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Catherine impacted our lives in many ways

Catherine Minolli has contributed to a little over 1,300 issues of the Tri-City Times. She has edited and written sad, inspirational and happy, mundane and hard hitting stories in all those issues. Catherine will be retiring after 25 years of dedicated service to our...

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Writer can’t find right words

If there’s one thing I learned over the years behind the keyboard it’s the fact that every single person has a story. There’s an entire library of information inside every person’s head that shapes their life, defines their being and illuminates their core. I’ve had...

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Always in search of the sublime

Oh, the air wafted sweetly from the sea. Not like the humid, oppressive torpor of Vietnam: lighter, crisper. With the sun kissing my face, I walked amid the amber wheat, the green pastures and the rolling hills, walking, becoming lost in the brambles and then found...

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Homecomings

Who couldn’t love newborn autumn in Michigan? With summer vacations archived in photos and memories, we flock again to high school and college football fields to cheer our team to victory. Alumni, students, and parents clap to the beat of marching bands. In small to...

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Convenience of compartmentalizing

I have managed, so far at least, to keep the fact that my retirement date is very near separate from the fact that this involves a great loss and major energetic shift. For the longest time I called myself “a writer.” From the time I was six years old I just knew I...

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The courage to say no, striving for integrity

I am going to have to make some very difficult decisions soon. These decisions, they’re not happy ones. They’re not akin to choosing which university to attend, or where to take a vacation. Nope. These decisions are going to be quite sobering, an appropriate...

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Simple abundance

Years ago I spied my favorite pail at the Armada Flea Market. Light gray enamel with a graceful mouth wider than the bottom, it called my name. More a large bowl than a bucket, the utilitarian design includes two handles. The lathed, wood grip in the middle of the...

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Heartfelt thanks to colleague, friend

“Say it ain’t so!” That was my first reaction when Catherine Minolli told me she was going to retire from her job as editor of the Tri-City Times in September. Catherine is one of my very favorite people and closest friends. And believe it or not, I’ve never even met...

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Living in ‘the country,’ living the dream

When my husband and I moved out here in the early spring of 1992, it was a dream come true for me. I’d always had this big idea to move out to “the country” and “be a writer.” I’d worked in the legal field for almost a decade, and while it was fascinating and paid...

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Lost after losing life of addiction

I can’t see. I mean, I’m not blind, so maybe I should be careful how I describe my sight. I wouldn’t say that I have a disability. It’s not like that. It’s less like that and more like every word I read is frustratingly blurry. Even now, as I type these words, and...

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