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A Final Thought: "Thank God it was you."

A few years ago, before my parents passed away, they were having dinner at their favorite Italian restaurant in my hometown of Columbus, Georgia, when a flush-mount speaker fell out of the ceiling and hit Mom on the head. Speakers, as you may know, contain a heavy magnet and the blow knocked her unconscious for a moment. Mom and Dad had eaten...

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Minkin's Music: Genius and playlist

Music streaming is popular with many readers and if I’m late to the party on this one, please forgive me. I recently stumbled across “Genius,” a very cool phone app that shows you the lyrics, album playlist, artist discography and, at times, liner notes about a particular song. After downloading the Genius app one afternoon, I was...

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Crocker Park's Refined festival features all-Ohio alcohol

One of the coolest new events to hit the CLE, mark your calendar for Saturday, March 10, 2018 as Refined rolls into Crocker Park in Westlake. Billed as “The Alcohol Festival Featuring Alcohol Only from Ohio,” Refined will serve up our state’s finest beers, wines and cocktails at five interactive indoor bars, from 4 to 10 p.m. Several Ohio...

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Minkin's Music: Your 2018 concert list

The New Year offers up a list that’s chock full of singer/songwriters heading to a Northeast Ohio watering hole near you. One of the most intimate sit-down venues is Music Box Supper Club, located on the west bank of The Flats in downtown Cleveland. National touring artists booked include Los Lobos (1/24), Aimee Mann (1/28), JD Souther...

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A Final Thought: Starbucks is the devil

For 15 years now, Mimi Vanderhaven has been true to her mission of improving business diversity by shining the spotlight on quality, locally owned businesses, most of whom suffer from “the 500-foot rule.” That is, local businesses often can’t afford the high rent district so they locate a bit farther away. For example, wherever...

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