Category Archives: Michigan

At Herman Miller’s Design Yard, A Way of Living Is Also A Way of Working

Four offices in nine years. My grand tour of my workplace has taken me to two floors, providing various views from different directions. Now I sit at the end of a hall. After having been deluged with conversation on the … Continue reading

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Marshall Fredericks Was Here In Columbus!

Two Bears. Baboon with Chimpanzee. Baboon with Sleeping Child. All sculptures by a Michigan sculptor named Marshall Fredericks, on view at the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids, Michigan. “How do I know that name?,” I wondered, … Continue reading

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If You Seek The Best Part Of The Meijers’ Collection, Look Under Your Feet

What prompts us to start collecting things? For Frederik Meijer, the founder of the Meijer retail and grocery chain, and his wife, Lena, it was supporting a project to have Marshall Fredericks create a bronze sculpture of Hans Christian Andersen’s … Continue reading

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“Come Down to Holland in Tulip Time”

Fancy the fresh taste of Fortuin’s Wilhelmina peppermints? Hankering a flaky, buttery Aviateur almond round pastry or a caramel-filled Stroopwafel? Craving the crisp sugar shell and soft filling of Mentos sweets? Ready for a piece of Rademaker Hopjes coffee candy? … Continue reading

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Wanted For Michigan Move: The Heinmillers’ 1920 Model T Ford

I was there for four hours, but it took me about four seconds to decide that I should live on Bagley Avenue, worship on Chapel Lane, work on Burbank Avenue, eat on Main Street, shop on Mill Road, make friends … Continue reading

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If You Seek A Spectacular Mackinac Island View, Climb The Steep Stairs To Anne’s Tablet

“If you would seek a pleasant peninsula, look around you,” Michigan’s motto suggests. If you seek a spectacular Mackinac Island view, climb the steep stairs to Anne’s Tablet. To protect four particularly beautiful panoramas from future development, early-20th-century island cottagers … Continue reading

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“Fun Can Be Found Almost Everywhere” At Alden B. Dow’s Home and Studio

Most people who make the trek to the National Shrine of the Cross in the Woods come to admire the world’s second tallest crucifix. I, however, was on a quest to see the church that architect Alden B. Dow (1904-1983) … Continue reading

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