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Blue Star

Blue Star

Editorial StaffMay 15, 20244 min read

By Scott SullivanEditorWorld Donkey DayJust when I needed a shot of self-esteem came World Donkey Day. Desert animal scientist Ark Raziq founded it to recognize how asses enhance human lives.“Without donkeys’ help,” says Raziq, “it is hard to imagine the…

Life as Performance Art

Life as Performance Art

Editorial StaffMay 15, 20247 min read

    If you don’t mind me saying so, I think the world is getting a bit too spooky.  This war in Israel has been going on for months and tempers are getting short about the number of civilian casualties – and rightfully…

Mike’s Musings: Homeless woman found in sign, RFK’s brain eaten by worm

Mike’s Musings: Homeless woman found in sign, RFK’s brain eaten by worm

Editorial StaffMay 15, 20243 min read

I thought I’d take time out from writing about politics to offer a few weird, or absurd items that appeared in the news last week. It seems some news stories are getting weirder and weirder as weeks and months go…

“Out and About” Bell ringers, Mother’s Day and snacking

“Out and About” Bell ringers, Mother’s Day and snacking

Editorial StaffMay 10, 20243 min read

“I am only one, but I am still one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something. And because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.” -Helen KellerOne hundred…

Pat’s Bits and Pieces: Mother’s Day is Sunday

Pat’s Bits and Pieces: Mother’s Day is Sunday

Editorial StaffMay 10, 20243 min read

Time for my annual Mother’s Day column again.Sunday should be a special day for everyone. It is time to remember that Mom was always there for you when you needed her and time to make her one day of the…

May I Walk with You? MISSING THE LATIN

May I Walk with You? MISSING THE LATIN

Editorial StaffMay 10, 20243 min read

It is interesting to note that when I was a child the mass and most liturgies were in Latin. While few people in attendance knew what was being said there were other things about it that were appealing. I remember…

Postcard from the Pines: Give Mom a Tree

Postcard from the Pines: Give Mom a Tree

Editorial StaffMay 10, 20245 min read

Arbor Day happens each April, although just one day to honor and plant trees doesn’t seem quite right. Perhaps the late date is meant to coincide with the coming of green across the land. We are especially fond of our…

Blue Star

Blue Star

Editorial StaffMay 8, 20244 min read

By Scott SullivanEditorDerby DayWhat’s worse than a man without a home? In Douglas, a land without a zone. The planning commission May 9 will weigh saving 16.77 acres — bought in 2013 and annexed from Saugatuck Township two years later…

Life as Performance Art

Life as Performance Art

Editorial StaffMay 8, 20245 min read

Life some of you, during long hot summer days when we played or worked outside, if we were thirsty we’d open up the spigot of a garden hose, run it until the hot water was gone, and then start drinking…

Mike’s Musings: Taxes just keep piling up

Mike’s Musings: Taxes just keep piling up

Editorial StaffMay 8, 20243 min read

Like many of us I struggle with having to pay taxes each year. I often wonder why I put aside more and more each year to pay the government yet get lesser and lesser services.For instance, I’m drawing social security.…

Historical Notebook: Albion 100 Years Ago May, 1924

Historical Notebook: Albion 100 Years Ago May, 1924

Editorial StaffMay 6, 20244 min read

We continue with our theme of “Albion—100 Years Ago.” May 1, 1924. “The Sheldon Hospital is Opened Today. Mrs. Ida M. Allen Has the Distinction of Being the First Patient to Be Cared for in the New Institution. She was…

Out and About

Out and About

Editorial StaffMay 3, 20243 min read

If you are a fan of Jeopardy! and enjoy participating in trivia games, here are some interesting facts about the Great Lakes you might want to jot down and remember for your next trivia gathering: Despite its massive size, Lake…

Pat’s Bits & Pieces: Allergies are here, it must be spring!

Pat’s Bits & Pieces: Allergies are here, it must be spring!

Editorial StaffMay 3, 20243 min read

The birds are singing, the sun is shining, and the wind is blowing again out there. Seems like that is the way of things around here more often than not!As I often repeat, we live in windy Little Chicago, even…

May I Walk with You? Reading the Bible

May I Walk with You? Reading the Bible

Editorial StaffMay 3, 20242 min read

Many people tell me that they would like to read the Bible, but somehow, they just don’t get much out it. It is like reading about things that happened a long time ago and that it doesn’t really pertain to…

Postcard from the Pines: That Old Time Cookin’

Postcard from the Pines: That Old Time Cookin’

Editorial StaffMay 3, 20244 min read

It’s that time of year already. Mom’s Day, graduations, reunions, and a host of get-together events are coming at us fast. And if you are hosting an open house, your daughter’s bridal shower or a big birthday party, the moment…

Blue Star

Blue Star

Editorial StaffMay 1, 20244 min read

By Scott SullivanEditorProtest ContestI was sorry to miss the Satanic Temple’s invocation before last week’s Ottawa County Board meeting. When I looked at both sides, clouds got in my way.Ordained Minister of Satan Luis Cypher called on the hosts to…

Life as Performance Art

Life as Performance Art

Editorial StaffMay 1, 20245 min read

Democrats and Republicans will hold national conventions this summer in Chicago and Milwaukee, respectively.I advise you avoid traffic snarls at these mutual admiration society meetings. Prices are apt to inflate then and there as well.Protesters are sure to turn out…

Mike’s Musings: Wanna make millions, become a politician

Mike’s Musings: Wanna make millions, become a politician

Editorial StaffMay 1, 20243 min read

Like most of you, I chose the wrong profession if my goal was to make a lot of money. It seems the best way to achieve financial success is to run for elected office, in particular a federal office.It would…

Blue Star

Blue Star

Editorial StaffApr 24, 20244 min read

By Scott SullivanEditorSubpar Sushi ManWho needs civics classes when we can learn watching local leaders fight over playgrounds? For advanced studies, turn to Traverse City, where two men engaged in what police called a “sword fight” over subpar sushi.One brought…

Life as Performance Art

Life as Performance Art

Editorial StaffApr 24, 20244 min read

Fifty years NBC television began broadcasting “Little House on the Prairie” based on Laura Ingalls Wilder’s series of young reader novels of the same name.Some of us of a certain age practically grew up reading her stories of growing up in the…

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