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Play on words whenever opportunity knocks

Come summer, my father would unwind after work on his hands and knees in search of four-leaf clovers in our front lawn. Although his behavior was a bit embarrassing, I later appreciated Dad's devotion to the symbol of our Irish ancestry. After all, an O'Brien couldn't...

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Memorial Day – Almont’s Servicemen

The origins of Memorial Day date to just after the Civil War when organized decorations of the graves of those that had been killed in the war were began in the south. The day was called “Decoration Day” and remembered only those lost in the Civil War until after...

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Forces of nature

I recalled my maternal granny when the first thought of shrinking my vegetable garden came to mind a while ago. I better understood why she mourned the successive years she could no longer plant, hoe, harvest, and preserve her own food. However, this history could not...

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Rev. Luther Shaw – Founder of Belle Arbor

AUTHOR’S NOTE: This article gives a brief accounting of the movements and accomplishments of Rev. Luther Shaw, who founded the failed community of Belle Arbor along Ross Road east of Van Dyke. Lynn Nolin will be including a more detailed history of Rev. Shaw in her...

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A wound that won’t heal

A wound that won’t heal

The thread of a mother's existence runs throughout your life, humming in the background from childhood through adulthood. It doesn't matter if you struggled to get along or found her to be your best friend, her death will be momentous. As you progress through waves of...

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There is power in our numbers

What could you possibly call 11-20 women who congregate all in one place to eat a somewhat peaceful meal once a month? To call it a "powerhouse" would not be out of line, as there is definitely power in numbers. To call it a group is not out of line, nor would be...

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Dryden Road’s known as the ‘Miracle Mile’

In the 1970s along Dryden Road from just west of Shoemaker Road to just west of Muir Road, four families produced seven medical professionals. A local doctor referred to this area as the "Miracle Mile". To become a medical professional–medical doctor, dentist,...

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Rain on the roof

I woke this Sunday morning to rain on my roof and what Richardson Wright named "RAIN MUSIC", the title of his essay for April 28 in his "The Gardener's Bed-Book". I held my worn copy of his 365 essays, smiled again at the man's powers of observation and accuracy. The...

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Robert Morin Shoemaker, Almont’s Four-Star General

Robert Morin Shoemaker was born on the family farm located at the corner of Shoemaker Road (named for his grandparents) and West Road (now called General Squier Road), one mile west of downtown Almont on February 18, 1924, to Uriah Beebe Shoemaker and Pomala Orda...

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Living in a spiral

Living in a spiral

As we grieve the person who we have lost, we might feel some of the most intense feelings we have ever experienced in our lives. Other times, the feelings aren’t as strong. We might feel like we can finally catch our breath. But then, oftentimes without warning, the...

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