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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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Hard covers and hard cider

Elizabeth Kane Buzzelli - December 14th, 2009
Hardcovers & Hard Cider
Book sale brings female authors together
By Elizabeth Kane Buzzelli
Hardcovers and Hard Cider don’t sound like two things that normally go together. But they’ll both be offered by local women writers when they gather to sell their books for holiday gift giving at the Mercato in the Village at the Grand Traverse Commons on Friday, December 18, from 4-9 p.m. Cider will be offered, along with the writers talking about their craft and sharing the holiday season.
“We’re serving up cider and good books because we want to promote books by local writers and begin a forum for women writers to come together, find an audience, and know each other,” said planners, writers Megan Raphael (The Courage Code) and Marsha Barber Clark (Ponder Picture Prosper: A Proven Method for Getting What You Want in Life, Love, and Work).
“The Dalai Llama recently said the world is being transformed by western women,” Raphael added. “And the publishing world is being transformed. We want to celebrate the kinds of work being created right here in Northern Michigan. What better gift is there to give but a book of northern recipes, an inspirational book by someone in our own community, northern tales based on true and fictional crime, a young adult set in Northern Michigan—so many books for all ages and interests?”
Talking about the special blessings of the north for artists, the women pointed to the beauty around them, the ability to tuck in and be quiet, and to the natural world. “But sometimes solitariness can feel like isolation,” Clark said. “Women writers don’t ask for help enough. We’re hoping to begin, with this event, to build bridges between all of us. We hope young and older writers will come to be a part of this. We want mothers to bring their daughters.”
Of writers, especially women writers, Clark writes in her book, “We are not taught to dream. We are usually taught to suppress our dreams with weighty tales by well-meaning family and friends of why our dreams will never come to fruition. They don’t want us to be disappointed if we don’t reach our goals. Instead, we are disappointed for never trying. We learn to put our dreams away and quietly accept the life of a pinball.”
No pinballs here, writers appearing at Hardcovers and Hard Cider will include:

Mary Ellen Geist, Measure of the Heart: Caring for a Parent with Alzheimers
Wendy Stout, On the Spin Cycle
Mardi Link, Isadore’s Secret
McKenzie Magee, Guide for Midlife: Navigating the Six Universal Crises
Pattie LaNoue Stearns,Cherry Home Companion cookbook, and Good Taste: A Guide to Northern Michigan Cuisine
Hillary Porter, Colors of Beech Hill
Megan Raphael, The Courage Code
Marsha Barber Clark, Ponder Picture Prosper

 
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