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The “floating Christmas tree” sits atop the water in Glen Lake. 

Drivers cruising along M-22 near Glen Arbor are being treated to a little holiday magic this year: A floating Christmas tree in Glen Lake. 

The 12-foot-tall Frasier fir is secured inside a small fishing boat anchored about 600 feet off the shore. At night the tree lights up (thanks to a timer and two solar-powered, 12-volt batteries) and appears to be magically floating atop the water.
It’s the third year in a row that Glen Arbor resident Frank Siepker Jr., who lives on the lake, has pulled off this charming and decidedly Up North-y Christmas display.  “People dress up their yards for Christmas; the lake is kind of our yard,” he said. “Everybody gets a kick out of it.”
The tree is visible along the east side of M-22; the best spot for viewing it is at the bridge that divides Glen Lake into “Big” Glen Lake and “Little” Glen Lake (a spot sometimes referred to as “the narrows”). 
Siepker said how long the tree will remain in the lake depends on the weather. If too much ice doesn’t form, the tree will stay up until New Year’s Day, at which point Siepker will put on his waders, walk out into the frigid water, and bring the display back to shore. 
In the meantime, he said the tree continues to delight his two young children — as it no doubt does many who happen to see it while driving by. 

“christmas is doing a little something extra for someone. “

-charles m. schulz

 

credits:  mlive.com, emily bingham, jeff rabidoux (photo)

“nothing is so strong as gentleness. nothing is so gentle as real strength.” – frances de sales

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ann arbor’s mayor chris taylor,

supporting

the childrens’ peace and unity march.

i am so proud of my city

and

the compassionate hearts within.

“master the divine techniques of the art of peace and no enemy will dare to challenge you.”
— ueshiba

 

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yesterday

i went to the official opening 

of the local headquarters 

for 

my choice of candidates

for the office of

the next

president of the united states of america.

when i pulled into the parking lot

there was not a space to be had 

there was a torrential downpour of rain 

yet people of all ages

were waiting

and

pouring out of the door

and

once i walked into the room

there was

so much enthusiasm 

and

so full of hope

and

postive thinking

it was overwhelming

 i’m excited to say that

tomorrow i’ll begin helping them

to try to make it all happen in november.

“act as if what you do makes a difference. it does.”

~william james

image credit: googleimages