Lessons learned on the 4th of July

A salute on the 4th of July.

It probably won’t shock anyone to learn that there has been a touch of insanity among the branches of my family tree. In spite of (or perhaps because of) a spark of genius, my grandfather Pike (who held one of the first patents on plastic in the U.S.) was brainy but…well, certifiable. I only mention […] Read more »

And finally…it’s starting to look like spring!

New kids on the block

The sun is finally warming this place up a bit and we’re hopeful all the snow will be just a memory by the end of this week! The ice and snowstorm that started in the area on Friday the 13th was pretty awesome. We thought at first we dodged the bullet but then got dumped […] Read more »

And yet another reason to love Beaver Island!

microbrewery room

“Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.” – Benjamin Franklin Soon, there will be even more happiness on Beaver Island as the Whiskey Point Brewing Company moves forward with their plans to open a microbrewery early this summer! The site is the old McDonough’s Market building, which Patrick McGinnity, […] Read more »

Learning an important lesson from Islanders

Spring on BArney's

My birthday gift this year was a special one to be sure: One full day in the Emerald City (that would be Traverse City) to do anything my heart desired. Oh, I was heady with the thought of eating at all my big city favorites spots, shopping at the holy trinity of stores (Kohl’s, Michael’s […] Read more »

Getting a new TV for Christmas…GOOD LUCK!

Ah technology...makes our life simpler?

Here’s one from my holiday archives and here is hoping you all have a very merry Christmas! During my annual flurry of pre-holiday cleaning I decided to tackle the dust coating our television. After removing the protective quarter-inch of fuzz, the machine suddenly made a frightening buzzing sound, flashed me farewell and departed into the […] Read more »