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Maid Need Not Apply: Settling In

And in the end, a woman still does get up when it's dark out, before the children wake and before the cars drive in earnest toward their parking spots downtown, to tip-toe down the back stair in the chill and dark. She puts a dish of oatmeal into the oven so that the aroma of the berry-covered crisp crust wakes the family. She puts in a half-hour on the treadmill. She looks around the mudroom and the backyard, her view from the treadmill, and plots projects for the spring. A playhouse. A…


Added by Lisa Doublestein on February 28, 2011 at 9:40pm — 1 Comment

Floor All It's Worth - What's Underfoot In Your Home?

In today’s era of home remodeling and new construction, how does one decide on what surfacing to choose for floors? With such an abundance of choices and diverse personal tastes, why do we prefer carpet in the Midwest and insist on tile in the South? Your geographic location may play an even greater part in…


Added by Shane D. Inman on February 28, 2011 at 8:00am — No Comments

Vasa Trail Moments


Not far from the beginning of the trail. I mean, how can you resist?

Nothing too momentous here, just a reminder that it's great to get outdoors in Northern Michigan on a mild winter day. The Vasa Trail was in good shape today, actually really good if you consider the end of…


Added by Jeff Smith on February 27, 2011 at 4:30pm — 2 Comments

That's Doctor Redneck to You

Oh honey. The South is alive and well. It’s living in a bar off M-72! Turns out there are Rednecks on this side of the Mason-Dixon, too! Their boots aren’t as pointy but their trucks are just as tall!


When I asked what beer was on draft, my choices were Bud, Bud Lite, Blatz and PBR.  I went with the house Merlot. The waitress laughed in my face but returned with a stem filled to the brim with wine.  A clue, perhaps…


I clunked crystal with my pals, Sharon…


Added by Anita Merlot on February 27, 2011 at 9:01am — 3 Comments


I have to say this while I am thinking about it all. 


I had a hard life and it would have been even harder if it weren't for my sister. She came home from Germany to be with us when our father died. She was barely twenty-one. I remember she was so upset because she had just graduated from college and our grandfather had gotten her a photography job with some of our family out there in Holstein. She was devastated but she took it all in stride. 


I didn't…


Added by Ryan Edwin on February 24, 2011 at 8:47pm — 1 Comment

Versatile fiddler adds local show

Violinist Jeremy Kittel is playing a recently-added show Friday at the Insideout Gallery in Traverse City. 


Kittel, who has worked with the popular indie band My Morning Jacket and won a Grammy as part of Turtle Island Quartet, is…


Added by Tom Carr on February 24, 2011 at 11:12am — No Comments

I don't know how to "save"

I have been here for a year today.  I live in Escanaba, although beautiful, I hate it at the same time. I work on Mackniac Island. That is quite a drive from where I live. It takes me a whole day to work and Ann will not move. She is dead set on staying in Esky. 


Lately, it has been rough for us. There are two reasons. One, when you date somebody in my family you date the entire family. I am not meaning parents, grandparents, aunt, or uncles. I am meaning my four other…


Added by Ryan Edwin on February 24, 2011 at 8:44am — No Comments

A Month in Northern Michigan, part one.

Recently I argued with a friend about living in New York City.

     Neither of us had any firsthand knowledge, but like most people who air their views on flashpoint issues (evolution, global warming, WMD) we determined not to let ignorance stand in our way.

“Living there makes you tougher,” my friend said.

     “It doesn’t,” I told him.

     “It’s harder than living in the suburbs.”

     “Why? How?”

      “It just is.”

     Well, yes and no.…


Added by Dave Waskin on February 23, 2011 at 4:49pm — 2 Comments

Erik James - a singer to watch

I mean that in two ways.


Erik James is a singer to watch because he's ambitious and finds audiences where he can. He's played before weekend movie events at the State Theatre and he played a set at the Traverse City Winter Microbrew & Music Festival earlier this…


Added by Tom Carr on February 23, 2011 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Idiots, Morons & My Back End

People who drive slower than me are morons and people who drive faster than me are idiots.”

Never is that more true than when you’re driving in crappy weather. Snow covered streets, torrential downpours, when you’re late for soccer practice – stuff like that.


A lot of…


Added by Anita Merlot on February 23, 2011 at 10:08am — 3 Comments

Checking in on Momma Bear and Her Three Cubs

Wade Hamilton, head of the state's Wildlife Crime Investigations Unit (left) hands three cubs to a DNRE wildlife biologist during a den check in late February.


Had the honor of heading out with a crew of wildlife biologists yesterday to check on a radio-collared mother bear and her…


Added by Jeff Smith on February 23, 2011 at 10:00am — 4 Comments

Trekking Empire Bluff in Winter - Why?

We stumbled on several blog posts by Jonathan Schechter on his Earth’s Almanac blog. We liked his articles so much that we are reprinting them here (with permission, of course). He wrote a series about his hiking through Sleeping Bear Dunes in winter. Winter in the dunes is magical and we are so pleased that Jonathan is sharing his…


Added by Sleeping Bear Dunes Visit Bureau on February 22, 2011 at 10:22am — No Comments

An icy 'I do'

The wedding party of Charlie Woebbeking and Sara Wismer stopped by Boardman River off Keystone Road Saturday afternoon (Feb. 19, 2011) for photos. The weather was springier than it is now, but still a bit frigid for a sleeveless wedding…

Added by Tom Carr on February 21, 2011 at 11:39am — No Comments

Northern Michigan Events: February, O What a Month! From the Traverse City Comedy Festival to the Cherry Capital Winter Wow!Fest

Time was, February in Northern Michigan was for hibernation. Those days are over. Blink nowadays and you've missed an incredible event. Here are some snapshots of a month of fun:

Feb. 3: New York Times bestselling author Doug Stanton takes to the City Opera House stage for the kickoff of the Traverse…


Added by Elizabeth Edwards on February 19, 2011 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment

Vote For the Red Hot Best of Northern Michigan—Restaurants, Events, Attractions, Hotels and More

Okay Northern Michigan. Here's your chance to sound off about what you love best about our people, places, food, wine and events. Click to vote for the Red Hot Best of Northern Michiganand we'll be announcing the top three winners in each category in the June 2011 issue of Traverse, Northern Michigan's Magazine. You'll find nominations on the ballot—but if you think you…


Added by Elizabeth Edwards on February 18, 2011 at 10:36am — No Comments

Welcome To The New e-Home - The crown jewels of communication and entertainment are being hardwired into our environment.

Admire or revile modern technology as you may, it is here to stay! Should you choose to enthusiastically embrace this new universal interactive age, which makes the Jetsons’ futuristic utopia look more like nonfiction than fiction, be prepared to transition your entire house from power pole to power grid as we welcome the new and improved electronic home.


The lineup of 21st century technological leaders; Facebook, Google, Xbox and the biggest game changer of all –…


Added by Shane D. Inman on February 18, 2011 at 8:30am — No Comments

Sara Bareilles will be queen of Interlochen stage

Nobody died and made Sara Bareilles queen of anything.


They didn't have to. Bareilles' hit King of Anything has been lighting up the charts on the strength of…


Added by Tom Carr on February 17, 2011 at 2:57pm — No Comments

Go Fest, Young Man!

In the summer, when all the Fudgies are in town, Michiganders have lots of reasons to laugh. Mostly at the Fudgies. I know this because I’ve seen them point and laugh at me. Just yesterday, in fact.


In the winter, they (we) have to make our own fun. WinterFest, IceFest, WineFest, BeerFest,…


Added by Anita Merlot on February 17, 2011 at 12:27pm — No Comments

Homes of the Future: What’s Hot and What’s Not

Are you planning to move to a new home in the next few years? Thinking about renovating your current home so it’s more appealing to potential buyers when you do decide to move on? Or maybe you just want to change your space to follow the latest trends? 

Whatever your plans for your existing or future home, research from the National Association of Home Builders and Better Homes and Gardens magazine shows what features and floor plans will be popular over the next few years.  …


Added by Home Builders Association of the Grand Traverse Area on February 16, 2011 at 5:08pm — No Comments

Starry ceiling wows comic

I ran into astronomer Jerry Dobek last night at a gas station and it reminded me of how his work temporarily derailed a comedian's routine.

Dobek, curator of Northwestern Michigan College's J. H. Rogers Observatory, created the complicated but subtle…


Added by Tom Carr on February 16, 2011 at 12:30pm — No Comments

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