Mark judges Lakewood Photographic Society contest

Susan Johnson, member of the Lakewood Photographic Society, took top honors in both categories she entered.

Yesterday, I was honored to serve as a judge for the Lakewood Photographic Society (LPS) photo contest. Having judged their contests for the past five years, I couldn't turn down this opportunity to view some of the Cleveland area's most creative photography. As usual, I was not disappointed. Photographs covered a wide spectrum of subjects: portraits, flowers, animals, scenics and more. There's always something for every taste.

Susan Johnson of Lakewood did extremely well with two of her images taking top honors in the two categories she entered. She was gracious enough to allow me to post those images here.

LPS is a club for all camera enthusiasts serving the  Cleveland area for over 75 years. Their members range from beginners with easy-to-use point-and-shoot cameras to very advanced, experienced photographers. They use everything from 35mm cameras to 4×5 view cameras and of course – digital.

LPS meets every Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Lakewood Senior Center at 16024 Madison Avenue. Check 'em out – you'll be glad you did.

A two-year-old who is wise beyond his years

Regina Brett – Cleveland Plain Dealer Reporter

Ahh – out of the mouths of babes!

Regina Brett – Cleveland Plain Dealer Reporter shares some life lessons from an almost two-year-old that will surely make you smile.

Hey, I'm just a middle-aged guy and I really enjoyed this column. So take a minute away from your daily grind and read what the little guy has to say: