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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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Book Roundup

Elizabeth Buzzelli - June 28th, 2010
Book Roundup: Local authors bring out their best
By Elizabeth Buzzelli
It seems as though almost every cottage stuck back in the Northern woods harbors a writer, toiling away at a memoir, a novel, short stories, anything that can be written. I find this an exciting occurrence. I was once told it is due to the confluence, the commingling of Lake Michigan and Lake Erie, with even a bit of Lake Superior thrown in, that has brought this burst of creativity to our area.
Since the lakes have been here for awhile, I don’t think that’s the real answer. Personally, I would opt for the laptop — which goes anywhere, works as long as there is electricity, and stores mountains of files. And then, of course, we have all these creative types fleeing to the woods where the biggest distraction might be a noisy woodpecker. Whatever the cause, there are lots of new ideas, new voices, writers’ groups, events and conferences. So, on to new books, writer appearances, and even one intriguing contest open to everyone.
Crossings -- Crooked Tree Arts Center in Petoskey (www.crookedtree.org) is running a contest with $5,000 going to one lucky participant. The event, a fundraiser for the Crooked Tree Arts Center and the Charlevoix Area Hospital Foundation, is based on “Crossings,” a book by local author, Patti Aikin, which ends with a mystery readers are challenged to solve through clues planted in the pictures in the book and in the text. Each book, purchased through the arts center or at local bookstores, contains a raffle ticket to be returned with a guess at the solution to the mystery.
On August 1, all of the right answers will become part of a drawing for the $5000 prize with the money raised through book sales being divided between the organizations involved. “Crossings” may be purchased online or at the Arts Center at 461 E. Mitchell, Petoskey, at McLean and Eakin Books, Round Lake Books in Charlevoix, or Local Flavor in Boyne City. The book prize is sponsored by the Bank of Northern Michigan and the Charlevoix State Bank. For more information contact the arts center at 231-347-4337.

Family at Booknook -- A new novel by an Ann Arbor writer, Brenda Humphrey Meisels, includes a scene on the Pine River in Northern Michigan. “Family at Booknook” is a first novel that begins in 1959, when Sparrow, a pregnant 16-year-old, begins to feel at home in the quiet corners of Booknook, a local bookstore. The baby grows as Sparrow and Dave, the bookstore owner, become friends, bringing both Dave and his shop back to life.
The book follows Finch, the baby, as she grows and begins to search for her real father, causing Sparrow, her mother, to examine her own life and choices.
Meisel’s home, outside Ann Arbor, is near a wooded area where she and her family watch birds, giving her the names for her main characters.
She will be signing books at Horizon Books in Traverse City and Horizon Books in Cadillac on July 17.

A Good High Place -- From Northern Illinois University Press comes a novel set in Elk Rapids. “A Good High Place” by L.E. Kimball, takes place during the years before Would War I, and continues over the next five decades. It begins with Luella’s suspicion that her supposedly deceased younger sister is being raised by the family of her friend, Kachina. Kachina, a Native American woman, is blessed with a healing touch. Her goal is to help her family resist being absorbed by white culture. What comes of Luella’s suspicions generates an unlikely friendship that brings up more questions than answers. Lynn Kimball lives on a trout stream in the Upper Peninsula.

Elizabeth Buzzelli’s latest best selling mystery, “Dead Sleeping Shaman,” is available in bookstores everywhere.




 
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