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The Cheese Throw Down Afterglow (and a Trip for Tastebud Travelers Who Missed the Party)

Posted on May 11, 2009 at 2:30pm 2 Comments

It’s been a few days since I’ve attended the Wisconsin Cheese Throw Down at Bowers Harbor Inn, and I apologize for the delay in the post-party blog. But you see, I’ve been in a cheese coma.

This is what happens when a cheese lover attends an event showcasing a thousand-plus chunks of fine cheese and a dozen cheese-inspired gourmet dishes, all of which is washed down with her favorite local beers and wines.

Judging by the turnout (Bowers Harbor Inn, its fabulous new outdoor… Continue

I am the cheese.

Posted on May 5, 2009 at 9:11am 3 Comments

Living now in Traverse City, a place I consider a food lover’s paradise, it sometimes shames me that my three favorite foods haven’t changed as I’ve become an adult. They are, exactly as they were at age six: pizza, ice cream, and cheese.

These are my deserted-island three. My last-meal trifecta. My go-to, triple-time-healer of a broken heart, bad hangover or even slightly irritable episode of P.M.S.

I eat the big three, I feel joy. It’s very simple.

They don’t… Continue

Shop—in the name of Michigan State Park System love.

Posted on April 14, 2009 at 7:00am 4 Comments

O.K. Three things I wildly, fiendishly, shamelessly love: a sweet deal, Michigan State Parks and, um, the sales racks at Macy’s.

Let’s start with the most respectable of the bunch: our state park system. Michigan’s such a dang pretty state—I mean, come on, 10,000-plus miles of shoreline, 31,407 islands, rolling hills, deep forests, wildflower meadows, four fabulously gorgeous seasons, and rivers and inland lakes everywhere you look—we Michiganders luck out wherever a state park… Continue

Much Like R. Kelly, I Believe I Can Fly.

Posted on February 24, 2009 at 7:00am 5 Comments

I like my skis. Actually, I love them. They’re royal blue, with a print of white hibiscus flowers and sprays of bubbles, or maybe snow—something small, white and droplet-sized anyway—splashed across their glass-shiny surface. I suspect they’re part of the reason I look down so much: I like to watch them carve through the snow.

The problem? They don’t actually carve. They “sort of” carve. So says Ron anyway.

At first I am disappointed at this news. My slick, pretty, perfect… Continue

Rodent skiing: not cool.

Posted on February 9, 2009 at 12:17pm 4 Comments

Ron tells me not to look down at my skis. Feel the mountain under my skis, he says. Feel the slope, he says. Feel the pressure of my ski edge cutting into the snow as I swoosh (my technical term, not his) down the mountain. He stops at the top of the run to point out the endless acres of evergreens that roll out like a carpet unfurled at Crystal's feet. He reminds me again on the way down the mountain.

"Look around," he yells as I zip past him, chin to chest. "Check out the… Continue

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At 6:05am on January 7, 2009, Daar Fisher said…
Hi LT, I’m the Internal Communication Director for the Michigan FairTax Assn. As you’re aware, our state legislature has recently enacted the Michigan Business Tax [MBT] as a response to ending the Single Business Tax [SBT] (a gross receipts tax). Our goal is to inform Michiganders about a proposed Michigan FairTax alternative that would both simplify, and stimulate, Michigan's business / jobs climate in order to stem the mass-emigration of businesses and families currently taking place.

The proposed Michigan FairTax would REPLACE the income tax and current sales tax, with a consumption tax (sales tax at point of retail sale). Under this plan, no more state tax will be withheld from Michigan wage-earners' paychecks. What's more, every Michigan resident-family will receive a monthly "prebate" check, in amount based on family size. This will ensure that NO Michigan family will EVEN BEGIN paying the MI FairTax on goods / services unless, or until, they exceed poverty-level spending.

Under the MI FairTax plan, points of collection are substantially reduced to just retailers, many of whom are already collecting sales tax. Because service providers must account for income tax withholding and compliance costs, their prices carry a hidden tax which a FairTax will make visible. (Business-to-business purchases would not carry the tax, as this would, again, hide the cost of taxation in prices.)

Because of the "prebate" (advance rebate calculated as .0975 x $ [poverty level spending per family size]) to ALL Michigan-resident households, the MI FairTax rate would effectively be 0% on all monthly family spending to the poverty level; thereafter it's 9.75%. A reasonably inferred average effective rate would be ~5.5% (see p.2 of pdf brochure, also review an economic analysis [pdf] on MI FairTax effects prepared by the Hillsdale Policy Group).

Please, join our email list to be kept informed!

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Why the FairTax idea is right for America's working families.

Dr. Laurence Kotlikoff believes that it will take the FairTax to reverse unfunded obligations, now above $53 trillion and counting!

At 10:13am on October 22, 2008, Bethany Kucera said…
Those are quite the crawdads or something! Your b.friend asked me to be his friend on mynorth. awe, sweet! Had fun w/you two on Sat @ Kelly & Ron's weddin'! Have a great day, Chica!
At 11:27am on October 20, 2008, Bethany Kucera said…
Look how cute we are on Theresa's pictures from Kelly's wedding. You and Jon are pretty darn cute too! xo!
At 9:10pm on October 9, 2008, Mij Johns said…
While I'm sure I'm your #1 fan, I know I'm not your only fan.

I love you!
At 1:26am on October 3, 2008, Kelly said…
Your offer to rub my wrists with long as it's not pine scented, I'm in.
At 3:08pm on September 30, 2008, Kelly said…
Just read "private desktop dancer" in Holidays Up North... nice. ;)


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