Columns

Weeding in the winter

I couldn’t face the contents of my file cabinets the winter of 2014. Too many decisions what to keep, pitch, and forward after I retired my lavender farm and writing workshops. I avoided the top drawer of the tall cabinet in a corner of my study’s closet-could not...

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Charles D. Ferguson: Farmer and banker

Charles D. Ferguson was born February 23, 1822 in Errol. Perthshire, Scotland to James Ferguson ( -1838) and Catherine Moir. At age twenty in 1842, he immigrated to America and eventually settled in New York. On January 13, 1846, he married Charlotte McHardy in Rust,...

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The essence of life

I awoke this frozen, bright blue morning with the delightful thought of tagging along with a friend to Clarkston. The unique charm and flavor of a local village appealed to me, especially in good company and when I’m hungry. After Mary Ellen delivered her little...

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Feeling over the moon

It was a colossal accomplishment! I was so thrilled and beamed with a pride overflowing with the kind of joy children display so readily and easily. I ran around showing my new skill to any adult whose attention I could capture. I’d learned to tie my own shoes. I...

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Celebrating my mother’s 100th

Tuesday, August 7, 2001: McCoy Homeplace, Phelps, Kentucky My mother reclines with her coffee cup in the farmhouse where she grew up in the McCoy Bottom. Where I lived almost the first five years of my life. I record our genealogy and Sadie Lee McCoy’s personal...

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Almont’s Baptist Church Society

Editor’s note: The following is a combined two-part series about Almont’s First Baptist Church. The first part was originally published in the Tri-City Times in February 2021. Part two was omitted from this column space inadvertently. To avoid confusion, the story, in...

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Cat care, sunrise to sunset

On these frostbitten mornings, Mitty, our mostly Siamese cat, jumps up on the bed and sits beside me without a meow. I look into her beautiful blue, indifferent, and somewhat crossed eyes. “Good morning, Mitzer.” She dismisses my endearment and lifts her dominant,...

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Benefits of neighborly ambulation

Upon the conclusion of this past gardening season, I determined to resume frequent walks on my country roads come January, 2022. Primarily for the benefits of fresh air and exercise. Which includes a wave to neighbors while they muck their barns, visit their...

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Program helps lift burden for families impacted by COVID

Editor’s note: The following guest column was written by Christina Muir of the Muir Funeral Home & Celebration of Life Center in Imlay City. She can be reached at 1-877-888-MUIR. Michael and Nicole’s son, Jason, died suddenly in April after contracting COVID-19...

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