain counties)

Affordable Solutions for Pharmaceutical Access in Summit County to Promote Self-Sufficiency and Employability

A Better Approach for Our Fire Departments to Help the Public (Lake County)

Ashtabula County Planning Collaborative

May 26, 2010 at 11:31 am 4 comments

Guest Post- United States Coast Guard

by Paula Tobias

I wonder how many citizens in Lorain and nearby know that we have a military base in

(Photo Paula Tobias)

The United States Coast Guard (USCG) is one of the seven uniformed services of the United States, and the smallest armed service of the United States.

Its mission:

Protect the public, the environment, and the United States economic and security interests in any maritime region, including international waters and America’s coasts, ports, and inland waterways.
USCG has an important role in homeland security, law enforcement, search and rescue, marine environmental pollution response, and the maintenance of river, intercostals and offshore aids to navigation (ATON).

The United States Coast Guard has about 40,150 men and women on active duty.

Friday May 28th 2010 the United States Coast Guard Lorain Station is having an Open House to promote National Safe Boating Week.

They will be giving Station tours, safety gear demonstrations, boat rides to the lighthouse and back ( weather permitting), Lorain Co Sheriff’s Office and Lorain Marine Patrol boats will also be here from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM.

Take the time to stop in and meet the fine men and women of the USCG, Marine Patrol and Sheriff’s Office and thank them for their commitment to your safety.

Friday May 28th
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
U.S. Coast Guard Station Lorain
110 Alabama Avenue
Lorain, OH 44052
(440) 288 -1207

May 25, 2010 at 10:41 am 4 comments

The “State” House Comes Down

Remember the “state house”? This house that sat deteriorating and drawing all sorts of criticism ( along with varmints and vermin) from more than one blog

Photo Lorain County Auditor- 2002

Photo Paula Tobias- February 2009

You can find my take here


Since the old Ohio Edison Plant is also coming down maybe

Here Comes the Neighborhood BACK!!!!”

will be the rallying cry. This neighborhood that was deemed important enough to save in at least two major studies!

You can access the full file photos by clicking on this PDF file- File and photos courtesy of City of Lorain- Community Development Dept. Click on Lake Place ( Green)

Lake Place

May 23, 2010 at 11:17 pm 4 comments

Just a reminder- Flags and Auditions

Since Memorial Day 2003, the congregation of Christian Temple Disciples of Christ has, on its side lawn, placed one American Flag for each service member killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.
This display is non political and non denominational. It is a call to prayer and a call to remembrance during the Memorial Day obser-vance

This year we plan to place over five thousand flags and need help in doing this.
If you or your organization would be interested in helping us with this project of remembrance by taking a few hours to place the flags we would greatly appreciate that.

Please contact the Rev. Dr. Brad Donahue, senior pastor of Lorain Christian Temple Disciples of Christ at 440-244-5883 to schedule a time for your group or yourself to participate.

We will begin placing flags at 9:00 a.m. on May 26, 2010 until May 28th.
Take down of the display will be on Tuesday June 1st .
Thank you for your support.

Lorain Community Music Theater
will hold AUDITIONS for
‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’
as follows:

Sat., June 5, 2010: 1 – 4 pm
Sun., June 6, 2010: 2 – 4 pm
Sat., June 12, 2010: 1 – 4 pm

Location: First Congregational Church
423 Washington Ave., Lorain, OH 44052

Casting approximately 24 teens/adults for the show and 24 children (ages 7-12) for the youth chorus.
Prepare a vocal selection and bring sheet music in the proper key. An accompanist will be provided. A dance audition will be held, so teens and adults should be dressed for movement. All roles available.

Performances will be held at
LCCC’s Stocker Arts Center
Aug. 5 (7:30 pm); Aug. 6 (7:30 pm); Aug. 7 (2:00 pm & 7:30 pm); Aug. 8 (2:00 pm)

Audition questions may be sent to

Additional information is available at

May 22, 2010 at 7:47 pm 2 comments

COW-elle – Are you ready?

Robert Seymour -1878

Is polite society ready for COW-elle to come to the picnic? 🙂

Simon Cowell, the icon of American Idol made the American TV audiences sit up wide-eyed and incredulous with his ” style of critique”
From Times Online May 3, 2007

Simon Cowell’s most vicious American Idol insults

Is he a spiteful, malicious little man with ludicrously white teeth? Or is he a great wit who saves America’s top-rated show from becoming an all-out love-in?
I presume there was no mirror in your dressing room tonight.”

“Shave off your beard and wear a dress. I think you’d be a great female impersonator”

“Did you really believe you could become the American Idol? Well, then, you’re deaf.”

“You have just invented a new form of torture”

“If you had lived 2,000 years ago and sung like that, I think they would have stoned you.”

“You have the personality of a handle.”

“I’m tempted to ask if you sang that the night before your wife left you.”

Love him or hate him, he took his niche and ran with it all the way to the bank and the ratings.

This blog , has no ratings, no money, no prestige upon which to support a lifestyle. It is just me and a few guests. I write under my own name , they are my opinions as I see things at the time of writing. Sometimes my opinions have changed and some are definitely couched in terms where you have to be able to read between the lines or be party to the “back story” .

I have taken issue with people who insult, destroy people’s reputations because they can under “nom de plumes” , given them the white feather of cowardice upon occasion.

My family and some friends – the few I have left 🙂 know a caustic and irreverent side of me shared with them from time to time. You may have seen some of that on the “Old WoM”.

I jokingly said to one who comments on this blog when discussing the “sock puppets and nom de plume posters” that maybe I should consider a reverse format:

“Yeah it could be a reverse twist on the sock puppet and nom de plume posters instead of reading the “blog post” and trying to guess the author you will know who the author is ( Me) and try to guess the “subject “

But are you ready for me to be a “Cow” of the “she” variety – do people really want to hear the unvarnished truth as I see it?

We play the guessing game as to who the nom de plumes really are – sometimes that misfires, as it did with me when thinking a detractor coming on WoM was one person and making an accusation as to the identity on that blog only to find out that infact it was someone completely different.

I try now not to get caught up in the “who is the mouth behind the name”. BUT I have to admit I have fallen back into that game a couple of times and I have to remind myself not to.

Thinking about “Cow-elle” would the fact I wouldn’t be naming the person who would be the target of MY truth cause distress to others who may erroneously be misidentified by readers. And, if I made it too plain as to who the MY truth target actually is – wouldn’t that be defeating the purpose of the exercise?

We will see but I will say this if COW-elle does surface some people are in for a hell of a bumpy ride 🙂

May 21, 2010 at 11:30 am 4 comments

AFTER 178 YEARS! – Ya think they would have found a cure! Hodgkin’s Lymphoma

The Faces of Cancer:

I am so angry , in fact the word anger doesn’t even begin to cover how I feel -absolute rage might be closer!

I lost my wonderful son to the “curable cancer”. Just google Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and you will get for the most part the following :’s_lymphoma

It was named after Thomas Hodgkin, who first described abnormalities in the lymph system in 1832

The disease occurrence shows two peaks: the first in young adulthood (age 15–35) and the second in those over 55 years old.[3]

The survival rate is generally 90% or higher when the disease is detected during early stages, making it one of the more curable forms of cancer.[4] Hodgkin’s lymphoma is one of the handful of cancers that, even in its later stages, has a very high cure rate, in the 90s.[5] Most patients who are able to be successfully treated and thus enter remission generally go on to live long lives…..

Hodgkin’s lymphoma is one of two common types of cancers of the lymphatic system. The other type, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, is far more common.

Advances in diagnosis and treatment of Hodgkin’s lymphoma have helped to make this once uniformly fatal disease highly treatable, with the potential for full recovery. The prognosis continues to improve for people with Hodgkin’s lymphoma

No ! that isn’t accurate this damned disease affects the young and young adult…in the prime of their life.

My son is not down as one of the statistics of dying from Hodgkin’s – he is probably seen as a success stat for SGN 35. He is listed as dying from H1N1 not Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

Chris had the best doctors , the most advanced treatment, the best hospitals in the country ( in fact two of the top hospitals in the WORLD!!!)and still 18 months after being diagnosed with Stage 2 and being found Cancer Free- three times- DIED within 18 months of diagnosis.

He died because of this obscenity and others are dead and dying from it as well.
In 2009 the National Cancer Institute
gave out the stats as follows

Estimated new cases and deaths from Hodgkin lymphoma in the United States in 2009:

New cases: 8,510

Deaths: 1,290

MAKE THAT 1,291 and how many other “lost statistics” down as pneumonia, blood clots, etc etc when the cause is the obscenity Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. This obviously is a world- wide problem



My math is not that good but it looks like 1 in 8 die that is not 95% or 90 percent cure rate. I think these stats are wrong. I think there are many more mothers who weep and have wept for 178 years.

Check out some of the ones who fought and then tell me this is the curable cancer 95% of the time

Medical Science has had 178 years (nearly two centuries) to take this disease seriously – Time to make some of this promised progress –

Read Alese Coco’s struggle and get involved so other mothers don’t have to watch their child die by inches…….

We need to draw attention to this “curable cancer” and the myths that surround it and after nearly 200 years finally eradicate it !

May 20, 2010 at 11:01 am 1 comment

Who am I today?

Which part of the broken fragmented Loraine will sit at this keyboard? I don’t honestly know from one morning to the next.

As I have said I am no longer “in charge” of me . I am controlled by outside forces that pique an emotion that presses the button to bring out the corresponding fragmented part of me. This is evident by just “some” titles of the draft posts that are waiting to be published, for example:

Unfinished Portrait – The Artistic Gene ? Part Two –

“Settle his wife down”- Hope in Hell my friend!!!

IGNOR(e)(st)ANCE and the Roman Catholic Church- Part One

Part Two

Loraine Ritchey died today – Obituary to be published

What is culture/ religion/heritage

What Was She and They Thinking- I would just go away?

The State House comes down

True Meaning- My son- Chris RITCHEY-

” The Viscious Vigilantes”

“The Answer is Written on the Blog”

Africa, France and Canada Tree Top Travel

When a Death is a Divorce

They are all written just waiting to see what fragmented part of me is in charge to hit publish.

Today, obviously, is one of indecision and “waffling” I had written the “Vicious Vigilantes” piece for publication.

It is pretty strong- I have not minced words about my thoughts- I have very little tolerance left in my fragmented world.

I stand behind everything I write, and have on occasion dealt with the idiot fringe with no problems but that was the “old Loraine”– this “pieces parts Loraine “has to weigh the pros and cons of bringing more “sock puppets, persons of nom de plumes, the unwanted and the fringe fruitcakes ” into my world and to deal with their “detrimental diatribe debating style”.

I have very little of the “strength “ fragment left and I have to hold it in reserve.

In my parallel world my tilting at windmills has become part of history. I don’t know when or if ever that will return so I waffle and hope that someone takes up the gauntlet and “tilts at windmills”.. There is always a price to pay and today I am “broke (n)”.

May 19, 2010 at 10:53 am 12 comments

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