Thanksgiving Day is coming upon us. A great day to spend with family! My sister Emma and I take turns hosting Thanksgiving dinner for our families and sisters Verena and Susan. This year sister Liz and Levi and daughter Suzanne have plans to join us since they will be in the area that day.

This was a year like no other. In anticipation of a Thanksgiving that would be far from the usual, I tried not to let disappointment rule. I found myself remembering other times when Thanksgiving traditions had to be adjusted, although the circumstances then did not include a pandemic. These…

TRAVERSE CITY — Dining in is temporarily suspended, according to a recent order from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

As the holiday shopping season revs up to full gear, those seeking the perfect gift for the music lover on that Christmas list might consider Michigan-bred releases to place under the tree — or send via email link.

TRAVERSE CITY — People often ask upcoming National Writers Series virtual speaker Albert Woodfox, 73, to explain the feeling of being imprisoned in solitary confinement.

Wind, rain and even snow kept anglers from venturing out. While many are hunting or getting ready for ice fishing, those brave enough to tackle the elements were rewarded with a few fish including steelhead, whitefish, pike and panfish.

RANDVILLE — Going into this year’s firearms deer season, we hadn’t killed a buck at our camp since 2017.

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The annual Holiday Open House goes from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 27 in Cross Village. Explore Black Barn Farm and Three Pines Studio. Take a horse-drawn wagon ride through the village from 1:30-4 p.m. and stay for the tree lighting at 5:30 p.m.

I’m on my way back from town. My satellite radio is tuned to a news station. It is six days after the election, and the news is crackling with noise from a strife-filled transition. Words of anger and animosity bounce off each other, beneath which attempting to surface are those of a relief …

The most important lessons we learn often don’t become relevant, or at least we don’t recognize them as relevant, until those teachers have faded into memories and their voices dimmed by time.

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EMPIRE — Rebecca Lessard released her last rehabilitated eagle on South Fox Island about a month ago, piling into a small chartered plane with the caged raptor and her assistant.

Sons Benjamin, 21, and Joseph, 18, both have left for work. It is 5 a.m. and I decided I’ll write this column while all is still quiet. The weather has taken a big change overnight. Yesterday, and for over a week,we have had nice, sunny, warm weather. Now this morning the temperature is in t…

Thanksgiving is prime pie time. Some cooks might argue that summer pies, overflowing with glowing fresh fruit, are the true beauty pageant winners. But who takes the time to make pie when the weather is sultry and the beach beckons?

TRAVERSE CITY — Many people are familiar with quinoa and rice, but they may not know several other whole grain alternatives exist.

By this phase of the pandemic, I’ve stopped counting the doomed self-improvement projects that were supposed to productively fill time that would otherwise be spent leaving the house.

The state saw fewer anglers now that many are hunting during the firearm deer season. This is also the time of year when the whitefish action really picks up for pier anglers. It might be a good idea for those hunting to take along a fishing pole!

A new sporting clothing/gear manufacturer out of Grand Haven is making waves with low-weight, high-tech fabrics made especially for upland game hunters.

MUNITH — In an ordinary summer, Chris Freiburger and I would have spent a couple of days, perhaps with a third person in the boat — often another former colleague from our days at the Department of Natural Resources — trolling for bluegills.

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The annual Cranksgiving food drive is scheduled Nov. 22. Teams of two to five cyclists ride to area stores to purchase items for local charities. Participants should plan to spend at least $25 and wear a face covering. The event starts at 11 a.m. at the Norte Wheelhouse in Traverse City and …

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