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He Who Smelt It

When in Rome, right? I’ve eaten boiled cow’s hoof in Jamaica, alligator tails in Louisiana, seafood off a roadside cart in Belize, raw conch in the middle of the ocean somewhere and even brussel sprouts at my mother-in-law’s house in Iowa.


When I was 10, my…


Added by Anita Merlot on January 31, 2011 at 1:18pm — 5 Comments

Update: Saget sold out /I've got my comedy fest tickets



Deb Lake of the Comedy Festival says Bob Saget is sold out and others are close or on their way.



For once I was on the ball when it came to getting tickets for something.


I got online right at 9 a.m. today, just as tickets for the Traverse City Comedy Arts Festival were going on sale.


I ordered two for…


Added by Tom Carr on January 30, 2011 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Looking for the proper snow word

We've all heard the legend that Eskimos have a whole bunch of words for snow.


Looks like that's kind of a myth, though some of the Inuit-Aleut languages have compound snow words to help describe…


Added by Tom Carr on January 29, 2011 at 2:19pm — No Comments

Cherry juice gets new fans

It may be old-hat these days to those of us who've been watching the cherry industry for years, but apparently tart cherry juice is continuing to gain notice.


Still, it's always good when someone new catches on to one of our signature local products.


Like when Good Housekeeping just listed the juice as one of the top 10 food trends of the…


Added by Tom Carr on January 27, 2011 at 3:30pm — No Comments



More and more, home buyers are looking for ways to incorporate home technologies that increase the long-term value of their house but also provide convenience, safety and comfort. These days, energy management tops the list of desired features in new homes, according to a survey by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).  

NAHB’s consumer preferences survey of more than 2,300 recent and prospective home buyers examined the features, products, amenities and layouts…


Added by Home Builders Association of the Grand Traverse Area on January 27, 2011 at 1:02pm — No Comments

Slow-studying a fast fish

Grab an Asian Carp sandwich, and read all about the government's plan to study how to keep that fish between two slices of sourdough and out of Lake Michigan.


If you live near the Great Lakes, you probably already know about the Asian Carp.


Fish farmers brought them to the U.S. decades ago to clean the tanks of catfish who were getting too uppity to do it themselves. And the new…


Added by Tom Carr on January 26, 2011 at 3:46pm — No Comments

Thunder Bay Resort

Linda & I with friends Bob & Lisa spent the weekend at the Thunder Bay golf Resort in Hillman MI Went on the Elk Viewing Dinning Ride. It was truly was great!!!!!!!!! 

Added by Ray & Linda Benson on January 25, 2011 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Fat Flakes


Got a good eight inches last night. Big, wet and sticky – just like I like it! So wonderful to wake up to that – just makes me hope to get more this afternoon.


A friend asked, “What’s your favorite thing to do in the winter – now that you’ve seen a long stretch of it?”


“Curling up in my den with a warm fire, reading a fat book and watching the snow…


Added by Anita Merlot on January 25, 2011 at 12:33pm — 2 Comments

Miriam Pico CD release concert

Miriam Pico can belt out "I Will Survive" alone on an acoustic with the force of a five-piece band and can also write

songs with hooks. She demonstrates both on her home page.


She'll perform at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 11 at…


Added by Tom Carr on January 25, 2011 at 10:30am — No Comments

Checking in with Artist Eric Daigh

In the studio of pushpin artist Eric Daigh as he readies for a show at Chicago's Carl Hammer Gallery. Daigh's self portrait is the black and white image near the center of this photo; a pushpin portrait of his wife Meg is propped behind his image.


Have been doing some interviews with…


Added by Jeff Smith on January 21, 2011 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

Run Across Ethiopia reaches the finish line

Late this morning Ethiopian time (eight hours later than in Michigan), the Run Across Ethiopia reached the rural hamlet of Afursa Waru, which is six miles from the coffee-rich town of Yirgachefe. A joyous, but meticulously planned celebration unfolded among local dignitaries, village elders and perhaps thousands of… Continue

Added by Jacob Wheeler on January 20, 2011 at 3:59pm — No Comments

Call for Entries: Artcenter TC Outdoor Art Fair

As we settle into the new year, plans for the 51st Annual Artcenter Traverse City Outdoor Art Fair are coming together.  The fair, which features 100+ fine artisans on the campus of Northwestern Michigan College, is always held the last Saturday of July.  This year, on Saturday, July 30, 2011, the Outdoor Art Fair will share the campus once again with the Traverse City Film Festival.  Each of these amazing events bring both Traverse City residents and visitors into the town.

If you…


Added by Artcenter Traverse City on January 19, 2011 at 4:15pm — No Comments

What an Ethiopian village needs

Today — Day 11 of the Run Across Ethiopia, which has now taken us to the southern, coffee-growing town of Yirgachefe — <em>Northern Express</em> journalist Anne Stanton and I visited Hase Gola, the scene of yesterday's raucous welcome celebration and the site of the first school that On the Ground… Continue

Added by Jacob Wheeler on January 19, 2011 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Day 10: Run Across Ethiopia yields to Hase Gola

For the past nine days, my blogging has focused on running — that is, the 10 harriers running nearly 250 miles across southern Ethiopia. I've cataloged their aches and pains, daily mileage and terrain, and how the runners have interacted and boosted each other through this painstaking endeavor. In other words, I've… Continue

Added by Jacob Wheeler on January 19, 2011 at 3:16pm — No Comments

Traumatic Brain Injury, Gabrielle Giffords, and TC's Dr. Glen Johnson

 Victims of traumatic brain injury can be victimized a second time when they try to find practical, well prepared help on the subject. Dr. Glen Johnson, who has lived in Traverse City for about 25 years, wrote a book on this subject many years ago. It is brief, concise, and well-written in every-day language. It is also offered online, free of charge. If you or someone you know is, or even might be a victim of a brain injury, please send them this link. There is a questionaire that will help…


Added by Dean Bull on January 19, 2011 at 7:30am — No Comments

sculptures harvesting the wind in cedar

Springing up everywhere are the most beautiful sculptures. Similar to lovely yard ornaments, these wind catchers I see cropping up are big enough to serve a higher purpose. These larger sculptures catch enough wind to support the energy needs of our neighbors. My favorite is the one on Mawby’s vineyard.

Another beautiful one I saw recently is on the Spencer property. On the night I stopped by to pick up my daughter, there was a fierce wind and I saw the beautiful blades turning…


Added by Rachel North on January 17, 2011 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Fruits of Ethiopia: coffee, khat, sugarcane and beautiful people

Here are a few videos that I've taken during the Run Across Ethiopia over the past week, which feature some of the best Ethiopia has to offer — and how to consume them.

First is a video of a woman outside the Aragesh Lodge roasting coffee beans over an open fire before serving us strong and delicious "black gold".

Next, one of our interpreters, Sue Rafael (I've surely misspelled his name) teaches me how to prepare and then chew… Continue

Added by Jacob Wheeler on January 17, 2011 at 2:45pm — No Comments

Day 9 of Run Across Ethiopia: Music to our ears

Imagine that you're a poor farmer in the Sidamo region of southern Ethiopia — an African herdsman — living in a mud hut by the side of the road. Imagine that you walk out your doorway into the sunlight one morning, and there at 7 a.m., a bunch of "ferenges" ("foreigners" in Amharic, probably derived from… Continue

Added by Jacob Wheeler on January 17, 2011 at 2:17pm — No Comments

2011 Federal and State Energy Tax Credits Update

While the “New Energy Efficient Home Tax Credit” (45 L) has been renewed and extended through the end of 2011, the “Existing Home Retrofit Tax Credit”, 25 c, did not fare so well and has been substantially reduced.

The  45 L credit, which is the only federal incentive available that rewards efficiency in new home construction, will continue to provide $2,000.00 in tax credits to builders and developers for the construction and sale of homes that achieve a 50% energy efficiency…


Added by Home Builders Association of the Grand Traverse Area on January 17, 2011 at 11:03am — No Comments

Day 8 on Run Across Ethiopia: the family expands

The Run Across Ethiopia expanded today, with Timothy Young's daughter Stella, and Hans Voss' wife Maureen and daughters joining us on Day 8. Filmmakers James and Jamaica Weston have returned to us after spending much of the past week in Addis Ababa. And even our local support crew — nurse Mamoosh and interpreter… Continue

Added by Jacob Wheeler on January 16, 2011 at 2:10pm — No Comments

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