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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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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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