Disasters of Ohio’s Lake Erie Islands

Disasters of Ohio's Lake Erie Islands Cover

Beautiful and deadly, the Lake Erie islands off the coast of Ohio have seen their fair share of disasters. The Victory Hotel on South Bass Island at Put-in-Bay was once the largest hotel in the nation. But the grand residence was reduced to ashes after a spark quickly became a raging, uncontrollable inferno. Reports of smallpox on Pelee Island resulted in mass hysteria and the quarantine of an entire island. At the Toledo Harbor Lighthouse, one light keeper was frozen in for days with his deceased colleague until he could make a desperate escape. Wendy Koile chronicles the fiercest calamities to shatter the tranquility of these solitary shores.

Disasters of Ohio's Lake Erie Islands Photo Credit

I completely forgot that a few years ago, the author, Wendy Koile, contacted me out of the blue to get permission for one of my publicly available images to use in her book, Disasters of Ohio’s Lake Erie Islands.

Just a few weeks ago, I came across the email and decided to check out the book to see how the image was used regarding the many topics covered.

Sure enough, as you can see in the above image, my picture was used for a topic on Kelleys Island. Nothing extraordinary about the picture but it’s pretty cool to see something get published.

This is a pretty good book, even if the author misspelled my last name. 🙂


The Life and Death of Geauga Lake Amusement Park

Abandoned Geauga Lake

Do you have time for a tale? Sit back, relax, and dive into the interesting and timeless case of Geauga Lake, a tiny family park that started humbly enough, before rocketing overnight into international headlines by combining with a full-sized SeaWorld to create the world’s largest Six Flags.

A gargantuan park of mega-coasters, killer whales, dizzying flat rides, a Batman water ski show, dolphins, log flumes, Hurricane Harbor, and motion simulators for one price, Six Flags Worlds of Adventure was conceptually prepared to become the best theme park on Earth.

Theme Park Tourist

I’ll admit: I visited Sea World with my family in the early 90s as a pre-teen, and so I don’t recall much about Geauga Lake. However, I was aware of Six Flags Worlds of Adventure while in college but never visited. I didn’t realize that it was the world’s largest amusement park for a short time. Even worse, I’m ashamed to admit that even as an Ohio citizen, I never knew it closed down just shy of 8 years ago until reading this article.

Sit back, grab a drink, and read the incredible history of Geauga Lake Amusement Park. Side note: I despise the conglomerate known as Cedar Fair Entertainment Company.


Images Of Pripyat After Chernobyl Incident

Pripyat/Chernobyl

If you have time and want to see some incredibly haunting pictures of the town Pripyat in the Ukraine, I urge you to check out this photo set on Flickr. Abandoned hospitals, schools, and an amusement park make up the bulk of the images, but there’s a lot to go through and discover.


Image credit: Stijn D’haese

Using Storyist for Blog Management


Like most people, I’m a little disorganized when it comes to writing. It doesn’t matter if it’s a quick note, blog post, or even a story; I can never seem to reduce the amount of clutter that I seem to fall into.

For the last year or so, I’ve been integrating Storyist (Mac, $59) into my every day writing workflow1. Everything from short stories to the more strenuous NaNoWriMo, the app has been nothing but a huge help. Recently, I’ve noticed other bloggers that have put Scrivener to work for them and their blogs, and I decided that I would attempt to do the same with Storyist.

It turns out, thankfully, that the concept is the same across both apps, with very little modifications, if any, made to the template (available at the end of the post).

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