Looking for humor and creativity on the Twitterverse, and visiting parks while social distancing is what my life mainly consists of currently. There is also a lot of sadness about plans being canceled, but my family has been fortunate to have had no illness or death. I try to support those that I see online that are making a difference in our community.
While no day of COVID-19 social distancing is the same, the typical day often contains the following elements:
MORNINGS: Sometime get up early in the morning -- sometimes get up late -- the only thing consistent is that there is absolutely no consistency with my sleep schedule.
FORENOON: No matter what time I get up, the first half of the day goes by very quickly with interesting items (online distractions) on Twitter. I see many people on the Twitterverse wondering what day it is. I have learned the term "blurday."
Funny.— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) April 18, 2020
I saw people using the term "blurday" since people are losing track of what day it is during the #coronavirus crisis, but I am surprised that it has been listed on @UrbanDictionary since 2008.
AFTERNOONS: Most days, I eat lunch at 2:00 pm EST while getting the latest coronavirus #InThisTogetherOhio updates from Ohio Governor Mike DeWine (@GovMikeDeWine) and Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton (@DrAmyActon - @OHdeptofhealth).
LATE AFTERNOONS: I often take a walk in the park to help deal with coronavirus-related stress after Ohio Governor Mike DeWine's update. In this blog post, I share photos and information about the parks I have been visiting with my wife and co-blogger, Julie. Remember to do your part and stay six feet apart, so that the parks will be able to stay open!
EVENINGS: Evenings are spent watching online movies on @hooplaDigital or @Kanopy
You can check out free movies from the Cleveland Library's Hoopla and Kanopy (@Cleveland_PL), and the Cuyahoga Library Digital Collection (@CuyahogaLib).
What follows are my @sos_jr tweets and retweets sharing my experience visiting local parks, and my online life during these coronavirus crisis times. Please take the time to retweet what you find interesting, amusing, or interesting. Thank you for sharing!!
Tuesday, March 31, 2020 - North Chagrin Reservation - Cleveland Metroparks - Be Safe in the Park!!
I visited @CleveMetroparks today. I was impressed with new informative signage.— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) March 31, 2020
Also more areas are physically closed since the last time I was at this park to keep people safe from #coronavirus!
Situation keeps changing, so check for #COVID19 updates https://t.co/YrJ45jXwmb https://t.co/WZ7Vu67ZRS pic.twitter.com/kixjJXIMg9
Wednesday, April 1, 2020 - Euclid Creek Reservation - Cleveland Metroparks
Follow Euclid Creek Valley along 2.5 miles of interesting geology along this verdant corridor, from Quarry Picnic Area to Highland Picnic Area. Historic points of interest include former Bluestone quarries, CCC camp, and Euclid Beach Park. As the creek flows northward to Lake Erie, so does the reservation.
“#EuclidCreek is a popular urban oasis for #picnicking, fitness, and other recreational opportunities in a natural setting” https://t.co/83HUb266gP— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) April 1, 2020
Another great spring day for a walk in the park as we all deal with #coronavirus related stress.
Friday, April 3, 2020 - Port of Cleveland's Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve and Edgewater Park - Cleveland Metroparks
A unique urban wildlife haven on Lake Erie
The original shoreline at the site was part of the land William Gordon willed to the City of Cleveland in 1896 for use as a public park (now Gordon Park). In 1962, two old freighters were sunk offshore to create a breakwall to protect the park's beach. During this time it was not uncommon for solid waste to be dumped along the lakeshore. The waste eventually formed an approximately 10-acre area between the sunken freighters and the shoreline. The Preserve's land mass began taking shape in the late 1970's as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) disposed of sediment dredged from the Cuyahoga River in a walled-off area that juts out from the Lake Erie shoreline. The USACE placed sediment in a confined disposal facility (CDF) called Dike 14 from 1979-1999 as part of its program to dredge the Cuyahoga River. THe USACE designed the contours of Dike 14 to encompass the entire area. Over the years, layers of sediment - essentially sand, soil and clay - were placed within the walls of Dike 14, After the USACE stopped using Dike 14 as a CDF nature took hold, and with very little human intervention, the peninsula became filled with plants, trees and shrubs that attracted diverse species of birds and other wildlife. - now known as the Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve (CLNP).
The CLNP is 88-acres and has three trails consisting of 2.5 miles total. The area contains a diverse mix of habitats including grasslands, a forest area, meadows, mudflats, shrublands and wetlands. Over time, researchers and other visitors have identified:
- 280 species of birds
- 42 species of butterflies
- 16 species of mammals
- 2 species of reptiles
- 26 Ohio plant species (including wildflowers & grasses)
- 9 species of trees and shrubs
The Port of Cleveland Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve is located behind the Cleveland Metroparks Lakefront Office.
Enjoying sunny spring day walking in a park on #LakeErie as we deal with #coronavirus related stress.— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) April 3, 2020
Practicing #SocialDistancing at @PortOfCleveland’s #Cleveland #Lakefront #Nature Preservehttps://t.co/rGm7IPJIcY
& @CleveMetroparks Lakefront officehttps://t.co/liogXZjUNL pic.twitter.com/RsmYLMiKx2
A great view of @CityofCleveland & #LakeErie as we deal with #coronavirus related stress at @PortOfCleveland’s #Cleveland #Lakefront #Nature Preservehttps://t.co/rGm7IPJIcY@CleveMetroparks Lakefront:https://t.co/liogXZjUNL#SocialDistancing in a park: https://t.co/TneOAgxWIZ pic.twitter.com/tvBdWvMp69— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) April 3, 2020
Julie and I ended the day at Cleveland Metroparks Edgewater Park.
The 147 acre Edgewater Park is the westernmost park in Cleveland Metroparks Lakefront Reservation. Edgewater Park features 9000 feet of shoreline, dog and swim beaches, boat ramps, fishing pier, picnic areas and grills and a rentable pavilion.
Enjoy watching #ducks bobbing in the #LakeErie waters at @CleveMetroparks #EdgewaterPark in the @CityofCleveland!— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) April 3, 2020
Sunny spring day on the water. https://t.co/k0gJUIexpE#SocialDistancing in #Cleveland at #EdgewaterBeach. #ThisIsCLE https://t.co/TneOAgxWIZ pic.twitter.com/U7DDiquF4N
Thank you, @PortOfCleveland and @CleveMetroparks, for the good times today at your #Lakefront parks in #Cleveland!— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) April 3, 2020
Tuesday, April 7, 2020 - Henry Church, Jr., Rock - Cleveland Metroparks
This long-term ephemeral landmark is a piece of cultural history immersed in nature by the riverside. Blacksmith, spiritualist, and artist Henry Church carved the images in the rock, dating the piece in 1885. Visit the rock, and you'll discover many images, which include an eagle, shield, papoose, woman, quiver, and others. The sandstone rock itself stands, a weathering testament to the early settlement in Bentleyville-Solon.
Great day for a walk on this overcast spring day in the #Cleveland area, as we all deal with #coronavirus related stress.— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) April 7, 2020
Practicing #SocialDistancing at @CleveMetroparks’ #HenryChurchRock.
A beautiful park experience! #ThisIsCLE pic.twitter.com/nZsPvS7mGw
Great how everyone in this #Cleveland area park is working to keep the park open by practicing #SocialDistancing.— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) April 7, 2020
Great views & beautiful waterfalls at @CleveMetroparks’ #HenryChurchRock are good for your #mentalHealth!
Natures gives relief from #coronavirus related stress. pic.twitter.com/KYgHzmUiPw
Thank you, @CleveMetroparks, for the enjoyable afternoon walk in your #HenryChurchRock park area.— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) April 7, 2020
Another great day #SocialDistancing in a peaceful beautiful park. Very good for both my physical and #mentalHealth!!https://t.co/do26WhC5IQ https://t.co/WZ7Vu67ZRS pic.twitter.com/Sgx6J7mlQu
"The Song That Never Ends"
Why did the song ??"The Song That Never Ends"?? from Lamb Chop's Play-Along come into my head?— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) April 8, 2020
Video https://t.co/mjecjnIFZ1#StayAtHome -- Yes, it goes on and on my friend! pic.twitter.com/9abY5KhAAL
Wednesday, April 8, 2020 - Edgewater Park - Cleveland Metroparks
Last Saturday briefly visited #EdgewaterBeach https://t.co/DA9goYNCjq— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) April 8, 2020
Came back today to walk from beach to the upper area at @CleveMetroparks’ #EdgewaterPark in the @CityofCleveland!https://t.co/dNKJlxFX15
Walking great for #coronavirus related stress.https://t.co/TneOAgxWIZ pic.twitter.com/fZeuddjm0J
Thank you @Amtrak Refunds Depart for confirming I will now get full voucher. (Note: I was on hold for 1 1/2 hours -- they are busy people.)@Amtrak, I hope you make the recommendation I made for improving the message on your web page: https://t.co/DUAG0jijpr— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) April 8, 2020
It would save time pic.twitter.com/alfYV0r2ey
Zero Day Resupply
I just read an email that @ZeroDayResupply sent me encouraging #backpackers to follow trail organizations' (@CDNST1, @PCTAssociation, @AT_Conservancy) request to postpone/cancel hikes due to #COVID19.— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) April 8, 2020
Financial loss to them for betterment of all hikers! https://t.co/B6SCMFTceH pic.twitter.com/81F138c9lr
Weird Al Yankovic
“‘#WeirdAl’ Yankovic Turns ??‘One More Minute’?? into a #SocialDistancing Anthem” via @jimmyfallon @FallonTonight.— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) April 9, 2020
Broadcast from @alyankovic’s home. pic.twitter.com/lMkk2QbyDH
April 9th Sad Emails
Cleaning out my emails -- sad to see so many emails about events canceled and venues closed.— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) April 9, 2020
Friday, April 10, 2020 - Station Road Bridge - Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Station Road Bridge straddles a gorgeous expanse of the CVNP system; it’s a famous landmark of the entire park and makes for a great photo opportunity. But there is far more to this stretch than a click-and-go. Buckeye Trail weaves in and out of the Valley like a snake; many of the stops are among the most picturesque to be had in all of Northeast Ohio. Trekkers wanting to stay longer will find the Stanford House and campsites available for overnight stays.
The Station Road Bridge, near Brecksville, Ohio, was built in 1882. It spans the Cuyahoga River between Cuyahoga County and Summit County, Ohio. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.
Sunny and cool as I walk @HikeTheBT’s #BuckeyeTrail on the @OECanalway in @CVNPNPS. https://t.co/R4b3dtn6ak https://t.co/DgivTRYh2C@forcvnp https://t.co/heHmIFUFeM— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) April 10, 2020
I enjoyed a great walk today as deal with #coronavirus related stress. https://t.co/TneOAgPxAx pic.twitter.com/dO6oOwIrNo
I saw geese, ducks & 2 great blue herons as walk @HikeTheBT’s #BuckeyeTrail on @OECanalway in @CVNPNPS. https://t.co/R4b3dt5viMhttps://t.co/heHmIGcgDm— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) April 10, 2020
I enjoyed great walk today while #SocialDistancing in our national park during the #COVID19 crisis.https://t.co/TneOAgxWIZ pic.twitter.com/vsV6CHTYs6
Greater Cleveland Food Bank Receives $500,000 Donation
Great story, @HomaBashWEWS @WEWS!— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) April 11, 2020
A donor to @CleFoodBank is encouraging those that still have the means to give, to donate $ now to help feed our neighbors.
The need is there right now & will most likely continue for the coming months. https://t.co/jzKTgvB6RB @kwarzocha https://t.co/8TCCp8yxWA
Great Cleveland Food Bank received $500,000 donation today, from a family in Bay Village ?? the donor hopes it can encourage others who are still working & who have the means to donate what they can to help feed our neighbors pic.twitter.com/BtsHL2gRrs— Homa Bash (@HomaBashWEWS) April 10, 2020
It’s been one month!!!— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) April 11, 2020
“Spring 2020 #coronavirus-related closings -- how it all started for us...”
One month ago, I received a @CleveMetroparks email announcing their Adventure University at @BaldwinWallace was canceled.
Stay well, Twitterverse! pic.twitter.com/EZKdiXuZiC
"Can't stop laughing!!"
This is BRILLIANT!! Can't stop laughing!! #quarantinehumorhttps://t.co/E3ZJXEvlx2— Leah* Longbrake (@ClevelandLeah) April 11, 2020
I really LOL!!!!— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) April 11, 2020
Must watch this. Thanks, @ClevelandLeah, for sharing this!!! https://t.co/0MBNMzBAQv
You're welcome! A neighbor shared it with us lol. It's sooooo good!!— Leah* Longbrake (@ClevelandLeah) April 11, 2020
. @ClevelandLeah, my wife and I are watching again "#Quarantine (The Soundtrack)" by @tova_leigh.— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) April 20, 2020
Thank you again for sharing this great #QuarantineHumor!https://t.co/KEZIW7Dy7U
Ahh! You're so welcome! It's hilarious LOL— Leah* Longbrake (@ClevelandLeah) April 20, 2020
All these things! https://t.co/3eeViFgRf4— tlcolson (@TLColson) April 20, 2020
Ohio Department of Health PSA
@GovMikeDeWine & @DrAmyActon, see that @NowThisNews features #PSA by the #Ohio Department of #Health on safety during #coronavirus crisis @OHdeptofhealth’s #InThisTogetherOhio message about how #StayHomeSaveLifes and to use #SocialDistancing the few times you must go out. https://t.co/1i0HXemdBH— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) April 11, 2020
Social distancing works. We are all #InThisTogetherOhio. https://t.co/jU4ZAkm3Py pic.twitter.com/uKJtfi4cuP— Ohio Dept of Health (@OHdeptofhealth) April 9, 2020
Rare Earth Get Ready
When your girlfriend’s parents says she needs to go home soon, but can stay with you for one more song, Rare Earth’s “Get Ready” is the song to choose. https://t.co/b1dopZ0Lq6https://t.co/hVpyOjONT8— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) April 12, 2020
See #RareEarthBand’s website for album covers https://t.co/J1BjGv1Fkx https://t.co/FwAqTcpqUB pic.twitter.com/JUBgJDQWPL
Rare Earth— The Real Rick Rutt (@RickRutt) April 11, 2020
"Get Ready" (1970)https://t.co/7VG6zdtyer
21-1/2 minute vinyl LP version
00:25 organ & sax intro/main theme
05:41 bass solo
07:17 Hammond organ solo
10:59 guitar solo
14:30 sax solo
16:38 drum solo
Sunday, April 12, 2020 - Lake View Cemetery
In 1869, Lake View’s founders used horticulture as an integral part of their cemetery planning process. In doing so, they created a showcase of trees and shrubbery, cultivated for scientific, ornamental and educational purposes – an arboretum in every aspect of the word.
Even though the cities of Cleveland, Cleveland Heights, and East Cleveland have grown up around what was once open country side, the rural atmosphere that existed when Lake View was founded in 1869 continues to be preserved and cultivated. Lake View is a memorial to those who built our community, from titans of industry and civic leaders, to immigrant laborers and descendants of slaves.
I’m visiting #Daffodil Hill at @LakeViewCem. https://t.co/OTJDrckB2Z— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) April 12, 2020
Spring flowers is a great way to get some relief from #coronavirus related stress.
An #Easter Day walk while #SocialDistancing in this historic #cemetery during the #COVID19 crisis.https://t.co/TneOAgxWIZ pic.twitter.com/AjVYgSUGKl
Historic #Cleveland #cemetery.— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) April 12, 2020
@LakeViewCem. https://t.co/OTJDrckB2Z pic.twitter.com/ekHPH7kvHl
Last fall, we planted an additional 100,000 daffodil bulbs. Proof that planning for the future pays off in exceptionally beautiful ways. Daffodil Hill is now in full bloom! #FullBloom #DaffodilHill pic.twitter.com/hvrbDsirZ1— Lake View Cemetery (@LakeViewCem) April 6, 2020
A Mom posing the kids in a bunch of daffodils on Daffodil Hill at @LakeViewCem pic.twitter.com/KEFmsmqIAP— Dan Hanson (@DanHanson) April 9, 2020
And it keeps everyone safer. Remember to keep at least six feet away from other visitors. #InThisTogetherOhio #LakeViewCemetery pic.twitter.com/poxf23aKhU— Lake View Cemetery (@LakeViewCem) April 11, 2020
Happy Easter! #LakeViewCemetery #HappyEaster pic.twitter.com/66MrueSQ4B— Lake View Cemetery (@LakeViewCem) April 12, 2020
Spring colors have arrived in Cleveland and there's no better place to see them than Lake View Cemetery. https://t.co/HVOEZ29UCB #LakeViewCemetery #SpringinCLE— Lake View Cemetery (@LakeViewCem) April 12, 2020
This National Inventors Month, we’re celebrating Garrett Morgan, whose wholly original ideas still serve us today. #NationalInventorsMonth #LakeViewCemetery pic.twitter.com/l3F8FuRPEf— Lake View Cemetery (@LakeViewCem) April 14, 2020
Despite being over 150 years old, this view never gets old. #LakeViewCemetery pic.twitter.com/MhqtKOYTdN— Lake View Cemetery (@LakeViewCem) April 18, 2020
On Friday, April 17, 2020, as I was gathering information for this blog post, I saw the following tweets where I learned a new fact about Lake View Cemetery:
.@LakeViewCem will you settle a debate that has popped up amongst my friends and I...the Garfield Monument, is it technically located in the city of Cleveland, East Cleveland, or Cleveland Heights? This is in response to a parsing of language from the jeopardy question this week. pic.twitter.com/cHseSBrHf4— Doug Flatten the Curve ASAP Tayek (@dougtayek) April 17, 2020
Hi Doug, Lake View Cemetery property is located in three cities: Cleveland, East Cleveland and Cleveland Heights. The Garfield Monument itself is located in two cities: Cleveland and Cleveland Heights. It is on the border between both. Hope that helps!— Lake View Cemetery (@LakeViewCem) April 17, 2020
Okay, I hope you will indulge one additional question. The Tomb where President Garfield and his family rest, is that actually in Cleveland or Cleveland Heights? Or does he literally rest on the border?— Doug Flatten the Curve ASAP Tayek (@dougtayek) April 17, 2020
Thank you for accommodating my questions.
Garfield's casket is located in Cleveland.— Lake View Cemetery (@LakeViewCem) April 17, 2020
Thank you so very much.— Doug Flatten the Curve ASAP Tayek (@dougtayek) April 17, 2020
You're welcome. Hope you won the debate!— Lake View Cemetery (@LakeViewCem) April 17, 2020
Let’s call it a #stayathome discussion. And thanks for being so helpful today.— Doug Flatten the Curve ASAP Tayek (@dougtayek) April 17, 2020
Here ya go. pic.twitter.com/hU778biNpV— Doug Flatten the Curve ASAP Tayek (@dougtayek) April 17, 2020
Thank you @dougtayek for asking the question & @LakeViewCem for the correct answer as @CityofCleveland.— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) April 17, 2020
I had looked at both @GoogleMaps and @AAA_Travel's paper map, and could not figure out the correct answer
I recently visited @LakeViewCem on Easter: https://t.co/S57voIKKol pic.twitter.com/25KasepPbC
You’re very welcome. I’m glad it was helpful!— Doug Flatten the Curve ASAP Tayek (@dougtayek) April 18, 2020
Northeast Ohio's Vibrant Food Scene is at Great Risk!!
"#COVID19 Crisis continues, Northeast #Ohio's vibrant food scene is at great risk. In the first installment of our new docuseries, you'll hear from some of #Cleveland's top local #chefs & #restauranteurs" via @MuseMarketingHQ @garagecreative#EatForCLE shared by @RustBeltRiders. https://t.co/nthynzwJ4g pic.twitter.com/HiZO1eBHST— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) April 14, 2020
Watch & Share - All Consumed: Voices of a Restaurant Industry in Crisis https://t.co/M6szRXpWHE— Rust Belt Riders (@RustBeltRiders) April 10, 2020
Tuesday, April 14, 2020 - Bridal Veil Falls - Cleveland Metroparks
A short walk along Deerlick Creek, down the boardwalk and steps, leads to a gorgeous view of Bridal Veil Falls.These cascading waterfalls are surrounded by hardwoods and hemlocks. This is a very popular photo spot.
#SocialDistancing in park during #COVID19 crisis on @HikeTheBT’s #BuckeyeTrail & the @CleveMetroparks mountain #bike #trail at #BridalVeilFalls.— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) April 14, 2020
Last time I was here was in snow https://t.co/ul5KM0Wof7
Walking is a great way to deal with #coronavirus related stress. pic.twitter.com/y5sTXivmy0
Cleveland Cleveland Library Creates 2,000 Face Shields!!
PPE for @CityofCleveland first responders during this #coronavirus crisis. @wx_rocknchic and @feltonian, it is great to read about @Cleveland_PL’s @techcentral_cpl using #3Dprinting to create 2,000 face shields.— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) April 14, 2020
Important work to help #Cleveland Department of Public Safety! https://t.co/Xwm8lSuThZ
Today we started production of PPE for @CityofCleveland! This partnership will help bring 2,000 face shields to the City's first responders. The 3D printers in our TechCentral Department are hard at work! Details: https://t.co/RTuSOmozC9 pic.twitter.com/8BHQQsW76l— ClevelandPubLibrary (@Cleveland_PL) April 14, 2020
"You are one of my favorite people on this highway"
How are you Stuart? You are one of my favorite people on this highway— joecimperman (@joecimperman) April 15, 2020
.@JoeCimperman, I hope all is well with you & your family!— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) April 15, 2020
My family and I are currently healthy and dealing with #coronavirus related stress with appreciation for #humor & #creativity https://t.co/SKKRZcC3xA and park visits https://t.co/do26WhTGAohttps://t.co/51KJGliu7W pic.twitter.com/U8LbsFgmXx
April 15, 2020
Wednesday, April 15, 2020 - North Chagrin Reservation - Cleveland Metroparks
Since the 1920s, North Chagrin Reservation has been a special combination of outdoor recreation areas and wildlife sanctuaries. North Chagrin trails and picnic areas feature woodlands and wetlands as important characteristics of this large reservation. Located in Mayfield Village, Willoughby Hills and Gates Mills, the reservation includes a nature center and nature education building. Sanctuary Marsh and Sunset Pond are both popular areas to observe waterfowl, and Squire’s Castle is an interesting historical site. The reservation is also home to Manakiki Golf Course, located off SOM Center and Eddy roads in Willoughby Hills.
Yesterday, we enjoyed a walk in nature in our @CleveMetroparks.— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) April 16, 2020
We saw two great blue herons, ducks, downy woodpeckers, blue bird, and many geese. https://t.co/VCbBorcMhF pic.twitter.com/WURW7VFYrI
Ohio has Flattened The Curve!!
Watching @GovMikeDeWine and @DrAmyActon/@OHdeptofhealth on @TheOhioChannel’s website. @GovMikeDeWine says we are at the end of the beginning. #Ohio has #FlattenTheCurve!! #InThisTogetherOhio#StayHomeOhio#COVID19OhioReady https://t.co/ii2AWjHcC0 pic.twitter.com/3P9lPJ5x9A— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) April 16, 2020
Per @GovMikeDeWine, our new reality for maybe a year or more.— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) April 16, 2020
Continued #WashYourHands, #WearMask, and #SocialDistancing.
High risk groups will need to continue to be extra careful. https://t.co/c9X41ylA4z#InThisTogetherOhio#StayHomeOhio#COVID19OhioReady pic.twitter.com/OIPmnLyIIb
Hear from @DrAmyActon of @OHdeptofhealth that the world has changed and #WearMask is important going forward #Ohio!!— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) April 16, 2020
Recognize people are experiencing stages of grief. Don’t be hard on yourself. https://t.co/c9X41ylA4z#InThisTogetherOhio#StayHomeOhio#COVID19OhioReady pic.twitter.com/1apZQpYle1
Next Phase of Business Dealing with Coronavirus Crisis
Interesting report, @Brad_Nellis!https://t.co/3p4yusV5Il— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) April 16, 2020
The next meeting of your CIO group meet should be also very interesting.
With @GovMikeDeWine announcement today to start of going into the next phase of business dealing with #coronavirus crisis.https://t.co/Vx8Esorvb5 pic.twitter.com/QgWebVQh2s
IRS Economic Impact Payments
You can check your "Economic Impact Payments" information from the #IRS at: https://t.co/IiTjFc4z9B— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) April 16, 2020
* Filers: Get Your Payment
* Non-Filers: Enter Your Payment Info Here
via @IRSnews pic.twitter.com/wW6HJLwT0t
All Day Long (The Coronavirus Song) by Chloe Langford
Video: ”All Day Long (The Coronavirus Song)” by Chloe Langford.— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) April 16, 2020
”It’s just me, and my euphonium sittin’ here, stuck at home-ium nothin’ but time to talk on the phone-ium” pic.twitter.com/tC1LtulbGC
Stayin' Inside - Coronavirus Bee Gees Parody
Video: "Stayin' Inside" - #Coronavirus #BeeGees #Parody.— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) April 17, 2020
"Drink Wine and Hang Out with My Dog!"
@RJSzczerba, I need to make one of these to help select how I spend my day. Well done.— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) April 17, 2020
I get lucky every time pic.twitter.com/Hq6HkOq8bv— Rob Szczerba (@RJSzczerba) April 17, 2020
Friday, April 17, 2020 - Beartown Lakes Reservation - Geauga Park District
This 149-acre park features more than 22 acres of open water and a mature beech-maple forest. Three trails total 2.8 miles. Recreation areas include a playground, horseshoe pits, bocce court and tetherball, plus a sledding hill for those winter months.
Beartown Lakes Reservation Trails
Lake Trail – 0.7 – asphalt
Beechnut Trail – 0.6 – gravel
- Accessible trails
- Cross country skiing
- Hiking, walking & running
- Cross country skiing
- Hiking, walking & running
Whitetail Trail – 1.5 – gravel
- Cross country skiing
- Hiking, walking & running
- Horseback riding
On April 17th, Julie and I did not expect to be hiking in the snow and seeing kids sledding! It was exciting to have an owl fly over our heads, and see eastern bluebirds.
Beautiful day!— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) April 17, 2020
Great to take walk in a park to get some relief from #coronavirus related stress!
Not many people at @GeaugaParks Beartown Lakes in snow, so easy to practice #SocialDistancing during #COVID19 crisis! https://t.co/MadvO5HK0c
Saw large owl & kids sledding pic.twitter.com/hTBDij4Z9N
Biography of Jerrie Mock
See the biography of Jerrie Mock, the first #woman to fly solo around the world on the @WomenintheAir online store: https://t.co/OkAQnD61lm— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) April 17, 2020
The International #Women's Air & #Space #Museum has FREE admission in #Cleveland, #Ohio.
May Dugan Center Promotes Voting!
This is such a smart idea!! Other #Cleveland and #Akron area #nonprofits should use @MayDuganCenter's idea and provide #voter information when providing services.@CuyahogaBOE #VoteByMail info: https://t.co/wVBmRKD90l@SummitCountyBOE info: https://t.co/x3pnudS3uN#VOTE!! https://t.co/8WRKWLEjCN— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) April 17, 2020
DON'T FORGET TO #VOTEBYMAIL! @maydugancenter is trying to do our part by including applications in bags of groceries for our clients yesterday. A reminder for all of us to REQUEST A BALLOT NOW in order to complete & have postmarked by April 27th deadline #CLE #YourVoteCounts pic.twitter.com/BjLHE3G6wP— May Dugan Center (@MayDuganCenter) April 10, 2020
Thanks for the kind words and all you are doing to help get the word out! #Cleveland #YourVoteCounts— May Dugan Center (@MayDuganCenter) April 17, 2020
Akron-Summit County Public Library
This was so good, I needed to share. Look at the titles of the books!!
Just a shelf of books? Take a closer look ...— Akron-Summit County Public Library (@akronlibrary) April 17, 2020
"Shelf Isolation" by artist Phil Shaw (https://t.co/Bt9cZDAFIh) pic.twitter.com/CCdjTFPd9l
Thank you, Akron-Summit County Public Library!
Thank you, @AkronLibrary! This is so excellent that I shared it with my family. pic.twitter.com/Lu1UU3nfC4— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) April 17, 2020
Looks like @SpongeBob has appeared climbing on to my @Apple MacBook!!— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) April 17, 2020
My son found him in a @KelloggsUS’s @AppleJacksUSA cereal box. pic.twitter.com/CGxXMyj2A6
Libraries -- Making a BIG Difference During This Crisis!
Great report by @OhioLibraryCncl about #Ohio #libraries providing more #WiFi, #eBooks, #eAudiobooks, streaming video & music— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) April 17, 2020
And @Cleveland_PL is using @techcentral_cpl's #3Dprinter to make face shields for @CLEpolice, @ClevelandFire, and @ClevelandEMS https://t.co/25pGdSO8fi https://t.co/oRyhymDtFi pic.twitter.com/6OXgGKB8r5
Ohio libraries step up services during coronavirus crisis https://t.co/3xFPwOwOaF— Cleveland Foundation (@CleveFoundation) April 17, 2020
Our libraries are expanding Wi-Fi and virtual services to Ohioans during this crisis and we're ready to support Ohio’s recovery efforts with online courses and services for unemployed workers and small businesses. #InThisTogetherOhio https://t.co/5VXK6VSJHG— Ohio Library Council (@OhioLibraryCncl) April 17, 2020
Cleveland Food Bank Has Seen a 30% Increase in New Clients
“#Cleveland Food Bank has seen a 30% increase in new clients seeking food assistance since the onset of the #coronavirus #pandemic”— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) April 17, 2020
@CleFoodBank using @OHNationalGuard that @GovMikeDeWine sent, but might need #volunteers in future
Need $ donations now https://t.co/18tHpB10DH https://t.co/3ZS8aUo9gy pic.twitter.com/Fe3iDgH3mr
The Greater Cleveland Food Bank serves a growing need because of COVID-19, donations are essential to keep up with demand https://t.co/uZBhOpJuD1— Cleveland Scene (@ClevelandScene) April 17, 2020
Social Distance! VOTE!!!
“‘public distancing response is historic & has changed the trajectory of the infection from being driven by widespread communal transmission to infection in clusters of people in close contact,’ said @MetroHealthCLE CEO Dr. @Akram_Boutros” #Ohio! #SocialDistancing & #vote!! https://t.co/OvXeuX977S pic.twitter.com/k1nkwikHT2— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) April 17, 2020
This week's @CrainsCleveland editorials are on the importance of being patient in continuing our social distancing efforts, and on the need for Ohio to prepare for an election by mail in November.https://t.co/s0kMZIoH2O— Scott Suttell (@ssuttell) April 13, 2020
Currently Fortunate to be Able to Help Cleveland Food Bank
I am currently fortunate that all my family members are healthy & I have the means to donate to the @CleFoodBank during the #coronavirus crisis.— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) April 18, 2020
If you are able, please join me in giving to ensure that no one goes hungry in our #Cleveland area community. https://t.co/F4VA3TJRwX https://t.co/Xyx8g6sMpl pic.twitter.com/HtbMmBxb9s
Thank you Stuart! We appreciate your support!— Kristin Warzocha (@kwarzocha) April 18, 2020
#Neighborshelpingneighbors https://t.co/PacMW34MqR— HIV Ohio (@HIVOhio) April 18, 2020
Donating again today. Thanks for the reminder— David Leb (@leb_cre) April 18, 2020
That is so great, @leb_cre!!! I'm glad that that you are giving again to @CleFoodBank!!https://t.co/18tHpBiC2h— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) April 19, 2020
I'm glad I shared @CrainsCleveland article about @CleFoodBank's good work. https://t.co/fOhY5S9MJU
I am fortunate to be able to donate also: https://t.co/szQB3KUmmk pic.twitter.com/mzXoSHdyPC
You are most welcome, @kwarzocha!— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) April 20, 2020
I'm glad I can support @CleFoodBank in its work to provide food in the #Cleveland area to so many during this #coronavirus crisis.
It is important that #WeFeedCLE https://t.co/18tHpBiC2h#InThisTogetherOhio!https://t.co/YHpOrSWxGD pic.twitter.com/TxhfCVATeG
Cleveland Art BINGO!
April 18, 2020
Thanks, @brooklyncentre, for tagging me. I always enjoy @ClevelandArt! https://t.co/xPtmV3qLIh— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) April 18, 2020
I tag these 3 art lovers, since they are great at teaching me about @ClevelandArt:
* @Steven_Litt articles.
* @MannyWallace photos.
* @andreitr shares art: https://t.co/1lWoGjCRvC pic.twitter.com/oV1c1VuRUF
May Dugan Center Food Distribution
. @MayDuganCenter, I'm glad I could help spread the #NCVRW2020 message.— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) April 19, 2020
I also want to wish you all the best on Wed, 4/22, 10am-2pm, when @MayDuganCenter has the next drive thru food distribution
Food is so important during this #coronavirus crisis! pic.twitter.com/hGCoQQQJZv
Thank you for helping spread the word, we have so many things going on right now and your help is much appreciated— May Dugan Center (@MayDuganCenter) April 19, 2020
How PCT Hikers are Coping
@PCTAssociation blog post: "How some PCT hikers are coping during the #COVID19 #pandemic"https://t.co/vspBkD34kE— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) April 19, 2020
I love the #PacificCrestTrail Mexico and Canada border monuments made out of legos. pic.twitter.com/OkRegccv6J
Sad Announcement! Cleveland GiveCamp #CleGC 2020 has been Postponed!!
I have volunteered at Cleveland GiveCamp Weekend since it started in 2010. In 2020, I continue to serve on the Cleveland GiveCamp Steering Committee for my tenth year. Please learn more about this weekend of providing free tech solutions to local nonprofits by reading some of my Cleveland GiveCamp blog posts.
Important, sad announcement by @CleGiveCamp!— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) April 20, 2020
While I knew that @CleGiveCamp’s #CleGC 2020 would be postponed due to #coronavirus crisis, it is disheartening to see the formal announcement
Please share @CleGiveCamp announcement tweet & Facebook post https://t.co/MxlHC8ahTj https://t.co/4ZZ9B4wCSD pic.twitter.com/iMeUmUHApT
In light of the Coronavirus pandemic, Cleveland GiveCamp 2020 scheduled for July has been postponed. Please watch our website for updates as this situation evolves. Thank you for your patience and understanding. Be well. #CLEGC— Cleveland GiveCamp (@CleGiveCamp) April 20, 2020
Stay strong and safe campers!— mindy bohannon (@mindybo93) April 20, 2020
In light of the Coronavirus pandemic, Cleveland GiveCamp 2020 scheduled for July has been postponed. Please watch our website for updates as this situation evolves. Thank you for your patience and understanding. Be well. #CleGC pic.twitter.com/UBg0tFIMFn— Cleveland GiveCamp (@CleGiveCamp) April 20, 2020
This is sad, but I can't wait to participate again when things have settled.#TBT from #CLEGC https://t.co/O4yU3WoEuc pic.twitter.com/Dq0OFvCdmq— chichi nkemere (@NorthcoastChi) April 23, 2020
". . . being bored is a luxury.”
“I'll even laugh right along with you as you change from ‘day pajamas’ to your ‘night pajamas.’— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) April 20, 2020
... I will not complain about being bored during this #coronavirus quarantine, ... being bored is a luxury” via @jdolcourt @CNET.https://t.co/xHRVI4zMMV
I have food on the table!! https://t.co/NzHTq4tExH pic.twitter.com/rODD2HWcb2
Boredom is a privilege. https://t.co/Ykl7nYOHNb— CNET (@CNET) April 20, 2020
Being bored during the coronavirus quarantine is actually a good thing! Everyone should strive to be more bored! Here's why: https://t.co/rgyssOZdCq— Jessica Dolcourt (@jdolcourt) April 19, 2020
Akron-Summit County Public Library - Download eBooks on OverDrive
Hey, @LadyNaturalist and @paleeoguy, I thought you might like to see this @AkronLibrary’s #librarian review of Michael Crichton's #JurassicPark #book. https://t.co/RGcdmUhCVc— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) April 20, 2020
Lyndsey, a librarian from our Science and Technology division, gives you five reasons to read Michael Crichton's Jurassic Park.— Akron-Summit County Public Library (@akronlibrary) April 14, 2020
Download the ebook on OverDrive: https://t.co/YDx5coTC90 pic.twitter.com/GvsYFLsLOX
Monday, April 20, 2020 - Blossoming Cherry Trees at Brookside Reservation - Cleveland Metroparks
Brookside Reservation was one of the City of Cleveland's oldest neighborhood parks before its acquisition by Cleveland Metroparks in 1993. The land was purchased in 1894 and has been a center for recreation since the early 1900s. Still a recreation hub, the area now boasts baseball and soccer/football fields. The 132-acre reservation serves as a refuge for diverse wildlife in an urban setting. It is also an attractive spot for area picnickers and a resting site for walkers, cyclists and others who use the All Purpose Trail. This reservation connects to Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.
I am in @CleveMetroparks #BrooksideReservation on a very sunny afternoon!— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) April 20, 2020
A great place to take a walk in a park to get some relief from #coronavirus related stress. #SocialDistancing during #COVID19 crisis enjoying the blossoming cherry trees
Thank you to the #Japanese Association of Northeast #Ohio for donating the cherry trees which bring joy in #Cleveland each spring when they blossom.— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) April 20, 2020
Sunny afternoon in @CleveMetroparks #BrooksideReservation.
A beautiful day #SocialDistancing in our local parks#ThisIsCLE pic.twitter.com/N1CUsdpphQ
Normally, I only see this park’s cherry trees and/or the @CleMetZoo but today go for longer walk in @CleveMetroparks #BrooksideReservation.— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) April 20, 2020
1st find pond with a turtle sunning itself. #SocialDistancing in #Cleveland park during #COVID19 crisis. https://t.co/bZPSThJzs6 pic.twitter.com/ZWGPOB13Wf
@CleveMetroparks #BrooksideReservation.— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) April 20, 2020
I can see into @CleMetZoo from top of hill — the new #Asian Highlands area of the #Cleveland #Zoo is below me. https://t.co/7J9pmCGhru— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) April 20, 2020
I enjoy exploring @CleveMetroparks #BrooksideReservation this sunny day. https://t.co/bZPSThJzs6 pic.twitter.com/XeHGwpQHYX
@CleveMetroparks #BrooksideReservation. https://t.co/bZPSThJzs6 pic.twitter.com/nwm6EXxemo— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) April 20, 2020
New week, new #animals! Tune into the Virtual Classroom sponsored by @RaisingCanesOH each weekday at 11 a.m. to join our biologists who are working to secure a #FutureForWildlife at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. https://t.co/J10IQuScIr pic.twitter.com/x9Q4k9bGD1— Cleveland Metroparks Zoo (@clemetzoo) April 19, 2020
CHERRY BLOSSOM TIME
Posted: April 8, 2015
Every spring the people of Japan watch eagerly for the blossoming of the cherry trees, sakura. The Japanese Weather Service offers a “sakura front” watch, complete with maps that trace the spreading pink from the island of Okinawa in the South to the island of Hokkaido in the North. Some people travel to enjoy flower viewing, “hanami,” at a spot away from home the way some Ohioans travel to New England for fall foliage. But most people simply enjoy the show in their own town or city. Friends and families gather under the canopy of a blossoming tree for picnics. As at any good party, food, drink and music abound. But there is a deeper cultural bond in Japan with these beautiful trees.
. . .
Thanks to the generous spirit of the Japanese Association of Northeast Ohio (JANO), over one hundred Yoshino cherry trees bloom every spring in Cleveland Metroparks Brookside Reservation. The first trees were planted in the 1990s with others added since that time. Now you can enjoy a hanami picnic of your own beneath one of these trees as they put on their show. Or maybe just pick a spot under a tree, sit quietly by yourself and contemplate the brief, but beautiful, life of a cherry blossom.
In 2018, I learned from tweets by Etsuko Dunham (@endunham), Danielle Garbo (@DanielleGarbo), and Kelly Manderfield (@KManderfield) about some incredibly beautiful Japanese cherry tree blossoms in the Cleveland Metroparks' Brookside Reservation, which adjacent the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. The Japanese Association of Northeast Ohio donated the trees to the park. Please read more in my blog post:
- Blog Date: May 30, 2018 - Escape Day to the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
@endunham, I hope all is well with you & your family.— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) April 21, 2020
I went to the @CleveMetroparks today to see the spring blossoming of the cherry trees donated by the #Japanese Assoc. of NE #Ohio.
I appreciate learning about these flowering trees from you. https://t.co/zzZAjEoIEu pic.twitter.com/Q4uVWsttgd
昨夜の雪のせいで花弁がちょっとうなだれてたけど、クリーブランドのソメイヨシノも開花！— えっちゃん (@endunham) April 16, 2020
３６F(2℃）の寒さの中でもたくましく生きてる姿が乙でした。# デジタル花見 #桜 pic.twitter.com/QWIfMEvc5p
Thank you, @robataka, for your suggestion!— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) April 21, 2020
I started my afternoon park walks today at @CleveMetroparks Brookside Res. You are correct that people should go now. https://t.co/2os0w66Qzu
It is a great place to visit each spring for the Japanese cherry trees near the @CleMetZoo. https://t.co/c95qQUlEyu
I was on the board of JANO for several years and around this time we would do an informal hanami (blossom viewing). Not quite as spectacular as D.C. but when those trees are in full bloom it’s gorgeous— robataka (@robataka) April 21, 2020
@robataka, that is great that you used to be on the JANO board! I appreciate JANO work bringing cherry trees to @CleveMetroparks— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) April 22, 2020
I learned of #Japanese Assoc. of NE #Ohio's flowering trees near @CleMetZoo from @endunham, @DanielleGarbo, @KManderfield: https://t.co/StVL1iOwk8 pic.twitter.com/AiiMcOPOwt
Thanks for notifying me of your wonderful experience with cherry blossoms there! So glad to hear that they're still blooming despite the odd spring snow passed by 3 days ago. I went to check them out last week before snow came. They're just spectacular! https://t.co/EDCGnhvyxL— えっちゃん (@endunham) April 21, 2020
Thank you, Cleveland Metroparks, for sending me the Twitter direct message confirming that the cherry trees were in bloom. Your message is appreciated and led to a fun day in the park.
“They are in bloom!” — Yeah!!— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) April 21, 2020
Thank you, @CleveMetroparks, for messaging me yesterday to confirm that the Japanese cherry trees are in bloom at.
A great spring tradition!!
In 2018, I wrote about the flowering trees & visiting the @CleMetZoo: https://t.co/StVL1iOwk8 https://t.co/c95qQUDfX4 pic.twitter.com/iYDOTarzKy
Monday, April 20, 2020 - Fine Arts Garden & Wade Lagoon - University Circle
Adjoining the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Fine Arts Garden features the picturesque Wade Lagoon, perfect for a leisurely stroll, family picnic, or even a wedding in University Circle. Take in the breathtaking sights of University Circle including the historic Epworth-Euclid United Methodist Church, as well as the many sculptures and monuments throughout the Garden.
I highly recommend reading the full Cleveland Museum of Art Find the Art among the Cherry Blossoms article, since it describes the artworks located around Wade Lagoon. The article opens with:
Find the Art among the Cherry Blossoms
Cleveland Museum of Art
Apr 17, 2020
The two global pandemics that forced the closure of the Cleveland Museum of Art came in different seasons. The 1918 flu forced the museum to close for three weeks in October and November. In those chilling days, people drew hope from a cease-fire of World War I’s bloodshed and from traditional holidays of harvest thanksgiving.
Now the social isolation forced by the COVID-19 crisis comes as spring days grow brighter and warmer. The weeping Japanese cherry trees surrounding Wade Lagoon have opened their blossoms of pink and white. Their color is one of the heralds of spring in Cleveland, and many call this area south of the museum the most beautiful spot in the city. A visit to the Fine Arts Garden at a safe social distance affirms the past spring seasons at the CMA and all the spring seasons to come.
Learn more about University Circle in my many blog posts about this great Cleveland cultural center by clicking here.
After seeing @CleveMetroparks flowering cherry trees, I go to @InTheCircle to see the flowering trees in front of @ClevelandArt & @CleveOrchestra’s Severance Hall — Fine Arts Garden & Wade Lagoon https://t.co/vuOOvES2Np#SocialDistancing in #Cleveland park during #COVID19. pic.twitter.com/BhJjaQy550— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) April 21, 2020
Flowering trees in @InTheCircle — Fine Arts Garden & Wade Lagoon https://t.co/vuOOvES2Np pic.twitter.com/ULHzGRKaJA— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) April 21, 2020
Flowering trees in @InTheCircle — Fine Arts Garden & Wade Lagoon https://t.co/vuOOvES2Np pic.twitter.com/knM5Rn48n0— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) April 21, 2020
See two turtles swimming right above a lot of fish in Wade Lagoon. https://t.co/vuOOvES2Np pic.twitter.com/QhYI92OFQu— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) April 21, 2020
Flowering trees in @InTheCircle — Fine Arts Garden & Wade Lagoon https://t.co/vuOOvES2Np pic.twitter.com/RBu4zqszHE— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) April 21, 2020
How does the oboe make sound? Investigate with Major Scale and Ranger Rhythm! #MusicExplorersMonday Check out the rest of our Music Explorers Series at the playlist ---> https://t.co/S7JJqHwAGHhttps://t.co/d5OcHPRewz— Cleveland Orchestra (@CleveOrchestra) April 20, 2020
If the cherry trees are blossoming try Brookside Reservation as soon as you can, 100 something cherry trees— robataka (@robataka) April 21, 2020
The weeping Japanese cherry trees surrounding Wade Lagoon have opened their blossoms of pink and white. Their color is one of the heralds of spring in Cleveland. Take a virtual stroll around the Fine Arts Garden in this week’s blog post. https://t.co/1KGeAlI6ki— clevelandart (@ClevelandArt) April 17, 2020
The sun is shining in #CLE. It’s a beautiful day for a walk @inthecircle pic.twitter.com/l2Ia4LnRV3— Megan (@thekindmegan) April 14, 2020
There are plenty of places in the Circle to get a move on including @LakeViewCem and @CulturalGardens! Take in beautiful scenery and explore all University Circle has to offer! pic.twitter.com/auOoKBiqWv— University Circle (@inthecircle) April 8, 2020
April 19, 2020
With cherry blossoms in bloom, take in the beauty of sculpture & landscape with a walk from a distance through the Olmsted Brothers designed Fine Arts Garden @ClevelandArt between CMA & Euclid Ave @inthecircle Tour tips here from Bentley Boyd https://t.co/lsGVtHIuGJ @steven_litt pic.twitter.com/u9S0szw6PJ— Chris Ronayne (@chrisronayne) April 18, 2020
April 21, 2020
Hi, Cle pic.twitter.com/4D0gmIZT96— Erin (@ErinZaranec) April 21, 2020
cherry blossoms at @inthecircle pic.twitter.com/eFfjac4lMz— Julie Gabb (@juliegabb) April 6, 2020
Take a moment to appreciate the view. @ClevelandArt @inthecircle #ThisisCLE— DestinationCleveland (@TheCLE) March 31, 2020
: @AerialAgentsCLE pic.twitter.com/wNQVG08b7T
I recommend reading "Find the Art among the Cherry Blossoms" by @iBentleyBoyd before going to @InTheCircle https://t.co/VlcUfVewS9— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) April 22, 2020
As we are #SocialDistancing due to the #coronavirus crisis, he writes about the #Japanese #CherryTrees & @ClevelandArt's #art around Wade Lagoon https://t.co/6kvBRQA7Zr pic.twitter.com/1LPamuScgN
#WashingtonDC is famous for its #cherryblossoms and for good reason. But did you know that #Cleveland has a stunning display of cherry blossoms outside of @ClevelandArt along the historic Wade Lagoon? @inthecircle pic.twitter.com/L8KQpzc5mQ— Kerry McCormack (@KerryMcCormack1) April 22, 2020
Beautiful. Spring is here! @inthecircle #ThisisCLE https://t.co/3D17J0WdPs— DestinationCleveland (@TheCLE) April 21, 2020
#FortuneCookie. pic.twitter.com/aVcHDtllSP— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) April 21, 2020
Tuesday, April 21, 2020 - The Buckeye Trail
The Buckeye Trail. . .
For nearly 1444 miles, the Buckeye Trail winds around Ohio, reaching into every corner of the state. From a beachhead on Lake Erie near Cleveland, to a hilltop overlooking the Ohio River in Cincinnati, a hiker can experience a little of all that Ohio has to offer.
First envisioned in the late 1950's as a trail from the Ohio River to Lake Erie, the Buckeye Trail evolved into a large loop, branching both north and east from Cincinnati. The separate legs rejoin in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park near Cleveland, and complete the trip to the lake. Because it is a loop, it is also in essence, endless. You may start a hike at any point and hike as long as you want without ever reaching an end!
The Buckeye Trail Association . . .
The Buckeye Trail Association is a large, strong body of volunteers who maintain and promote the trail. Though the entire route is marked, the Buckeye Trail continues to change and improve. The BTA looks for ways to move road sections off the roads, and to upgrade those off-road sections to high quality trail.
If you do a search for "Buckeye Trail" in my sosAssociates.com blog posts (by clicking here), you will see that I mention this trail often. With The Buckeye Trail reaching all corners of the state, Ohio has the longest trail within any one state -- many people don't know this fact about Ohio!
I have been doing sections of the The Buckeye Trail's "Little Loop," and plan to eventually complete the over-250-Mile loop in northeast Ohio.
I hiked a beautiful section of the @HikeTheBT’s #BuckeyeTrail today.— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) April 21, 2020
Thank you @Metro_Parks, @CVNPNPS/@forcvnp, @OECanalway, and @CleveMetroparks for a great day! pic.twitter.com/WcjeqMHxUE
I had some interesting weather yesterday hiking on the @HikeTheBT’s Buckeye Trail.— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) April 22, 2020
Windy alternating between cloudy and sunny skies.
Also, little icy snow-like balls fell from the sky.
Here is my video from when I was walking on the @OECanalway towpath in @CVNPNPS. pic.twitter.com/xtqvwogjSu
Earth Day 2020
50th anniversary of Earth Day! Unfortunately, this special year can't be celebrated with large crowds of supporters, due to the coronavirus crisis.
“events & factors came together by the late 1960s. Famously, the #CuyahogaRiver in #Cleveland caught fire—that made national news, and shocked a lot of people”— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) April 21, 2020
Thanks, @sustainableCLE, for sharing @tpl_org #EarthDay article.
See #EarthDay2020 in #CLE https://t.co/BSgMHwCWur https://t.co/J2fcnv5g13 pic.twitter.com/SvgWOQgUVg
Fifty years ago this week, six young activists huddled in a makeshift office in Washington, DC, making final preparations for the first-ever Earth Day. We chatted with one of those activists, Arturo Sandoval, about how to launch a global movement. https://t.co/ezD7gkEcoS— The Trust for Public Land (@tpl_org) April 21, 2020
Great video, @ShareTheRiver! Perfect for #EarthDay2020 in #Cleveland! https://t.co/JdIF54znbp— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) April 23, 2020
Thanks for the "50th Anniversary of #EarthDay Reflection" https://t.co/eMzjdmBYEW pic.twitter.com/AyERaEoGkK
The Cleveland Earth Day Coalition (@EarthDay_CLE) used to host "Ohio's largest environmental education event and the longest running Earth Day celebration in the nation," but they closed their doors in 2017. Learn more about their Earth Day Earthfest events in my blog posts by clicking here.
Yesterday, on #EarthDay2020, I missed @EarthDay_CLE's good work! @EarthDay_CLE last event was in 2017 and they used to be the longest running #EarthDay celebration in the nation before they closed their doors. I wish they were not gone.— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) April 23, 2020
cc: @SustainableCLE https://t.co/BnwuxQnbqc pic.twitter.com/7JRFnxQhfV
I wrote about @EarthDay_CLE last Earthfests in my blog posts: https://t.co/pqXxs6qbPP pic.twitter.com/Cs7m6ZYqzU— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) April 23, 2020
Wednesday, April 22, 2020 - Pete's Pond Preserve - Lake Metroparks & Wickliffe City Schools
A partnership between Wickliffe City Schools and Lake Metroparks makes this park possible through a cooperative endeavor; the school district owns the property and for $1, the park district leases and manages it for ten years. The convenient location and quality of this natural area make it an ideal site for land lab studies and school field trips for students of all ages.
WHAT'S BEHIND THE NAME?
The park name comes from a former landowner and the 19-acre pond that was constructed sometime between 1947 and 1951.
Pete's Pond Preserve is a great place to take a walk to get relief from #coronavirus related stress. https://t.co/aYzMGEF7QK— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) April 22, 2020
Thanks to Wickliffe City Schools & @LakeMetroparks partnership for making this park possible. #SocialDistancing during #COVID19 crisis in local parks. pic.twitter.com/uZNq82nCyG
Lunch today from @YoursTrulyTweet — #SocialDistancing eats to go as I head to a local park. https://t.co/zGWNMc4k05 pic.twitter.com/2a3mwsWKmI— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) April 22, 2020
Shanelle Smith Whigham, Ohio Director, The Trust for Public Land
I had heard of the Trust for Public Land's work for years, but I did not know of their work in Ohio, and more specifically, in Cleveland. In 2018, I was fortunate to learn about Shanelle Smith Whigham's work in Cleveland at the Cleveland Foundation's Common Ground 2018 - “Why Does Place Matter?” (click here to read blog post) at the The Trust for Public Land's Cleveland Office. I highly recommend following @ShanelleLSmith on Twitter for the latest on what is happening with the work of @tpl_org in our community.
Thanks, @ShanelleLSmith, for not only sharing your personal story, but taking your experience to make a difference for others through your @tpl_org work in #Ohio.https://t.co/yJKPqnjQbq— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) April 23, 2020
"protect land for people, ensuring healthy, livable communities " https://t.co/nI3Jfj7Wtb pic.twitter.com/XbWOaIzHGT
Thank you!— Shanelle Smith Whigham (@ShanelleLSmith) April 23, 2020
My childhood experiences are my “why,” and I’m honored that @Forbes shared a piece of my story with the world. On #EarthDay2020, and every day I’m committed to #parksforpeople. #everyonedeservesapark @tpl_org https://t.co/AmfWMaXaEi— Shanelle Smith Whigham (@ShanelleLSmith) April 22, 2020
The coronavirus crisis has revealed too many people in the U.S. live in areas where smokes stacks are more common than public parks. Our Ohio Dir. @ShanelleLSmith knows what that is like firsthand, and is working to change it for Ohioans. @Forbeshttps://t.co/rAyOQ1B39m— The Trust for Public Land (@tpl_org) April 23, 2020
Related Blog Posts
It is sad to think that most of the places I normally write about at sosAssociates.com/Blog are currently closed. I have written this blog post and the two listed below to capture how life is continuing during this coronavirus crisis:
Blog Date: April 8, 2020 - Humor and Creativity on the Twitterverse While Social Distancing
Blog Date: March 30, 2020 - Peaceful Parks While Social Distancing
During this time period, I have also been attending some online Facebook Live events about trails that I plan to share in my next social distancing blog post. If you want to see the videos now, please see the links to the Facebook Live events via my @sos_jr tweets about:
Wednesday Evening, April 15, 2020 - The Continental Divide Trail is Our Classroom with Author and Backpacker Cindy Ross
Saturday Morning, April 18, 2020 - Opening Day for Trails with Cleveland Metroparks CEO Brian Zimmerman
Saturday, April 18, 2020 - Rails-to-Trails Conservancy Celebrate Trails @ Home
Wednesday, April 22, 2020 - Conversations Across a Continent with Continental Divide Trail Coalition Members
- Note that there are two more Continental Divide Trail Facebook Live events -- a 4/24/20 concert and a 4/29/20 talk by one of the first women to hike the CDT. I hope to attend these online.