Category Archives: holiday

Geography/variety of dropped objects on New Year’s Eve


It appears that dropping various objects is the vogue thing to do in the United States for New Year’s Eve. Here’s a list of the variety and geography of the items being dropped for 2018. This list only includes those … Continue reading

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The Portland Conundrum 


Below is an eye-opening summary of the housing market in Portland, Oregon from the perspective of a new resident to the region, who also happens to be an urban planner and a friend of mine. The parallels to what we … Continue reading

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Even paradise has cloudy days


Over the past few months my praise and love for the Traverse City area has been expressed in many posts here on Panethos, on Facebook, or in conversations with family and friends. But even paradise on Earth can have cloudy … Continue reading

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Eliminate shopping bore by frequenting your city’s core


This holiday season is the first one in my life where I recall making most of our family purchases at downtown stores instead of at a shopping mall, big box retailer, lifestyle center, or other strip suburban commercial complex. One … Continue reading

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No place better on Earth than “Up North” in the summertime


We spent the past week in Mother Earth’s idyllic playground – also known as the Northwest Lower Peninsula of Michigan, centered around Traverse City. I have yet to find a photograph or painting that adequately depicts the visual beauty and … 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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Don’t be a slave to greed and materialism


This Thursday, November 27th, is Thanksgiving Day in the United States. Until recently, it was a lovely day for families and friends to gather, give thanks, watch parades and football, and share a hearty meal. Yes, some renegade retailers have … Continue reading

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Stores where principles and people outweigh greed on Thanksgiving


The following retail stores deserve our praise, thanks, gratitude, and money for not putting greedy materialism ahead of both people and the nation’s most sincere national holiday. THESE are the places to shop this holiday season, not at those retailers … Continue reading

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Plaidurday – A celebration of plaid!


On October 7, 2011, the first Plaidurday was celebrated in Lansing, Michigan. In case you have been residing in a cave or castaway on a remote island and have not heard of Plaidurday, here’s the brief history of the event from … Continue reading

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May 5th Celebrations


Happy Liberation Day in the Netherlands and Cinco de Mayo in Mexico!

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