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Eavesdropping in Northern Michigan

This column appeared in the Northern Express on January 31, 2016 Next time, whisper. Eavesdropping in small town bars can be hilarious, uplifting, depressing, and humiliating.  As such, on cold winter nights in northern Michigan, it is the most rewarding and cheapest form of entertainment.  Over the last six weeks, I’ve been pretty much homebound […]

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The Very Best and the Very Worst of Our Small Town

(This column was published in the Petoskey News Review on Aug 25, 2015 There’s a scene from “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” during which a town has accused a young woman of being a witch. One of King Arthur’s soon-to-be-knights attempts to sort out the mess through a series of questions aimed at proving […]

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