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Light of a mother’s life

During my annual dental checkup May 12 in Imlay City, the dentist referred me to a periodontist in Port Huron. An unsightly white growth had emerged under the gum above my right front tooth and needed his expert evaluation. Having chipped my front left tooth at...

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How do I get to heaven?

“I’m going to ask for directions,” my uncle said when we were traveling to Florida back in 1986. My uncle Mike taught me that as soon as he realized he did not know how to get where we were going it was important to ask for directions. He said that it did no good to...

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The aroma of reunion

When April 2022 appeared on my calendar four months ago, I thought this a fine summer for another Lincoln High class reunion. The 55th, specifically. I emailed Marty, a neighbor I grew up with on Wagner Street in Warren. A retired teacher and assistant principal of...

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Anniversary of the Gaspee Affair

I am a member of the “Sons of the American Revolution (SAR).” SAR is a lineage society. Its members must have an ancestor who provided services during the Revolutionary War. In my case, my third and fourth great-grandfathers, Silas and Gideon Hoyt, fought during the...

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The patience of a Blackberry lily

As Mel and I walked the Polly Ann Trail, Char and Dan Sutherby relaxed in lawn chairs by their home in downtown Leonard. Char waved. “Stop for a visit on your way back,” she hollered. I’d met Char several times during events sponsored by the Friends of the Addison...

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Don’t miss out on free museum opportunity

Since I was a kid, Port Huron has been the first place my family typically heads to for beach time, boat watching and just general relaxing. So I was pleased when a press release landed in my inbox this spring announcing free admission to all Port Huron museum...

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One of the most beautiful places

I first beheld beauty in my mother’s dark eyes. I grew to recognize and trust her voice, smile, and touch. Her scent. She satisfied my hunger, and one remarkable day, she opened her arms and said, “Come to Mommy, Iris. You can do it!” And I did, surrounded by a loving...

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With God in control, we are secure

My sister was always more adventurous than me. For instance, every year, when we were very young, the fair came to town, and we’d ride the kiddie-friendly rides. She loved to ride the “horsies” on the carousel; I was terrified of them and I’m two and a half years...

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The bliss of another birth

Our next-door neighbors built their house the fall and winter we built ours. And they moved into their home the same weekend in February 1989 that we occupied ours. Peggy carried a babe in arms, the third of three girls. About ten years Peggy’s senior, my two teenaged...

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