Columns

A light in darkness

When we moved our family from Detroit’s streetlights to a country road in February 1989, we learned the phrase, “We’ll keep a light on for you.” Under a new moon, we couldn’t find our way to our neighbor’s house on the corner without their lights to guide us. Beyond...

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An elopement story

In the summer of 1833, John and Jean Hunter Hopkin and their three children, along with William and Margaret Gray Robertson and their two children, traveled directly from Scotland to the Scotch Settlement area in southeastern Almont Township. They were the first Scots...

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The who, where, what, why, when of life

Today I lunched on asparagus soup as October shed her wet and windblown clothes. Another season concludes, the divide wider between my childhood and present day. A challenge for a writer devoted to memoir, to sustain authenticity of times, places, things, and people....

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Wasn’t that Dr. Leith’s office?

This is the first in a multi-part series about Dr. Dorothy Leith and her home and office at 240 Main Street in Imlay City. Last month I wrote about a special house in Imlay as it is defined in the Webster dictionary: “a building for human habitation, especially one...

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Gone to the dog park

Absence makes my heart grow fonder of my grand-dog Lily. I didn’t realize the depth of my affection until my daughter Ruth emailed a week ago Friday. “Want to meet us at the dog park tomorrow morning?” I glanced at October 16 on my desk calendar. Wide open. “What...

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Almont’s connection to the Salem Witch Trials

On Saturday, June 5, 2021, Susan Militello and her husband stopped at the museum. Susan was seeking information on her grandfather, Frank Wood Ring. The name seemed familiar to me but I could not place it. She said family history indicated that Frank had owned a...

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Synchronization of the seasons

Season: n 1: suitable or natural time or occasion: 2: a period of the year associated with some phase or activity of agriculture (as growth or harvesting) Season vb 1: to make palatable by adding salt or condiment 2: to make fit by experience Considering what might be...

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Pain can be a teacher, tool

“Pain is an old friend.” So said Doctor Strange in the eponymous movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe when he faced down mega villain Dormammu to prevent him from invading our dimension. Most people that I know would not call pain a friend. Most people call...

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Memorial to my Sweetie dog

You never know what you’ll stumble upon when browsing The Weed Lady’s place. As we drove north toward Fenton, I assured my friend Maureen something beautiful and valuable would call our names. My two previous visits to this gardener’s paradise dated to more than a...

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Getting back on track

Here are a few of my experiences related to not paying close attention or not following directions. The first one that comes to my mind was way back when I was maybe eighteen or so and living in a boarding house. I wasn’t familiar with the area and asked my landlady...

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