From the Farm: Nothing beats summer beets
Someday I will achieve full kitchen domination. There will always be a sweet and a savory compound butter in the freezer (just in case a friend drops in and craves a crepe), always a balanced three course meal partially prepared and ready to be whipped up.Continued ...
Northern Notes: Volunteers make homes safer
David Abeel, director of development for Benzie Area Christian Neighbors, wrote to say that the third annual STAMP volunteer program to make homes safer, warmer and drier ran “on all pistons” this year.Continued ...
Loraine Anderson: TC Film Festival rituals
July was only one week old and there I was, sitting at my dining room table engrossed in a now 10-year-old summer ritual.Continued ...
Lifelines: Miles on the mower mark important anniversaries
July contains two big family anniversaries. The first one, I forget the actual day, marks the time I mowed over Great-Grandma’s flowers by accident.Continued ...
Mental Wellness: How the world sees you
I recently took an assessment that focuses on how the world sees me. This gave a unique perspective, unlike other assessments that teach us more about how we see the world.Continued ...
- Thursday, July 17, 2014
Nancy Krcek Allen: Get keen on kohlrabi
Kohlrabi is arguably one of the oddest-looking vegetables grown, and maybe one of the most avoided varieties of produce.Continued ...
- Monday, July 14, 2014
Northern Notes: Samaritans in right place at right time
Williamsburg resident Diane Buschalla is grateful that three good Samaritans were in the right place at the right time after seeing the rescue of a young man who jumped from the Clinch Marina dock.Continued ...
- Sunday, July 13, 2014
Nathan Payne: Time for cherries to hit the big league
There’s no way I could survive on the competitive eating circuit ... unless someone created a cherry-chowing competition.Continued ...
Ed Hungness: Apron strings and those ties that bind
I was enjoying a sandwich at a favorite lunchtime eatery in Traverse City. There was an elderly couple sitting at the table behind me and they were talking about a male member of their family, perhaps a grandson.Continued ...
- Friday, July 11, 2014
Life As I Know It: Life just keeps parading along
I love a parade. More to the point, I love being part of a parade.Continued ...
- Thursday, July 10, 2014
From the Farm: Expand your grilling horizons
I generally have an internal eye roll when magazine covers succumb to a flood of bright summertime barbecue pictures.Continued ...
- Monday, July 7, 2014
Northern Notes: Firefighters fix local woman's flat — and fast
Niki Roxbury discovered that the Grand Traverse Metro Fire Department administration building on Parsons Road is the perfect place to get a flat tire.Continued ...
- Sunday, July 6, 2014
Allison Batdorff: Firecracker phobia completely normal
It’s “perfectly normal” for kids to develop odd phobias, they say. It’s like a rite-of-passage. Kids walk. They talk. They freak out at potholders. They drive.Continued ...
- Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Nancy Krcek Allen: Long live the berries
Northern Michiganders visibly soften when thinking of their first-picked strawberry; juicy, sun-warm and complexly sweet. Sure we love our first wild leeks and morels, but a binge in the berry patch promises an altered state of consciousness.Continued ...
- Sunday, June 29, 2014
Loraine Anderson: A true grand father
I find myself humming “I come to the garden alone, while the dew is still on the roses,” as I walk through a rural cemetery on an early Sunday morning.Continued ...
- Friday, June 27, 2014
LIFE AS I KNOW IT It takes time to appreciate life's transitions
Three miles north of Empire, on the north side of highway M-22 is an open field that is in “transition." I used to, during the warmer months from 1969 to 1974, grab three used golf balls and anything from a six iron to a pitching wedge from my dad’sContinued ...
- Thursday, June 26, 2014
Foodie with Family: Summer begins and so does grilling season
My kids have done their annual five laps around the house to celebrate the end of their school year and are busily chattering about their summer plans.Continued ...
- Monday, June 23, 2014
Northern Notes: Community steps up to the plate to support Kohler
John McPeake called to say he has been amazed by the Grand Traverse community’s generosity in supporting the fundraiser he organized to benefit the son of co-worker Amanda Kohler.Continued ...
- Sunday, June 22, 2014
Marta Hepler Drahos: Buying clothes in a house of mirrors
I’m in the dressing room hastily trying on a top — any top — that I can swap out with the one I’m wearing before heading to my evening book club meeting.Continued ...
Ed Hungness: Up in a puff of smoke
I accept full responsibility for the weather we all endured last winter. It wasn’t climate change, it was me.Continued ...
- Thursday, June 19, 2014
From the Farm: Joining buttermilk bandwagon wasn't easy
My mom often had a container of buttermilk in the fridge during my childhood. She would pour a small glass for herself after a long afternoon in the garden or cleaning the garage.Continued ...
- Monday, June 16, 2014
Northern Notes: Restaurant does 'right thing' for Kalkaska residents
Phil and Lois McCombs of Kalkaska County visited the Wendy’s restaurant on Division Street in Traverse City last month.Continued ...
- Sunday, June 15, 2014
Garret Leiva: A salute to dad's day this year
Millions of men today will receive a tie, gadget or gizmo destined for the back of a closet. Most guys think it’s the greatest gift in the world — fatherhood.Continued ...
Lifelines: Returning to the Stone Circle
Stone Circle fires up for its 31st season next weekend, and runs every Saturday night through Labor Day weekend.Continued ...
- Saturday, June 14, 2014
Life As I Know It: Bottled beverages bring burdens
Our state has lots of laws. Each of our worlds, our businesses and our lifestyles are guided, regulated and dictated by all sorts of these laws.Continued ...
- From the Farm: Nothing beats summer beets