Category Archives: fun

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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“Interstellar” is indescribably awesome!

Kathy and I saw Interstellar last night. This science-fiction epic is so good that a description cannot and should not be compartmentalized into a blog post. The cast, including a surprise un-billed guest appearance, were superb, the visual images were … Continue reading

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Heavy/precious metal cities and towns

Here’s my list of those cities and towns that are either named for metals or with the name of metals included as part of its name. As the photo of beautiful Copper Harbor, Michigan shows, some of these communities are … Continue reading

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Slang and synonyms for “urban”

As a follow-up to terms for “rural,” here’s my list of positive and demeaning terms for “urban.” Asphalt jungle Built Built environment Built-up Citified Concrete jungle Conurbation Cosmopolitan Dense Downtown Inner City Manhattanized Megalopolis Metropolis Metropolitan Micropolitan Midtown Overbuilt Sprawl … Continue reading

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“Birdman” simply soars!

This film is what great moviemaking is all about! Michael Keaton, Edward Norton, Emma Stone, Amy Ryan, Andrea Riseborough, Naomi Watts, and the entire cast of Birdman give performances of a lifetime in this cinematic treat. The cinematography is breathtaking … Continue reading

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