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April 17, 2019

Heaven on Earth in Minolli household

by Catherine Minolli
As with all the holidays—especially the religious ones—Easter was a big deal in the Minolli household. Like the others, including the secular, food took center stage—still does—except the location of the stage has changed....more>
April 17, 2019

Easter seasons

by Iris Lee Underwood
Every Eastertime of my childhood, my mother walked into Sew-N-Save. She selected three patterns, and then slipped her fingers between the raw edges of fabric to find the perfect material for three dresses....more>
April 17, 2019

What is a nation?

by Andrew Wernette
I calmly eat my noodles in the morning rush at the restaurant, and I can feel eyes crawling all over me. A nation in the broadest sense of the term, according to the dictionary, is "a people having a common origin, tradition, and language and capable of forming or actually constituting a nation-state....more>
April 10, 2019

The long and winding path to now

by Catherine Minolli
Editor's note: This column was first published in May of 2011. While I no longer regularly practice with the Blue Water Community of Mindful Living, I do put into practice everything I've learned while pursuing the path as a yoga teacher....more>
April 10, 2019

Sustenance is worth the cost

by Iris Lee Underwood
I load $164 worth of groceries into my car. I'll take Shepherd's Pie to pass for my Monday night writing group, and the hens will gobble up our kitchen scraps....more>
April 10, 2019

In support of education

by Willene Tanis
"Life is amazing. And then it's awful. And then it's amazing again. And in between the amazing and the awful it's ordinary and mundane and routine. Breathe in the amazing, hold on through the awful, and relax and exhale during the ordinary....more>
April 03, 2019

Delicious fun at 'Newspapers & Nosh'

by Catherine Minolli
"New bar owner says no go go girls" reads the headline from a June, 1973 story on the 'Capac Journal' page of the Tri-City Times. The huge and somewhat unwieldy bound book that holds that issue—and six months worth of other weekly editions of your "hometown newspaper" is sitting on a long table in the Stella MacDonald Reading Room of the Ruth Hughes Library in Imlay City....more>
April 03, 2019

Erna's garden wisdom

by Iris Lee Underwood
Don't fork or spade soil until it is dry enough for the clods to crumble when they fall. —The Gardener's Bed-Book by Richardson Wright, 1929 This time of year I recall my friend Erna Hermann and her weeding methods....more>
April 03, 2019

'One more thing. Oh. And just one more thing'

by Willene Tanis
"Peace is not the absence of trouble. It is the presence of Christ in the midst of that trouble." Those words were scrawled on a blue sticky note and laid out on an open Bible....more>
March 27, 2019

Sitting under shade tree of joy

by Catherine Minolli
I've been participating in some mini guided meditations and sharing what I know with some open minded people in town. The Chinese New Year celebration in February, and the Mardi Gras celebration in March gave me an opportunity to get out the quartz crystal singing bowl and share its amazing, soothing, healing, centering and restoring benefits with anyone who's interested enough to try it....more>
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