Northern Notes: Cedar woman hopes to return blanket
Carol Drzewiecki of Cedar is disabled and uses an electric scooter. This winter has been particularly treacherous for Carol with the frigid temperatures and slippery streets and roads making it difficult for her to get out.Continued ...
Marta Hepler Drahos: Crowdfunding reaches height of absurdity
It takes a village to raise a child — and, apparently, money for your wedding, your prom dress and even your next vacation.Continued ...
Ed Hungness: Now this was a 'real' winter
"When I was a kid, I walked three miles down a country road during the middle of winter to get to school. There were no sidewalks, we walked in the wagon ruts and the snow was higher than our heads!"Continued ...
Adapted in TC: Reminiscence offers different view
The stylish, middle-aged woman standing at the mirrored sink washing her hands has her back to me. I’m headed to the other sink just as my small black evening bag slides off my lap.Continued ...
Foodie with Family: Nothing says romance like spaghetti
I’m a little romantic about food. I’m sure that comes as a not-surprise-at-all to many of you who have been reading me for years.Continued ...
Nancy Krcek Allen: Marriage made in winter kitchen
Nancy Krcek Allen has been a chef-educator for more than 25 years and has taught professional and recreational classes in California, New York City and Michigan. Her culinary textbook, “Discovering Global Cuisines” was released in March 2013.Continued ...
- Monday, March 3, 2014
Northern Notes: Two go 'overboard' to help Acme resident
People go "overboard" to help Acme resident.Continued ...
- Sunday, March 2, 2014
Loraine Anderson: Following a great-great grandfather
I sit at my dining room table, contemplating my first month of “retirement” and the clutter surrounding my laptop — notebooks, the program from “The Spirit of Harriet Tubman,” a brilliant one-woman play performed last month at the Milliken Auditorium as part of local Black History Month events.Continued ...
On Poetry: Difficult winter drags on in life and poetry
You’re probably hoping for a little cheer this cold, snowy March day. There’s enough in the newspaper to mourn about.Continued ...
- Saturday, March 1, 2014
Life As I Know It: Combating long, dry winter is losing battle
“Early to bed, early to rise, Work like mad and moisturize.” It’s a bit of late-winter advice that is equal parts Ben Franklin, Rob Ford and Oil of Olay, don’t you think?Continued ...
Senior Focus: Active living in winter
You can tell we live in a northern wintry region just by watching the snow pile up along the roadways.Continued ...
- Friday, February 28, 2014
Kate Milewski: Oscars are about much more than movies
Every year, my mother and I have a tradition. It usually starts somewhere around Thanksgiving and the best part happens about the end of February, sometimes early March — we watch movies.Continued ...
- Monday, February 24, 2014
Northern Notes: Gift of a bike represents hope
Single MOMM, a relational ministry that provides community support and resources for the spiritual, emotional and personal development of single-mother families, received a call in early December from the mother of a very giving 5-year-old boy who asked her to call because he didn’t want toys from Santa Claus.Continued ...
- Sunday, February 23, 2014
Allison Batdorff: Kindness reinforces motherly resolve
The Lower Lip Tremble knows no mercy. How ‘bout a pile driver? The ninja beating-heart-in-your-hand-trick? Anything, anything but the LLT.Continued ...
Ed Hungness: Frugality learned from hard times fades
My folks were raised during the Great Depression when frugality was not a trendy fad, it was a necessity.Continued ...
- Saturday, February 22, 2014
Mental Wellness: Muddling through post-Valentine's Day blues
It was our first Valentine’s Day as a couple. My wife was off to her college class. I wanted to surprise her with a fancy dinner. I had candles lit, cooked crab and had wine ready to go. Then she walked in an hour early.Continued ...
- Thursday, February 20, 2014
Foodie with Family: Olympics means time for Russian food
After almost two weeks of wall-to-wall Olympics viewing in our home, I’ve come to a couple realizations about Russia.Continued ...
- Monday, February 17, 2014
Northern Notes: Good Samaritan goes the extra mile ... literally
In mid-January, Melissa Schrock’s nearly deaf Siberian husky, Hocus Pocus, got away from her near her Interlochen home.Continued ...
- Sunday, February 16, 2014
Lifelines: Tales of winters past
Poet Bard Terry Wooten has been performing and conducting writing workshops in schools for 29 years. He is also the creator of Stone Circle, a triple ring of boulders featuring poetry, storytelling and music on his property north of Elk Rapids.Continued ...
Nathan Payne: Winter drivers drive me nuts (we're 35th)
‘Michigan has the worst drivers in the nation,” I muttered, my foot crushing my brake pedal to the floorboards below.Continued ...
- Saturday, February 15, 2014
Life As I Know It: In the middle of winter, we begin to crawl out
It’s a world of love and a world of ins and outs. We’ve got this big, floppy eared dog. No sooner is he outside for a couple of minutes, when he decides that he wants to come back inside.Continued ...
- Monday, February 10, 2014
Northern Notes: Angels appear in many different disguises
Angels help Traverse City woman when her car is stuck in the snow.Continued ...
- Sunday, February 9, 2014
Ed Hungness: Maybe learning to dance isn't that bad
I don’t want to go to a dance! What red-blooded, ten year old boy wants to go to a dance?Continued ...
Garret Leiva: April showers, May flowers a long way off
February might be the shortest month, but it makes for a long winter of discontent.Continued ...
- Saturday, February 8, 2014
Adapted in TC: Cancer diagnosis brings young man new outlook
Levi Webb is addressing the large ski lodge audience. “I want to thank my family, friends and medical personnel for their prayers and support,” said the 24-year-old.Continued ...
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