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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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He got carded

Erin Crowell - November 30th, 2009
He Got Carded...
Photographer’s greeting cards
offer a touch of Northern Michigan
By Erin Crowell
Noah Creamer was just finishing his degree from Grand Valley State University when the economy started hitting rock bottom. For the Suttons Bay native, it was either scrap for a minimum wage job or work really hard.
Creamer chose the latter.
With a little sweat, some 50 to 70 hour work weeks and some inspiration from his 12-year-old daughter, Creamer turned a love for photography and the beauty of Northern Michigan into a fulltime business.
Social Explorations is a multi-media company that utilizes the natural landscape of the area for tourist promotion and business ventures through greeting cards, corporate banners and other forms of media.
One of the philosophies of Social Explorations is promote local, use local. Creamer uses local printer Britten Banners to produce some of his larger works; and he has provided his images to a number of local businesses, including the Leelanau Brewing Company.
“I’ve known Noah for a number of years,” says Charles Psenka, owner of the Leelanau brewery. “I’ve also known him to be an insightful, thoughtful person with an insight into human nature.”
Psenka needed high-resolution shots to help advertise his beer and thought of Creamer. So, the two packed up the products and headed down to Whaleback Beach, or Carp River Point near Leland, and took photos of Psenka’s beer on a Northern Michigan backdrop.
“My first beer (Whaleback White) was named after that place,” says Psenka.

A SOCIAL ENDEAVOR
“I’m a big fan of Northern Michigan -- Leelanau County especially,” says Creamer. “Social Explorations came from my love of exploring, interacting with the environment and my passion for sociology.”
Originally, Creamer’s plan was to pursue his master’s in sociology. When he graduated with his Bachelor of Science in liberal studies from GVSU through the Northwestern Michigan College University Center in 2008, financial woes put that dream on hold.
“I’ve always thought of graphic media arts as more of a hobby. But I felt there was a need for it.”
So, Creamer turned his hobby into a fulltime career, creating a business that has survived and flourished in its first year.

LIKE DAUGHTER, LIKE FATHER
“My daughter is a big inspiration,” says Creamer. “I really was learning about the business from her.”
Creamer’s 12-year-old daughter Sierra has had the same interest in photography and has stepped up, making her own personal career. One example includes Creamer’s work with weddings. He has been the photographer for the weddings of friends and family. Sometimes, he would even officiate, which would pose a problem: Who would take the pictures?
“I said, ‘Well, how about Sierra?’ So, she started covering the 15 or so minutes I was up there officiating. She really knows what she’s doing.
“(Sierra) is very much a part of this business. I’m not saying she has to take it over someday, but it’s nice to show her, ‘this is how Dad makes his money.’ She’s even taking photos for her middle school dances.”

GIVING BACK
Local stores, such as Annie’s in downtown Traverse City, carry Creamer’s greeting cards and sell them for around $3.
“The greeting cards are an inexpensive way for visitors to take a piece of Northern Michigan home with them,” says Creamer.
Some of those images might include the docked boats in Charlevoix’s harbor, the jet trails of the Blue Angels flying over Traverse City, or the dunes of Glen Arbor.
Creamer says his end goal would be to set up a scholarship fund for GSVU University Center students through his greeting card sales.
“Most scholarships are geared towards students living on campus. A lot of students at the university center are older, non-traditional students. It’s just an incredible institution and I’d like to give back to it,” says Creamer.
For more products, photos and information on Social Explorations, go to www.socialexplorations.com or call 231-668-9644. You can pick up Creamer’s cards at any of the following locations: Papers and Presents, Annie’s, and The Cherry Stop, Traverse City; Anderson’s Market, The River, and Leelanau Coffee Roasting Co., Glen Arbor; Pegtown Station of Maple City, Michigan’s Gifts & Treasures, Interlochen; Plant Masters, Suttons Bay; Manitou Island Transit in Leland; and Between the Covers Bookstore of Harbor Springs.



 
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