Prior to about 120 years ago, the human race was a nomadic one. If you were going to cross a distance of land, you probably were going to be walking. You could ride a horse or be pulled in a wagon, but your pace would be set by someone or something putting one foot in front of another.

As Pride month blooms and rainbows flutter around town you may find yourself more motivated to reflect on the language you use and ways you are an ally. This can be intimidating as learning about the LGBTQ+ community, labels, terms, or pronouns can sometimes be overwhelming at first glance.

THOMPSONVILLE — Thompsonville’s past and future roll into the present June 19 when the community dedicates its Diamond Crossing historical marker and simultaneously conducts a public visioning session for capturing community potential.

I’ve seen kingfishers at our cottage, or at least the quick flash and the sudden dive from the cedar tree by the dock. The only ones that live in Michigan are the belted kingfisher, not bright like the tropical ones, but gray, with a ragged crown that looks like it just got out of bed.

TRAVERSE CITY — Grieving the death of a loved one is a long, hard journey. Worse, there is no clear road map because each person’s path is different. And there are no shortcuts. You can seek out detours, delays and distractions, but grief will be waiting for you at the end — with all its sad…

Traverse City’s Cowell Cancer Center opened in 2016. Before and after the opening, I served on the center’s patient advisory committee. The majority of the committee members had personal experience with cancer — either as patients or family members. Like many people, a few of my loved ones h…

My planner is filling up with concerts and camping. I’m showing my chin in public. Numbers of COVID-19 cases in our community and elsewhere continue to drop.

TRAVERSE CITY — Fruit trees blossom and warm breezes sweep up from the south: It’s May in Northern Michigan. Fruit from those trees will either be eaten whole, or processed into a variety of tempting foods.

May is a month of full of things to pay attention to: Mental Health, Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage, Remembrance for Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls, Pets … spring showers … tulips.

It is the summer of 2016 and I am sitting in a suburban backyard, wearing plaid shorts and a white blouse.

On a recent weekday morning, several dozen people circled a ballroom in NMC’s Hagerty Center, listening to vaccine types and dose counts. Some wore military uniforms; others donned scrubs or a green badge reading “volunteer.”

In his “Personal Narrative,” Jonathan Edwards (b. 1703) reports that in a thunderstorm he saw the majesty of God. His contemporary, Benjamin Franklin (b. 1706) saw lightning. They represent the evolving split between religion and science in the 18th century.

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