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Letters 02-08-2016

Less Ageism, Please The January 4 issue of this publication proved to me that there are some sensible voices of reason in our community regarding all things “inter-generational.” I offer a word of thanks to Elizabeth Myers. I too have worked hard for what I’ve earned throughout my years in the various positions I’ve held. While I too cannot speak for each millennial, brash generalizations about a lack of work ethic don’t sit well with me...Joe Connolly, Traverse City

Now That’s an Escalation I just read the letter from Greg and his defense of the AR15. The letter started with great information but then out of nowhere his opinion went off the rails. “The government wants total gun control and then confiscation; then the elimination of all Constitutional rights.” Wait... what?! To quote the great Ron Burgundy, “Well, that escalated quickly!”

Healthy Eating and Exercise for Children Healthy foods and exercise are important for children of all ages. It is important for children because it empowers them to do their best at school and be able to do their homework and study...

Mascots and Harsh Native American Truths The letter from the Choctaw lady deserves an answer. I have had a gutful of the whining about the fate of the American Indian. The American Indians were the losers in an imperial expansion; as such, they have, overall, fared much better than a lot of such losers throughout history. Everything the lady complains about in the way of what was done by the nasty, evil Whites was being done by Indians to other Indians long before Europeans arrived...

Snyder Must Go I believe it’s time. It’s time for Governor Snyder to go. The FBI, U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the EPA Criminal Investigation Division are now investigating the Flint water crisis that poisoned thousands of people. Governor Snyder signed the legislation that established the Emergency Manager law. Since its inception it has proven to be a dismal failure...

Erosion of Public Trust Let’s look at how we’ve been experiencing global warming. Between 1979 and 2013, increases in temperature and wind speeds along with more rain-free days have combined to stretch fire seasons worldwide by 20 percent. In the U.S., the fire seasons are 78 days longer than in the 1970s...

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Book Roundup

Robert Downes - April 12th, 2007
Self-publishing has become a cottage industry in Northern Michigan with a slew of do-it-yourself authors making their mark on the literary world.
Here’s an update on who’s doing what on the shelves of local bookstores, borrowing freely from the authors’ press releases:

Murder in the Keweenaw
By Harley Sachs

Author Harley Sachs has contributed many articles to the Northern Express through the years, writing both about life in the Upper Peninsula and for the paper’s “Technology” column.
As a summer resident of Houghton and a former instructor at Michigan Technological University, Sachs is well-grounded in his subjects. Fans of his articles may be interested to know that this is his 12th novel in a sideline that varies from science fiction to mysteries.
“Murder in the Keweenaw” is a textbook whodunnit involving a fisherman who’s angling for a sturgeon on Lake Michigan with a Barracuda lure. Instead, he dredges up a waterlogged body from Superior’s depths.
From there, the book progresses with dashes of Sachs’ madcap sense of humor, insider’s take on the U.P., and nuggets of information on everything from the immigrant Finns to the habits of pike, and the hazards of entanglement with Internet porn.
Sachs’ books are offered through an “on-demand” book publisher and can be previewed and ordered through
www.lulu.com.
The Perception Experiment
By Jason Glover

Youthful ambitions unfold in a sci-fi setting with religious overtones in Jason Glover’s first novel, which the 24-year-old author promises is groundbreaking.
And so it is, because the book is a roman a clef about Glover himself, who has published a “mind-bending and experimental work of literature” in keeping with his day job as editor and publisher of the arts-oriented Thirdeye Magazine.
“No, it’s not another local book on quaint life in Northern Michigan,” he writes. “It’s a poetic and imaginative novel aimed and shaking the very foundation of your world-view from its moorings.”
“This is my effort to explain myself. To explain how I view the world,” Glover says of his quasi-autobiography. “But, instead of writing a collection of essays, I turned my philosophical outlook into a fictitious psychological thrill-ride.”
The plot: In a squeaky-clean town in a world of mandatory mind control, one man decides to challenge his world-view by skipping church on Sunday. All hell breaks lose as the moralizing pillars of the community try to stop the hero’s “full-fledged battle for sanity.”
Teaser quote: “Now they’re coming for him, to put him back in his place, restore his status as a sedated slave.”
Check out Glover’s book-signing events in this issue’s “Hot Dates” section, on page 24.
Barns of Old Mission Peninsula and Their Stories
by Evelyn Johnson

Evelyn Johnson earned a Merit Award in 2006 from the Historical Society of Michigan for her book, which tells the story of 104 old barns on Mission Peninsula in photos and prose.
Her self-published book became something of a runaway bestseller, prompting its re-release through Book Marketing Solutions (BMS) in Traverse City.
Johnson began her journey in 1995 when she relocated to Old Mission and became infatuated with the structures. She began interviewing owners and documenting the stories of 104 barns located on the historic peninsula.
“I knew each family had a history and a story to tell,” she recalls. “I wanted others to know, my grandchildren included, that a part of who we are today comes from someone whose roots were firmly planted on a farmland where they always had a barn.”
The first-time author originally self-published the book with the help of her husband. Within four months, she had sold all 1,000 copies. “I was in a panic. An AP article about the book was picked-up by newspapers across Michigan. We had hundreds of orders for books and no books until we connected with BMS to publish the revised edition.”
Now her book is back on store shelves in time for the summer tourist mash. For a preview, visit www.readingup.com.
















Self-publishing has become a cottage industry in Northern Michigan with a slew of do-it-yourself authors making their mark on the literary world.
Here’s an update on who’s doing what on the shelves of local bookstores, borrowing freely from the authors’ press releases:

Murder in the Keweenaw
By Harley Sachs

Author Harley Sachs has contributed many articles to the Northern Express through the years, writing both about life in the Upper Peninsula and for the paper’s “Technology” column.
As a summer resident of Houghton and a former instructor at Michigan Technological University, Sachs is well-grounded in his subjects. Fans of his articles may be interested to know that this is his 12th novel in a sideline that varies from science fiction to mysteries.
“Murder in the Keweenaw” is a textbook whodunnit involving a fisherman who’s angling for a sturgeon on Lake Michigan with a Barracuda lure. Instead, he dredges up a waterlogged body from Superior’s depths.
From there, the book progresses with dashes of Sachs’ madcap sense of humor, insider’s take on the U.P., and nuggets of information on everything from the immigrant Finns to the habits of pike, and the hazards of entanglement with Internet porn.
Sachs’ books are offered through an “on-demand” book publisher and can be previewed and ordered through
www.lulu.com.
The Perception Experiment
By Jason Glover

Youthful ambitions unfold in a sci-fi setting with religious overtones in Jason Glover’s first novel, which the 24-year-old author promises is groundbreaking.
And so it is, because the book is a roman a clef about Glover himself, who has published a “mind-bending and experimental work of literature” in keeping with his day job as editor and publisher of the arts-oriented Thirdeye Magazine.
“No, it’s not another local book on quaint life in Northern Michigan,” he writes. “It’s a poetic and imaginative novel aimed and shaking the very foundation of your world-view from its moorings.”
“This is my effort to explain myself. To explain how I view the world,” Glover says of his quasi-autobiography. “But, instead of writing a collection of essays, I turned my philosophical outlook into a fictitious psychological thrill-ride.”
The plot: In a squeaky-clean town in a world of mandatory mind control, one man decides to challenge his world-view by skipping church on Sunday. All hell breaks lose as the moralizing pillars of the community try to stop the hero’s “full-fledged battle for sanity.”
Teaser quote: “Now they’re coming for him, to put him back in his place, restore his status as a sedated slave.”
Check out Glover’s book-signing events in this issue’s “Hot Dates” section, on page 24.
Barns of Old Mission Peninsula and Their Stories
by Evelyn Johnson

Evelyn Johnson earned a Merit Award in 2006 from the Historical Society of Michigan for her book, which tells the story of 104 old barns on Mission Peninsula in photos and prose.
Her self-published book became something of a runaway bestseller, prompting its re-release through Book Marketing Solutions (BMS) in Traverse City.
Johnson began her journey in 1995 when she relocated to Old Mission and became infatuated with the structures. She began interviewing owners and documenting the stories of 104 barns located on the historic peninsula.
“I knew each family had a history and a story to tell,” she recalls. “I wanted others to know, my grandchildren included, that a part of who we are today comes from someone whose roots were firmly planted on a farmland where they always had a barn.”
The first-time author originally self-published the book with the help of her husband. Within four months, she had sold all 1,000 copies. “I was in a panic. An AP article about the book was picked-up by newspapers across Michigan. We had hundreds of orders for books and no books until we connected with BMS to publish the revised edition.”
Now her book is back on store shelves in time for the summer tourist mash. For a preview, visit www.readingup.com.



Off on a Great Lakes Adventure

Lucky author Jerry Dennis: he’s got a year of traveling ahead of him for a new book on the Great Lakes, and the project has already landed some whoppers -- not fish, but foundation grants.
Dennis will be researching “A Watcher on the Shore,” traveling around the Great Lakes with the goal of letting the world know “that they are priceless natural resources worth fighting to protect.”
“I want people worldwide to smell the water and feel the sand on their feet and hear the waves,” Dennis said. “I want them to think deeply and respond emotionally to what I write because they will then be more likely to contact their senators and representatives and go to the streets, if necessary, to express their outrage over environmental abuses.”
If anyone can do the job, it’s Dennis, an author based on Mission Peninsula who has written a number of books on natural history, the Great Lakes and the outdoors life, in addition to serving as a columnist and contributor for outdoor magazines such as Canoe.
Then too, his safari will be well-stocked with the kind of greenery it takes to keep even a non-environmentally-oriented writer inspired. The Water Studies Institute at Northwestern Michigan College connected Dennis with three major foundations to help fund his research, including the Wege Foundation ($50,000 over two years); the Great Lakes Fishery Trust ($40,000 over two years) and the W. K. Kellogg Foundation at $30,000. An additional $20,000 is being sought to complete the funding package.
“I was seeking support so I could devote all my energy to writing this book,” Dennis said in a release, adding that he will spend the year living on the coasts of all five Great Lakes. More good news: he has a commitment from St. Martin’s Press to publish his book when the research and writing wraps up.

































































 
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