Photo Walk at Oden State Fish Hatchery

On a cool, Autumn afternoon we walked the trails of Oden State Fish Hatchery in northern Michigan. The water was so clear that the trout could be seen right from the trail and the trees were in the peak of their colors.  This hatchery has been active since 1920 replenishing fish communities that are released […]

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Running Mackinac Island

The waves rock with cheers from the crowd and my stomach flips. The ferry attendant circles us with barf bags to the echoed sounds of their laughter. My nerves are uneasy as I close my eyes to tune out the distractions while reflecting on my journey. It has been a year since my last race […]

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Inside the Mind of an Unofficial Food Critic

When I am hungry, I will eat just about anything. The same is not true for my husband, who has a very particular taste in restaurants. I have struggled to contain my impatience at times when he scours through websites reading reviews and comparing menus before finally making a decision. While this vetting process can […]

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The World is Best Explored On Foot

I love maps. The best maps expand like origami from the palm of my hand to the size of an atlas that identifies each street by name. Maps are beautiful works of functional art that help me find my place by observing what is around me. I could probably find what I’m looking for faster […]

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Blue Man Group: Is Technology our Friend or Foe?

Three blue men stand perplexed by our presence. The moment is suspended by a repetitive beat in the background as they lean forward with eyes bulged. One takes initiative to step into the first row and climb his way up the armrests of the audience. The others follow his lead. It is an uncomfortable intrusion […]

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Niagara Falls, Ontario

I stand with my arms open, chin to the sky, as another gust coats me with sweet mist in my eyes. The cloud of white is a rush of relief leaving droplets behind poised on the strands of my hair. I cheer after each thunderous wave as I would on the crest of a roller […]

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O Canada!

Those of us born as U.S. citizens blissfully enjoy many privileges with our navy blue passports that past generations have handed down to us. The more that I travel, however, I realize just how naive my worldview as an American has always been growing up in what is thought to be “the greatest country in […]

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