Every once in a while, a play really moves me. Not often these days, because I am too critical of what I am seeing.

Hard to believe it has been almost two months since the publication of the Afghanistan Papers, the confidential reports obtained by the Washington Post that described, in stunning new detail, the mismanagement of a war that has now spanned three decades and three U.S. administrations.

One of the hottest trends in panfish angling for ice fishermen is micro-plastic baits — tiny jig tails that are often whisker-thin that you can’t possibly hold still as they move with every breath you take. One of the more prominent manufacturers of these baits is Roadside Minnows out of Ced…

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HASTINGS — George Cullers makes his way from his pickup truck to the edge of a pond, carrying a small woven basket with an ax in it. He pushes through the cattails on to the ice, sets down his basket, chops through the ice with the ax, then, wearing rubber gloves that extend almost to his sh…

TRAVERSE CITY — I spoke to a friend about an outdoor outing we had planned on a foggy morning earlier this winter — the fog we hadn’t anticipated when the date was set.

A collection of columns from Record-Eagle Outdoors Columnist Mike Terrell:

Southeast Michigan still had open water fishing for walleye and perch. With the cold temperatures, the inland lakes were starting to freeze but the southern sections of the Lower Peninsula did not have safe ice for the most part. Ice jams were causing some problems on a few rivers.

FIFE LAKE — It’s a game of cardboard, duct tape and glue versus the 2.6 quadrillion snowflakes — or thereabouts — in each square mile of 5-inch-deep snow.

A walk to the library. Sidestepping on Fifth Avenue on a day of frigid cutting brine air typical of New York City. Past the great marble lions named Patience and Fortitude by redoubtable Mayor Laguardia during the Great Depression.

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