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Letters 12-14-2014

Come Together There is a time-honored war strategy known as “divide and conquer,” and never has it been more effective than now. The enemy is using it against us through television, internet and other social media. I opened a Facebook account a couple of years back to gain more entries in local contests. Since then I had fallen under its spell; I rushed into judgment on several social issues based on information found on those pages

Quiet The Phones! This weekend we attended two beautiful Christmas musical events and the enjoyment of both were significantly diminished by self-absorbed boors holding their stupid iPhones high overhead to capture extremely crucial and highly needed photos. We too own iPhones, but during a public concert we possess the decency and manners to leave them turned off and/or at home. Today’s performance, the annual Messiah Sing at Traverse City’s Central Methodist Church, was a new low: we watched as Mr. Self-Absorbed not only took several photos but then afterwards immediately posted them to his Facebook page. We were dumbfounded.

A Torturous Defense In defense of the C.I.A.’s use of torture in a mostly fruitless search for vital information, some suggest that the dire situation facing us after 9-11, justified the use of torture even at the expense of the potential loss of much of our nation’s moral authority.

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Nancy Groesser‘s Glass Dreamland

Carol Ebright - August 26th, 2004
On the west side of Lake Leelanau lives an artist with a need to create. She is constantly taking ordinary items and making them extraordinary. Her hands have the ability to transform into existence what her brain envisions. Nancy Groesser is a glass artist with flair.
The name of her gallery is the RedRoom Studio and it’s located at 8001 S. Lake Shore Drive in Cedar. If her red truck is there then she’s home. I usually call ahead to avoid missing her. (231)228-4355.
Each year she has an open house and unveils her latest creations. This year one of her featured items was a satellite dish in its former life and is now a large “moral mushroom.” She covered it with glass pieces and etched words of morality, and then she made smaller cement companion pieces to go with it, each selling for $35 to $55. Her entire yard is filled with whimsy and wonder. There are tree ornaments in the form of mirror-covered spheres hanging all over. I have two of these hanging from the eaves of my house, and they produce little dancing lights around my kitchen, attracting the attention of humming birds and visitors alike (only $20 each). The cement benches she makes, and can custom design for you, have glass mosaic pictures imbedded in them. And the hanging stained glass window panes of angels and other artwork have a religious glow about them.
Nancy’s art is an obsession and therapy for her; she is not shy when talking about a former substance abuse problem, and her recovery from it. She and her husband Paul have beautiful lake-front property and this is the gallery for her art, all through and around the house is her handiwork: stepping stones, mushrooms, stained glass, picture frames, an old outhouse with moss on the roof -- it’s all part of the intricate puzzle that is Groesser’s gallery.
She transports you from the regular world to her glass and cement dream land. “God sends me stuff in my sleep and I have art pads everywhere to write it all down,” Groesser says.
Attached to the back of her house is the studio where she puts these ideas together. Forgotten goods from years gone by are brought back to life and made into treasured pieces of art; nothing is wasted. Groesser does repair work on stained glass for customers but her passion is in creating new pieces.
“Bring me an idea and I can make it happen,” shes says, with those ideas including windows, doors, transoms and side lights. With the help of a woodworking friend she is also doing furniture with stained glass.
Groesser can be found working at all hours of the night completing a project and has hundreds of them yet to do. She has something for everyone and every price range starting at $3 up to $1,200. As you walk through her gallery gardens and talk to her you can’t help but feel the excitement she has for her work. She is a woman on a mission. Many artists are procrastinators and somewhat shy about exposing our works in progress. Groesser is not. She is out there for the entire world to see, as transparent as her glass but as tough as her cement...she is fearless.

 
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