- Monday, May 12, 2014
Northern Notes: Gardeners encouraged to 'grow a row' for BACN
Benzie Area Christian Neighbors encourages area gardeners to "grow a row" this summer for the BACN food pantry.Continued ...
- Sunday, May 11, 2014
Loraine Anderson: Taking a walk in a national cemetery
There is something about a national military cemetery that gives pause. Almost 13,000 federal Civil War soldiers rest in Chattanooga National Cemetery – 13,000 human drops in the 1861-1865 national bloodbath that saved the Union and ended slavery.Continued ...
Ed Hungness: Mother made more than just great pie
I ran up the porch steps, burst through the door and headed for the kitchen, knowing that’s where she’d be.Continued ...
- Saturday, May 10, 2014
Adapted in TC: A Mother's Day celebration takes action
I used to loathe Mother’s Day. How could I celebrate when my mother, grandmothers and mother-in-law had all died?Continued ...
- Thursday, May 8, 2014
From the Farm: Foraging ramps up in early spring
Ramps are the harbinger of spring for more than a few of us. Ramps, or wild leeks, are some of the first things to pop out of the ground, sometimes even when there is a light blanket of snow in the woods.Continued ...
- Monday, May 5, 2014
Northern Notes: Goodwill more than just store's name
Shopper at Goodwill Thrift Store sends a belated thank-you.Continued ...
- Sunday, May 4, 2014
Allison Batdorff: Attachment to 'the land' runs deep
I’m a 'burbs baby, born and bred. Where I grew up, “land” means “landscaping.”Continued ...
On Poetry: Poetry in spring training
"Spring training’s started,” says my husband every year. “There’s reason to go on living.”Continued ...
- Saturday, May 3, 2014
Life As I Know It: It's asparagus time in northern Michigan
April was National Poetry month. May is National Asparagus month. How fitting is it then that I wrote this poem just as the sun was setting upon another poetry month and that it is now appearing in the newspaper on the first Saturday of National Asparagus month?Continued ...
- Monday, April 28, 2014
Northern Notes: Students from St. Francis, Benzie give back
Students from St. Francis High School visited local child care centers in an outreach program in memory of Annette Plamondon, a teacher/tutor at Holy Angels Elementary School who died in 2013.Continued ...
- Sunday, April 27, 2014
Nathan Payne: Winter's lessons aren't lost on me
One famous Benjamin Franklin quote bounced side-to-side between my ears while the umpteenth round of snow flakes splattered on my windshield. “Guests, like fish, begin to smell after three days,” he said.Continued ...
Ed Hungness: Some things in life are still free
My eyes glanced over to the right and noticed a coffee mug stuffed with retractable ballpoint pens.Continued ...
- Saturday, April 26, 2014
Mental Wellness: Get ready for changes in your life
Just four months ago, many of us made resolutions for 2014. Transitions and habits are hard. Even Mother Nature seems to be having a hard time transitioning into spring.Continued ...
- Sunday, April 20, 2014
Garret Leiva: 44 is the new 24, right?
Forty-four years ago this week the gift of birth was swiftly followed by a gloved-hand slap across my backside.Continued ...
Lifelines: 30 years of poetry lessons still pay off
A high school girl recently told me that she worked so hard on her poem in fourth grade during my writing workshop, she cried.Continued ...
- Thursday, April 17, 2014
Foodie with Family: Bring an end to slow cooker mush
Slow-cookers get a bum rap for turning out bland, homogenous, texturally-challenged food. Why do people have this misconception?Continued ...
Nancy Krcek Allen: Don't just hard boil your Easter eggs
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, April 14, 2014
Northern Notes: Woman thanks those who helped after accident
Margaret Lange of Traverse City wrote to thank everyone at Square Deal Country Store on Woodmere Avenue, who helped keep a bad situation from becoming even worse.Continued ...
- Sunday, April 13, 2014
Marta Hepler Drahos: Expanding family circle with exchange student
A family is a circle of people who love you. Just ask widower Owen Cook and his exchange students from all over the world.Continued ...
Ed Hungness: If the shoe fits, wear it
My mom boarded the bus first and I tagged along behind her. She deposited two dimes in the meter under the watchful eye of the bus driver.Continued ...
- Saturday, April 12, 2014
Adapted in TC: Language can help or hinder
I was on a panel at the History Center of Traverse City last month with Jim Moore of Disability Network and Melissa Claramunt of the Michigan Civil Rights Office “Words CAN Hurt, and Help: How Changing Labels and Language Empower Persons with Disabilities.”Continued ...
- Monday, April 7, 2014
Northern Notes: Motorist, BATA driver stop to help woman
Local motorist and BATA driver stop to help local woman.Continued ...
- Sunday, April 6, 2014
Loraine Anderson: A look back is sometimes a move forward
"I faced the South with dread,” John Steinbeck wrote in his 1962 best-seller, “Travels with Charley,” published during the height of the America’s civil rights era.Continued ...
- Saturday, April 5, 2014
Life As I Know It: Seafood buffet returns to Elk Rapids
A few summers ago we installed a nice little pond in our backyard garden.Continued ...
- Thursday, April 3, 2014
Foodie with Family: Mix it up with DIY dressing
My do-it-yourself attitude in the kitchen that started as a way to help stretch money further has progressed over the years to a fiery desire to figure out how things are made and make them just because I can.Continued ...