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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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Monday, December 8, 2014

Mountaintop And Sleigh Ride Dinners

Features Beth Milligan While mountaintop and sleigh ride dining have long been popular activities at western ski resorts, northern Michigan is now embracing the tradition with signature style. Offering exquisite cuisine, breathtaking views and a truly unique experience to savor long after the weather warms, there are many options from which to choose.
 
Monday, December 8, 2014

Kite On The Bay Or Throw A Stone

Features Beth Milligan Farran is part of a group of roughly 30 regular snowkiters who can be seen gliding across icy fields and frozen bodies of waters in Grand Traverse and Leelanau county every winter on skis or snowboards under colorful kites. Like the summer version of the sport, kite snowboarding involves harnessing the wind to gain.
 
Monday, September 15, 2014

Day Trip: Grand Rapids

Features Beth Milligan With world-class breweries, a cutting edge culinary scene, multiple music venues and one of the country’s most dynamic art events, it’s easy to see why Grand Rapids was named number one on Lonely Planet’s list of top 10 U.S. destinations to visit in 2014.
 
Monday, April 14, 2014

Bottoms Up

ELIXIR’S FRESH CONCOCTIONS

Dining Beth Milligan Owned by holistic chiropractor Dr. Jena Hullman, the café’s approach to juices, smoothies, coffee and other beverages is to use only wholesome ingredients, strictly avoiding refi ned sugars and carbs, gluten, and artifi cial sweeteners..
 
Thursday, February 3, 2005

Indy Film Scene Guide: Arthouse flix, foreign films and documentaries are making their mark, even in Northern Michigan

Features Beth Milligan At the Golden Globes this year, there were a number of A-list stars who received nominations: Leonard DiCaprio for best actor (“The Aviator”), Uma Thurman for best actress (“Kill Bill Vol. 2”), Clint Eastwood for best director (“Million Dollar Baby”). No surprises here: award shows revolve around successful names.
Box office revenue often correlates directly with nominations… which raises an interesting question: who, exactly, is Imelda Staunton? She was nominated for best actress for her work in “Vera Drake” -- competing against the likes of Nicole Kidman and Renee Zellweger -- but there didn’t seem to be one red carpet reporter who knew who she was. And what about “Hotel Rwanda”? It was up for best picture, but unlike “The Aviator” or “Finding Neverland,” I’ve never seen it playing at any of the theaters I’ve been to. In all of the glitz and glamour of Tinseltown ceremonies, where do these dark horse nominations come from?
The Globes this year reflected a growing trend in the movie industry: public acknowledgement of independent films. Previously restricted to film festivals and cable channels like HBO, independent filmmaking is finally claiming its rightful place in the Hollywood spotlight… and audiences are sitting up and taking notice. Films like “The Blair Witch Project” and “Napoleon Dynamite” have shown that it doesn’t take a bloated budget to bring in big box office; it’s not special effects but a good story that draws people to theaters. And big-name stars are giving up their inflated paychecks to be a part of these smaller films, hungry for challenging roles and well-written scripts.
 
Thursday, December 16, 2004

Put on Your Tanooki Suit

Music Beth Milligan Tanooki Suit has worked the last three years on creating a strong presence in the area music scene through touring and frequent local appearances. This energetic indie rock band is comprised of four high school students from Traverse City: Patrick Carroll on guitar and vocals, Will Thomas on drums, Colin Campbell on bass guitar, and Andrew Rosinski on guitar. Northern Express sat down with Tanooki Suit to talk about music, the local scene, and what comes next.
 
 
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