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14th Nov

2017

The anniversary Gala this year on December 6 celebrates that the Friends of Goodale Park has been around for 30 years! This three-decade milestone seems important, and other year-related milestones seem important too. Your 16th ...

4th Jun

2017

(A tale of fuelperks and roller slides) I wistfully remember volunteers schlepping Giant Eagle shopping carts from the muck in the Goodale Park pond on Saturdays.  Oh, to have Giant Eagle shopping carts near enough for them to ...

18th Feb

2017

I have claimed here recently (in Poop Psychology) that trash begets trash, and this is most certainly true.  Beer cans and liquor bottles left near the south porch of the Goodale Park Shelterhouse, or on my tree lawn or in the alley ...

29th Dec

2016

About ten years ago, my daily Victorian Village ritual included removing piles of dog poop from the all-too-convenient toilet that is the tree lawn in front of our house, and transferring piles of tumbling trash from the rear alley ...

3rd Sep

2016

(about falling trees, personal experience, reality, and Pokémon) I saw this fallen tree limb recently while walking with my dog in Goodale Park.  It brought to mind that classic “tree falls in the forest” question that Jeff Olen ...

4th Jul

2016

(About Comfest, compost, identity, and transformation) Compost and Comfest go together. I thought about this last month, when Comfest was passing through Goodale Park and our neighborhood, and passing through our lives.  I checked the ...

19th Jun

2016

(about bats, parasites, and other visitors) The apparently innocuous, small baggy brown blob on our bedroom floor looked like a misplaced pair of hose, which is why my wife reached down to pick it up.   As her fingers closed in on ...

21st May

2016

(about patterns, causality, and observational overconfidence) During our time as a species, our ability to generalize has enabled us to survive, and has made us pretty great. We have developed the ability to correctly deduce outcomes ...

23rd Mar

2016

(about Goodale Park memories, eyewitness testimony, and…I forget what else) The recently proposed Goodale Park playground plan brought back memories of the old days in the park. As if it were yesterday, I remember swinging my ...

8th Feb

2016

(about neighborhoods, containers, metaphors, and non-physical reality) I live in a container. Actually, I live inside a series of containers, one of which is Victorian Village. I know that our neighborhood is a container because of the ...