Travel writers' auction runs through Monday

  If you’ve ever dreamed of skiing or golfing at Boyne Highlands Resort near Harbor Springs, check out the annual auction of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW). Bidders are vying to score a discounted rate for a three-night getaway at this northern Michigan resort, among nearly three dozen other auction items. But you … Continue Reading →

Native witch hazel is a fall flowering shrub

By the time mid-November in Michigan rolls around you’d think that we’ve seen the last of blooming plants until spring, that’s what I though anyway. Once again, I forgot all about our witch hazel bush that started blooming a week or so before Thanksgiving. Witch hazel is a native plant in our area. Back when … Continue Reading →

Lupine seedpods maturing indoors

I was a bit startled the other day just as I was putting on my coat getting ready to go outside. It was quiet in the house and I was the only one home. All of a sudden I heard a snap and the clickety-clack of what sounded like small beads landing on the table … Continue Reading →

Canada geese love rye grain

One of the best things you can do for your garden is to plant winter rye; the same crop that farmers grow for flour that eventually gets made into rye bread. Last year at this time I wrote a couple of posts about how to sow rye. You can scroll back and find those posts … Continue Reading →

THE CHURCH IS IN PERIL

After more than 25 years at 13600 Van Dyke — the former Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church — Greater Shield of Faith Baptist Church is leaving the campus. The cost associated with the deteriorating condition of the building has made it impossible for Bishop Jennings and his congregation to remain there any longer. We … Continue Reading →

Painted lady butterflies in abundance

Just about everyone knows what a monarch butterfly is and about its amazing migration to and from Mexico. But not nearly as many people have even heard of a painted lady butterfly; until this year that is. Reports of painted lady butterflies were all over the twittersphere last week. The most popular one I saw … Continue Reading →

Three impressive tomato vatieties

Earlier in this past growing season, I took an informal survey of how a number of tomato varieties were responding to leaf spot diseases. You can go back and read the post to find out how things were going for them at that time. I kept an eye on them through the season and watched … Continue Reading →

'Holy Rover' memoir explores sacred sites

Lori Erickson is a seeker. She found a way to meld her inner spiritual quest with journeys across the globe. Over three decades, she has been transformed by visits to holy sites ranging from Machu Piccu in Peru and the famous healing shrine at Lourdes, France, to Tibetan retreats in the U.S. heartland and the … Continue Reading →

Treats 'n Trunks 2017

We’ll close out the summer at Fletcher Field with our 11th annual  Treats ‘n Trucks event on Sunday, Oct. 29. As usual, we’ll start to decorate our cars at about 1 p.m. and then begin passing out candy to the kids around 2. I’d love to reconnect with some familiar faces we haven’t seen in a while … Continue Reading →