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June 13, 2018

Gems in all sorts of things, including radio

by Catherine Minolli
For the longest time my sisters make fun of me because I can't seem to let anything go. They see an old stairway banister, I see a plant stand. They see a useless wine bottle and I see something to drill a hole in and light up....more>
June 13, 2018

Double portion of miracles

by Iris Lee Underwood
The patio chairs nearby tempted me to sit a spell. My overworked muscles thought it a good idea. As our younger neighbor Peg observed earlier that day, "Tim and I are slowing down....more>
June 06, 2018

In the eye of the beholder

by Catherine Minolli
"Ugh! I'm so glad that ugly thing is finally outta here." That's what my boss at the greenhouse I worked at in the 1990s is saying to me as a customer is leaving, hauling a plastic green urn that's brimming with overgrown potted plants....more>
June 06, 2018

A misfit skips kindergarten

by Iris Lee Underwood
Fresh from Appalachia, I had endured my first winter in Detroit when a warm, blue sky filled with birdsong and leafy branches blew in. I missed our green apple trees back home in Kentucky—my faithful hiding place....more>
June 06, 2018

Hand over the anxious thoughts

by Willene Tanis
We've been doing some paper sorting and shredding at our house. Every once in awhile a little scrap of paper, or a napkin, or a placemat with something scrawled on it, is found tucked away in a pile of archaic, once-valuable-but-no-longer-needed documents....more>
May 30, 2018

'The one you feed the most'

by Catherine Minolli
As is often the case when I feel conflicted, I think of one of my favorite stories to help set me straight. I don't recall how I first came across the tale, which involves a conversation between a Native American elder and his grandson....more>
May 30, 2018

Letter to my Heavenly Muse

by Iris Lee Underwood
My Dear Heavenly Muse, When I consider whom you've inspired throughout your Chronicles of Time-Moses on Mt. Sinai, Michelangelo under the Sistine Chapel—I marvel at your hand upon Edwin Blashfield's shoulder while he stood on the balustrade of the Detroit Public Library....more>
May 30, 2018

New appreciation for communication style

by Willene Tanis
Some of us have very little to say but say it easily and perhaps with many words. Others among us are storehouses of knowledge—maybe even wisdom—but freeze up when asked to share publicly....more>
May 23, 2018

Teacher, mentor, musician, friend, extraordinary

by Catherine Minolli
He comes in the employee entrance and pokes his head around my office door. "Tom's not in?" he asks. "No. He had to go take some photos downtown," I say....more>
May 23, 2018

Volunteers of various kinds

by Iris Lee Underwood
I'm happy to announce our six itty-bitty redbud transplants have survived my shovel and winter. Momma Redbud is beside herself, her blooming branches spread in praise of her offspring....more>
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