my brother, scott
who never stops raising money for research and awareness
in honor of my nephew, hazen, gone way too soon
so that others may stay.
thank you to his mackinac island dock porter brothers from so many years ago.
“say not in grief: “he is no more”, but live in thankfulness that he was.”
amidst the more than a million people without power days
our local library
has been opening at 6am
and closing late
acting without anyone asking
as an ad hoc community center
in order to offer
a safe and welcoming haven to all
electricity and books and computers and games and story times
a friend to all ages
stay as long as you like
take as much as you need
on a morning visit
during my current nomadic existence
i sat with 2 high schoolers
an old couple
a gaggle of 3 year olds
and a family
all here for the same reasons
a bit of respite
a cup of coffee
a bite to eat
a wealth of good company
a comfortable chair
an awful lot of warmth.
“a library outranks any other one thing a community can do to benefit its people.
it is a never failing spring in the desert.”
― andrew carnegie
porter’s front porch on a michigan weekend
“i think michigan keeps you sane and on an even keel through the ups and downs.
in michigan, i do fireworks, shovel snow and live life.”
– jeff daniels
crystal lake, northern michigan
“in skating over thin ice our safety is in our speed.”
-ralph waldo emerson
image credit: university of michigan
waking up in the irish hills looking out on the frozen lake
after a night spent bringing in the new year with special people.
“in the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter,
for in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.”
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)
ann arbor’s mayor chris taylor,
the childrens’ peace and unity march.
i am so proud of my city
the compassionate hearts within.
“master the divine techniques of the art of peace and no enemy will dare to challenge you.”