Archives in Category: Small Town Life

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Embracing Social Media

My friends all know I’m one of the last holdouts for signing on to Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and the rest of the social crawl that’s constant on today’s cell phones, tablets, and other devices.

My friends have also shared their

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Brought Up Short

Tonight Earl and I attended the wake of a young man, 31 years old and married only seven weeks.   He is the grandson of a good friend, and he died unexpectedly in an accident. Who at my age expects to

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Small Town

John Mellencamp once sang fondly of life in a small town.  But there are some things he forgot to mention.

You know you live in a small town when the guy in the Ford truck runs into the gas station

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Farmer’s Forum

Waiting for my son to finish his daily run (He’s training for the Chicago Marathon), I studied the “Farmer’s Forum,” a weekly supplement to the local newspaper.  I might just as well have been reading Greek.

It’s not that farmers

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Natick Rocks

It’s our second night in Natick, where the Boston Marathon runs through from Mile 8 to about Mile 11 in two days.  It’s farther from the finish line than we’d planned; but, for one good reason and another, this is

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Stoplight

Earl and I were displaced to a local hotel three days ago when violent weather came through our area and knocked the power out in our condo development.  It was 3:15 PM on Sunday, November 17.

It didn’t look so

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The Cove

Another couple, Earl, and I visited The Cove in South Bend this evening to enjoy farm-league baseball at its finest.  The home team Silverhawks, a feeder team for the Arizona Diamondbacks, play there. Sure, I know some people think farm-league

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Swimming

There are not a lot of opportunities to swim in this community.  Neither St. Joseph nor Benton Harbor has a public pool, so that leaves only the local Y or the South Shore Health and Racquet Club for those who

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Allegan Country Fair

Yesterday Earl and I visited the Allegan County Fair. It was like catching up with an old friend whom we hadn’t seen in a couple years. The parking fee had increased, but other than that all was as it was

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Stuff Swap

Today I attended the second annual stuff swap at the home of a friend. Based on its success, I am sure there will be third and a fourth, etc.

The concept is simple. Each attendee brings three things that she

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