Columns

Affection for life and place

I delivered my bee equipment to Mary Jo for her to relay to our bee-maker. We’d pick up our installed hives when notified. This season, after several years beekeeping with a son in his back forty, Mary Jo’s going solo on the Hosler homestead where she raised her four...

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All will be well again eventually

Back in the fifties, during our time of need, my mother did whatever she could to help out financially and that included taking in foster children. It was a challenge for all of us including my little sister. She had been the center of attention since birth but with...

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A trillium story

Unbeknownst to me, my friend Jack planted trillium last spring from Cottage Lake Gardens in Washington State, and our local Telly’s Greenhouse in Troy. With tender care, Jack planted the seedlings under a black walnut tree, sheltered between his garden shed and the...

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Standing up for our American family farms

Editor’s note: The following guest column was submitted by Sen. Kevin Daley who represents Bay, Lapeer and Tuscola counties in the 31st state Senate District. Farming, and the hard work that comes with it, is something American farmers take real pride in. But farming...

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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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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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