Tag Archives | Michigan

Snow! in New York City

  Here in New York, I can never quite tell what the weather’s doing outside the apartment. Daytime is a light shade of gray, and night is a darker one. I can’t tell how cold it is outside, either, so a walk is always a surprise. Often, I have to return to the apartment to […]

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The Tiny House Movement and me

  I once had a kitchen with six junk drawers, and they were all full of junk. Now, I have one tiny drawer, no junk, and almost no kitchen. I once had a house with four bedrooms and 2100 square feet. Now I live in 66 square feet. I once had a queen-size bed, like most normal […]

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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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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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Pure Mitten #2

Hey! Wake up! We gotta get on the road. We’ve only begun our tour of Michigan. Back on US-31, head north from Saugatuck/Douglas. Soon you encounter a strip of more developed cities: Holland, Zeeland, Grand Haven, and finally Muskegon. These are busy little burgs that have outgrown their britches. People and industry moved in, roads […]

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