The Halyards Stop Singing

Michigan strong is a saying that lives up to its name. Northern Michigan summers are IMG_6609.JPGnearly perfect, with temperatures averaging seventy five degrees. Our lakes are refreshing on hot summer days. Bonfires can be seen, and smelled nearly every evening with voices of laughter and guitars in the distance.

Fall is beautiful with brilliant foliage colors of oranges, reds, and yellows. The fall sun provides a shimmer on the lake along with peaceful solitude in your heart that is difficult to describe.

Then, old man winter blows in with ice, sleet and inches upon inches of snow, with barely a glimpse of sunshine for days, sometimes weeks. While winter can be cozy, and the art that the frozen lakes, waves, trees provide is outstanding, the white knuckle driving, accidents and desolate feelings, leave even us Michiganders longing for flip flops, s’mores and the desire to be outside, more than in. Our winters make us appreciate the other three seasons.

IMG_6613-0.JPGTourist are fewer, summer residents are packing for their winter homes in warmer climates, boats in the marinas become fewer, docks disappear one by one and the sound of the halyards singing in the wind can only be heard occasionally on land, but for now, I’m staying Michigan strong.

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Native Indians, Bears and Capitalism

Fake teepees and brochures with fierce looking Grizzly Bears – as John Stossel would proclaim, ‘give me a break!’ While I thoroughly enjoyed my hikes and the GNP along with the amazing majestic beauty, there wasn’t a day and more often when I didn’t feel for those that were/are kicked to the curb for greed and financial benefit.

Really? The brochures advertising a fierce bear, yet they kill them when the bears, (who have more right to this land than we do), come into contact with humans. If they don’t kill them, they shoot them with rubber pellets. Seriously? Does anyone else see a paradox here? And the natives? Yes, there are fake teepees all around. It must make the natives disgusted and sad as well. Sure, the White people preserved the park but they could also preserve human dignity and integrity.

That is all…or, I’ll be ranting. :(.

Reference: Canadians, Indian Children, Orphanage, Genocide