Off Topic: The Musical Edition

Music speaks to me more intensely and immediately than any other medium. Once not long ago, when I felt far from home and anxious about getting back there, the opening notes of “Life in a Northern Town” reached across three thousand miles through the overhead music of the cafe where I waited for my drink,…… Continue reading Off Topic: The Musical Edition

Michigan Monday (two days early) – Introducing Sheila Solomon Shotwell

Cover images used with author’s permission. In recent years, through the magic of Facebook, I have met several aunts and cousins from my maternal grandfather’s family. One of those cousins is Sheila Solomon Shotwell, author of books, short stories, and essays. Two of her works, Gone Before Spring and No Doubt in My Mind, are…… Continue reading Michigan Monday (two days early) – Introducing Sheila Solomon Shotwell

Another Michigan Author: Holling C. Holling

It’s hard to maintain one’s interest and motivation in hobbies and interests during these bizarre times; for me, a curious mind is the best defense against defeat. Today’s discovery has helped . You may recall an episode of the 1990’s series “Northern Exposure” in which laid-back local DJ Chris, played by John Corbett, reads a

Lake Michigan waves at sunset, and a poem

It was a windy sunset last night . . . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y81Y17CfGzQ Poem courtesy of The Academy of American Poets – poets.org. Click HERE to see the website. O Sea, That Knowest Thy Strength Effie Lee Newsome – 1885-1978 Hast thou been known to sing,        O sea, that knowest thy strength?Hast thou been known…… Continue reading Lake Michigan waves at sunset, and a poem

Michigan Monday – Evangeline: A Tale of Acadie

The verse below is the first stanza of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s epic poem “Evangeline.” I’ve mentioned before that I have an affinity for Longfellow, I think because we read his poetry in elementary school and because his “Song of Hiawatha” is set in the Pictured Rocks area of Michigan on the southern shore of Lake…… Continue reading Michigan Monday – Evangeline: A Tale of Acadie

Sharing a post from Thumbwind’s blog.

Check out this post from Mike Hardy via his Thumbwind blog (click on the post title to read the post): Five Tales About Michigan Indian Tribes You Were Never Taught in School. The book referred to in the post is available free from Gutenber.org; click HERE to read or download. (Did you know you can…… Continue reading Sharing a post from Thumbwind’s blog.

Snow Moon

Hemlock Crossings, Ottawa County MI 2.26.2021 I could use some photo education to learn how to take a decent photo of the moon, because it was so much more beautiful in person, but I do like how the tree branches seem to be cradling the moon. I hope this photo gives you pleasure.