“many people are good at talking about what they are doing,
but in fact do little.
others do a lot but don’t talk about it;
they are the ones who make a community live.”
― jean vanier
1st annual neighborhood block party
nice for all of us to mix together
rather than just pass on the street
get to know each other a bit better
police, fire, and ice cream people
the holy trinity of community support
came by for a visit
raised money for toys for our neighborhood park
lots of people, lots of food, lots of fun.
“nothing makes you more tolerant of a neighbor’s noisy party than being there.”
-franklin p. jones
a beautiful morning walk
sharing earhart park with this lovely creature
“when we begin to see land as a community to which we belong,
we may begin to use it with love and respect.”
– aldo leopold
*i’ve now walked 60 of the ann arbor parks,
(all of the way through the letter ‘e’), only 100ish more to go-
i hope to have found and walked all of them by halloween, october 31
as i look forward to the beauty to be found in the change of seasons.
shirley in her camp i.d. picture
have you seen this face?
i am reminded
i love my community website
with all its sincere and heartfelt
there’s a notice about a turtle
who has ‘run away’ from camp
i have to wonder
could there be a slower animal
other than maybe a snail
to have made the great escape?
did anyone else know about turtle camp
or have i been living a sheltered life?
do you think she was homesick
just didn’t want to take part
in the arts ‘n crafts or talent night?
R.H. – 1 day ago
if you see this turtle, please phone — (see picture above)
Our turtle Shirley has escaped once again from turtle camp on J. Road, near V. Ave. She should be wearing a piece of blue duct tape on the back of her shell. She’s very friendly. She may have gotten pretty far – last time, she got to near J. Road and R. Road. before she was found.
Please call ——- (land line) if found. Or text ——-. Thank you!
Probably will have lit out in the exact same direction as before.
W. H. – 1 day ago
I hope that neuroscientist didn’t get her for his experiments.
M. H. -1d ago
Oh my goodness we’ll keep our eyes out! (I read this and thought – oh my goodness, another person who sends their turtle to camp?! And then realized it was you!)
as of today
shirley is still on the lam.
“take a walk with a turtle. and behold the world in pause.”
leaves building front door for assignment, september 1948″.
this old news image reflects the one we often had of intrepid reporters, hot on an assignment, giving us the latest news of pinnacle events in the life of ann arbor. there was a certain quality and reliability to the news and its staff, bringing us the best stories and photographs available. the photos still resonate with the innocence and spontaneity of life and those living it here.
“journalism keeps you planted in the earth.”
to all the journos out there, still finding a way to tell the story.
image credits: oldnews.aadl.org, ann arbor townies
chris taylor atop a bit of art at ann arbor’s top of the park festival
i had a pleasant surprise
when i opened my front door
and standing there was
my mayor, chris taylor
he was walking around the neighborhoods
talking to people
about the upcoming primary election
we talked for a bit
and i thanked him
for all he’s done
and continues to do
for ann arbor
when he left
and i closed the door
i thought that this is how politicians should be
just walking around talking to people in their neighborhoods.
“the true privilege of being mayor
is that I have the opportunity to be everyone’s neighbor.”
spent a late afternoon
browsing through this collection of
used books of all sorts
went home with unexpected treasures
and things to look forward to
kind of like woodstock
the mud, tie dye, or music
just lots of good words.
The Bookstock Fund was created from the revenue of each year’s Bookstock sale and donations. Focused on enhancing literacy throughout Detroit and the metropolitan area, each year the Fund looks for community partners doing inspiring and life-changing work on the individual, family, and organizational level.
“it is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.”
― oscar wilde