Category Archives: fun

Best of 2014

Subject to possible last-minute additions/changes in the final 10 days of the year. Album Sun Structures by Temples Morning Phase by Beck Hesitant Alien by Gerard Way Three Poisons by Elephant Stone Bike Rides Stanley Park Seawall Trail – Vancouver, … Continue reading

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The visual wit of Ian Lockwood

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of attending the Michigan Association of Planning’s Transportation Bonanza 6. Among the stellar list of speakers was Ian Lockwood, P.E. of Toole Design Group. He gave a terrific presentation entitled “Prepare for the Biggest Paradigm Shift … Continue reading

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Where to become immersed in spa-town arts

Here’s a list of 15 towns in the US and Canada that were founded at the site of a mineral spring, a resort spa, or a hot water spring, and which now have also developed an active art community. They range from secluded mountain … Continue reading

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Taking cute “Penguins” to the next level

Saw the Penguins of Madagascar movie over the holiday weekend. While no Oscar contender, this fun and charming film is enjoyable for kids and adults alike. As usual, the spy-based humor, visual gags, and word play are a delight, just … Continue reading

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Sharing our Thanksgiving traditions

I am really looking forward to Thanksgiving Day 2014 for several reasons. First and foremost, our families will be sharing and celebrating the holiday together for the first time. The second reason, which is also important, is we have invited … Continue reading

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Roadside Americana: Quaint small college towns

For this list, I chose to keep the town’s size at approximately 15,000 residents or less. Otherwise, it’s increasingly difficult to affix the term “quaint” to a place larger than that population. Berea is the largest community with more than … Continue reading

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What a “smart park” idea!

According to the Daily Tribune newspaper, the City of Royal Oak, Michigan is in the process of establishing what is thought to be the nation’s first “Smart Park” in a pedestrian plaza within its trendy and vibrant downtown area. This … Continue reading

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