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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 …
In the spirit of recent spikes and waves in coronavirus cases, readers of this column might recall that during the school year, I offer services as a substitute teacher in a handful of local school systems. From the first day I stepped foot into a Kalkaska middle school Social Studies class …
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.
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.
TRAVERSE CITY — Leanza Curtiss, 26, has plans for her future that include a scalpel and a dead body. (Cue the “Law & Order” theme song.)
It was 6:30 a.m. and still dark. Grandpa Helmboldt pointed with his flashlight to a big stump and whispered, “You sit right here. You’re on a small hill between two swamps. The deer cross right through here. Be really quiet and alert. I’ll come back and get you at noon, unless I hear you shoot.”
I learned a lot running for elected office this year. As a statewide university board candidate, I met voters aged 18 to 91. Students, university employees, alumni and others shared their strong views on education.
TRAVERSE CITY — Even though it wasn’t the “aim,” Habitat for Humanity Grand Traverse Region came home a double winner from an annual conference of Michigan Habitat affiliates.
In a tribute to the active acquisition and dissemination of knowledge, Chaucer describes his Oxford clerk — equivalent to a modern-day undergraduate — by saying, “And gladly would he learn and gladly teach.”
In an effort to clear my mind from the constant drone of the 2020 election cycle, I’ve become an observer of the backyard bird feeder.
History purports to tells us what happened. To the extent that it records objectively verifiable events such as the firing on Fort Sumpter at the beginning of the Civil War, it does just that.
TRAVERSE CITY — A woman rolled down the passenger-side window of her car as she crept past the house at the corner of Sixth and Maple streets.
Mom told me the woman who lived in that house had once met the devil. We were headed into town and had just passed a family home along the highway. I was quite young, and Mom was always too open with me.
Maggie Astor’s New York Times article, “A Failed System: What it’s like to vote with a disability during a pandemic” corroborated what I’ve learned from people with disabilities in Michigan.
‘In fourteen hundred ninety-two/Columbus sailed the ocean blue,” goes the old jingle introducing the story of how an Italian navigator seeking a new trade route to India in the service of the Spanish monarchy discovered America while proving our world was round.
When I was in school, it was a common English class assignment to write letters to our future selves. I vaguely remember doing it, although the future Ford I wrote the letter to was probably the 25-year-old me, not the 60-something one.
This Week's Circulars
- 'Dead' northern Mich. voters surprised by their own demise
- Health care workers sick, exhausted as second wave washes over region
- Pam Forton resigns from TCAPS Board of Education
- Investigators: Man to face murder charges in deaths of 3
- FBI: Man charged, girl safe after suspected kidnapping that spanned 1,400 miles
- Opinion: Give thanks, but don't celebrate myths this Thanksgiving
- Investigators: Questions remain in shooting at Elberta home
- Third person dies after Elberta shooting
- Peninsula trustees to talk lawsuit
- Munson stands firm against herd immunity concept