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“Out and About”: Recycling, the heart, and balancing

“Out and About”: Recycling, the heart, and balancing

Editorial StaffFeb 3, 20233 min read

Recycling is something we should all be involved in. Unfortunately, there are some things that cannot be thrown in with the paper, tin cans and other normal recyclables. Fortunately, there…

Postcard from the Pines: The Hog has come and gone…

Postcard from the Pines: The Hog has come and gone…

Editorial StaffFeb 3, 20234 min read

Mich Manual 1869 Everyone with a public voice is talking about the cold this week…and the groundhog. In these parts, it’s likely that contrary to public opinion, he did not…

Pat’s Bits and Pieces: February … Again

Pat’s Bits and Pieces: February … Again

Editorial StaffFeb 3, 20235 min read

Well it’s here again – my least favorite month of the whole year.Thursday is Groundhog Day and after they roust the poor critter out of his “log,” this year “Punxsutawney…

Blue Star

Blue Star

Editorial StaffFeb 1, 20234 min read

By Scott SullivanEditorSeal of DisapprovalThis time I knew it was all over. Ron and Maggie Conklin had paused en route to the South Pole to take pictures of seal pups,…

Life as Performance Art

Life as Performance Art

Editorial StaffFeb 1, 20237 min read

     As you might have noticed I keep coming back to the theme of respect.  We give it and we earn it. It is a rapid exchange of an intangible element in…

Mike’s Musings: Time to get control of Big Pharma

Mike’s Musings: Time to get control of Big Pharma

Editorial StaffFeb 1, 20233 min read

I’m not a fan of Big Pharma. If you read my columns regularly you know I have railed against the industry consistently. After all the sacrifices we made through the…

“Out and About” Law enforcement, rain and fog driving, and trivia

“Out and About” Law enforcement, rain and fog driving, and trivia

Editorial StaffJan 27, 20233 min read

We’ve all had encounters with law enforcement at least once in our lives. These encounters are usually minor traffic stops because we failed to come to a complete stop at…

Postcard from the Pines: It’s Snow Joke

Postcard from the Pines: It’s Snow Joke

Editorial StaffJan 27, 20233 min read

Main Street March 26, 1923 50-14 Everyday life seems to have slowed to a crawl during this odd winter in Marion, Michigan. Winter is what it is, from one to…

Pat’s Bits and Pieces: Just more winter bits….

Pat’s Bits and Pieces: Just more winter bits….

Editorial StaffJan 27, 20234 min read

Another week, another column…With January winding down – there’s only four more days – that must mean there’s only a couple more months to get through before spring arrives again.That…

Blue Star

Blue Star

Editorial StaffJan 25, 20235 min read

By Scott SullivanEditorPope PolI knew Rand Paul would show up on my imagined South Pole trip paralleling Ron and Maggie Conklin’s real one. (See Page A6)I was there, dropped off…

Life as Performance Art

Life as Performance Art

Editorial StaffJan 25, 20237 min read

    The first of several garden seed catalogues arrived the other day, and I dropped everything for an hour or so to go through it.  Others will soon follow, and I will…

Classified document scandal needs to be put to rest

Classified document scandal needs to be put to rest

Editorial StaffJan 25, 20233 min read

After re-reading my opinion last week that the Trump/Biden classified documents scandal was much to do about nothing, I realized I left out a couple of major points.First, I minimalized…

Pat’s Bits and Pieces: Recovering and complaining

Pat’s Bits and Pieces: Recovering and complaining

Editorial StaffJan 20, 20234 min read

Most of the time, I consider myself pretty lucky. I am nearly 77 and other than having my tonsils out at 5 or 6 years old, have not had many…

Blue Star

Blue Star

Editorial StaffJan 18, 20235 min read

By Scott SullivanEditorPsycho ImageMy imaginary polar trip, paired with Ron and Maggie Coghlin’s real one, was past desperate. They’d passed through a Buenos Aires flower cooler down wood steps to…

Life as Performance Art

Life as Performance Art

Editorial StaffJan 18, 20237 min read

 Harry and Megs recalled a conversation Mother had with me over half a century ago.  I don’t know what brought it on, although it was probably a long-winded telephone monologue from…

Mike’s Musings: Who cares who has classified documents? Not I

Mike’s Musings: Who cares who has classified documents? Not I

Editorial StaffJan 18, 20233 min read

Much ado about nothing, or so that’s what I would call the most recent hysteria about classified documents. As background for those not following the storyline, classified documents which President…

Pat’s Bits and Pieces: I’m not absent minded – it’s gremlins

Pat’s Bits and Pieces: I’m not absent minded – it’s gremlins

Editorial StaffJan 13, 20234 min read

It has been that kind of month.You know what I mean. The kind where you lose something and then find it right in front of you…I just spent about a…

Sunday Football with the Gardener

Sunday Football with the Gardener

Editorial StaffJan 13, 20234 min read

We watch football together when the opportunity allows. In fact, we’ve viewed a lot of footfall in the same space through our many years together. We make odd viewing companions.…