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Northern Notes by Stephanie Beach Stephanie Beach
"Northern Notes"
THURSDAY, AUGUST 23, 2007
Most precious 'flowers' are family and friends
There's a saying that goes something like "Friends are flowers in the garden of life.” But if you asked Kristi Flory, she might say that should be expanded to include family, especially her sister, Judy Dunn.

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Tom Carr Tom Carr
Local columnist
THURSDAY, AUGUST 2, 2007
Home-improvement can become way of life
My wife and I were making some home improvements, so we hopped in the car and went to one of the mega-hardware-and-home-improvement emporia in the area, with a short list of things we needed to buy. No problem. Let's go look at the pedestal sinks and faucets. While we're there we can look at blinds for a bedroom. That shouldn't take long. The one thing I don't count on is that these stores have way too many things to remind her of other projects to do.

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Loraine Anderson Loraine Anderson
Local columnist
THURSDAY, AUGUST 9, 2007
'Miss Navajo' is a gift to all of us
I carry many moments from this year's Traverse City Film Festival. Among the treasured is Sunday at the State Theatre before, during and after "Miss Navajo.” Produced and directed by Billy Luther, it is a documentary about a Navajo beauty pageant where contestants are required to know Navajo stories, language, history, government, how to shear a sheep and even butcher one. Luther follows six young American Indian women in the 2005 pageant, focusing on a woman named Crystal.

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Betty Werth Betty Werth
Local columnist
THURSDAY, AUGUST 16, 2007
Beyond the pale: Taking a stand
Every few years I write an "advocacy” column and take a stand on some pressing issue of the day. This year's issue: white skin. Oh, there are other pressing matters — the war in Iraq, immigration, national health care — but those are political. White skin isn't like that.

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Marta Hepler Drahos Marta Hepler Drahos
Local columnist
THURSDAY, AUGUST 23, 2007
Going batty trying to enjoy the balcony
When it was time to build our house, my husband and I agreed on almost everything except one. He wanted a deck; I wanted a balcony — a small, private space hidden away from the neighbors' view where I could sit in my bathrobe in the mornings undeterred by bedhead. At first, I was delighted with my little hideaway overlooking the lake — until I recently came face-to-spiny wing with a little brown bat in a horrifying moment my brain refused to register.

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Andrew Dost Andrew Dost
Local columnist
FRIDAY, MARCH 2, 2007
On tour but still longing for home
We're back out on the open road. After about four months of primarily writing new music, we're traveling again. Our first drive was all the way to southern California for the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, a three-day concert. It's exciting to be playing concerts again after so much time focusing our energy elsewhere.

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Gretchen Murray Gretchen Murray
Faith columnist
SATURDAY, AUGUST 25, 2007
The little congregation that could
NORWOOD — For more than 120 years, the little white church has stood resolute at the corner of Gennett Road and Fourth Street in Norwood. Since 1884, Norwood Church has been offering comfort and support to the generations of faithful who crossed its threshold to baptize, marry, mourn and pray. The only church in the town of about 75 residents, its 60-foot tall steeple pierces the tree line and still serves as a landmark for those driving toward town from US-31, 10 miles south of Charlevoix.

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Kathy Gibbons Kathy Gibbons
Record-Eagle features editor
SUNDAY, AUGUST 26, 2007
Caught between what she wants — and what is
A woman stopped in the other morning. She looked nice, like anybody else. But as she talked, I could tell something wasn't quite right. And she was upset. She'd come to Traverse City from her home downstate to participate in a music program for adults. The thing was, she was ejected from it mid-way through for causing what the people in charge described as disruptions. A security officer escorted her as she packed up and left.

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On the Wing by Kay Charter Kay Charter
"On the Wing"
SUNDAY, AUGUST 5, 2007
Seasons sway with the swallows
At sunup on the last morning of June, I was again walking up our drive for the newspaper. For any bird lover, nothing can beat daybreak at that time of year with its dawn chorus. But on this particular bright, cool morning, something was definitely missing. Not the killdeer family, who continued to scream in unison every time they saw something (or someone) they did not trust, and not the still-territorial indigo buntings, eastern kingbirds and rose-breasted grosbeaks, all singing or calling from various corners of Charter Sanctuary. What was notable for its absence was the cheerful chatter of tree swallows, which had finished nesting and departed.

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Danielle Killgore, TWENTYsomething Danielle Killgore
"TWENTY
something"
SUNDAY, AUGUST 26, 2007
Home is where the job is
Recently, I was transferred into a new market for our company. Change is exciting, but I really haven't had a "home” in the past four months. As I found a new place to live, it occurred to me that I had a slight problem: no furniture. My apartment in college was furnished and came with two local friends who kindly provided anything we lacked. Now I have a house with two options: stand or lay.

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Ed Hungness, Seniors Columnist Ed Hungness
Local Seniors Columnist
SUNDAY, AUGUST 26, 2007
Friend floats a plan that flows into action
Living in northern Michigan and being almost 63 years old, I have been in my share of boats and canoes. In all these years, I have never plopped my backside in a kayak. As a kid, I can remember that kayaks were something that Eskimos (now properly called Inuit) used. They were constructed of wood and sealskins. I don't know when they started becoming popular. I suppose it was when someone discovered how much easier it was to make them out of fiberglass. I'm sure the seals appreciated that immensely.

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Dee Blair, The View from Sunnybank Dee Blair
"The View from Sunnybank"
SUNDAY, AUGUST 26, 2007
A little night magic in the garden
There is something about the pre-dawn, some magic that always enchants me. I stare through the open kitchen window at outlines, trying to separate myself from the knowledge of exactly what they represent; it's more fun to simply sail on the silhouette sea. Long slivers of light emanate from the edges of the thick, age-blackened, wooden alley door. Part of me knows that the glow out of the alley lamp is Edison-fathered, but the bigger thought that it is somehow alive, and seeks entry, feels more accurate; it's the right one for 4:30 a.m.

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Foodie with Family by Rebecca Lindamood Rebecca Lindamood
"Foodie with Family"
MONDAY, AUGUST 27, 2007
A lesson learned the hard way
In keeping with my life philosophy of making everything as complicated as possible, I responded to a freecycle ad placed by someone giving away a lame chicken. When I arrived to pick up said lame chicken, the lady kindly offered to give me two other hens and a rooster so that the chicken wouldn't be lonely. No problem! Our new house came complete with a chicken house with attached, fenced-in chicken run. Those birds were bound to be happy!

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Grandma's Kitchen by Edna Shaffer Edna Shaffer
"Grandma's Kitchen"
MONDAY, AUGUST 6, 2006
Of surprise birthdays and traveling grandsons
I mentioned last month that Molly and I were going downstate to celebrate Sarah's 40th birthday. She is the "baby” daughter of the family, loved and spoiled by all her older sisters as well as me. (She probably thought she had four mothers.) What she didn't know about the celebration was that her sister, Vicki, was coming from Ohio and sister Cathy was coming from New York to surprise her! Well, you know the one about "the best laid plans.”

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In the Kitchen with Sally Ketchum Sally Ketchum
"In the Kitchen"
MONDAY, AUGUST 27, 2007
Tales from the dining-out front
Incidents and accidents involving service at restaurants might be considered hilarious or disastrous, depending on whether one looks at the wine glass as half full or half empty. Certainly, such events occur at both simple and fancy restaurants. I've experienced exquisite, uniquely plated presentations that were served with a gentle and practiced hand, but I've also had house salads so forcefully plopped on the table that a couple pieces of arugula and half of a cherry tomato ended up in my lap.

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The Amish Cook by Lovina Eicher Lovina Eicher
"The Amish Cook"
MONDAY, AUGUST 27, 2007
Daughter on mend after concussion
As I write this, we are halfway through the middle of August. In a few weeks school will be back in session. Where did the summer go? Nine-year-old daughter Verena is still recovering this week from a concussion she suffered after a bad fall last week. I had her to the doctor yesterday for her follow-up checkup. Since she was still getting dizzy spells, he sent her to the hospital for a second CT scan.

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Surviving and Thriving by Jill Harrigan-Worden Jill Harrigan- Worden
"Surviving and Thriving"
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 14, 2007
In losing my hair, I found myself
One of the big questions for women who are starting chemotherapy is their hair. Will I lose it? How soon? When will it grow back? Will I lose my eyelashes and eyebrows too? Some women who had gone through chemotherapy told me they lost their hair all at once, while others said they woke up in the morning and found a bunch of it on their pillow. Others decided to just go ahead and shave their head.

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Lauran Neergaard Lauran Neergaard
AP health columnist
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 22, 2007
Researching better tests for Lyme disease
President Bush's recently revealed treatment for Lyme disease makes him part of an unfortunate trend: The tick-borne infection is on the rise, with cases more than doubling in the past 15 years. The good news is that most patients, like Bush, take antibiotics for a few weeks and are cured, especially if they were diagnosed early. But people who aren't treated promptly can develop painful arthritis, meningitis and other serious illnesses.

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Garret Leiva Garret Leiva
Grand Traverse Herald editor
WEDNESDAY, JULY 11, 2006
Hospital stay full of sick humor
Funny how a microbe or two million can bring a grown man to his knees — or more precisely the prone position on a hospital gurney. By funny I mean the hilarity that ensues when your body temperature hovers between delusional and 104 degrees Fahrenheit.

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Emma Jane Muir
"100 years ago"
WEDNESDAY, JULY 11, 2007
Herald news ... 100 years ago
Fred Smith, aged 12, son of John W. Smith of Cedar Street, was painfully injured by a small cannon Friday. It was at first thought that he would lose his eyesight but a physician succeeded in removing the powder grains from the boy's eyes. Plus more exceprts from the Grand Traverse Herald, 1907.

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