The Cat Lady's Apprentice

The Meanderings of Troubled Mind Through Shipshewana

By Jack Riordan   |  November 5, 2018
Why would a wine group go to Shipshewana Indiana; it's a dry and 4-hour drive? Our Frugal Grape gang makes a yearly, weekend excursion for a gabfest, taste interesting wines and foods, plus explore.

Downside of Home Grown Tomatoes

By Jack Riordan   |  October 1, 2018
Downside of Home Grown Tomatoes
Almost every day in the summer begins the same. After I thank the Creator, (most of us call God) source of light, liquid water, and life and salute all those who gave their youth and lives or love ones for our country and its flag, I meander to my garden

Report: Ohio Jobs Don't Pay Enough to Afford the Rent

August 21, 2018
Only two of the top 10 occupations in Ohio actually pay their employees enough to afford a modest two-bedroom apartment, according to a report released Wednesday.

Greater Ohio Policy Center - 2018 Policy Platform

August 8, 2018
The past decade has seen considerable progress as job growth has remained steady and communities across the state have experienced promising comebacks. Yet, cities and towns across the Buckeye state continue to struggle to fund sites for new businesses and employees

National Low Income Housing Coalition - Senate Passes FY19 THUD Appropriations Bills

August 6, 2018
The Senate voted 92-6 on August 1 to approve its FY19 Transportation-HUD (THUD) spending bill, which provides robust funding for affordable housing and community development programs. Overall, the bill provides HUD programs with more than $12 billion above the president’s FY19 request and more than $1 billion above the House bill.

America just won the world's hardest math contest. Again.

August 2, 2018
Last month, the United States made an extraordinary achievement: For the third time in four years, it won the International Mathematical Olympiad.

America just won the world's hardest math contest. Again.

August 2, 2018
Last month, the United States made an extraordinary achievement: For the third time in four years, it won the International Mathematical Olympiad.

The Roller Coaster

By Jack Riordan   |  June 27, 2018
I have been wallowing in an unhappy state, brought on by my concern for my beloved country which seems to be sinking into a land of hatred controlled by greedy people who ignore science for their benefit but our detriment.

The Magic of Spring

June 24, 2018
One Morning

NACEDA Network News - May 31, 2018

May 31, 2018
NACEDA Network News - May 31, 2018

What Separates Us?

By Jack Riordan   |  June 28, 2017
Why are we so divided and unwilling To Live and Let live?

How Trump's Budget Would Impact States and Localities

June 1, 2017
How Trump's Budget Would Impact States and Localities

Federal and State Housing Policy Update

By Jack Riordan   |  June 1, 2017
Federal and State Housing Policy Update

A Deluding Plan to Make America Great Again

April 10, 2017
As I come out of what has been truly my, “Winter of Our Discontent” and shake off the malaise, I look at a future full of needs that will have to be addressed. I am certain that unless we can educate our legislators we will have much less state and federal resources. I also know that the less we achieve this year to reduce poverty and blight will multiply exponentially.

Barriers vs. Walls

By Jack Riordan   |  March 14, 2017
Birds don't know - nor the winds slow,

Governing Daily - Bad Budget News? Some State Just Bury It.

January 7, 2017
Observers say Kansas is trying to "end bad economic news by not reporting it." It's not the only state being accused of hindering transparency.

How to Start Thinking About What a Trump Presidency Means for Cities

November 22, 2016
There are more questions than answers for now, but let's begin here.

Wisdom From The Cat Lady

By Jack Riordan   |  November 14, 2016
Feeling low, beginning to realize the full potential impact of what had just happened. . .

Washington State Could Pass the Nation's First Carbon Tax. Why Are Environmentalists and Democrats Fighting It?

October 18, 2016
The ballot measure has divided the green community and created some unlikely alliances.

City of Pittsburgh Implements ePropertyPlus for Property Inventory Management and Disposition

September 6, 2016
ePropertyPlus Delivers Operational Efficiency & Public Transparency Within Weeks

Women's Half Century Parity Climb and This Election

By Jack Riordan   |  August 25, 2016
The rioting in Milwaukee, where I went to college caused me to reflect on the changes since the riots in my Chicago in the 60s where I worked with the elderly poor and got my first taste of efforts for Black Civil Rights and Equality. Much has

Economy: Why Corporate America Is Leaving the Suburbs for the City

August 3, 2016
From The New York Times - Economy: Why Corporate America Is Leaving the Suburbs for the City

Zombie Foreclosure Crisis

July 22, 2016
Mortgage lenders and servicers could soon have a whole new set of responsibilities for maintaining foreclosed homes, as Sen. Bob Menendez, D-NJ, introduced a new bill on Friday that would address what his office calls the “zombie foreclosure crisis.”

Teachers, police get no respect

July 18, 2016
Another bumper sticker will not end the pain in this country, nor will political call for peace and harmony. We have to put our tax money where our mouths are.


By Jack Riordan   |  July 1, 2016
This is a more information about H. B.390 which becomes law in September.

New Zealand, Brief Introduction February 2016

By Jack Riordan   |  June 30, 2016
After a 2 day, thousand mile voyage from Tasmania Australia across the Tasman Sea, with by Albatrosses and Boobies trailing our ship, our first day in New Z was in Milford Sound. In addition to the 1000 foot rock walls and 500 foot waterfalls, it was a great intro to the "Shaky Isles".

The Long Slow Exit from My Dad's Ethnic World

By Jack Riordan   |  June 6, 2016
When I was conceived eighty years ago in Chicago, my father gave me his world; I have left out my mother's essential participation in the process, because she was from Kentucky via Morgan County in southern Illinois and almost as much a foreigner as I was when she delivered me. Dad's world was an ethnic hodgepodge, in which nearly every European community had its section of the city or neighborhood where their language was spoken and displayed on signs, in newspapers, and even taught in schools.

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