Thursday, September 30, 2010

Immigrant Inc.

I finally got around to reading Immigrant, Inc.: Why Immigrant Entrepreneurs Are Driving the New Economy (and how they will save the American worker)

Why the delay? Several reasons which you can read about in the review.

Authors Richard Herman and Robert Smith did a terrfific job on a tough topic.

You will enjoy, and be inspired by, the stories of successful immigrants such as Desh Deshpande, Monte Ahuja and Jason Lin.

You will be made uneasy by the negative prospects for our country if we are not more welcoming to talented immigrants.

Hopefully you will be inspired to become involved with current efforts in Philadelphia, Cleveland and other cities to change the status quo.

Don't be confused by the videos of Mexicans climbing over a fence. That is not the issue tackled in this book.

As you will see in the Great Lakes Geek review, this is an important business book.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Cyber-Wall of Non-Violence

Cleveland the City of Peace and Nonviolence (CCPNV) is a coalition of individuals, families, organizations and religious institutions in the Greater Cleveland area that seeks to explore, practice and promote Mahatma Gandhi's and Martin Luther King Jr.'s philosophy of using nonviolence for righting wrongs and establishing a culture of humanity, justice, peace and nonviolence for the prosperity of the area.

Cleveland is unique in having an impressive statue of Mahatma Gandhi on a street named for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. By signing the Non-Violence Pledge and committing to these ideals, you can help Cleveland become more peaceful and prosperous.

Join us for a Gandhi birthday event at the Indian Cultural Garden Saturday Oct 2 at 5PM. If you can't make it, consider virtually signing the Non-Violence pledge.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Gold Medalist Dominique Moceanu and Wigs for Kids

It just doesn't seem fair when kids get sick. And when they get cancer and end up losing their hair, that's even more tragic.

That's why a program like Wigs for Kids is such a good idea.

As their website says, "When children lose their hair, whether as a result of medical treatments, health conditions, or burn accidents, they don't just suffer physically. The change in their appearance can drastically undermine their self-image and sabotage their self-esteem. To combat this additional trauma, Certified Cosmetic Therapist Jeffrey Paul founded Wigs for Kids, a nonprofit organization that has been serving children suffering from hair loss since 1980."

Olympic Gold medalist Dominique Moceanu teamed up with her friend Mona Lisa at the opening of Mona Lisa's Salon and Spa on Friday night for a benefit for Wigs for Kids. Dominique donated her own hair last year and is a strong supporter of the cause.

Hear why in the video and see photos from the Wigs for Kids benefit at Mona Lisa Salon.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Cleveland Guiness World Record Holder

Cleveland Senior Tom Eakin (above with Hank Aaron) has led a fascinating life. Tom is in the Guinness Book of World Records with the record for the longest biography in Who's Who in America.

A "Thomas C. Eakin" Day has been instituted in over 300 cities throughout both the United States and Canada. He is the only Ohioan on record as having a day named for him in every one Ohio's eighty-eight counties.

Read about the amazing life of Tom Eakin and see lots of pictures with Tom and athletes and politicians.

Airplane in the Chest

That has to hurt!

No, the plane didn't really land in the chest of a bystander. He is just holding his radio controlled plane at that angle.

The radio airplane clubs were out in full force at the Cleveland National Air Show.

See some pics and vide from the Labor Day Cleveland National Air Show

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Mona Lisa head on Oktoberfest Body

Lots of fun stuff at Oktoberfest last week - German music, food and beer, of course. But also sand sculpture, shopping, Euclid Beach memorabilia and the wiener dog races.

Something new this year was the Chalk Art. Two Cleveland Women came up with this great mix of classic art and Oktoberfest fun. More photos.

Cleveland Blues

Back in my rugby days, there were a few Cleveland club rugby teams like the Cleveland Blues and Cleveland Grays.

Until this week, I didn't know there was a vintage baseball team called the Cleveland Blues.

In Vintage Baseball, they play the game with uniforms, equipment and rules of 1860's era baseball. That means no gloves or mitts, no calling of balls and strikes and if you catch the ball on one bounce it is an out. Lots of other interesting rules too.

The language is fun too. "Well struck, sir" may come from both benches after a player hits a long ball.

The game Saturday was at historic League Park at 66th and Lexington in Cleveland.

Check out more of the Cleveland Blues and Vintage Baseball.