Columns

The Way of Tea

I printed Mapquest directions for my first visit to Phyllis’ home. She’d invited me and a mutual friend, Connie, for tea at 12:30 p.m. Although I gave myself ample time for taking wrong turns, I arrived late and embarrassed. Tardiness is no way to establish the...

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Bridge Walk not for the faint of heart

“Let’s walk The Bridge,” they said. “It’ll be fun,” they said. “Are you kidding? I’m not walking five miles,” I said. Well, I lost out. Many, many moons ago, I had the experience of walking the Mackinac Bridge one Labor Day morning and it was something I still...

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What the hens say

I pull on my red chicken boots and walk downhill on a soggy lawn. The morning sun illumines bee wings flying to and fro my solitary hive. I slow my steps, pause to observe the glorious sight. "Good morning, girls!" I say to the worker bees. The hens, whose house is...

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Trust in student crossing guards

As a first-grade student I admired the school crossing guards. The elementary school I attended outfitted fourth-grade students in white belts that also had a highly reflective white slash shape over the torso. I remember thinking about how official they looked in...

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Anam Cara

Several weeks ago, while offering Mitty her morning backrub, I found a lump on her back, close to her curled, Siamese tail. Her beautiful, blue eyes objected to my tick inspection, yet I persisted until she growled and clawed my hand. "Sorry, Mitts." "Meeeooow!" she...

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Could ‘57 be as good as the ‘56 team?

— PART 2 — Coming off an undefeated championship season (7 wins, no losses, and one tie), expectations for the 1957 Almont football team were high. Losses to graduation included three All-State performers: left tackle Lee Hartway, halfback Alex Iloncaie, and end Larry...

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Ode to joy

I never tire of birdsong, the Mourning Dove’s slow, low, melancholy notes in the chorus. The dove seems a patient creature, waiting its turn to sing. I miss the pair. For years they either found their place on the telephone wire along the driveway, or an oak and maple...

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Almont’s 1956 football team one of the best

— part 1 — The 1956 Almont High School football team was one of the best in school history. They finished the season as co-champions of the Southern Thumb Association with a record of 7 wins, no losses and a tie–an undefeated season. The tie was with co-champion New...

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Movie is worth the time to see

I went to church on Sunday. Once home I always, well not always, but usually search my calendar as to what is coming up the next week. Not that I am a social butterfly, more like a homebound repeating rifle...you’re laughing right? Well to those of you who are not...

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R. E. Lee Foundry

On July 1, 1890, R. E. Lee bought the foundry facility of the Henry Currier Agricultural Works from Mrs. H. P. Currier. Mrs. Currier, acting as the administrator of her husband’s estate, was liquidating assets. Mr. Lee manufactured the “Peerless” plow, land rollers,...

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