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Searching for the truth

My father once did a colored sketch of a landscape with red grass that I recall seeing when I was four. The first thing that struck me was that the grass was not green like my experience told me it should be. The more I thought about that red grass, the more puzzled I...

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Mrs. Bradley’s field trip

Field trip: a visit to a place (such as a museum) made by students to learn about something. Webster Dictionary Just when I thought life couldn’t be any better than Hobo Pies and S’mores, Mrs. Bradley took my Brownie troop to a ballet. We followed her inside Ford...

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Priorities and pancakes

My husband woke with pancakes on his mind this morning. “You thinking of Gram again?” I asked. He grinned like a boy. “She fed us grandkids pancakes with bottles of Log Cabin syrup every summer.” Bessie and Milton Underwood owned and operated the Presque Isle Lodge...

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The making of “Remembrances of Almont 2020”

The Almont Community Historical Society (ACHS) homecoming book, “Remembrances of Almont 2020” is the eighth in a series of books written for the Homecoming celebrations. Hildamae Waltz Bowman wrote the first four books for the 1970, 1976, 1985 and 1990 “Community”...

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Home alone Christmases

I didn’t know what to do when Christmas Day first found me alone with my husband. As empty nesters, it wasn’t the least humorous like Hollywood’s Home Alone. My mother and mother-in law had modeled ideal parents with a houseful of children and grandchildren on...

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Camp Luna and the tarantula

I sat down to write a story about the First Congregational Church but my thoughts kept drifting to my father who died one year ago on December 1, 2019. So I decided to write down one of the stories he told me about his time in the Army during World War II. Dad was...

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A Christmas of inconvenience

Most of this year has been very inconvenient, and as Christmas nears, I’m hearing more and more about the inconveniences of social distancing and the like. But upon reflection, I have concluded that God does some really amazing things through and perhaps in spite of...

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Remembering Cousin Ronnie

The incoming call triggered my internal alarm. My Kentucky sister doesn’t typically phone during a workday. I assumed sad news. “Patty, what’s going on?” “Are you busy?” “Just making Quiche Lorraine for company. And you?” “I’m roosterin’ up,” she said. I envisioned...

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Support businesses that have supported us

Editor’s note: The following was submitted by Senator Kevin Daley, a Republican who represents the 31st state Senate District, which includes Bay, Lapeer and Tuscola counties. Working hard and putting in the effort to start your own business is a textbook American...

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Fruitcake and Hellebores

I don’t know which came first, Mom’s fruitcake or her sugar cookies. What girl notices grownup food when she’s anticipating the rolling pin, mixing bowl full of dough, and cookie cutters come December? Wrapped in cheesecloth soaked in Dad’s brandy, Mom’s fruitcake...

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