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Creation of an obsessed genealogist

During my wife Cindie’s senior year in high school, Denver Leinonen assigned the students in his American history class an assignment to create their own family tree. Cindie’s grandfather, Harold Walton, was the keeper of the family records and memorabilia. He...

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Remembering significant things

“Iris, don’t be surprised if Daddy doesn’t remember you. And I can’t promise he’ll be awake for a visit,” my cousin said on the phone. “Thanks for the warning. It’s been two years since we last saw him, so we’ll take the risk. Besides, Mel and I plan to visit Mom’s...

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Grace at full strength

I love coffee. I like a bit of ice in my coffee just to keep from getting burned. I do, however, also like cold coffee. I enjoy really strong coffee, but I cannot handle having my coffee too hot! A burned tongue is an indignity that lasts for several days preventing...

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If you don’t use it, you lose it

Months ago, I drove my dirty 2010 blue Prius to Mister C’s Car Wash in Rochester. Thanks to my husband, personal grocery shopper and chauffeur to church, restaurants, and Cook’s Farm Dairy in Ortonville, I hadn’t driven in weeks. I waited in Mister C’s long, hairpin...

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Mine eyes have seen the glory

In honor of Independence Day, I’d like to reflect on the words of “My Name is Old Glory” written by Howard Schnauber in 1994 with credit to the Fort Collins Public Library. “I am the flag of the United States of America. My name is Old Glory. I fly atop the world’s...

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Ask. Seek. Knock.

Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. Matthew 7:7 A fine day last May, I swiveled my writing chair to the window in search of the right word. Again. A hummingbird flew under the blooming arc of a Solomon Seal...

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Mrs. Dabney, Almont’s piano teacher

Evelyn Cornell Hallock Dabney was born June 9, 1895 in Almont, Lapeer, Michigan to Roy P. Hallock (1872-1942) and Winifred Elinor Cornell Hallock (1873-1948). She lived almost her entire life in Almont except for about a five year period in the early 1930s when she...

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The color of summer

What follows are winning entries from the Sixth Annual Yule Love It Lavender Farm Poetry Contest. The theme for the 2021 contest was “The color of summer.” • • • First Place: Jack D. Ferguson of Auburn Hills “To Draw a Rainbow” Pink florescence unfurls. The tight...

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Learning about faith and mentorship

When I was a teenager, I wanted to learn karate but didn’t have a teacher at first, so I tried to learn from a book. The results were pitiful and tragically comedic. Later, when I found a teacher and began to learn kung fu from him, I realized why I couldn’t train...

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