Cumberland skating

Winter 1961

And after the snow fell, we all took turns shoveling the frozen parking lot. Cumberland Skaring Rink . . . A place where friends met friends, and the pot-bellied stove kept us warm between games of hockey, snapping the whip, or just hangin' around. This was the time for pushing our luck . . . looking for trouble . . . and soon, women.

Cleveland Heights resident Ralph Solonitz (artist/writer) was born in 1947 in Munich, Germany, the son of Holocaust survivors. He began doodling very early on...first in German and a few years later in English. His father gave him motivational advice..."stop your doodling, you are vasting time and vill amount to nutting." Fast forward 55 years, thousands of dollars in therapy and he still can't stop doodling.

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Volume 4, Issue 3, Posted 12:52 PM, 02.14.2011