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Devoted duo, double trouble

Several years ago, my late husband and I visited a local farm in search of a kitten to fill the hole left by our legendary pet, Mo. There, a tortoise shell kitty with hazel eyes claimed Mel's affection. Mo's opposite, this little kitten cuddled into Mel's arms and...

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Do you remember?

— part 3 —   Do you remember the changing of the Village Charter to move to a Village Manager instead of a Mayoral system? Do you remember the change from locally sourced water to connecting to the Detroit Water System? Do you remember the installation of the...

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A Fallen Limb

A Fallen Limb

  It was a rainy May morning the day he died. We spent the past few days by his side watching his pain intensify as he gasped for each breath. Hospice had been suggested a few times over the past 6 months as his health declined. Selfishly, I wouldn't hear of...

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Mountains, memories, music

My sister whose home is in Kentucky called with sad news. “Uncle Herm passed away at 1 p.m. today.” Herman Glen McCoy, one of my mother’s four brothers, was the last living McCoy patriarch of the Floyd and Ollie McCoy lineage. I happened to be his “pick”, as they say...

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Visit to Normandy a memorable experience

A Noble People I am writing this on the 80th anniversary of D Day. I visited Normandy on the 70th anniversary. It is an experience that, if possible, every citizen should experience. We left Germany and drove to France to the Normandy region and took up a short term...

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Backyard acrobats and tail signals

"In all our years living here, I've never seen so many squirrels," Mel remarked last summer. "The red squirrel was the only one around when we built this house. Now the black and gray are everywhere." Several days later, while sitting at my desk observing a host of...

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A captive audience

I look rather odd, so I'm keeping close to home. I have an appointment in four days for the doctor to remove the bandage he taped across the left side of my nose. Yes, I'm counting down the days, grateful he removed a basal cell carcinoma before it spread beyond my...

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Do you remember?

— PART 2 —   Do you remember observing Memorial Day at Memorial Park? The parade? Do you remember when the Memorial Day observances were moved to Burley Park? Why? Do you remember the bandstand in Burley Park? Do you remember when the citizens of Almont began...

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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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