Photo on Unsplash By Rosalind Brackenbury “A poet lived there once,” my landlord told me when I first arrived in Key West in January 1992 and rented his apartment on White Street. I was at 628, two doors away from 624 White Street, a big shabby-looking “eyebrow” house with crooked shutters and a front yard full of rusting bicycles and straggly plants, a little set back from the street. The plaque on the gate advertised home-sewn shirts in Spanish. There was no plaque at that time to tell me anything about a poet. Who was the poet? Elizabeth Bishop. She had owned [...]
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Photo by Brooke Lark By Marilyn Pellini “There will be a hot time in the old town tonight.” That will be the feeling on the eve following the eradication of this horrific virus. We should be able to finally leave our homes totally unencumbered, mask and gloves hopefully no longer needed. Wearing those may be a habit hard to break, though. We’ve become obsessed with germs — though, admittedly, frequent handwashing is probably a habit we should carry forward. One time when I was teaching, I asked my class if they’d like to conduct a little experiment with the other fourth-grade room [...]
Photo by Martijn Baudoin By Lisa Profera MD Patients often ask me, “Why should I get a medical marijuana card if marijuana use is legal in Michigan?” Recreational or adult use of cannabis has been legal in the state of Michigan since December 1st, 2019. The medical use of marijuana was approved by our state ten years prior to that in November of 2008. Even though marijuana is accessible to everyone now, there are still some very compelling reasons to register as a patient and get your medical marijuana card, provided you have a qualifying medical condition. The current list of medical [...]
Photo by Emily Rose Imagery By Marji Wisniewski Lucinda Unger and Libby Newman are two of the key expert jewelry advisors at Lewis Jewelers in Ann Arbor, Michigan. They’re like your favorite aunts who you always look forward to visiting. They’ll greet you with a warm hug, a sparkling cocktail, and ask you all about your life. I met with them to discuss why they love working at Lewis Jewelers and what makes their team so special. Despite their cloth masks, their smiles radiated from their faces. With over 75 years of combined experience in the jewelry industry, these ladies are the [...]
Photo on Unsplash By Monica Brancheau 2020 was supposed to be the big banner year for celebrations in my house. We had a son graduating college, a daughter graduating high school, a family trip to Spain (so that my kids could meet some family for the first time), a son heading to Europe for an internship, etc. We all have that list — that list of what 2020 should have been. Instead, I feel like I’m living in a “Brave New World” that’s ¼ cup dystopian fiction, ¼ cup dark comedy, ¼ cup Brothers Grimm fairy tales, and ¼ cup Mary Poppins. [...]
Photo by Maude Frederique By Liz Crowe This fall is bringing with it a lot of firsts, most of them related to the fact that we’re living through a real-life Stephen King novel vis-à-vis this pandemic. However, I’m not allowing this to disguise the fact that for yours truly, this will be the first fall I won’t be launching myself headlong into soccer season. I’m sure many of you have experienced the simultaneous joy and pain of watching your kid play a sport. I had three of them (kids who played sports), the last one going as far as playing on a Division [...]