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Gifts of the unexpected

When I began writing my memoir, I never dreamed a man in my critique group would someday say, "I'd like to see your soup beans, greens, and cornbread recipes in this story." "Recipes?" I replied. "Who doesn't know how to boil greens in bacon fat, and mix self-rising...

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Almont men fight in battle at Gettysburg

One hundred and sixty years ago, July 1-3, the pivotal battle of the Civil War was fought at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. The battle began when units of the 1st Michigan Cavalry Brigade encountered Confederate forces on the outskirts of Gettysburg. The 1st Michigan...

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A helping hand

Sometimes we need help to realize our dreams. Sonny Sutherby to work magic with his tractor on our new circular driveway in spring 1989, for one. And after days of raking rocks and sowing grass seed, I called Foglers Farm for straw to mulch the seed. As we owned no...

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Father’s Day was extra special

“Sam I Am” is a blessing and loves to have fun   Father’s Day has come and gone and for me, it was a time of reflection. Not only for myself, but in remembering my dad and my grandpas. Those men in my life have all passed away. Most recently, two years ago, my...

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Much to admire

My Appalachian sister called Sunday, May 28. "Houston graduated yesterday," Patty said. She'd mentioned the date of a grandson's high school commencement ceremony some weeks prior. "How did everything go?" "Well, you won't believe this. Houston didn't tell us he was...

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Fond memories of my whittling kit

I have many fond memories of my childhood toys. I distinctly remember going to Kresge's in the downtown of my hometown shortly after Christmas with two dollars given to me by my grandfather. I strolled the toy aisles until my attention fell upon a most unique toy. It...

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Lawn talk

Peg, my neighbor to the east, walks toward me as I prune dead wood from a beauty bush (Linnaea amabilis). Welcoming a rest from the heat, we sit in the shade of the slope where landscapers planted two beauty bushes beside a magnolia tree (Magnolia grandiflora) in...

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Those remarkable Almont teams, athletes

The last year of World War II saw a remarkable group of Almont athletes have an unbelievable year. The year started with the football team. The team was undefeated and league champions. The only blemish on their record was a tie with Imlay City. Morris “Buck”...

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Memorials

Rhubarb grows in our backyard, a memorial to my mother's strawberry-rhubarb pie. She would smile to know I'm still devoted to rhubarb. Just like the day she put a hand to her heart when I brought home arms full of ruby red stems from the woods at our street's end....

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