I follow Alice Wong’s Disability Visibility Project. Recently, Alice posted a piece by Emily Wolinsky, president of NMD United, a nonprofit organization connecting adults living with neuromuscular disabilities. Emily and her family live in Texas. They lost power during the recent storms. In …

The emergency alert sirens were blaring as we drove into town. People were hurrying to find shelter and the sky had turned to shades of violet, gold, and chartreuse. I was unable to process my surroundings, couldn’t put these things together in a way that would explain what was happening. My…

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KALKASKA — Deborah Meyer said she could not resist using her initials for the first word of her business: DAM Good Baking.

An early scene in “Judas and the Black Messiah” shows FBI director J. Edgar Hoover describing the Black Panther Party as “the greatest threat to our national security.” He’s played by Martin Sheen, nearly unrecognizable under ghoulish facial prosthetics, as if to put a literal, sneering face…

Ice fishing in the southern half of the Lower Peninsula is pretty much done for the season. Ice can still be found in the Northern Lower Peninsula and the Upper Peninsula however anglers will still need to be cautious and pay close attention to deteriorating ice conditions.

Submit your best photo of the week to tcrecordeagle@gmail.com and we’ll post it online and pick our favorites to run in our reader shot roundup in the GO: Great Outdoors section that runs on Thursdays. Please include some information about the photo and how to contact you with questions.

One of the hottest walleye baits on Houghton Lake this winter defies logic; Kenders’ T-Rip is a tiny (3/4th inch) light (3/32nds ounce) jigging bait that looks like it would be perfect for panfish, down to its size 14 treble hook (with a single hook included).

CHEBOYGAN — Mark Martin made his name as an angler by walleye fishing and while that remains the focus of his annual ice fishing schools, his events always take advantage of whatever the lake has to offer. The focus of his most recent outing, at Mullet Lake, turned to something completely di…

As the thoughts of spring start to appear I cannot help but get excited. It has been a rough winter. Actually, its been a rough past year for all of us. Somehow the thought of new sunlight and warmer air seems like the stress relief we all need. Let’s face it, we all need a little more excit…

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TRAVERSE CITY — Nearly a year of pandemic-induced cabin fever increased trail use along Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park, state and local trails.

Luddites, supposed followers of General Ned Ludd, a fabricated name for their movement, were skillful cloth manufacture artisans in England, who in the early 1800s resorted to violence against the newly developed mechanized looms that threatened their livelihood. The term has evolved to deno…

When we think of politicians, the typical descriptors are of the “one word” or “one issue” variety — Democrat, Republican, pro-this, pro-that, anti-another thing, Whig, Bull Moose, or whatever.

It was 2005. My daughter was nearing the end of high school and — I think it may have been her birthday present — I took her to get her bellybutton pierced.

Maybe you have been dreaming of spending springtime in Italy, but circumstances just don’t allow it. Take my advice and console yourself by cooking real Italian food. I’m not talking the ubiquitous pizza and spaghetti. It’s the rich, pure tastes of Italy I’m after.

When last I wrote, I was getting anxious to kick things off and begin moving back to normal. Hah! I don’t even know what the “new” normal is or will be. Apparently, my optimism about re-opening the Old Town Playhouse this spring for performances is still a way off. Meanwhile, it’s February. …

After a gypsum plant in Empire, Nev. closed in 2011, the town emptied so quickly that its ZIP code was discontinued. Apparently, the US Postal Service does this all the time, but I had no idea. And in a lot of cases, the reasons are mundane: post offices close, municipalities are reconfigure…

The 2021 fishing licenses will go on sale starting Monday, March 1st. This gives anglers one month to purchase their new license which is required by April 1st of each year. Anglers in the southern half of the Lower Peninsula are reminded that ice shanties must be removed by midnight on Marc…

Submit your best photo of the week to tcrecordeagle@gmail.com and we’ll post it online and pick our favorites to run in our reader shot roundup in the GO: Great Outdoors section that runs on Thursdays.

When the winter weather gets brutal — as it has recently — ice fishing outside of a shack becomes nearly impossible as the holes freeze up quickly.

LINWOOD — If you’ve fished Saginaw Bay for walleyes much in the last decade or so, you’ve probably had those days when it was over just as you were getting started. They’ve become less common since the limit was raised from five fish to eight, but the walleye fishing has been, in a word, out…

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