For the last week, I’ve been painting the interior of an office complex up the street that is being readied for a Cleveland, non-profit refugee service. The building was constructed in the late 1800s and just exudes character. The woodwork and cabinetry is solid (and I mean solid) wood, inlaid with intricate designs. It reflects an era when things were done at a slower, more considered pace and the work was meant to last, indefinitely. Now buildings are often slapped together with much less solid, prefabricated material that has a planned obsolescence (like car parts). We’re going at the wrong speed in America these days, too fast. Note: I told the Crescent News in Defiance, Ohio that, in many respects, it would be a step forward in this country — to go back.