When I was a student at the University of Michigan, I was walking across campus and a young woman stopped me. “Please take this,” she said, and then handed me a small slip of paper. “It’s Veterans Day. We want all of our fallen to be remembered.” I looked at the slip. It read: Christopher M. Talbert. When I got back to my dorm room, … Continue reading A day to remember the fallen
Once again, Jim was right. But for me, northern Michigan creates much more than an itch to move. It’s an endless inspiration. “Your kids inevitably want to move where they had their vacations when they were younger.” -Jim Harrison Continue reading The place that inspires me
It’s not all whiskey and beer. The history of Ireland is both beautiful and heartbreaking. It makes you wish you lived there, yet it also makes you count your blessings. Being of Irish descent, this history has always fascinated me. I’ve found that in order to understand something, you need the full picture. You need to know what came before it, and you need to be … Continue reading Those Irish have a way with words
Thank goodness for John Beilein. The Michigan basketball team was rolling. They had their ups and downs throughout the season, but something finally clicked. They finished strong. They looked determined to make a run in the postseason. And then you hear there’s been an accident with the team’s plane. Your stomach sinks. You say a prayer. And it hits you immediately, after a week of … Continue reading It’s time to thank coach John Beilein
Stay away from religion and politics, right? I try, especially for the heavy issues. But here’s a case that seems pretty one-sided to me. Last week, it was announced that the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative funding would lose $290 million under the newly proposed national budget. That’s almost a 97% cut, down to just $10 million per year. Being a Michigander, this hits particularly hard, but all … Continue reading An argument for the Great Lakes Shouldn’t we protect one of our greatest resources?
Shortly after eight o’clock tonight, thousands will fill the seats in Hollywood’s Dolby Theater to honor the biggest names in the film industry. At the same time, millions will sit on couches in living rooms around the country and think, “How have we never heard of these movies?” Hmm. As I do on many Sundays, I sat down and read Mitch Albom’s column in the Detroit Free Press. … Continue reading The best of the year: Who’s to say?
In Cuba, they called him Papa. You’d find him fishing for marlins or drinking whiskey or daiquiris in a local watering hole. He’d do the same in Key West. In East Africa, you’d find him big game hunting, the concluding photograph captured with the legend kneeling above a lion or antelope. In France, he’d be writing in a small upstairs room, or sipping coffee and walking along the … Continue reading Hemingway’s Michigan: Where he was first inspired