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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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Chair-ish Auction Offers Seat-of-the-Pants Art

Lee Harper - August 5th, 2004
“A Chair is a machine to sit in.”
-- Architect Frank Lloyd Wright, 1902

“To Know a chair is really it, you sometimes have to sit,” said poet Theodore Roethke in his 1966 poem, “The Chair.”
Indeed, and one might also add that the current rage for chair art in Northern Michigan also means enjoying your favorite seat’s artistic qualities.
Currently, chairs for charity are on exhibit and sale in downtown Traverse City. A similar fundraiser, the CHAIRish the Arts Live Auction will be held Friday, August 13 at the Crystal Lake Art Center in Frankfort.
CHAIRish the Arts will kick off at 6 p.m. with hors d’oeuvres and a preview of chairs created by local artists. At 7 p.m. the live auction begins featuring auctioneer Tom Marshall. Admission is $10 which includes an auction paddle and preview hors d’oeuvres. All proceeds will benefit the Crystal Lake Art Center.
America is a chair-using culture. We sit on them almost everywhere we go -- at school, in the car, at the dentist’s office, in movie theaters, and many places intended for both work and leisure. The habit traces its roots back to ancient Egypt when pharaohs used chairs to raise themselves above those of lower rank who generally sat on the floor.
The Crystal Lake Art Center will showcase its collection of over 50 creative chairs, functional and nonfunctional. Designed by local artists, the chairs of wood, metal, and cloth can be used on the beach, the porch, in the dining room, or can function as an art object for the home.





 
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