Lakewood OH


Documentary explains well the need for education reform

With the term “Common Core” eliciting such visceral reactions from parents, teachers and politicians, it would be nice if there were a way to restart the conversation about reforming public education without all the baggage. Fortunately, there is. It’s a documentary called “Most Likely to Succeed.” I saw it in March at the Cleveland International […]

The case for adopting a dog

When I first saw Sammy, his tongue and ears were hanging from his head; his tail too large for his body and his legs too short. He was standing in my dining room, my fiance, Mike, standing next to him, waiting to see what my reaction would be. I knew he was going to adopt […]

Guest column: A day in the life of a sixth-grade teacher

  We drive by them every day. Those big, elusive buildings that bring back so many memories of tests, papers, peer pressure, cliques, insecurities, nice teachers, mean teachers and, of course, our very first crush. But do we really know what goes on behind the scenes of school from a teacher’s point of view? Unless […]

Exploring Northeast Ohio’s heroin problem

By Nicole Hennessy Westshore Last year I wrote a short series about heroin use in Northeast Ohio – an epidemic, they say. A seemingly unsolvable situation after a decade of opiate-based painkillers being prescribed for every little ailment, ache and pain, until the number of addicts became noticeable and the process to stop the trend began, […]