Winter nuggets of this and that

Posted on February 24, 2010


Sometimes I store up nuggets thinking to make a profound and moving post. This is not one of those times. These are just little things I thought you might like to know about.

“Learn Local”
This advertising message from Ferris State University’s off-campus adjunct appeared in the Record-Eagle recently. I gnashed my teeth and grumbled “Learn Grammar!”  I am becoming a grouch, aren’t I.  There’s a cure.  Read on. 

Michigan’s Upper Peninsula Almanac
Ron Jolly and Karl Bohnak wrote this collection of solid history, good data, and wacka-wacka tales. Then they unaccountably persuaded the University of Michigan Press to publish it. (UMP also astonished me by publishing Jolly’s earlier work, Northern Michigan Almanac, in 2005. Until that occurred, I was unaware that anyone at UMP had a sense of humor.) You can find the book all over the place in northern Michigan, not just at bookstores but at farmers markets and gift shops. Naturally I recommend that you shop for it locally (harumph!) should you be fortunate enough to live here or visit us. However, should you be from Away, feel free to buy it from the formidable Amazon.

Friske’s 7th Annual Cherry Recipe Contest judging February 27
I may have mentioned a time or two that February is National Cherry Month. I recommend you celebrate by having breakfast at Friske’s on Saturday. It’s a very cozy place and the treats are reliable. I believe there will be waffles. There will certainly be the judging of the Recipe Contest, followed by the sampling of the contest entries. Friske’s is on US 31 just north of Atwood. You can’t miss it. OK, you can miss it if you aren’t paying attention, but I hope you will pay attention as I might be driving along that stretch of US 31 myself with a couple of valuable dogs in the car.

I love this site. It will tell you everything you could possibly want to know about how and where to recycle things in northern Michigan. Even if you are from Away, it will give you some good ideas about how to reuse Stuff and generally make less mess for your grandchildren.