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Artists And Writers Find Beautiful Inspiration On Michigan’s “Fairy Island”

“The glowing beauty of the Indian summer, when the deep-blue sky, the purple haze in the air, the shining water, and the gorgeous autumn tints on the trees, made up a picture of rich coloring unknown in any other portion … Continue reading

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Remember Mackinac Island With Pink Ponies, Geraniums And Fudge

Native Americans first appreciated Mackinac Island’s abundance of natural beauty, bountiful waters and restorative breezes. By the nineteenth century, enterprising American businessmen had discovered that those same qualities would make the island a popular tourist destination. Weary Americans in the … Continue reading

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The “Land of the Great Turtle” Was A Special Place For Native Americans, Jesuits, Soldiers And Fur Traders

One turtle, two Jesuits, a host of British soldiers and an ambitious man in the business of fur contributed to Mackinac Island’s early history. Long ago, Native Americans paddled their birchbark canoes to the Straits of Mackinac during summertime searches … Continue reading

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Mackinac Island Is A Family Vacation Favorite

Seven million people descended on Cleveland during the summers of 1936 and 1937 to experience the Great Lakes Exposition, a mini-world’s fair that commemorated the 100th anniversary of the Ohio city’s incorporation. My grandparents were two of those fair-goers. They … Continue reading

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“To Betsy, Who Was There,” Chestnut Ridge Sparkles Like Cloisonné

“That’s where Rita and Tommy lived.” That simple sentence turned the plans for my first visit to Chestnut Ridge Metro Park into an adventure of genealogical proportions. A picture-perfect Sunday-afternoon drive through historic Canal Winchester brought us to the 486-acre … Continue reading

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Spend a Sunday Afternoon At Oberlin’s Frank Lloyd Wright House

“Do I really want to live in a work of art?,” Ellen Johnson asked herself as she considered whether or not to buy the house at 534 Morgan Street in Oberlin, Ohio in 1968. “Won’t that be too demanding? Every … Continue reading

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Conjure Bishop Watterson During A Tour Of Columbus Cemeteries

When I’m grounded on weekdays, I call in my two retired correspondents to cover newsworthy events.   Yesterday, they boarded a COTA bus to go to a lecture on climate change, biodiversity and access to clean water that H.S.H. Prince Albert … Continue reading

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