- 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 ...
- Thursday, June 12, 2014
Nancy Krcek Allen: Customize your condiments with mustard
Most mustard aficionados begin life with French’s yellow mustard on summer dogs and burgers. Sweet mustard usually follows.Continued ...
- Monday, June 9, 2014
Northern Notes: Community helps keep babies dry
Baby Pantry thanks the community for its generous support of a recent diaper drive.Continued ...
- Sunday, June 8, 2014
Allison Batdorff: Sleepless nights, mortgages and staying put
My dreams last night were straight out of the psychoanalyst playbook. I was running late for a flight at the airport. I couldn’t find my child. I smelled something burning. I jump at night noises and in the daytime, it feels like someone is sitting on my chest.Continued ...
Ed Hungness: Days you never forget with dear old dad
Throughout the ages and around the world, societies look to their elders for wisdom and guidance.Continued ...
- Thursday, June 5, 2014
From the Farm: A radishes' red shoulders
The other day I was looking back at photos of our farmer’s market stand over the years. Consistently covering the table for first few weeks of the season are waves of greens punctuated with the red, purple and pink of radishes.Continued ...
- Monday, June 2, 2014
Northern Notes: Thank you for supporting plant sale
For the past 21 years, I have had the pleasure of reporting on the many good things that happen in this area and the good deeds that people do.Continued ...
- Sunday, June 1, 2014
Nathan Payne: Fireworks lose their shine
Somehow fireworks have lost some of their glimmer. It might be the fact that getting the good stuff — the high-flying explosives which promise serious bodily injury if used improperly — now requires only a trip to the corner store.Continued ...
On Poetry: An early morning sonnet
We can see across acres of fields, and then over to Meijer, from our new third-floor condo in the Commons.Continued ...
- Saturday, May 31, 2014
Life As I Know It: Life keeps on rolling after graduation
To the graduating class of 2014, a piece of advice: listen to some Ike and Tina Turner.Continued ...
- Thursday, May 29, 2014
Foodie with Family: Grilled goodies kick off summer
Who is grilling this weekend? I think I heard the whooshing of hundreds of hands flying up into the air simultaneously from here.Continued ...
Nancy Krcek Allen: Spear the season with asparagus
Asparagus peek brave, skinny heads up through winter-brown dirt and leaves, like their relative the lily, when the sun warms the ground and spring is a sure thing.Continued ...
- Monday, May 26, 2014
Northern Notes: New, traditional efforts remember veterans
New and traditional efforts remember veterans.Continued ...
- Sunday, May 25, 2014
Garret Leiva: Necktie the fashion that hangs around
I recently did something totally out of character – I wore a necktie. It usually takes a wedding, funeral or job interview to put myself in a Windsor-knot choke hold.Continued ...
Ed Hungness: Don't fret, it's just a skinned-up knee
Like a wounded warrior, home from the war, I made my way up the front porch steps and into the house.Continued ...
- Saturday, May 24, 2014
Mental Wellness: Making strides toward personal growth
Recently, I’ve been really into business and marketing podcasts. A handful of entrepreneurs have captured my attention. They have grown their personal achievements, family time, and finances.Continued ...
- Thursday, May 22, 2014
From the Farm: Spring greens aren't only for spring consumption
The term “spring greens” is used in a myriad of ways — referring to everything from baby lettuce salad to leaves associated with spring like pea shoots and nettles.Continued ...
- Monday, May 19, 2014
Northern Notes: Church mission teams seek Creole instructor
Central United Methodist Church mission teams want to learn Haitian Creole and are looking for an instructor.Continued ...
- Sunday, May 18, 2014
Marta Hepler Drahos: Eurovision keeps eye on equality
It felt good to be in Copenhagen, Denmark, last week.Continued ...
Lifelines: Keeping worker bees busy isn't always easy
Bruce McLachlan’s family were cherry farmers most of his life. One of my favorite stories he used to tell was about his dad’s bees.Continued ...
- Saturday, May 17, 2014
Rob Ford: My life described in six words
Writing can be a fickle addiction. For one, most writers can’t read anything without thinking that they might have written it just a little better. And we feel that the reading public is just waiting to read everything that we put on paper and publish.Continued ...