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City of Cleveland Proclamation in honor of Pat Hanson

Thank you to Mayor Frank Jackson and Chief Valarie McCall for the wonderful proclamation on behalf of the citizens of Cleveland "In Loving Memory of Patricia Hanson."

As the Mayor said in the proclamation "A remarkable woman, Ms. Hanson was loved by many and will be truly missed by all…I humbly request that all citizens join with me in extending our prayers to her family and friends during this time of bereavement."

City of Cleveland Proclamation in honor of Pat Hanson

City of Cleveland Proclamation in honor of Pat Hanson

ClevelandSeniors.Com Joke of the Week

An elderly man goes to the doctor and tells him that he hasn't been feeling well. The doctor examines him, leaves the room, and comes back with three different bottles of pills.

The doctor says, "Take the green pill with a big glass of water when you get up. Take the blue pill with a big glass of water after lunch. Then just before going to bed, take the red pill with another big glass of water."

Startled to be put on so much medicine, the elderly man stammers, "My goodness, Doc. Exactly what's my problem?"

The doctor says, "You're not drinking enough water."

Rest in Peace Pat Hanson

Patricia Hanson (nee Sweeney) beloved spouse of Norman (deceased) and treasured mother of Dan, Debbie and Pat (Mugridge, husband Tom) went to heaven on Thursday November 18, 2021. A book should be written but here are a few thoughts about her life.

Pat (Patty, Aunt Patsy) was born in 1930 to James F. (Bud) Sweeney and Helen Primosch Sweeney. Besides her devastated children she leaves behind her dear brother James F. Sweeney and many beloved nieces, nephews and cousins.

Pat Hanson

Pat was the Project Manager of, and where she wrote the popular columns 'Chat with Pat' and 'Dear Webby'.

She helped create the Cleveland International Hall of Fame.

She had a typical Irish Catholic upbringing on East 32nd Street with her brothers Terry (deceased) and Jim which included Irish dancing and singing and attending St. Columbkille Church and school.

Her aptitude was for the law but girls from 32nd St. didn't get a chance to go to college back then. She worked in Probate Court and did modeling for wedding dresses and other clothes. The Irish belle of the ball, bands would stop playing in mid-song when she walked into a dance hall and immediately break into an Irish song for her. She loved her larger than life husband, "Slim".

Pat and Norm (Slim) Hanson

Pat and Norm (Slim) Hanson

She was a devoted wife and family was always her first priority.

Pat Hanson with her kids on Christmas

Pat Hanson with her kids on Christmas

She worked for years doing payroll and other duties for Magnum Electric, Norm's electrical contracting business and later her son Dan's Magnum Computers. Both were on East 32nd and Payne which was a part of her that she never left behind.

Pat Hanson with son Dan at Cleveland Municipal Stadium

Pat Hanson with son Dan at Cleveland Municipal Stadium

She started her family on 4th Ave. in East Cleveland and became active at St. Philomena Church. After moving to Cleveland Heights she was active at St. Margaret Mary School and Church. She later returned to St. Phil's. She was a devout Catholic and a relentless pray-er. She had a direct pipeline to God.

She was the best friend to so many. Not just a friend but many considered her to be their best friend. Over the last few years dog-walkers and neighbors made a point to stop by and visit almost every day as she sat on the porch. From the mailman to the trash collectors they all stopped to talk with Pat.

She was honored by the Cleveland Rotary and that was the first time that Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson attended the event - to honor her. She was also honored by the American Nationalities Movement and other groups where "Mama Hanson" was well-known and loved. She loved the people of the Irish American Club East Side.

She treated Mayors and CEOs the same as the cleaning staff. Money and prestige did not matter to her. When she could no longer drive she gave her car to a handyman from East Cleveland who had become a family friend and was down on his luck.

She was a volunteer for the non-profit Computers Assisting People for 20+ years and, while not a techie, used her personality and skills to help bridge the Digital Divide in Cleveland.

She was known as "Mom" to so many in the Cleveland community.

Pat Hanson at a Cleveland event

With all the painful years in a wheelchair and other health issues she never complained or said "Why me?" Nurses and aides all commented on how nice she was and how she was their favorite - remembering a compliment or even a blown kiss.

She has earned her eternal reward but her passing leaves an unfillable void for her children, family and friends but also for the community at large.

On Friday December 3 there will be a visitation at St. Philomena Church at 13824 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44112 at 9:30 followed by a Funeral Mass at 11AM. Look for an obituary and more information in next Sunday's Plain Dealer.

Revealing Krishna: Journey to Cambodia's Sacred Mountain
Cleveland Museum of Art

According to Sanskrit texts, Krishna, an avatar of the Hindu god Vishnu, once hoisted a mountain overhead to shelter people and cattle from a mighty storm brought upon them by Indra, the god of rain and lightning, whom Krishna had angered. At the time, the dark-skinned god was just eight years old, and after this feat, his fellow villagers came to recognize him as a divinity. Around the year 600, a sculpture was created for the temple site of Phnom Da in southern Cambodia to honor this feat.

Krishna sculpture

The Cleveland Museum of Art's highly anticipated exhibition, Revealing Krishna: Journey to Cambodia's Sacred Mountain opened November 14, 2021. The groundbreaking exhibition incorporates mixed reality and reveals the CMA's newly restored Cambodian masterwork, Krishna Lifting Mount Govardhan, through an integration of art and experiential digital design.

The exhibition transports visitors to the dramatic floodplains of southern Cambodia and illustrates the history of the sculpture, spanning 1,500 years and three continents.

Visit for more information and ticket availability.

Watch Dan Hanson's video preview of the exhibit which includes comments from Sonya Rhie Mace, CMA's George P. Bickford Curator of Indian and Southeast Asian Art who speaks about the participation of actress Angelina Jolie among other items. It also takes a look at the incredible HoloLens 2 virtual reality tour which includes a life-size holographic representation of the original cave temple on Phnom Da.

See more from the Revealing Krishna: Journey to Cambodia's Sacred Mountain Exhibit

Punched, Kicked, Spat On, and Sometimes Thanked:
Memoirs of a TV News Reporter
by Paul Orlousky

Cleveland TV viewers are undoubtedly familiar with Paul Orlousky - known as Orlo to most. After all he worked in broadcasting for over 50 years, landing in Cleveland on WEWS TV (Channel 5) in 1981. For the next 38 years he was a fixture on nightly Cleveland TV newscasts on Channels 5, 3 and 19.

As an "aggressive" reporter, Orlousky was involved in many of the major stories that happened in Cleveland during the past 4 decades. This book gives an insider's look at many of them. Cleveland viewers will recognize the names such as Dorothy Fuldheim, Dick Feagler, Albert Belle, John Demjanjuk, Jim Trafficant, Dennis Kucinich and others.

Read our review of Punched, Kicked, Spat On, and Sometimes Thanked.

Advice from someone heading toward his 80th birthday

  1. After loving my parents, my siblings, my spouse, my children and my friends, I have now started loving myself.
  2. I have realized that I am not "Atlas". The world does not rest on my shoulders.
  3. I have stopped bargaining with vegetable & fruit vendors. A few pennies more is not going to break me, but it might help the poor fellow save for his daughter's school fees.
  4. I leave my waitress a big tip. The extra money might bring a smile to her face. She is toiling much harder for a living than I am.
  5. I stopped telling the elderly that they've already told that story many times. The story makes them walk down memory lane & relive their past.
  6. I have learned not to correct people even when I know they are wrong. The onus of making everyone perfect is not on me. Peace is more precious than perfection.
  7. I give compliments freely & generously. Compliments are a mood enhancer not only for the recipient, but also for me. And a small tip for the recipient of a compliment, never, NEVER turn it down, just say "Thank You."
  8. I have learned not to bother about a crease or a spot on my shirt. Personality speaks louder than appearances.
  9. I walk away from people who don't value me. They might not know my worth, but I do.
  10. I remain cool when someone plays dirty to outrun me in the rat race. I am not a rat & neither am I in any race.
  11. I am learning not to be embarrassed by my emotions. It's my emotions that make me human.
  12. I have learned that it's better to drop the ego than to break a relationship. My ego will keep me aloof, whereas with relationships, I will never be alone.
  13. I have learned to live each day as if it's the last. After all, it might be the last.
  14. I am doing what makes me happy. I am responsible for my happiness, and I owe it to myself. Happiness is a choice. You can be happy at any time, just choose to be!

Beatitudes for Friends of the Aged

Blessed are they who understand
My faltering step and palsied hand.

Blessed are they who know that my ears today
Must strain to catch the things they say.

Blessed are they who seem to know
That my eyes are dim and my wits are slow.

Blessed are they who looked away
When coffee spilled at the table today.

Blessed are they with a cheery smile
Who stop to chat for a little while.

Blessed are they who never say,
"You've told that story twice today."

Blessed are they who know the ways
To bring back memories of yesterdays.

Blessed are they who make it known
That I'm loved, respected and not alone.

Blessed are they who know I'm at a loss
To find the strength to carry the Cross.

Blessed are they who ease the days
On my journey Home in loving ways.

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Restoring Memories with Photos Improves Older Adults’ Quality of Life

As part of their research on reducing loneliness and isolation that often leads to depression and dementia, Vivid-Pix is studying Photo Reminiscence Therapy (RT): the use of re-living memories through photos. Vivid-Pix, Tellegacy, Achi, CERTUS Institute and National Institute for Dementia Education have been jointly conducting the RT study that found that senior residents who viewed photos versus those not viewing photos recalled events with more detail.

Family at fireplace photo restored with Vivid-Pix

Family photo restored with Vivid-Pix

Through RT, many seniors articulated exact facts, showing a strong recall to emotional/visual-based memory typically processed in the limbic system and secondary brain regions.

Learn more, see examples and get a special offer

Gettysburg Getaway by Shari Sweeney

"Our road trip of choice provided a relaxing getaway plus a history lesson: Gettysburg, PA. The Pennsylvania town, about two hours from Philadelphia, during the Civil War was the site of General Robert E. Lee’s Confederate army’s most ambitious invasion of the northern Union. The three-day Battle of Gettysburg was ultimately the bloodiest and most costly battle ever fought on U.S. soil...

Cannon and balls at Gettysburg

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Two Days in Philadelphia by Shari Sweeney

"What do you think when you hear “Philadelphia”? There’s no right or wrong answer, no good or bad, and in a way that’s what makes this city so interesting: Philadelphia offers a huge and varied array of attractions, whether you answered “the Liberty Bell” or “Philly cheesesteak”. Two or three days exploring is enough to see Philly’s essentials: Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, the Rocky statue, the LOVE sculpture, and to get an education on everything from the birth of our country to 1980s movies."

Liberty Bell in Philadelphia

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My Ticket to Ride
By Janice Mitchell

In 1964 as Beatlemania swept the US and world a Cleveland Heights teen from a troubled family falls "in love" with the Beatles. She buys every record, magazine and tchotcke she can. She dreams of meeting them and moving to London to be with them. Probably the same dream as thousands of young girls at the time, right? But this girl went beyond the dreaming stage.

The full title of the book is My Ticket to Ride: How I Ran Away to England to Meet the Beatles and Got Rock and Roll Banned in Cleveland (A True Story from 1964) and that's exactly what happened. It's an amazing story!

My Ticket to Ride Beatlemania book cover

Read our review and more of Ticket to Ride.

Rocky Colavito statue unveiling and 88th Birthday

Rocky Colavito was an All-Star for six seasons (9 All-Star Games). He is the fifth player in the history of the AL to have eleven consecutive 20-home run seasons (1956–1966). During that span, he exceeded 40 home runs three times and 100 runs batted in, six times. He also led the AL in home runs, RBI, and slugging average once each. Colavito ranked third among AL right-handed hitters for home runs (371) and eighth for AL games played at right field (1272), at the end of his MLB playing career in 1968.

But Rocky is so much more than a bunch of all-star caliber achievements. He was a hero to a generation of Clevelanders and every kid in little league copied the stretch and other batting nuances of #6.

Rocky Colavito speaking at the ceremony

Rocky Colavito speaking at the ceremony

Rocky was in Cleveland to celebrate his 88th birthday and the dedication of his statue in Little Italy.

Photos and videos of Rocky Colavito's birthday and statue unveiling

Rocky Colavito statue in Tony Brush Park in Cleveland's Little Italy

Rocky Colavito statue in Little Italy in Cleveland

Rocky Colavito statue in Little Italy in Cleveland

Lots of photos of the statue of the iconic Cleveland Indian ballplayer.

My Living Will

Living Will joke

1966 vs. 2021 - Can you relate?

1966 : Long hair
2021 : Longing for hair

1966 : KEG
2021 : EKG

1966 : Acid rock
2021: Acid reflux

1966 : Moving to California because it's cool
2021 : Moving to Arizona because it's warm

1966 : Trying to look like Marlon Brando or Liz Taylor
2021 : Trying NOT to look like Marlon Brando or Liz Taylor

1966 : Seeds and stems
2021 : Roughage

1966 : Hoping for a BMW
2021 : Hoping for a BM

1966 : Going to a new, hip joint
2021 : Receiving a new hip joint

1966 : Rolling Stones
2021 : Kidney Stones

1966 : Screw the system
2021 : Upgrade the system

1966 : Disco
2021 : Costco

1966 : Parents begging you to get your hair cut
2021 : Children begging you to get their heads shaved and wear a mask

1966 : Passing the drivers' test
2021 : Passing the vision test

1966 : Whatever
2021 : Depends

How to Stop Gossip

Mildred, the church gossip, and self-appointed monitor of the church's morals, kept sticking her nose into other people's business. Several members did not approve of her extra-curricular activities, but feared her enough to maintain their silence. She made a mistake, however, when she accused Frank, a new member, of being an alcoholic after she saw his old pickup parked in front of the town's only bar one afternoon. She emphatically told Frank (and several others) that everyone seeing it there would know what he was doing.

Frank, a man of few words, stared at her for a moment and just turned and walked away. He didn't explain, defend, or deny. He said nothing.

Later that evening, Frank quietly parked his pickup in front of Mildred's house ... walked home ... and left it there all night…

An Answered Prayer

Smith climbed to the top of Mt. Sinai to get close enough to talk to God. Looking up, he asked the Lord.. "God, what does a million years mean to you?"

The Lord replied, "A minute."

Smith asked, "And what does a million dollars mean to you?"

The Lord replied, "A penny."

Smith asked, "Can I have a penny?"

The Lord replied, "In a minute."

Remember When?

Check out this menu from Manners back in the day. Big Boy anyone?

Old Manners Big Boy Restaurant menu

Old Manners Big Boy Restaurant menu - 1

Old Manners Big Boy Restaurant menu - 2

Old Manners Big Boy Restaurant menu - 3

Old Manners Big Boy Restaurant menu - 4

The 7 Dwarves of Old Age

7 Dwarves of Old Age

Murder in the Cultural Gardens

"It just didn’t seem right to DJ. A body found bludgeoned in a place known for “Peace through Mutual Understanding.” But there she was, crumpled behind a bust of composer Franz Liszt in the Hungarian Cultural Garden. He pulled out his cell phone and dialed 911. “What is the nature of your emergency?” the dispatcher queried. With a suddenly very dry mouth DJ managed to get out, “There’s been a murder in the Cultural Gardens.”

That's the beginning of the recently published first novel by Dan Hanson.

Murder in the Cultural Gardens book cover - Franz Liszt statue

The whodunit, titled Murder in the Cultural Gardens, takes place in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens and all 30+ gardens are featured during the mystery. You may even recognize some of the characters.

Click the link above to learn more or to purchase in paperback or Kindle version from Amazon. Or contact Dan via the Murder in the Cultural Gardens webpage to have a signed book delivered.

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Alexa play Mozart joke


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A Senior Prayer

God, grant me the senility to forget the people I never liked anyway, The good fortune to run into the ones that I do, and the eyesight to tell the difference.

Do you need help paying your Medicare expenses?

If you are a low-income Medicare beneficiary, the Medicare Premium Assistance Programs (MPAP) may help you pay some or all of your Medicare cost-sharing expenses (premiums, copays, and coinsurance). MPAP is part of the Ohio Medicaid program. MPAP is sometimes called the “Medicare buy-in” or “Medicare savings” program.

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Who Needs Advance Directives about Medical Care?

Advance directives help ensure that you receive the medical care you would want even when doctors and family members are making decisions on your behalf. There are two different types of advance directives: Health Care Power of Attorney and Living Will.

Learn more about Health Care Power of Attorney and Living Wills

Elder Abuse: What Is It and How to Get Help

It is difficult for people to accept the notion that adult abuse occurs in the elderly, but the sad fact is that it occurs everyday. Last year in Ohio over 16,000 incidents of elder abuse were reported to Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. In Cuyahoga County alone, over 3,000 incidences of elder abuse were reported to Cuyahoga County Department and Senior Adult Services, Adult Protective Services.

More about Elder Abuse

Should you purchase prepaid funeral arrangements?

Many people do not like to think about death or funeral arrangements, but some people do make plans for when they pass. For example, some people choose to purchase “pre-paid funeral contracts.” These contacts allow you to make decisions about your own funeral, and pay for it ahead of time. These pre-paid contracts give some people peace of mind. But before purchasing such a contract, keep the following issues in mind.

More about prepaid funeral arrangements

How can seniors learn more about benefits available to them?

BenefitsCheckUp is a web-based service that helps seniors. It is especially helpful for those with limited income and resources, their family members and, social service organizations. It connects people to over 2,000 public and private programs. Many adults over 55 need help paying for basic needs. Some of the benefits screened for are health care services, prescription drugs, rent assistance, in-home services, meals, heat, and energy assistance, and transportation.

Learn more about Benefits Checkup

Grandparent POAs and Caretaker Authorization

Grandparents sometimes find themselves caring for a grandchild unexpectedly. This often happens without any formal court order giving the grandparent custody or guardianship. Without custody or guardianship, the grandparent will face problems getting medical care for the child or dealing with the child’s school.

More about Grandparent POAs and Caretaker Authorization

How do I name a Durable Power of Attorney?

A durable power of attorney can be one of the most helpful estate planning tools a person uses, but it can also be very risky. A durable POA gives a person (who is called an “attorney in fact”) legal authority to act for another person in a variety of matters, including banking, benefits, housing, taxes, real estate, litigation, and more. (The durable POA is different from a Health Care Power of Attorney, which is the form used to appoint a person to make decisions about health care.)

Learn more about Durable Power of Attorney

Are Wills Really That Important?

:When my mother died in 2012, we discovered that her will was from 1959 and had not been updated to reflect the many changes in her life since then: she had four more children, she bought a house, furniture, an automobile, jewelry, and a dog. As a result, my mother died without a valid will. Following her death, bills had to be paid, property sold, her furniture, jewelry, the car divided, and someone had to take in the dog."

Read more about the importance of Wills

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Before You Leap

Before You Leap starts on screeching tires, literally—an interstate bridge, a police chase, three men trapped in a car, driving at full speed. The two in the front are arguing, one is brandishing a gun, and the third is bleeding profusely in the backseat. You can’t help but be immediately hooked and wonder, Who are they? And how on earth did they get here?

The novel then takes you back a few days. Greg Cole’s quiet and secluded life is about to be thrown into chaos when he learns that his dead sister’s convicted murderer has been released early.

Before You Leap is absorbing, thought-provoking, and psychologically riveting. I was struck by how the author is able to delve into Greg’s psyche and express his grief over the loss of his sister—and the inner turmoil that overtakes him—with such clarity. What you’re left with is a poignant, complex, nail-biting novel where you watch in a stupor as someone’s life and sanity shatter. And as it crescendos, the story pulls the rug from under your feet and delivers the most unexpected twist—one that took my breath away and left me reeling.

Before You Leap

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