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Thank You–Gratitude-12–Cleveland Ohio

What a night in Cleveland, Ohio! And a celebration of respect and gratitude was on the frontlines!


From a sports fan’s and Ohioan’s viewpoint, the city of Cleveland, Ohio, did itself proud last night in an amazing situation when the Cleveland Indians opened the World Series with a Game One 6-0 victory over the Chicago Cubs at Progressive Field, while the Cleveland Cavaliers were next door at Quicken Loans Arena raising their 2015-’16 NBA Championship banner before dispatching the New York Knicks, 117-88, in the 2016-’17 NBA season opener.

The Indians have waited for another World Series championship since 1948. The Cavs’ NBA Championship, completed in June of this year, was the team’s first ever NBA title!  (Oh, right: the Cleveland Browns won their only NFL Championship in 1964!)

The King, LeBron James, recorded a triple double performance after he and his Cavs Court had received their championship rings in an emotional ceremony.

High emotions in the two heart-thumping sports moments didn’t translate to mayhem and destruction. Reactions were made up of gratitude, respect, and humbleness. (Even the Chicago Cubs, who last won the World Series in 1908, were respectful losers in their first game of the 2016 Series.)

Thank you, everyone who respected each other in Cleveland, Ohio, last night!

Anyone got a sports story to write?

(BONUS Trivia: What park is surprisingly rich in “…gorgeous wildflower meadows…”, according to the observations of park author Becky Lomax?
ANSWER: Glacier National Park in Montana!)

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Since I first touched a pencil to paper, I've been writing. Where that passion has taken me as I lived life is explored in my Primary blog, . I love animals, including race horses, about whom I have written much, and I've always had a dog in my life. Shouldn't animals have their say? In my Second Primary blog, , I give them a chance to speak. In the Composite blog , I explore my life's journey and observations. Other interests -- poetry, sports, photography, thankfulness, story ideas, self-publishing, story art, fiction, and more -- get their due in my other (17) blogs. I'm from a rural community in Ohio, lived nine years in Vermont, then returned to my native Henry County in 1980. I've worked for various local newspapers and attended classes in writing over the years before retiring to free-lancing in 2008. It was after my migration back to Ohio that I began BAT Publishing in earnest. It is strictly a self-publishing enterprise in that I publish my own works -- novels, novelettes, short stories with my Roughcraft Art -- in my own softcover, or loose-leaf notebook, designs. My photos and artwork are also incorporated in the books. Prior to this endeavor, I produced a periodic story booklet for young writers only entitled "Connections". Its success sparked my interest in self-publishing my own titles.

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