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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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Leelanau Furniture Show

- May 16th, 2011
Leelanau Furniture Show moves to TC
After nearly a decade’s hiatus, the Leelanau Furniture Show is back -- in
a new location inside downtown Traverse City’s Artisan Design Network
(ADN) cooperative gallery on Front Street -- ready to dazzle crowds with
handcrafted one-of-a-kind designs, May 21-28.
The weeklong invitational exhibition and sale will showcase the region’s
finest furniture makers and craftspeople whose works in wood, metal,
glass, stone, fabrics, epoxy, enamel and paint are a celebration of form,
function and the inspiration of Northern Michigan.
Many of the 40-some exhibitors also belong to the year-round ADN co-op,
which opened its doors in January 2010 and features a wide-ranging juried
collection of fine art and furnishings.
This year’s show spotlights regional sculptors, Dewey Blocksma and Bill
Allen. “They have gleefully embraced the idea of sculpting furniture for
this event,” says organizer and rustic twig furniture maker Bill Perkins.
He and the show’s other founders‚ Larry Fox, Dave Elmgren, Bob Purvis and
Donna Popke‚ join a lineup of artisans whose styles run the gamut from
rustic to industrial.
In addition to the new location, the Leelanau Furniture Show is now set in
spring, rather than its prior airing in the fall. Perkins says both moves
will provide more exposure for the artisans.
“Consider this: As the region’s reputation as a center for the arts
continues to grow, the talent pool has grown with it,” says Perkins. “The
first Leelanau Furniture Show (in 1995) featured 20 exhibitors. This year,
that number has more than doubled.”
An opening reception, on Friday, May 20, runs 6 to 11 p.m. The rest of the
show, May 21-28, runs from noon to 6 p.m. daily.
For more info on the Artisan Design Network, check out
www.artdesignnet.com/furniture
 
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