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Thoughts on balance and time

Some people call them see-saws, where I come from, they are teeter-totters. In essence, they are a way for two children to while away time by balancing up and down while seated at opposite ends of a board with a fulcrum at about two and a half feet high located in the...

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Good news to ponder

A moonbeam wakes me at 5:20 this morning. “Ponder my faithfulness,” my Lord whispers. I stretch my back, admire the contrast of the bright light on our new, dark wood floor, and spy the vacuum cleaner. Today, the last day in April, I dust the house our God provided....

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A man who heals people and rebuilds tractors

My chiropractor and I share common family history. His father restored old tractors including a 1953 Ford Jubilee, and his mother hailed from Barbourville, Kentucky. My father rebuilt a 1953 Chrysler engine and restored a 1959 Edsel Ranger. And Granny praised...

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Related to Laura Ingalls Wilder

In August of 2018, my Almont High School class celebrated their 50th class reunion at the Lions Hall in Almont. Classmates came from Florida, Mexico, Australia, and locations within Michigan. Several of my classmates I hadn’t seen since graduation but most I had seen...

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Dr. Burley: Confidence man

After writing the articles on Dr. David Burley, Pat Spencer told me an interesting story about Dr. Burley’s early days in Almont. It is a story that needs to be preserved. Dr. Burley came to Almont in June of 1893 because he liked the appearance of our tree lined...

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The meaning of “garden”

According to my belated mother, Granny assigned her to cooking family dinners at age eleven. “Everything we ate was from our garden, except flour and sugar,” Mom would say. Her four younger brothers were almost grown men when they drove Grandpa’s buggy over the...

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Chores to tackle now that spring has sprung

Quite possibly you are feeling antsy—no pun intended! With the sun shining and days getting warmer you can now see all the cobwebs that have been nearly invisible, unless of course you walk through them. Ants are starting to find the door as well as flies. The windows...

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The instinct to grow

The season of the red-breasted robin calls our curiosity to the dining room window with a crash against the glass. The bird’s instinct to protect his territory causes such bizarre behavior. He thinks his reflection is his foe. And his show’s running on two weeks now....

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The history of Bishop Hospital

Burley Hospital closed in 1922 and for 15 years Almont was without a hospital. In 1937, Dr. Gilbert Clare Bishop opened Bishop Hospital at 409 East St. Clair Street. Dr. Bishop was born in Almont in 1899 on the family farm on Bordman Road southwest of town. He...

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New clothes, new creation

When my sisters and I were children, each year for Easter Sunday we’d get brand new dress clothes. While that’s a nice memory now, back then, it was my least favorite Easter tradition. Clothes by themselves were not considered a gift by me, let alone stuffy, itchy,...

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