Claire Loves The City

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I read that a neighbor from Indian Village is in hospice care.

I don’t know her well. She has this tile, in-ground swimming pool that she lets anyone from Indian Village swim in, though, so I’ve been over to her house to swim. The pool used to be for her family but after her kids grew up and her husband passed on, she decided to share it with the neighborhood to justify the effort of its upkeep. Cool as hell.

I only managed to make it over there twice to swim. Mary would mostly leave me out there by myself, but might put on a swimsuit and join me part way through. In a neighborhood where I never quite felt like I fit in, having a standing invitation somewhere meant a lot to me.

Thank you, Mary. I’m holding you in my thoughts.

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In 1932, Dr. Archibald Purves from England designed the Dynasphere.  He believed that one huge wheel encompassing five passengers was far more efficient than a car with four wheels.  The biggest issue was that it steered quite poorly.  (via)

If I had one of these I would use it to run over Henry Ford.

weirdvintage:

In 1932, Dr. Archibald Purves from England designed the Dynasphere.  He believed that one huge wheel encompassing five passengers was far more efficient than a car with four wheels.  The biggest issue was that it steered quite poorly.  (via)

If I had one of these I would use it to run over Henry Ford.

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Nearly 100 recent homicides linked to users of Stormfront white supremacist site, SPLC says

A white supremacist charged with killing three people near two Jewish community facilities in suburban Kansas City this week posted more than 12,000 messages on a racist website which carries the slogan “No Jews, Just Right,” according to an organization that tracks hate groups.

The online activity by Frazier Glenn Cross follows a trend in which prolific posters on hate online forums are becoming “disproportionately responsible” for racist murders and mass killings, according to a report released on Thursday by the Southern Poverty Law Center, a non-profit civil rights organization.

The report said nearly 100 people in the last five years have been murdered by frequent users of one white supremacist website, Stormfront. The site describes itself as a community of “White Nationalists” and “the voice of the new, embattled White minority.”

“It has been a magnet for the deadly and deranged,” said Heidi Beirich, author of the report.

(Source: ethiopienne, via welcometocollinwood)

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Butter lambs of Buffalo

Nobody celebrates Easter quite like Buffalo’s Polish community. It is this fervor surrounding the Christian holiday that has kept the 126-year-old Broadway Market alive in one of the hardest hit neighborhoods of Buffalo’s economic decline. At the core of this festive engine are Malczewski’s butter lambs.

This 2011 video created by Buffalo.com features the now world-famous butter lambs started over 40 years ago as something shared between friends and family. The butter lamb has swelled in popularity over the last several decades into an international phenomenon recently making news for being “pardoned” by Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz. Yet, for most Polish residents the biggest event of Easter comes the day after - Dyngus Day - in which Buffalo celebrates better than anywhere else on the planet.

Oh my gosh, going to Buffalo for Dyngus Day is on my list. Not this year but maybe next??

We have a tiny Dyngus Day in Hamtramck but it’s nothin’ like this.

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