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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
ClevelandPeople.com, ClevelandWomen.com and ClevelandSeniors.com 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 https://www.clevelandart.org/exhibitions/revealing-krishna-journey-cambodias-sacred-mountain 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.

Violence at Home Signal for Help

Isolation can increase the risk of violence at home. Use this discrete gesture during a video call to show you need help:

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Violence at Home signal for help

A missing teenage girl was rescued in the US after using a hand gesture that signals distress or domestic violence to capture the attention of a passing driver. The 16-year-old was spotted travelling inside a silver Toyota near London, Kentucky, about 150 miles south-east of Louisville, on November 4th. A driver called police after noticing "a female passenger in the vehicle making hand gestures that are known on the social media platform TikTok to represent violence at home - I need help - domestic violence," the Laurel County Sheriff's Office said in a statement on 6 November.

International Women’s Air & Space Museum Presents Special Veteran’s Day Program

The International Women's Air & Space Museum (IWASM) has partnered with the Liverpool Public Library (NY) to present a virtual program entitled "Women in the Armed Forces: An Examination of WWII and Beyond" on November 11 at 7:00 p.m. EST.

During World War II, 1,102 American women flew as part of the WASP (Women Airforce Service Pilots) - a blend of the Women's Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron (WAFS) and the Women's Flying Training Detachment (WFTD). During the war, women also served in various other roles as well - not just pilots. Now, more than 77 years since the WASP were disbanded, more is still being rediscovered about women's U.S. military roles. In honor of Veteran's Day, join International Women's Air & Space Museum Executive Director Sara Fisher as she explores and shares the contributions of women in the military. Learn about the leaders, participants, trailblazers, and the changing face of the U.S. military since the Second World War, and the obstacles they faced with particular attention to women in air and space.

The event will take place via Zoom. Registration is required and all participants will receive a Zoom link to join. Registration is free and open to the public. To register, visit https://www.lpl.org/events/

For more information about the museum and its program offerings, visit www.iwasm.org, call 216-623-1111, or email info@iwasm.org.

The International Women's Air & Space Museum is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization located inside Burke Lakefront Airport at 1501 N Marginal Rd, Cleveland, OH. Exhibits are open seven days a week from 8:00-8:00 free of charge. Museum offices, research center, and gift shop are open Monday-Friday 10:00-4:00. The museum's mission is to collect, preserve, and showcase the history of women in all areas of aviation and aerospace; educate people of the world about their contributions; and inspire future generations by bringing history to life. Support for IWASM has been provided by Ohio Humanities, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the federal ARP Act of 2021.

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.

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Dominique Moceanu - Magnificent 7 Olympics Gymnast

Women's gymnastics has been in the news a lot this Olympics because of Simon Biles decision to step back for mental health concerns.

Dominique Moceanu has a unique perspective because she was just 14 years old when she competed in the Olympics.

Young Gymnast Dominique Moceanu

Young Gymnast Dominique Moceanu

The stories (and insights) she shared in her ClevelandWomen.com profile with Debbie Hanson are particularly relevant in light of the Simon Biles situation.

Gymnast Dominique Moceanu with gold medal from Atlanta 1996 Olympics

Dominique Moceanu with gold medal from Atlanta 1996 Olympics

See the profile of Dominique Moceanu

My Living Will

Living Will joke

Sonia Aggarwal becomes senior advisor to President Biden

Sonia Aggarwal, one of Cleveland's own, has become President Joe Biden's senior advisor for climate policy and innovation and will be working in the White House.

Sonia Aggarwal

Sonia Aggarwal

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Miss Cultural Gardens

Did you know that the Cleveland Cultural Gardens used to select a Queen?

Here is a photo of the 1963 Miss Cultural Gardens at the Columbus Day parade in 1963. Recognize her? It's Ingrida Bublys, Honorary General Consul of the Republic of Lithuania and the ClevelandPeople.com Lithuanian Ambassador.

Miss Cleveland Cultual Gardens 1963

Miss Cleveland Cultual Gardens 1963

Miss Cleveland Cultual Gardens 1963 - Ingrida Bublys

Ingrida Bublys - Miss Cleveland Cultual Gardens 1963

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.

The Truth can Hurt

Male mannequin

Modern Wedding

Facebook wedding

Wisdom of the Chalkboard

I am woman chalkboard

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ClevelandWomen.Com Book of the Week
The Girl on the Train

The #1 New York Times Bestseller, USA Today Book of the Year, now a major motion picture starring Emily Blunt. The debut psychological thriller that will forever change the way you look at other people's lives.

Intersecting, overlapping, not-quite-what-they-seem lives. Jealousies and betrayals and wounded hearts. A haunting unease that clutches and won’t let go. All this and more helps propel Paula Hawkins’s addictive debut into a new stratum of the psychological thriller genre. At times, I couldn’t help but think: Hitchcockian. From the opening line, the reader knows what they’re in for: “She’s buried beneath a silver birch tree, down towards the old train tracks…” But Hawkins teases out the mystery with a veteran’s finesse. The “girl on the train” is Rachel, who commutes into London and back each day, rolling past the backyard of a happy-looking couple she names Jess and Jason. Then one day Rachel sees “Jess” kissing another man. The day after that, Jess goes missing. The story is told from three character’s not-to-be-trusted perspectives: Rachel, who mourns the loss of her former life with the help of canned gin and tonics; Megan (aka Jess); and Anna, Rachel’s ex-husband’s wife, who happens to be Jess/Megan’s neighbor. Rachel’s voyeuristic yearning for the seemingly idyllic life of Jess and Jason lures her closer and closer to the investigation into Jess/Megan’s disappearance, and closer to a deeper understanding of who she really is. And who she isn’t. This is a book to be devoured. -Neal Thompson

The Girl on the Train: A Novel

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