Columns

Conspiracy theory with substance

Note: Paths that cross will cross again...I think Patti Smith said that in an awesome song. Anyhow, this week's story about Integrative Nutrition Health Coach Mikann Thompson's visit prompted me to dig out this column. Kindred spirits, I am so not surprised that our...

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Imagination on razor’s edge

"Made in Japan"—labeled barber's shears, specked with hair trimmings, lie inside and outside a segmented box on the shelf before me. The mirror on the wall behind it reflects my wide-eyed gaze. Elsewhere on the wall, fake roses hang in cascades of very un-rose-like...

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An ally in the creativity department

Note: As the eighth anniversary of the death of my father draws near, I am re-running a column I wrote seven years ago on the first anniversary of his death. For the longest time my sisters make fun of me because I can't seem to let anything go. Its life isn't over...

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In living color?

The beautiful opalescent pitcher on the counter just now caught my eye, reminding me once again how drawn I am to white on white. The only reason I own that ceramic piece is that a friend invited me to her yard sale when she sold her mother's things; and the only...

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Aunt Beulah’s birds

Aunt Beulah kept birds. Chickens. Rooted in Appalachia, she could snare a hen and serve it fried within the hour to her husband and five children. Back in the 1950s, Uncle Charlie fenced in a spacious poultry yard when they lived in Oceana, West Virginia. He painted...

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Settling in to unsettling experience

It was a very nondescript parlor tucked away in one of the many dark alleys off the bustling main street. It seemed as good as any. In the heat of the night I checked my watch: half past nine. Well, I wasn't sleepy yet, and the city never sleeps. A good time for a...

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Turns out, many long to unplug, unwind

I'm there a little early, but I prefer it that way so I can get a feel for the room and the atmosphere. It's the first ever Chinese New Year celebration in downtown Imlay City and wearing my Peaceful Moon Yoga hat, I decide to take part. The event was the dreamchild...

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Does symbol still have same meaning?

Editor's note: Rick Liblong's column regarding 'We the People' brought up some memories for me, including writing this column about eight years ago. Here it is again: Going through some boxes I stumble across a letter to the editor I penned to the Detroit News...

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It’s all about perspective

Life! It's all about perspective! That's why I write this column. Here's a perfect example. When I logged into my Facebook account today (1/30), I saw a note saying that because of the brutal weather, the people at the Tri City Times had gotten a later-than-usual...

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