Author: Bruce Kratofil
Bruce Kratofil is a market researcher, economist, and writer.

Roman Blood – Ancient Rome Mixed with Raymond Chandler

What do you get when you mix ancient Roman history with a detective novel with the atmosphere of Raymond Chandler?  You will get Roman Blood – A Novel of Ancient Rome, the first in a series of detective novels (Roma






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TBT- Growing up in North Ridgeville

This picture, taken in 1967, was the house we lived in North Ridgeville, Ohio, from 1960 to 1972. It is on the corner of Bainbridge and Chestnut Ridge Road. Our family moved into the new house on Labor Day weekend,






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Throw-back Thursday to Summer

I’m just doing a throw-back Thursday to a day when it was warm this year – this was taken on July 2 – as downtown was getting fixed up for the RNC. I hope I didn’t complain about the heat






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Long Live Rock

The new “Long Live Rock” sign in front of the Rock Hall appears to be as popular as the script Cleveland signs. On a trip there a couple of weeks ago, there was plenty of interaction with the signs, as






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Book Review: The Sleepwalkers

The Sleepwalkers: How Europe went to War in 1914 Beginning in 2014, there was a flurry of activity as we came up to the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I. Poised to take advantage of the interest






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Playoff Time

We will be going to Friday’s game 2 – David Price versus Corey Kluber. We will be sitting very close to where I took this picture a week ago. Since the game starts at 4:30, there probably won’t be a






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The New Cleveland Signs: #2

Here is the second of the new Cleveland signs. It is on Abbey Avenue, just west of the new Innerbelt bridges. If you would rather place this in relation to sources of Polish food, it is also just west of






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The New Cleveland signs

I finally went to see the new “Cleveland” sign at Edgewater Park. It is popular – I had to wait in line as a number of family groups took turns taking their picture with the sign.  To make it a






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Writer’s Block vs Talker’s Block

I’m reading The Icarus Deception by Seth Godin, and came to a very interesting passage, (p 165 of the hardback edition). Paraphrasing, he says you hear about writer’s block a lot, but you never hear about talker’s block. The reason






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NRHS Class of 76 Song of the week – Fever

The NRHS Class of 76 Song of the Week is an appearance by Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes on the old SCTV show (which explains the somewhat painful comedy bit at the beginning – before you get to “Fever”.






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