ClevelandSeniors.Com Photo of the WeekHave you visited the USS Cod lately?
USS Cod and Cleveland skyline
Getting the best Watermelons - Keeping Up With MauryWatermelons do not ripen once they are picked. Cantaloupes ripen if you leave them out at room temperature. Honey Dews will not ripen.
But watermelons, once they are picked, that's it! They will be either good or bad.
Read the rest of Maury's tips on watermelons
What to look for at Farmer's Markets - Keeping Up With MauryThere is so much happening in the food industry I hardly know where to begin. Mid July is the beginning of the harvest season. All those home grown vegetables … all those little farm projects.
So let me tell you what to look for. The first thing you want to concentrate on is ...
Read the rest of Maury's visit to Farmer's Markets
Strawberry Time - Keeping Up With MauryYes, I know that strawberry time is over. I mean local strawberry time. Those are the real strawberries; the varieties we used to know, but have forgotten.
We have become so accustomed to the California berries, we seem surprised to find that local berries do not grow that large. Here is how that happened.
Read the rest of Maury's look at Strawberries
The Return of LeBron JamesAmy Kenneley reacts to the big news and reconsiders her opinion from a few years ago.
Read Amy's updated opinion.
Great Choice Republican National Committee
Officials of the Republican National Committee's site selection committee voted to recommend that the GOP hold its 2016 presidential nominating convention in Cleveland beginning on either June 28 or July 16.
ClevelandSeniors.Com looks forward to sharing the many attributes of our city, including the wisdom and abilities of our "seasoned citizens", with the RNC and the worldwide audience.
Military Songs (Marines, Army, Air Force, Navy) on bagpipes
The Irish American Club East Side Pipes and Drums corps performed the military songs for the US Marine Corps (From the Halls of Montezuma), Army (The Caissons go rolling along), Air Force (Off we go into the wild blue yonder) and Navy (Anchors Aweigh) at the annual Ohio Celtic Festival in Painesville Ohio.
Making Cleveland, Ohio (and all of us) proudPetty Officer 3rd Class Lawrence Matejka, a personnel specialist and 2011 Cleveland Job Corps Center graduate from Cleveland, Ohio, is currently serving with Navy Operational Support Center Kitsap in the U.S. Navy, which protects and defends America on the world's oceans.
With more than 70 percent of the world covered by water, 80 percent of the world's population living near those waters, and 90 percent of the world's commerce shipped over those waters, having Matejka serving his country matters. Because the Navy is always deployed around the world around the clock, it provides America nearly immediate response to anything.
The ability to act from the sea and being uniquely positioned on the world's oceans help give the Navy the power to protect America's interests anywhere, and at any time.
(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Andre T. Richard/Released)
Petty Officer 3rd Class Lawrence Matejka
ClevelandSeniors.Com Humor of the WeekYesterday I had an appointment to see the urologist for a Prostate exam. Of course I was a bit on edge because all my friends have either gone under the knife or had those pellets implanted.
The waiting room was filled with patients. As I approached the receptionist's desk, I noticed that the receptionist was a large, unfriendly woman, who looked like a Sumo wrestler.
I gave her my name. In a very loud voice, the receptionist said, "YES, I HAVE YOUR NAME HERE; YOU WANT TO SEE THE DOCTOR ABOUT IMPOTENCE, RIGHT?"
All the patients in the waiting room snapped their heads around to look at me, a now, very embarrassed man. But as usual, I recovered quickly, and in an equally loud voice I replied, "NO, I'VE COME TO INQUIRE ABOUT A SEX CHANGE OPERATION, BUT I DON'T WANT THE SAME DOCTOR THAT DID YOURS."
Don't mess with old retired guys.
4 star General Colin Powell in ClevelandGeneral Colin Powell was the keynote speaker at the Cleveland Founfation Centennial meeting on June 11, 2014 at the Place Theatre in Playhouse Square.
Garden for Wildlife Myths and Facts
Myth #1: Providing water for wildlife creates a mosquito haven.
False. It takes a minimum of about a week for the metamorphosis from egg to winged adult to be completed, so emptying your bird bath or other water source every few days eliminates the chance of creating a mosquito nursery.
Myth #2: Dogs and gardening for wildlife don't mix.
False. Plan your garden by thinking like your dog! Arbors for vines protect plants and also direct your dog's path. Focus on attracting wildlife that your dog is unlikely to harm or be harmed by such as bird and butterflies Large, round rocks are awkward for dogs to walk on, so use them to block off delicate plants.
Myth #3: You can't garden if you have allergies.
False. Plants pollinated by the wind are the cause of most allergies. Fortunately for gardeners and wildlife lovers, plants pollinated by animals have not only brightly colored blooms but also large, heavy pollen that is less likely to be allergenic. Plant native wildflowers like asters, goldenrods and coneflowers that are pollinated by animals.
Myth #4: You need a yard to garden for wildlife.
False. Many species, like birds and butterflies, are easy to attract since they are so mobile. If you have a smaller space, just think in smaller scale. For example, instead of a bird bath, simply fill a small dish with water.
ClevelandSeniors.Com Book of the Week
In Smart Money Smart Kids, financial expert and best-selling author Dave Ramsey and his daughter Rachel Cruze equip parents to teach their children how to win with money.
Starting with the basics like working, spending, saving, and giving, and moving into more challenging issues like avoiding debt for life, paying cash for college, and battling discontentment, Dave and Rachel present a no-nonsense, common-sense approach for changing your family tree.
Smart Money Smart Kids: Raising the Next Generation to Win with Money
The world can learn from ClevelandThe 2014 Cleveland Cultural Garden Federation officer induction ceremony was held at the Ariel International Center in Cleveland. Ariel is now the business home of the Federation.
Photos and videos of The Cultural Gardens Induction Ceremony
As this photo shows, the peaceful philosophy of the Cultural Gardens endures even when the rest of the world does not.
Russia and Ukraine Garden delegates shake hands in front of their flags
ClevelandSeniors.Com Special offer of the Week