Glen Young

Veteran’s Day is a solemn commemoration in any year, but in 2018 the event carries additional significance.  This year marks 100 years since the armistice to end the war to end all wars. Americans possessing a basic sense of history know how that armistice signalling the end of World War 1, ma...
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Categories:  Holiday Love

A month into the school year and I have plenty of reason to speak to students about what they are reading. A few even ask sincerely for suggestions, and while I recognize the challenges of suggesting or assigning reading, there are just some books that all high school students should read. Many s...
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Categories:  General, Parenting

I grew up in a haunted house, at least that's what my friends thought.  My mother kept mannequins in our upstairs room with a bank of windows that face the busy Petoskey street.  For the record, I don’t recall the mannequins, or any ghosts or spirits, visiting me over the many years I lived ...
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Categories:  Michigan Love

Sometimes, when I sit on the porch in the summer and look out at the Round Island Lighthouse, which sits on the other side of the Straits of Mackinac, I imagine what it must have been like to be a lighthouse keeper in the days before RADAR. I am fortunate to wonder, and to be so close to one of t...
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Categories:  Michigan Love

I start to hear it as soon as August hits.  “Going back soon,” my well-meaning neighbors ask. I want to choke them, but resist, and instead reply with something like, “Not that soon, but thanks for asking,” a sarcastic tilt to my head. Like it not, however, school starts soon.  So it...
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Categories:  Michigan Love

If you are like me, your summer has been busy, but never too busy for a few more Northern Michigan adventures before Labor Day arrives.  I have a few favorites. For a casual and quiet beach day, I head about fifteen miles west of St. Ignace along U.S. 2, where the pine and cedar forests open up...
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Categories:  Michigan Love

With National Hammock Day celebrated on July 22, this is the perfect time to think about picking the right hammock.  Having a hammock close by, as well as somewhere to string it from is a great way to enjoy a summer afternoon or watch an Up North sunset. Hammocks of course come in many sizes and ...
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Categories:  Michigan Love

My dogs and I love to run through the wooded trails several times a week. We particularly like the trails on Mackinac Island, and when we head back to town, we enjoy taking a dunk in the refreshing waters of the Straits of Mackinac to cool off. We are lucky to have this option just outside our fr...
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Categories:  Michigan Love

The aurora borealis, or northern lights, visible at night in Northern Michigan from late summer through late winter, is one of the many highlights of stargazing in our region. The beautiful display is created when space particles hit Earth’s atmosphere and is certainly a treat to see. The Nort...
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Categories:  Michigan Love

I don’t know that I’ve heard my own children claim this, but I know many folks think Mom is easier to buy a gift for than Dad. In fact,  I’ve always thought I was easy to buy for, providing folks knew what I wanted. A new pair of flip flops, a fishing shirt, or some great music are always...
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Categories:  Holiday Love
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