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Mike’s Musings: Technology upgrades will make voting easier

Mike’s Musings: Technology upgrades will make voting easier

Editorial StaffAug 9, 20233 min read

More and more I am told I must provide anything of importance digitally. Heck my Facebook feed is crowded with people purportedly able to make my life easier with the new A! Technology. That’s why when it comes to voting…

“Out and About” Gospel music, a fish fry, and table manners

“Out and About” Gospel music, a fish fry, and table manners

Editorial StaffAug 4, 20233 min read

If you are a fan of Gospel music, you’ll want to mark your calendar for Sunday, August 6. Kline’s Resort will host The Royal Heirs. They will entertain everyone with a variety of Gospel selections with a concert beginning at…

Post Card From the Pines: Time to Celebrate Us

Post Card From the Pines: Time to Celebrate Us

Editorial StaffAug 4, 20234 min read

It’s here at last! Marion, Michigan’s Old Fashioned Days weekend has arrived. It’s that one weekend each year that every Marionite by birth or at heart, considers a personal holiday of the highest order. It’s time to celebrate us and…

May I Walk with You? THE ANSWER

May I Walk with You? THE ANSWER

Editorial StaffAug 4, 20233 min read

            Many years ago, I asked what I thought was a rather complicated and difficult question of a Catholic priest.  I don’t remember the question, but I remember the answer.  He simply said, “Jesus is the answer.”  It was so…

Maggie’s Pantry

Maggie’s Pantry

Editorial StaffAug 2, 20233 min read

By Maggie ConklinMushroom FarmerLast year the dear husband and I were gifted “leftover” shiitake mushroom spoors from a friend in Alabama.It took us a couple days to drive home and we tried our best to keep the spoors cold in…

Blue Star

Blue Star

Editorial StaffAug 2, 20234 min read

By Scott SullivanEditorBreathSaw it roll in from the north Tuesday over Kal River; Canada was still burning. Last month wildfire smoke hazing lungs and views was a novelty. The Star of Saugatuck was eclipsing Serenity on the Lake Michigan horizon,…

Life as Performance Art

Life as Performance Art

Editorial StaffAug 2, 20233 min read

In mid-July, Traverse City hair salon owner/stylist Christine Geiger drew national attention for posting on social media anyone ID’ing neither man nor woman is not welcome at her business.“If a human identifies as anything other than a man/woman,” she posted…

Humor: DID I GET LEFT BEHIND?

Humor: DID I GET LEFT BEHIND?

Editorial StaffAug 2, 20233 min read

What I keep telling my grandson who teases me about my generation Please answer if I call Bedtime has moved up to 7pm I’m still re-running a few of my favorite past articles, and I remember getting a lot of…

Mike’s Musings: The FBI could be knocking on my door at any minute

Mike’s Musings: The FBI could be knocking on my door at any minute

Editorial StaffAug 2, 20233 min read

I sometimes stand in wonderment at the inefficiencies and heavy handedness of our federal bureaucracy. As a taxpayer I think the sheer number of federal government employees and their inefficiencies costs us billions a year, and we need to get…

Maggie’s Pantry

Editorial StaffJul 26, 20233 min read

By Maggie ConklinBlooming MeatballsMy friends Ingrid, Liz and I loved watching videos by Ziqi Li, a young woman who lived in northern China with her grandmother and made just about everything from scratch. They had a large garden, she foraged…

Blue Star

Blue Star

Editorial StaffJul 26, 20235 min read

By Scott SullivanEditorSnarlThe red truck in the left lane said “Liberty.” Took forever on the construction-constricted freeway to get around it. Relax, let the road flow through you.Picture trucking Liberty cross country, unloading at docks using dollies, forklifts, palettes ……

Religious Section

Editorial StaffJul 26, 20233 min read

   Jesus told the parable of the Good Samaritan, and for many of us, the ‘take home lesson’ is about caring for someone in distress.  We know the story: A man was on the road between Jerusalem and Jericho when he was…

Humor: IT’S A GIRL

Humor: IT’S A GIRL

Editorial StaffJul 26, 20234 min read

Before June 1st in Bill’s house This was about all we knew The four girls circa 1970 Our dad Wild Bill, as the nurses call him, is continuing his stay at the Arbor Springs Rehab Hotel. Of course it’s not…

Mike’s Musings: Controversial movie, music video popular despite cancellation attempts

Mike’s Musings: Controversial movie, music video popular despite cancellation attempts

Editorial StaffJul 26, 20234 min read

We tried to cancel but we failed. A movie and a video have been the subject of much controversy for the past few weeks and attempts to cancel them have only fueled the fire to make them more popular.I went…

Life as Performance Art

Life as Performance Art

Editorial StaffJul 26, 20234 min read

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA I expect after Independence Day newspaper columns, TV and social media pundits bemoaning American patriotism is on the slippery slope down. They point out we have lost love for our country. Let’s look more closely.How do you measure…

The Cycles of Earth

Editorial StaffJul 21, 20233 min read

by Larry-Michael and Becky Lynn Hackenberg A Weekly Almanac GuidePlan, Do, Finish, Rest.Living in Harmony With EarthWeekend ofJuly 22-23, 2023 Becky’s Earth-Sun-Moon NotesIn A Nutshell…First Quarter/Planning Moon, Tuesday, July 25 at 10:07 p.m. EDT, begins the cycle again. Last week’s…

“Out and About” Grill mistakes, farmer’s market, and pigeon droppings

“Out and About” Grill mistakes, farmer’s market, and pigeon droppings

Editorial StaffJul 21, 20233 min read

Nothing tastes better than burgers and dogs cooked on your outdoor grill. Whether you burn charcoal or propane, the meat always seems to taste a little better. Besides, the lady of the house appreciates you messing up the grill instead…

Postcard from the Pines: Old Fashioned Days – It’s All about Coming Home

Postcard from the Pines: Old Fashioned Days – It’s All about Coming Home

Editorial StaffJul 21, 20234 min read

It is almost August and we are more than half way through the year and on the road to autumn. For some it feels like the beginning of the long slide into winter, for others, it is the high point…

May I Walk with You? Created by, For, Sharing Love

May I Walk with You? Created by, For, Sharing Love

Editorial StaffJul 21, 20233 min read

            In the scriptures we read that God is Love and that whoever lives in Love lives in God and God lives in them.  If God is love, then Love created the Universe and all that is in it including…

Pat’s Bits and Pieces: Fun times start this weekend

Pat’s Bits and Pieces: Fun times start this weekend

Editorial StaffJul 21, 20234 min read

The 12th annual Lumberjack Festival begins today with loads of events, contests and entertainment that will keep you busy right through Saturday afternoon. It is a great time to take a “step back in time and enjoy some of the…