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Michiana Girl Goes Home

The madness was increasing, the pressure growing. No time, no time, and I had been hearing the clarion for weeks. I had not seen the Lake in too long. There was a little space of time to get away between … Continue reading

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Tales from the Road: The Lake and Leopold, Part 2

After a night at cheap chain motel in Appleton, Wisconsin, having descended from Door County the evening before, I was off to Baraboo, a little over a hundred miles on winding roads through the heart of the state. The day … Continue reading

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Tales from the Road: The Lake and Leopold, Part 1

So I had finally made a journey around Lake Michigan, and it was wonderful. But owing to insufficient time, not to mention the rain my last day out, I had missed a lot of the “wrong side”–that is, Wisconsin. I … Continue reading

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Tales from the Road: ‘Round the Lake, Part 4

So I awoke on yet another gorgeous fall day rather far–well, perhaps 5 miles–from the Lake, but in a beautiful old farmhouse rehabbed and enlarged by my friend, a colleague from long ago, and his wife. After some bracing coffee … Continue reading

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Tales from the Road: ‘Round the Lake, Part 3

I seldom see sunrises or anything close, but my motel window facing Moran Bay glowed with the dawn. I dressed and walked down to Lake Huron but I could hear Lake Michigan beckoning, whispering seductively in the morning breezes. After … Continue reading

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Tales from the Road: ‘Round the Lake, Part 2

I left the edge of Manistee with a supply of muffins and fruit from the continental breakfast provided at the cheapish chain motel. The Lake was calling! It was a beautiful morning; I headed north on M-22, up and down … Continue reading

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Tales from the Road: ‘Round the Lake, Part 1

For years I have been wanting to drive all the way around Lake Michigan, exploring. Never enough time. And this journey, along with my truncated excursions on the Lincoln Highway, tells me that I must make the time–while I can. … Continue reading

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Preservation Tales: The House No Longer a Home

Oh no. Not another one! I have written before about National Register buildings I have lovingly researched and gotten listed, only to see them threatened and even demolished years later. A listing will not save a historic structure, and we … Continue reading

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GJ in LA, or a Midwest Girl in LaLaLand

Last fall I embarked on a plane to Los Angeles. We won’t go into my fear of flying. I had not been in a plane in 30 years. The experience has changed, to put it mildly. What passes for first … Continue reading

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Preservation Tales: “Progress” Goes Before a Fall

“It’s a historical building, but I guess it’s progress,” said Marv Blessing, an alumnus of Pine Village High School, in a recent interview with IndyStar.  After decades of work in historic preservation, little pains me more than this continuing assertion … Continue reading

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