David B Lile
In 2009, I ditched my trusty Canon AE-1 film camera to embrace the burgeoning phenomenon of digital photography.As a sales rep at that time, I spent long days traversing hundreds of miles from Elyria and Willoughby to Rocky River and Shaker Heights, and everywhere in between.During slow stretches of downtime, I’d cruise the surrounding neighborhoods, along with downtown Cleveland. My heart thumped in my throat and my spine vibrated from the soulful wailings of Hendrix, Guy and Zeppelin, turned up so loud that they could hear it from the top of Terminal Tower![more]
Elliott Ingersoll, Ph.D.
Another Labor Day and I am surrounded by labor. Madcap landscapers descend on neighbor’s lawns like a roaring plague of locusts. Someone is always getting a new roof. Today’s “holiday” is no exception and nail guns blast the progress of roofers taking the hill and climbing toward the peak. Amazon Prime vans are racing up and down the street like insane couriers, neighbor’s dogs barking non-stop as packages are dropped every ten minutes across “the hood.”[more]
Patrick O'Connor, Ed.D.
This edition of the Road Less Traveled features wisdom from subjects featured in aroundKent Magazine. Wisdom is a quality or concept most people have grown accustomed to hearing. It is often associated with people who have lived long, successful lives. It is difficult to describe as it is one of those “you know it when you see or hear it” qualities. Most people know and have known people they describe as wise and seek their wisdom. But what exactly is wisdom?[more]
Paul S. Wang, Ph.D.
We communicate with patterns. Reading is to remember spelling or stroke patterns in a language. Speaking is to pronounce words in prescribed sound patterns. To understand speech, we must first hear and detect the sound patterns, connecting them to words, filter words through grammar patterns, then interpret their meaning in the right context. We can even think of the context as the overarching pattern containing the words.[more]
Mark Keffer, MFA
Visual art in Northeast Ohio is made up of a wide variety of approaches, subjects and materials, which is not unexpected, seeing that it reflects the state of art nationally, even globally. Unlike periods in the past, where there was a dominant movement, such as Abstract Expressionism or Pop Art, we’re currently in an era of ‘pluralism,’ where no overriding thematic direction seems to take precedent over another.[more]
Webster’s defines “time” as the measured or measurable period during which an action, process, or condition exists or continues: duration.Some of us may experience irritation when we have to wait at another inconvenient red light, or in line at the grocery store behind someone writing a check because our time is so important. However, what if the time at hand could mean the difference between life and possibly death? How important is time now? Jim Knauf knows the answer[more]
Paul S. Wang, Ph.D.
We live in a world dominated by information technology (IT). IT is everywhere and enriches our lives in countless ways. At the very heart of IT is the digital computer. Digital computers use 1’s and 0’s, nothing else, to represent and store information. There are no exceptions–all data and all programming are coded in 1’s and 0’s.[more]
Chuck Slonaker, B.A.
I had an idea of what extinction was, but I truly never understood what forever meant until my mom passed over a year ago. I questioned what I was doing and decided after years of painting landscapes and city scapes to concentrate my efforts into activism in and around Kent, Ohio. What better purpose is there than to champion our fellow creatures who cannot defend themselves against the onslaught of our technology and greed.[more]
Christie Anderson, Community Outreach Manager
Imagine preparing 60 hot, complete lunches a day, six days a week, with a crew of rotating volunteers. Complicating the undertaking in Kent, Ohio is the fact that the coordinator never knows ahead of time what food items will be available as most of the food items come from donations. Now try to imagine the challenge when the demand for meals doubles almost overnight and the number of regular volunteers are unable to work.[more]
University Hospitals Portage Medical Center
With 20 years of experience as a nurse midwife, Sharon recently returned home to Northeast Ohio from North Carolina where she’s found the people at UH Portage Medical Center to be warm and welcoming. She earned her Master of Science in Nurse Midwifery from Philadelphia University. She also earned a Master of Science, Health Service Management from the Florida Institute of Technology.[more]
aroundKent Magazine is an online publication covering Kent Ohio, Akron and Northeast Ohio. Our primary focus is art, music, entertainment and food and written by professionals in different fields. Articles include Visual Art Showcase, University Hospitals, Kent Social Services, including links to Coronavirus COVID-19 info and much more.