Michigan Tomatoes and How to Enjoy Them (Part One – Michigan Tomato Sandwich)

It’s Michigan tomato season once again and I can’t help but feel excited over this year’s bumper crop of beauties, especially after last summer’s attack of late blight. And after suffering through colorless and tasteless store-bought tomatoes most of the year, it’s especially blissful when locally grown produce hits the stands and my husband and
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Paris, The City of Light Wall Calendar Now Available

I’m very excited to add a new product to my collection of fine art photography wall calendars: Paris, The City of Light. It’s available now in my Cafepress store, just in time for Christmas!

Michigan’s Ghost Towns – Kensington Village

Did you know that beneath the bucolic waters of Kent Lake in the Kensington Metropark once existed a town bristling with life, death, and scandal? This is the story of the Village of Kensington, Michigan. We begin in 1825, when great numbers of easterners, mostly from New York, began migrating to the Great Lakes region
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Winter Gardening: Ornamental Cabbage and Flowering Kale

This is the time of year when it seems that, each time I step outside my door, something else in my gardens has succumbed to the increasing cold. Though I know they’ll return in the spring, I admit that watching my plants and flowers wither away makes me feel a little sad. As my colorful
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Grand River Plank Road Stagecoach Toll House – Hickville Hotel in New Hudson (Lyon Township), Michigan

Here are some photos from my rural exploration today in Lyon Township, Michigan. This is all that remains of the 1840s-era Hickville Hotel and Toll House, located at 53517 Grand River Avenue, New Hudson, on the southwest corner of Grand River and Haas Road. This building is one of the last-standing original stagecoach stops on
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Our Incredible Trip to London and Paris

We’ve just returned from our whirlwind trip to London and Paris.  What a dream come true!!  I took over 1,000 photos and Jason and I came home with incredible memories to last a lifetime.  A real highlight of the trip was the two days we spent with my friend of over 35 years, Eric from Montbéliard, France.  Eric and
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Pure Michigan’s Five Things to Keep in Mind on a Lake Michigan Lighthouse Tour

My photo of Little Sable Point Lighthouse titled “This Little Light of Mine” was featured by Pure Michigan in their new article “Five Things to Keep in Mind on a Lake Michigan Lighthouse Tour”! It’s a great article with some helpful pointers on lighthouse hunting — one of my favorite past times! So excited to
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Miss Wauseon Homecoming Queen – Ohio Festival Royalty

Since 1934, a Homecoming festival has taken place each summer in the small northwestern Ohio town of Wauseon.  This year not only commemorates the 80th anniversary of the Wauseon, Ohio Homecoming, but it also marks the 30th anniversary of my year as Miss Wauseon Homecoming 1984. The Wauseon Homecoming Queen contest was my very first
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Our Michigan Dog Sledding Adventure!

My husband and I have just returned from our Valentine’s Day adventure: we mushed a team of sled dogs! Check one item off the Bucket List! We’ve been trying to do this for a couple of winters now and something always seems to get in the way. But this was our year! Despite an early
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This is Halloween!

My favorite time of year is upon us again!  When Michigan’s fields and forests become a tapestry of vibrant color and the weather turns crisp and cool.  Halloween is by far and away my favorite holiday and I always look forward to decorating the house for the hordes of trick or treaters that come to
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