Charli’s World: Cleveland Rocks for us!

Jena C. Henry is a writer, blogger, book reviewer, and bon vivant. Her goal is to make friends with everyone in the world. Jena enjoys reading new books and encouraging writers to be their best. Jena C. Henry holds a juris doctor degree from the University of Akron and practiced law and raised her family in tropical Ohio. Now retired, she writes novels, conducts writing workshops and enjoys good times with friends and family. Her fiction series, The Golden Age of Charli, spotlights the love and laughter of family life and retirement.


I like to stay home. I cherish the view from my own front porch. Still, I have had the chance to visit other places in our glorious world. I have had the good fortune and opportunity to see the Great Wall of China and I have also had the joy of seeing the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. I’ve been to paradise, but I haven’t throughly explored the touristy places of my own neck of the woods, in Northeastern Ohio. That is about to change! Thanks to Adela Crandell Durkee.

The historical drama of the the 2016 major league baseball World Series, pitted the extremely long-time winless Chicago Cubs against the long-time winless Cleveland Indians. The Fall Classic also prompted me, an Indians fan, to a have a friendly wager with Adela, Chicago Cubs gal. We agreed that the user would share a book with one of our Twitter retweeters (which really was a win for someone, right?) Adela upped the ante and added a Chicago deep dish pizza to the pot, and I, confident in my  team, promised a surprise. We had a blast; Adela tweeted photos of her with Chicago blue hair.

Soon the Tribe was ahead in the series 3-1. At which point, as a long-suffering Cleveland fan who knows all about jinxes, I knew the Indians and I had lost. In June, the Cleveland Cavaliers had complete an amazing triumph over Golden State. After falling behind 3-1 in the series, Cleveland rallied and won in Game 7. What were the chances that karma would now pay us back, via the Indians? 100% as it turned out- the Indians lost in Game 7.

I did follow through with the book part of the wager and I sent Charli off to a lucky retweeter. Then the