Category Archives: Animals

Horse, Donkey, and Mule-related City/Town Names


  Below is a list of cities and towns whose names are based on equine (horse, donkey, mule) related topics. Any additions, corrections, or suggestions are most welcome. Bronco, California – ghost town Bronco, Texas – ghost town Burro John, … Continue reading

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Burro Buddies – Just looking for love…and maybe a snack


There are certain animals that capture our imagination and hearts. For some folks it may be whales or penguins. For others it may be bison or birds. But for me, it is burros (or donkeys in English). I’m not quite … Continue reading

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Hell’s Worth of Wickedness in One Cowtown


Frontier Towns, Chapter 4: Ellsworth, Kansas   “As we go to press, hell is still in session in Ellsworth.”  That’s a famous newspaper headline dating from 1873 about the situation in Ellsworth, Kansas. Ellsworth may have been situated along the … Continue reading

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Groundhog Day Special: You survived a polar vortex, when…


With Groundhog Day tomorrow, here are a few light-hearted, post-polar vortex thoughts from Northwest Lower Michigan. Please feel free to pass along your fun quips too and they will be added. …20 degrees fahrenheit feels like a frigging heat wave. … Continue reading

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A Quartet of Former Vintage Barber Shops


As a follow-up to my previous post of old barber shops still operating, here are four (4) that no longer are used as barber shops. Two (2) are currently empty though the barber shop in Honor was a sign shop … Continue reading

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Fishy Town Names


Here’s my working list of cities, towns, and villages that are named after fish, fish related activities, or include some form of fish terminology in their name. Please note that in some instances the place name may not have originally … Continue reading

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Let’s stop dissing deserts!


In response to a recent post about “transit deserts” on The Market Urbanism Report’s Facebook page, I made the following comment: “I think we need to rethink using the term ‘desert’ to describe an area lacking something. Deserts can be … Continue reading

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I scream for Sadie’s Ice Cream Parlor


“I scream…you scream…we all scream…for ice cream!” One of the newest and sweetest delights of visiting Mackinac Island is Sadie’s Ice Cream Parlor at the base of The Grand Hotel. True to the island’s quaint Victorian-era heritage, this wonderfully decorated … Continue reading

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“Bloom County” is back on the map!


This week, after a 25 year absence, the world has been treated to the revival of the Bloom County comic strip. What a wonderful surprise.  The zany and irreverent world of Opus (the penguin), Milo, Steve, and Bill the Cat has … Continue reading

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A sea turtle’s underwater world


An amazing and beautiful video from the World Wildlife Fund taken with a GoPro camera on the back of a sea turtle at Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Enjoy!

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