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Letters 05-02-2016

Facts About Trails I would like to correct some misinformation provided in Kristi Kates’ article about the Shore-to-Shore Trail in your April 18 issue. The Shore-to-Shore Trail is not the longest continuous trail in the Lower Peninsula. That honor belongs to the North Country Trail (NCT), which stretches for over 400 miles in the Lower Peninsula. In fact, 100 miles of the NCT is within a 30-minute drive of Traverse City, and is maintained by the Grand Traverse Hiking Club...

North Korea Is Bluffing I eagerly read Jack Segal’s columns and attend his lectures whenever possible. However, I think his April 24th column falls into an all too common trap. He casually refers to a nuclear-armed North Korea when there is no proof whatever that North Korea has any such weapons. Sure, they have set off some underground explosions but so what? Tonga could do that. Every nuclear-armed country on Earth has carried out at least one aboveground test, just to prove they could do it if for no other reason. All we have is North Korea’s word for their supposed capabilities, which is no proof at all...

Double Dipping? In Greg Shy’s recent letter, he indicated that his Social Security benefit was being unfairly reduced simply due to the fact that he worked for the government. Somehow I think something is missing here. As I read it this law is only for those who worked for the government and are getting a pension from us generous taxpayers. Now Greg wants his pension and he also wants a full measure of Social Security benefits even though he did not pay into Social Security...

Critical Thinking Needed Our media gives ample coverage to some presidential candidates calling each other a liar and a sleaze bag. While entertaining to some, this certainly should lower one’s respect for either candidate. This race to the bottom comes as no surprise given their lack of respect for the rigors of critical thinking. The world’s esteemed scientists take great steps to preserve the integrity of their findings. Not only are their findings peer reviewed by fellow experts in their specialty, whenever possible the findings are cross-checked by independent studies...

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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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