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Focus on Him and all else will follow » MAYS,

FROM PAGE 6 for the next morning and munch on the burger Jeff had just grilled to perfection, as I held my cards in one hand and picked up my Amber O’Doul’s with the other. I was multi-tasking. She said, “No, you’re not.” I said, “Yes, I am.” She said, “No, you’re not. You’re just being really annoying as your brain shifts from one task to another.” And, I said, “Yes, I am. But, if you’re right at least my brain shifts faster than yours. Ouch! But not as fast as Kathy’s left foot.” It turns out – I know this is hard to believe – that I was wrong. Just a few days later I had to call Karen and tell her that a story on NPR confirmed her theory. As far as science can tell, so far, the human brain works almost exactly the way Dr. Bakker described it. She’s not really a research scientist but I have to address her as Dr. for a few more months. It turns out that multi-tasking is a bit of a misnomer. And, I’ll be glad when Karen

stops addressing me as Miss Nomer. Talk about annoying. Anyway, our brains really do only focus on one task at a time. When we try to multitask we cause the brain to shift quickly from one task to another. The more things we try to shift back and forth from at one time the less we focus on any one task. Maybe the new law prohibiting texting while driving is a good thing. If you’re already eating breakfast and shaving on your morning commute maybe texting can wait until you get to work. Besides, your legs look fine with that Bohemian look. I don’t know how to say multi-tasking in Aramaic, but I don’t think Jesus did either. Even if the word had been coined already, he would have advised us to single-task. Sure, his wisdom might have come from that Colossians 1:16-17 reality that “all things have been created through him and for him. He himself is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” That certainly gave him a leg up in the wisdom department.

It’s not just that though. As we practice single-tasking – focusing on the most important thing – we can learn in the same way that Jesus did. As he was growing up, he “grew in wisdom and in stature, and in favor with God and men” (Luke 2:52). Not to be confused with growing in cynicism and fat-ure (a word I just made up) which is the natural trajectory that I have to resist. Jesus modeled and taught single-tasking. Listen to the wisdom of Luke 10:38-42, Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a certain village, where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. She had a sister named Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to what he was saying. But Martha was distracted by her many tasks; so she came to him and asked, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself? Tell her then to help me.” But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things; there is need of only one thing. Mary has

chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her.” There it is. There is need of only one thing. It’s not whether we’re active or passive or whether we are working or worshiping. Jesus doesn’t draw those false dichotomies. And, it’s

not a good sister, bad sister scenario. Jesus has learned – and wants us to know – that life doesn’t have to be filled with worry and distraction. He invites us to single-task, to focus on him, as we learn to love as Jesus loves. Everything else will follow. That’s the better part.

The history of the boyne area by Ed May III » HISTORY,

FROM PAGE 2 as 9,000 vehicles per day. Traffic backups sometimes stretched 16 miles East to Cheboygan, and South 21 Miles to Pellston, Michigan. Year-round boat service across the straits had been abandoned as impractical because of the cold winters that would often freeze the water across the entire strait. The Straits oldest operating ferry line 1878 Arnold Transit Company was started by George Arnold. Coal and steam power boats were used to transported passengers and goods for almost 70 years. After World War II, the Arnold Transit Company, now owned by Otto Lang and Prentiss Brown, started to

add modern diesel boats to its fleet. 1886 Arnold acquired the Algomah (built in 1881). She was a coal-fired sidewheeler. It steamed across to the island until 1935. Its steam engine has a permanent home at historic Greenfield Village in Dearborn, Michigan. The Algomah II (the former Bainbridge) went into service in 1936. It was 156 feet long, carried up to 450 passengers and required a crew of 20 people to get across the Straits. She was retired and sold in 1962. In 1987, the first of three catamaran ferries was added to the Arnold Line fleet. Note: The first automobile roll-on roll-off ship was the Suhulet and her 3 sisters Sahilbend, Saadabad  and Sultanahmet.

ANNE from Pg 3 actually a field where we chose to allow Nature to romp. It was never mowed and the seasonal wildflowers came and went along with seedlings from the pine and maple trees. Down one edge and forever intruding out into the field further and further was a dense patch of berry bushes. It was there Bear stood stretching his head forward (obviously he had learned all about the thorns) and rolling back his lips would intently and slowly ‘pick’ berries with his teeth. He would spend long lengths of time out in the hot summer sun, black coat gleaming while ingesting one berry after another. We were never aware of any digestive problems as a result of this un-dog-like obsession with blackberries. The transmission lines don’t circumvent our Michigan swamplands – way too many of these thanks to all the springs

and headwaters we have. No, they streak right through them. It is here one is most likely to find elderberries. They are the easiest of all berries to gather because they grow in clumps at the end of long branches in tall bushes. But often their roots are in water, so be prepared by wearing old shoes you don’t care if they become covered with black muck. The end result is well worth it all. However, sometimes it may become a pretty comic struggle. Early summer blueberry or huckleberry crops often are found in moist ground also. Growing in clusters on rather low clump like bushes or those about eighteen inches high they are a far departure from the tall, pruned bushes one sees in south western Michigan where they are grown row after row, commercially. What do I do with the berries I bring home? I use them in the preparation of

They were commissioned in the Ottoman Empire during 1871 in Istanbul to enable Trans- Bosphorus  automobile and horse-car crossings. Michigan State Ferries 1923 The Dixie highway,

tomobiles used the railroad ferries, but the State Highway Department formed Michigan State Ferries and the first seasonal automobile ferry began. They purchased two Government ships and convert-

family favorite dishes that go back two generations from me and forward three generations -- yes, counting myself it adds up to six generations of great desserts, breakfast treats, muffins and backwoods camping delights. I suspect the same is true of you and your families, but just in case this isn’t so I will share one of my five star favorites here with you this week. Sorry I can’t share my Grandmother Eisele’s elderberry wine recipe – I don’t think she had one; or if she did I have never found it written down. Berry Buckle (easy and last minute – serve hot with milk, cream or whipped cream) Cream ½ cup shortening and ½ cup sugar. Add 1 well beaten egg. Add alternately ½ cup milk and 2 cups flour with 2 ½ teaspoons Baking Powder Place batter in buttered 11 ½ x 11 ½ x 7 ½ inch baking dish, cover with 1 quart washed and sorted berries and sprinkle the following crumb mix over the berries: ½ cup sugar, ½ cup flour, ½ teaspoon Cin-

namon, ¼ cup oleo (or butter) 350 degrees for 45 to 50 minutes. Like her dandelion wine for which my brother and I picked the flower buds just as the boys do in Ray Bradbury’s wonderful book, ‘Dandelion Wine’ grandmother ‘aged’ her brew in a giant (well I was very young back then and it appeared huge) crock on her basement floor. Its wooden top was held in place with an old, ordinary red brick. Every time we drove from Maumee to Columbus, Ohio to visit Gram we were shooed down into her basement. There under a small curtained cellar window was a wooden bench and beside it a pile of all the past year’s comic sections from the Columbus Dispatch, chronologically in order for our enjoyment. The adult family members were guaranteed a good three to four hours to talk with each other without being disturbed by the two grandchildren. Needless to say my brother and I held Gram in high regard. I suspect this was before the inception of

Detroit River, was built at John Oades’s shipyard #I Detroit. She had a car capacity of 20 vehicles and walking passengers. She 95’ long and had a width of 28’. She was modified in the winter of 1912 to a length SS Ariel 1923 of 110 feet and width of 36 Feet. She was purchased by the State of Michigan in mid 1923 and started the first State of Michigan Strait service. She served until the close of the 1923 season as the Straits were starting to freeze and she was not build for ice operations. She was retired to Cheboygan MI. and later sold in 1926 when she sailed again East Michigan Pike and ed them over to car ferries. for about 10 years finally West Michigan Pike fol- SS Ariel 1923 being laid up in Detroit lowed the railroads to The river boat “Ariel”, where she finally sank and Mackinaw. At first the au- previously sailing in the was dismantled in 1948. the comic book. Making crazy statements like this are all part of the fun of becoming old. Our grandmother’s wonderful treat following the long trip to her home is basic to my lifelong love of the comic page. Without thought I turn to it before even glancing at the newspaper’s front page headlines. Somehow their human view of our world, even their political innuendos and moral pronouncements coupled with real humor sans sacasism, speaks to me about the world we live within far more strongly than today’s front page headlines and lead stories. All this is done without the hate that has become so prevalent in today’s media. For many readers this must to be true, why else is the work of Bill Watterson, creator of ‘Calvin and Hobbes’, and Charles Schulz’s ‘Charlie Brown and Peanuts’ so beloved? There is an old adage which claims that ‘pictures say more than words’. A smile has it over a scowl any day for me. How about you? Anne

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