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Cleveland's great for the whole family – These are my favorite reasons to visit.
I am a world traveler. I have been to three different continents, traveled to over 20 states in the United States and at least six countries. I lived in New Jersey for seven and a half years and visited New York City frequently. I'm not saying this to brag, but I am simply saying this to prove that I have traveled quite a bit in my 19 years of life, and while I am no travel expert, I can say that without a doubt, Cleveland, Ohio is a wonderful city to travel to and visit. Maybe I'm biased because I've lived in a suburb of Cleveland (or what I claim to be a suburb of Cleveland) for over ten years now. However, I have seen many beautiful places in my lifetime, and while the weather is not the warmest, nor my favorite thing about the city of Cleveland, there are many other things that Cleveland can offer to tourists.
10. Little Italy
Little Italy is around 20 minutes away from the city of Cleveland and has been noted as one of the top ten Little
9. Great Lakes Brewing Company
Okay so I am not 21 and therefore cannot legally consume alcohol, however, I know that Clevelanders are a big fan of good beer. More specifically, Clevelanders are a fan of Great Lakes Brewery Company, the first brewpub and microbrewery in the state of Ohio. The brewpub also gives tours on weekends of its facilities and shares the rich historical background of the site and company with its visitors. I might still have a little less than two years, but I can't wait until I turn 21 and can have a pint of beer at Great Lakes Brewing Company to celebrate a beloved Cleveland tradition.
8. University Circle
University Circle is one square mile and "home to world-renowned museums, prestigious universities, nationally recognized hospitals, eclectic restaurants, beautiful parks, and cozy spaces." There are over eight museums and galleries including a natural history museum, a museum of contemporary art and an institute of art. There are several places to hear beautiful music in gorgeous locations, cultural and botanical gardens to take a stroll in, many historical landmarks and unique eats.
7. The Cleveland Orchestra and Severance Hall
Opened in 1931 and known as one of America's greatest orchestras and a world-renowned orchestra. In addition to being a great orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra lives in one of the most beautiful concert halls. I might be a little biased though because I graduated high school in Severance Hall, which definitely makes classical music fans jealous of my close connection with the venue.
6. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame opened in 1985 and has since brought millions of dollars and visitors to the city of Cleveland, a place which some people now consider the "Home of Rock and Roll". With new inductees every year, the Rock Hall is forever changing and making adaptations to their exhibits and galleries. The exhibits in the Rock Hall include but are not limited to cities that have a major music history, focus on individual artists (in the past there has been an exhibit on Bruce Springsteen), Cleveland's legacy within the rock and roll genre and protests rooted in music.
5. Westside Market
Over 100 years old and recently named by Food Network Magazine "Best Food Lover's Market" in America. With over 100 vendors selling a variety of yummy treats like meats, cheese, bread, baked goods and a bunch of fresh produce, this indoor and outdoor market is always bustling. "Clevelanders love the West Side Market like that loud, colorful great aunt who has ties to the Old Country. She's brash, one-of-a-kind, completely unapologetic and the absolute best to show off to your friends!"
4. Playhouse Square
Playhouse Square is the nation's second-largest performing arts center (second only to Broadway in New York City). And in more recent history, Playhouse Square is the world's most expansive and expensive restoration project in the performing arts world. Known now for its extraordinary outdoor chandelier, Playhouse Square's one of a kind architecture and design attracts millions every year for the over one thousand shows performed annually. I can almost guarantee that every traveling Broadway play or musical has been to Playhouse Square (and Hamilton will be there soon, too!).
3. Cleveland Museum of Art
Known nationally and internationally for its exquisite collections of Egyptian and Asian art, the Cleveland Museum of Art is always expanding and bringing art and visitors from around the world to its doors. In addition to its impressive collections, the CMA is the fourth-wealthiest art museum in the United States and is one of the most visited art museums in the world. There are works of art by Monet, Degas, Caravaggio, Botticelli, Rodin, Van Gogh, Warhol and so many more. And what makes it even more unique, the museum remains free to the general public and has since its opening in 1913.
So, why is Cleveland's food scene one of the country's best food scenes and only continues to get better? Well, to put it simply, we have New York City quality food (and better) for better prices! We have everything from burgers to Mexican food, steak to grilled cheese, pierogis to polish boys and everything else in between. If you are looking to try new food and expand your taste buds to new horizons, come to Cleveland for its incredible and vast food scene.
And perhaps the most important thing about Cleveland, and my personal favorite thing:
1. The Camaraderie
Cleveland, better known to Cleveland sports fans as Believeland, is a place where die-hard fans are created. We celebrate things like a 0-16 season and throw one of the biggest parades in sports history when we win a championship. We stick together through thick and thin and believe in the possibility of the next season. Unlike most sports fans, Cleveland fans don't give up or pick another team to cheer on. Plus, there's nothing like being in another state and finding someone from Cleveland.
Are you at one of the ages mentioned in Taylor Swift's songs?
Before Taylor Swift's transition from a country/pop sweetheart to a crazed vengeful victim, I was a huge fan of hers. I've been listening to her music for as long as I can remember.
Over the years, as an observant T Swift fan, I've noticed her penchant for mentioning ages in her songs. Maybe she does this so she can look back on these songs and remember how old she was when she had these experiences. Or maybe she does it so her fans have another level to relate to her on. For at least my past seven birthdays, I've checked to see if Taylor Swift mentioned my new age in one of her songs.
Not only does it make me feel closer to her, but it also gives me a song to cling to for a while. By my count, Taylor Swift mentions 13 different ages in her songs.
This is the youngest age mentioned in a Taylor Swift song, which means you probably didn't listen to this song on your third birthday. This age comes from the song The Best Day off of her second album, Fearless. The song chronicles Swift's life at multiple ages and is above all a love letter to her family.
"There is a video I found from back when I was three. You set up a paint set in the kitchen and you're talking to me. It's the age of princesses and pirate ships and the seven dwarfs."
This is another age mentioned in The Best Day. It is part of the song's opening line. Unlike age three, where Swift is seeing something and not actually remembering it, this appears to be a memory from age five with her mother sometime in October.
"I'm five years old, it's getting cold. I've got my big coat on. I hear your laugh, and look up smiling at you. I run and run past the pumpkin patch and the tractor rides. Look now, the sky is gold. I hug your legs and fall asleep on the way home."
This is one of five ages mentioned in Mary's Song (Oh My My My) from Swift's self-titled debut album. This song tells the story of a guy and a girl going from young friends to an old couple, from the perspective of the girl. Swift was inspired to write this song by an elderly couple that lived next door.
"She said, I was 7 and you were 9. I looked at you like the stars that shined in the sky. The pretty lights. And our daddies used to joke about the two of us, growing up and falling in love. And our mommas smiled, and rolled their eyes, and said 'Oh, my my my.'"
This is the second of five ages in Mary's Song. It is mentioned directly after age 7 since it is the age of the guy in the song, who is two years older than the girl.
"She said, I was 7 and you were 9. I looked at you like the stars that shined in the sky. The pretty lights."
This goes back to The Best Day. Swift is no longer five, and she has new problems to deal with. Thankfully, her mom is by her side, like always. I was always able to relate to this part of the song, even before and since I turned 13.
"I'm 13 now and don't know how my friends could be so mean. I come home crying, and you hold me tight, and grab the keys. And we drive and drive until we've found a town far enough away. And we talk and window shop 'til I've forgot all their names."
You don't have to look hard to find this one. In fact, it's the name of the song. This song is also on Swift's Fearless album. It's about her beginning high school. She talks about friendship, love, and dreams. She even mentions the name of her real life best friend at the time, who she is still friends with now. Since it's the name of the song, 15 is mentioned multiple times.
"'Cause when you're fifteen and somebody tells you they love you, you're gonna believe them. And when you're fifteen, feeling like there's nothing to figure out. Well, count to ten, take it in. This is life before you know who you're gonna be. Fifteen."
"When you're fifteen and your first kiss makes your head spin 'round. But in your life you'll do things greater than dating the boy on the football team. But I didn't know it at fifteen."
"When you're fifteen, don't forget to look before you fall. I've found time can heal most anything, and you just might find who you're supposed to be. I didn't who I was supposed to be at fifteen."
We return to Mary's Song for this one. After the two young kids have grown up a little, their perspective on both life and each other changes. This is a turning point in their relationship. Remember, the song is told from the girl's perspective, so she's talking about her age.
"Well, I was sixteen when, suddenly, I wasn't that little girl you used to see. But your eyes still shined like pretty lights. And our daddies used to joke about the two of us. They never believed we'd really fall in love. And our mommas smiled, and rolled their eyes, and said 'Oh, my my my.'"
We jump forward a few albums for this one. The song Starlight on Swift's Red album tells the story of young Ethel and Bobby Kennedy. She saw a picture of Ethel and Bobby as teenagers, which inspired her to write a song about it. She actually played it for Ethel, who enjoyed it.
"I met Bobby on the boardwalk, summer of '45. Picked me up late one night out the window. We were seventeen and crazy, running wild, wild. Can't remember what song it was playing when we walked in. The night we snuck into a yacht club party pretending to be a duchess and a prince."
We skip over age 18 because apparently that's been done too many times for Taylor Swift to bother with it. 19, which happens to be the age of yours truly, is mentioned in Dear John, off of Swift's third album, Speak Now. This song is allegedly about Swift's relationship with John Mayer, which fits the timeline since she was 19 when they dated. I have always loved this song but felt a deeper connection to it when I turned 19.
"Dear John, I see it all now, it was wrong. Don't you think nineteen's too young to be played by your dark, twisted games when I loved you so? I should've known."
Certainly, everyone is familiar with this one. It is Swift's second song titled with an age and a popular anthem for people who are proud to be 22 and aren't afraid to dance like it. This is a song from the Red album, which came out shortly before Swift's 23 birthday.
"I don't know about you, but I'm feeling 22. Everything will be alright if you keep me next to you. You don't know about me, but I'll bet you want to. Everything will be alright if we just keep dancing like we're 22."
This age is mentioned in a song off Swift's most recent album, Reputation. As I subtly mentioned at the beginning, I'm not a fan of Taylor Swift's new music. For the sake of being thorough, though, I scanned Reputation for ages. I found 25 mentioned in the song Dancing With Our Hands Tied.
"I, I loved you in secret. First sight, yeah, we love without reason. Oh, twenty-five years old. Oh, how were you to know?"
We jump ahead quite a bit for this one! Obviously Taylor Swift isn't 87 yet, so she's not speaking from experience. At this point, you can probably guess which song this is from. If you thought Mary's Song, you're correct! This is at the end of the song, where the young friends are finally an old couple. The future tense implies that the couple this song is based on aren't quite that old. However, they intend on staying together until they are.
"I'll be 87, you'll be 89. I'll still look at you like the stars that shine in the sky. Oh my, my, my."
I could have combined 7 and 9, and 87 and 89 since they're so close together, but I wanted to make a point. If you've been paying attention to the numbers before the ages, you'll notice that this is the 13th age mentioned in a Taylor Swift song. If you're a Taylor Swift fan, you probably already know what that means. If not, let me enlighten you. 13 is Swift's lucky number. She was born on December 13 and turned 13 on Friday the 13. The number 13 is also connected to her music. Some of her songs have 13-second intros. Some of her albums have 13 songs. Some songs peaked at #13 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Could that fact that Taylor Swift mentions 13 different ages in her music be a coincidence? It could, but it seems unlikely. When it comes to Taylor Swift, there are hardly any coincidences. Since she has been using ages in songs since her first album, it is likely she will mention more on subsequent albums. However, she has never gone less than four years in-between albums, so this 13 reference will stick around for quite some time.
This is just a quick response to a post I saw that basically shamed other people for how they choose to deal with their mental health.
For those who have lived with depression for really any length of time, (because severity is not based on how long since you've been diagnosed), you ought to know how difficult it is somedays to function properly.
To get out of bed. To eat something other than almonds and a glass of water, if you eat anything at all. How hard it is to put a smile on your face when your mind is screaming at you.
So this one goes out to the girl who wrote an article explaining to the world that going to the gym helps with depression and the rest of us should really start going, too.
I initially saw your article spread over my Facebook page, which wasn't new or surprising. The headline caught my attention and I thought that maybe it was meant to catch an eye and the article wasn't actually about how the rest of us are inferior. I read it, I liked it, I just have an issue with it...and apparently, so do the several comments under your article.
I appreciate that this thing works for you, and I'm glad that you've found the thing that makes you feel better but I would appreciate if you didn't write it as if it were the Holy Grail and the rest of us are wrong.
Because yes, some days when things get especially hard, running or walking or doing SOMETHING helps a lot. But most of the time it's that curl up in bed in the same clothes you've been wearing for three days and tell yourself you should really shower but taking that shower would take all the energy you have left in you.
My preference for managing my depression isn't the gym. It's doing art. Creating and building things to get my thoughts out without having to spend all my energy. Trust me, I enjoy that post-workout energy boost as much as the next person, but when getting dressed is hard enough it's not the best option.
I'm the person that you won't hear from for days on end because I'm trapped in my head. I'm the person that finds it hard to leave the bed/apartment because that means I have to interact with people and pretend my own mind isn't tearing me apart. I find it hard enough to function with my depression and anxiety and personally, the gym isn't going to help.
I don't deserve to be shamed for that. Each person deals with their mental health differently. Some people go to the gym, some do art, some color their hair and get piercings, some watch Netflix. We'll figure out what works for us, but don't shame us because of what works for you.
Hozier is not just an amazing singer, but also an incredible songwriter.
About two months ago, after a five-year hiatus, Andrew Hozier-Byrne released a well-awaited EP, Nina Cried Power, and today marks the release of a new single 'Movement.'
Since the release of 'Take Me to Church,' I have been a huge fan of the amazing Irish musician. Hozier's music is incredibly thought-out and simultaneously soothes the soul and awakens the kindred, lost wandering part of you.
Here's a compilation of some of my favorite lyrics up-to-date from both his old album, Hozier, as well as the EP, Nina Cried Power.
Be warned: I got goosebumps while re-listening to all these brilliant creations. And if you haven't, check out 'Movement' that was released earlier today.
1. "The only heaven I'll be sent to is when I'm alone with you."
Take Me To Church, Hozier.
2. "Would things be easier if there was a right way? Honey, there is no right way."
Someone New, Hozier.
3. "No better version I could pretend to be tonight."
Jackie and Wilson, Hozier.
4. Babe, there's something so lonesome about you, something so wholesome about you."
From Eden, Hozier
5. "And I couldn't whisper when you needed it shouted."
6. "All you have is your fire and the place you need to reach. Don't ever tame your demons, but always keep 'em on a leash."
Arsonist's Lullabye, From Eden EP.
7. "It's not the waking, it's the rising."
Nina Cried Power, Nina Cried Power.
8. "I will not as you where you came from, I will not ask you, neither should you."
Like Real People Do, Hozier.
9. "Babe, there's something so tragic about you, something so magic about you; don't you agree?"
From Eden, Hozier.
10. "We'll lay here for years or for hours, your hand in my hand, so still and discreet."
In A Week, Hozier.
11. "Her eyes and words are so icy, oh, but she burns like rum on fire."
Cherry Wine, Hozier.
12. "I've no language left to say it, all I do is crave to her."
Foreigner's God, Hozier.
13. "Honey, you're familiar like my mirror years ago."
From Eden, Hozier.
14. "'Cause there's no better love that's laid beside me. There's no better love that justifies me, there's no better."
Better Love, Hozier.
15. Give your heart and soul to charity 'cause the rest of you, the best of you, honey, belongs to me."
NFWMB, Nina Cried Power.
16. "'Cause with my mid-youth crisis all said and done, I need to be youthfully felt, 'cause God I never felt young."
Jackie and Wilson, Hozier.
17. "You and I nursing on a poison that never stung, our teeth and lungs are lined with the scum of it."
18. "There's an art to life's distractions; to somehow escape the burn weight. The art of scraping through."
Someone New, Hozier.
19. "I turned and ran to save a life I didn't have."
In the Woods Somewhere, Hozier.
20. "My lover's got humor, she's the giggle at a funeral. Knows everybody's disapproval, I should've worshipped her sooner."
Take Me to Church, Hozier.
21. "We tried the world, good God, it wasn't for us."
Jackie and Wilson, Hozier.
I hope some, if not most, of these lyrics blew your mind. If they did, definitely follow along with his musical journey.
What came first: The chicken or the egg?
While most questions have factual answers, there are a few questions that continue to boggle our minds. The ambiguity of these questions continues to leave society torn on what the correct answer truly is. Chances are you have run into quite a few of these questions, all of which probably have created some interesting and philosophical conversations. Here are 7 of the most highly debated questions.
1. Is water wet?
Some consider the property of "wetness" to be based on the chemistry of water molecules, which are in fact surrounded by other water molecules. But, others argue that the sensation of being wet can be attained by the act of pouring water on someone or something.
2. Is a hot dog a sandwich?
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A sandwich can be considered two slices of bread with anything in between. But, hot dogs are different in that the slices of bread are not completely separated. While the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council released a statement in 2015 saying that a hot dog was in fact "not a sandwich", the question still remains.
3. Does a straw have two holes or one?
This question is based on the elementary idea of what a hole truly is. Can a hole have two openings or one? Google defines a hole as a "hollow place in a solid body". A doughnut is considered to have one hole, yet so is a hole in the ground. You decide.
4. Is cereal considered soup?
There are all kinds of soups: hot, cold, sweet, and savory. Soups are broths that are eaten with spoons. Cereal is typically defined as a sweet breakfast food poured in some type of liquid (usually milk) and eaten with a spoon. So, is cereal a soup?
5. Is a thumb a finger?
C'mon people. This one is not that hard. We have five fingers on our hand and the thumb is considered one of them.
6. If you are at a restaurant and your waiter doesn't come back, are you the waiter?
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7. Last but not least, which came first — the chicken or the egg?
The age-old question everyone is still trying to answer. Some theorists argue that two chicken-like animals laid an egg that hatched a chicken. But, studies have shown that a particular protein required for chicken eggshell formation is only found in chicken ovaries. Thus, was an initial chicken required to lay a chicken egg? Who knows. We're all confused.
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2. Radhi,SUNY Stony Brook
3. Kristen Haddox, Penn State University
4. Jennifer Kustanovich, SUNY Stony Brook
5. Clare Regelbrugge, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign