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Love songs

Sunrise is lonesome these autumnal mornings. Birds now feed on what seed is left in neighboring fields, the chorus of mating and fledgling songbirds gone from our treetops. Why don’t flocks drop in our wildflower meadow for a feast? And they’ve yet to notice the...

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The history of Native Americans in Lapeer County

The Michigan Territory was created by the Confederation Congress in 1787 as part of the Northwest Ordinance, prior to the passage of the Constitution. In 1807, the federal government and the Ottawa, Chippewa, Wyandotte and Potawatomi tribes signed the Treaty of...

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The desires of a pastor’s heart

There are some things I believe every sincere, Bible-believing pastor desires people to know. I speak here for myself, but I think a great many of my colleagues in ministry will resonate with these sentiments. I share this because I want my motives to be clear, not...

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Prized food traditions

When the peach mecca of Michigan celebrates the fruit in downtown Romeo Labor Day weekend, the taste for pie and ice cream comes naturally. Alone for the holiday, I left laundry on the clothesline Saturday morning in pursuit of my slice a la mode. En route, I turned...

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Frank John Bacholzky: Teacher and principal

Frank John Bacholzky was born April 1, 1928 in Detroit, Wayne County, Michigaan to Frank J. Bachholzky (1907-1995) and Clara Yost Bachholzky (1909-1939). He was followed by sisters Barbara Jean Bachholzky and Katherine “Kitty” Bachholzky, and brother, Robert...

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Encouraged by thank you notes

The two bookshelves above my computer are reserved for my “how to write” titles. The bottom shelf also displays the latest greeting cards I’ve received in the mail. This juxtaposition of anthologies and published expert advice with handwritten cards reflects my...

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Accepting God’s invitation

“I worship God in my own way,” say many people these days as a justification for not following Jesus and being devout in a faithful commitment to obey the teachings of the Bible. This is nothing new. Matthew 22:1-14 contains a parable of Jesus regarding the kingdom of...

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Tools of the trade

My father, Warren O’Brien, shaved with a straight razor, polished and sharpened by his strop hung beside the bathroom sink. Around 1956, we lived on Joann Street in Detroit where Dad barbered at the corner of our block and Seven Mile Road. One day I read “Warren...

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Remembering Almont teacher Loretta Kelley

Loretta May Swaffield was born on February 5, 1912 in Port Huron, St. Clair County, Michigan to John Benjamin Swaffield Sr. (1894-1965) and Pearl May Moore Swaffield (1895-1962). She was later joined by four brothers: John Benjamin Swaffield Jr. (1913-1974), James R....

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