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The “Soo”

  Isn’t it odd how one person’s extreme northern frontier is another’s balmy southern coast depending on where you stand? And so it is with Sault Ste. Marie. To Michiganders, the “Soo” is a northern outpost of trappers and mushers. To the Canadians, Sault Ste. Marie is a thriving little burg hugging, as many Canadian […]

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Greenfield Village, Dearborn, Michigan. The stuff of memories

  You might think that memories from growing up in Detroit would be tinged with gray and scented with diesel fumes and burned rubber, but you’d be wrong. Some of my favorite childhood memories from Detroit include: eating blintzes my grandfather brought from Eastern Market the downtown Hudson’s building at Christmas the Fisher Building at […]

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Sleeping Bear Dunes, Michigan. The Most Beautiful Place in America

  Personally, I think the notion of a “most beautiful place” is like choosing a favorite child. How does one go about that? And yet, doesn’t every child secretly think (s)he’s the favorite? So, while there are thousands of incredibly beautiful places on this continent (the Bugaboo ice field in British Columbia comes to mind), I make […]

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The legend of Sleeping Bear

Every child in Michigan knows this story. The legend of the Sleeping Bear is an Ojibway tale explaining the creation of the Sleeping Bear Dunes and the two Manitou Islands (North and South) just off the Lake Michigan coast. A storybook based on the legend was declared Michigan’s “official children’s book” in 1998. Since Sleeping […]

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Saturday morning-Baldwin library, Michigan

The little town of Baldwin, Michigan, ought to be the crown jewel of Lake County. It ought to be prosperous. It ought to have a bustling downtown, comfortable, well-maintained homes, and adequate schools. But it doesn’t. Even though Lake County is riddled with deep blue lakes and expansive deep green forests. Even though it’s a sportsman’s paradise, bisected by […]

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