August 23, 2013 RSS feed / Columnists

Michigan Politics

Early Legislative Stirrings in Both Peninsulas

Long before the 2014 election, there are now interesting stirrings in the only two districts of the legislature that include counties in both of Michigan’s peninsulas.  More...

Nature Notes

If Ingested, Hoary Alyssum Can Cause Health Problems for Horses

When most people hear the word alyssum, they think of sweet alyssum (Lobularia martinima) a low-growing garden plant (six inches or less), an annual that seeds in from year to year. More...


Horse Care Hints from 1887 Coincide With Horse Health in 2013

Recently this summer, a friend called my attention to a reprint of a little paper from 1887 called “The Spirit of the Straits.” In it was, to my delight and surprise, a column devoted to horse care. More...

A Look at History

Selma Dufina Was Among Island’s Fudge Makers at Her Own Shop

The 2013 Mackinac Island Fudge Festival will be Friday, August 23, and Saturday, August 24. For this writer, thinking about fudge reminds me of the kindly face of longtime Mackinac Islander Selma Dufina. More...


We’ve been experiencing a wonderful week of weather. The sunsets and sunrises have been absolutely breathtaking. It has been a great year for flowers on Mackinac Island because of the cooler temperatures. More...

Maintaining Your Health on Mackinac

Time in the Sun Can Lead to Skin Cancer; Sunscreen Prevents Health Issues

The summer solstice is well underway. Sunny or not, this is when the ultraviolet rays are the most intense on your skin. More...

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