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refs” but to an absurd degree. His players keep flopping; he keeps pointing at his floppers and shouting at the refs. What kind of a game is this? An insult to the refs, the fans, the players, and the game itself. Now you can think about politics again. Does it make any sense at all for someone to keep claiming that thousands of election officials — conscientious citizens evenly divided between the political parties — are not seeing millions of fouls right under their noses? Come on! It is as ridiculous and insulting in a democracy as it is on a basketball court. Ron Tschudy, Central Lake

Remove the Signs I am very proud to live in Manistee, but unfortunately, I have recently seen flags and signs that disappoint me. I would first like to say that I am not a Republican nor Democrat. Last week I was walking to downtown with my little brother when he pointed out a flag to me. It was a Trump flag that said: “Trump 2024: F*ck your feelings.” I am sad to see that the election has caused people to go so far as to put up flags and signs with inappropriate words where children can see. I am not trying to attack any Trump supporters. I am only trying to share my opinion in an appropriate manner. Again, I ask that you please take down all political signs to help and make our community better.

Wake Up & Work During 2020, we had personal cares and concerns. The election has passed, and a vaccine is available, so it’s time to dream about the future. Perhaps we have already dreamt about cleaner skies while not traveling or about pristine wilderness while taking long walks. Now is the time to wake up and begin the work. What work? That of mitigating climate change and making sure our air is fit to breathe, our water fit to drink, and our land fit to grow food. We can reduce, reuse, and recycle. We can also drive less and conference more. We can shop locally. Perhaps most importantly, we can petition our lawmakers to pass the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act (HR 763). This bill is promoted by a bipartisan caucus of U.S. legislators in the House of Representatives and the Senate. 1. This act will put a fee on fossil fuels at the source. It starts low and grows. It will drive down carbon pollution because energy companies, industries, and consumers will move toward cleaner, cheaper options. The fees collected will be allocated to all Americans to spend any way they choose. The government will not keep any of the fees. This will create 2.1 million new jobs. (Citizens Climate Lobby website) 2. I care about passing HR763 for the positive impact it can have on the planet for my grandchildren. “When we know better, we do better.” It is time for us to awaken from dreaming and start working toward a better future for our planet and ourselves.

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Flopping Forget politics for a minute and imagine you are going to watch a basketball game that’s about to start. Your team and its opponent are evenly matched, and so you are anticipating a good game. The other team wins the tipoff and goes down and makes a basket. Your team gets the basketball, but when one of your players makes a move towards the basket, the person guarding him flops — that is, falls backward to the floor, trying to make it look like your player charged into him, trying to convince the referees a foul has been committed, though, in fact, there was no contact, or insufficient contact, to actually be a foul. Every time your team possesses the ball and a player attempts to go toward the basket, an opposing player flops. It’s apparent that this is deliberate, the strategy of the opposing coach. He is “working the

Pants Ablaze Well, Trump’s big lie just got bigger! The hour-long recorded telephone call to Georgia’s Secretary of State can be summarized with one quote from Trump: “Find 11,780 votes for me.” Would you agree that this phone call is even more impeachment-worthy than Trump’s call to Ukrainian President Zelinski? While the Ukrainian call was only intended to influence voters, the Raffensperger call was designed to actually nullify their votes. Bob Ross, Pellston COVID-19: We Blew It. We saw trees but no forest. We lost our gift of logic, particularly our gift of scientific logic. It seems like we do not have enough

rational public-health management. It seems we missed an opportunity to better handle the pandemic and reduce the number of hospitalizations. We need to clearly know when it is time to work with our physicians for care that would move the infection out of our lungs before it gets too late and we end up hospitalized. There are basic known medicines, vitamins/minerals, all of which work pretty well together to reduce inflammation, reduce any possible autoimmune cytokine reaction, and rid any resultant viral or bacterial infection. Let’s try and do a better job of informing people of when symptoms are significant and make it easy to get public health department care or care from our physician. We pretty much figured out the physiological dynamics two months in, and now we are about a year out, but it is never too late. How about expanding what we do in the testing process? I would also like the communications and media professionals to shore up their work, too. Wouldn’t you have liked to have known much earlier that only about 8 percent of those who test positive for COVID-19 get symptoms? That very, very few children under the age of 12 get COVID-19? That the overall death rate is well under 1 percent? That only 1.4 percent of infections have been traced to restaurants? In America, we are pretty educated and smart. I am tired of logical, intelligent people being canceled. I give us a D on following the science. Politics and power were and are the problem with this pandemic.

CONTENTS features Arts & Entertainment.....................................7

Moose Jaw Junction.........................................9 Detour Ahead............................................10 A Thousand Thanks....................................12

columns & stuff Top Ten.......................................................5

Spectator/Stephen Tuttle...............................6 Opinion..........................................................8 Weird............................................................8 Dates........................................................14 Advice.....................................................16 Crossword.................................................17 Astrology.....................................................17 Classifieds...............................................18

Jill Rahrig, Bellaire Did Anyone Notice? Not one Republican officeholder objecting to Biden’s victory has objected to his or her own win, on the same day, on the same ballot, using the same election systems. Deanna Hergt-Willmott, Petoskey Bergman No Leader A quote from Rep. Jack Bergman: “In times of tension and turmoil, leaders stand up and do what is right.” Rep. Bergman, you have aided and abetted the false narratives that led to these right-wing terrorists invading our Capitol and disrupting the Constitutionally directed function of Congress pursuant to acceptance of the Electoral College results. Does it not make any impression upon you that over 60 courts have thrown out the false claims promoted by the president? Have you not seen the data on voter fraud investigations over the years? It is vanishingly small. You have discredited yourself by supporting these false narratives. You sought to disenfranchise your own constituents, the voters in the state you represent, and voters in three other states — all based upon false narratives. If the Michigan ballot results were so corrupt, how is it that you can claim that you were legitimately elected? John M. Gerty, Jr., Williamsburg Letters continues on page 6

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top ten Lighthouse Preservation Group Dissolves; Lighthouse Crumbling

A deteriorating lighthouse, high water levels, and bureaucratic red tape forced the board of directors of the Waugoshance Lighthouse Preservation Society to dissolve the nonprofit organization, according to a Facebook post from the group’s former president. The lighthouse in northern Lake Michigan, near the Straits of Mackinac, is in a deteriorating condition and at risk of crumbling into Lake Michigan, said Chris West, the former president. When the group sought bids for repairing the structure, they learned that a temporary fix would cost $300,000, and a permanent fix would cost $2–3 million. Since then, West said the group has been attempting to get permission from state and federal authorities to remove what the group believes are historic artifacts from the lighthouse for preservation in a museum, only to be second-guessed. “ … to see these agencies discounting our opinion was hurtful,” West wrote. “To make a long story short, this put us in a position that ultimately forced us to dissolve the preservation society because of the liability associated with the structure being unsafe.”

Free Pinball! Every Wednesday night until spring, The Coin Slot in Traverse City offers an awesome way to beat cabin fever: 100 percent free play on some of its coolest pinball machines. What to do with your unspent dough? Buy a can of beer at The Coin Slot bar, put it toward play on one of the laid-back lounge’s old-school arcade games, or save it for a rainy day — likely coming after the last free Wednesday night play event, March 31. (Free play runs 9pm–11pm Wednesdays only; masks on unless you’re stationary.)


tastemaker Bill and Carol’s Time Out

Resort communities such as these we call home can sometimes feel like they’re smothered in high-dollar burgers, fancy sandwiches, and other high-end culinary creations. While delicious, those upscale plates aren’t always attainable — especially now. Thanks, then, for Bill and Carol’s, 523 Charlevoix Ave., Petoskey, a friendly little neighborhood joint that has a consistent slate of tasty and imminently affordable lunch and dinner fare. Our favorite — and the party store/corner market/cafe’s most popular item is the Time Out ($6), a hearty sandwich that hangs its working-class hat on a heart of tasty roast beef and crispy bacon. Shredded lettuce, white onion, sliced pepperoncini, tomato, and mayo round out this large sammy. Besides being a great value, the Time Out, along with 10 other sandwiches and a slew of burgers, can be ordered on homemade white or wheat bread. We chose the fresh Johan’s Pastry Shop onion roll — again sticking with the best-selling formula. Be sure to order your sandwich warmed; it makes a big difference. Oh, and most folks get their sandwiches and other items to go even when COVID isn’t on; seating at Bill and Carol’s is scant. Find out more by visiting www.billandcarols.com.

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The Wilds

Like Lost meets The Lord of the Flies (by way of Pretty Little Liars), Amazon Prime’s compelling new series The Wilds follows a group of teen girls — some strangers, some sisters, some enemies, some acquaintances — as they struggle to survive after becoming stranded on a remote island. What brought these young women together is anything but random, and while the initial “twist" may not come as a huge surprise, it’s the carefully revealed backstories of the girls and their dynamic performances, along with the other mysteries that develop, that will keep you hooked. Sensitively and skillfully confronting the characters' emotional turmoil both on and off the island, this is a provocative drama that treats the pains of youth as well as the growth of women with true thoughtfulness.



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Warning: Area Ice Not Yet Safe

Mild winter weather has made conditions on inland lakes unpredictable and potentially dangerous. The Grand Traverse County Sheriff ’s dive team took part in training for ice rescue and ice diving last week and are warning anglers and others that the ice around the region isn’t consistent — some areas have three to five inches and others only an inch of ice — and many can change dramatically within a day. “The warmer days, especially with the sunshine, will deteriorate the ice,” said Lt. Chris Oosse. “Where it was safe maybe in the cold mornings, it may no longer be safe in the afternoons.” In places, Oosse said, snow has insulated the ice, causing it to melt. It’s not yet safe to use snowmobiles on the ice, and if you walk on the ice, Oosee said it’s important to go with another person, have a floatation device at the ready, take a rope, and carry an ice awl.

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Silver Linings for Manistee & Bear Lake Last spring, we broke the news that two Manistee County towns — Bear Lake and the city of Manistee (pictured) — had applied to be part of HGTV’s upcoming Home Town Takeover. Unfortunately, of the 2,600 downtowns that applied for an on-air renovation and restoration led by hosts Ben and Erin Napier and their construction crew, it was Wetumpka, Alabama, that was named the winner. The Manistee Visitors Bureau assisted both towns with their pitches. Despite the loss, executive director Kathryn Kenny tells Northern Express that applying was a unique opportunity for the communities to tell their stories. “It’s a great introduction to Manistee, plus [showcased] hometown pride,” said Kenny of the video produced for Manistee’s entry. It has since been viewed more than 24,000 times online.

Empire’s Snowmobile Drag Race is On Sled heads bemoaning the 2021 cancellation of two of the North’s legendary snowmobile events — the Michigan Snowmobile Festival in Gaylord and the Moose Jaw Safari in Harbor Springs (see story p. 10) — turn your tracks toward Empire and hit the gas. The Empire Snowmobile Drag Race Roy Taghon Memorial is on for Jan. 23, 2021. Registration opens at 8am, test runs start at 8:30am (note: you must be registered to test), and the racing begins at 11am. The event, which includes kid and junior divisions, begins at the Empire Airport, aka the William B. Bolton airport. Find more information and the registration sheet at “Empire Drag Race” on Facebook.


Set in northern Michigan, The Sleeping Bears of Leelanau County is a fun and quick read at 130 pages and features locations like Marquette, Traverse City, Glen Arbor, South Manitou Island, and favorite local establishments like Dick’s Pour House, Cedar Tavern, Side Traxx, J&S Hamburg, Sleder’s Tavern, Mackinaw Brewing Company, and plenty more.


bottoms up Nub’s Pale Ale After a day carving up some fresh powder, it’s nice to soak in some quality suds and watch the tide of humanity play in the snow. At Nub’s Nob near Harbor Springs, one can recline with the ski resort’s own signature beer, Nub’s Pale Ale ($6/pint). True to its name, Nub’s Pale exudes those hop-forward notes that are carefully coaxed from pale malts and ale yeast. Full of flavor, deep gold, and sparkling, this refreshing cup of beer packs a punch yet remains light and approachable. As the slopes beckon once again, one can bolster their performance by pairing a Nub’s Pale with Nub’s 1/8-pound All Beef Hot Dog ($5.50), a combination that seems just about right for a day on a snowboard or skis. Skiers can order online at www. nubscafe.com and collect their items at the slope-side pick-up window. Nub’s Nob offers both breakfast and lunch menus. Find out more at www.nubsnob.com.

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Remove Bergman “Representative” Jack Bergman should be removed from his congressional seat as soon as possible — either by impeachment or recall — for his seditious actions that helped spur the violence and insurrection that occurred in our United States Capitol yesterday. Charlie Weaver, Kalkaska This is America First? Sadly, Donald Trump’s 2017 inaugural promise of “American carnage” has come to pass. Based on the fictional fantasies of an outgoing but still powerful authoritarian president — and his oncegreat, now-captive Republican party — our shared democratic institutions have been unnecessarily tested, threatened, and trashed as domestic terrorism stalks the floors of the people’s house. On Jan. 6, as my wife and I watched what we all assumed would be the routine count by our elected officials of the Electoral College, we instead joined the world in horror as a Trump-incited mob violently attacked our beloved U.S. Capitol. Their goal? Starting an illegal coup to change the outcome of the legal and fair November election, or God knows what. Concurrently nearby, the oft-fire-stoking Fox News quoted some of the self-styled “peaceful” pro-Trump activists, claiming that all such (window-breaking, Congressthreatening) actions are “legal when they happen in our ‘House!” Where else in the universe of world democracies would similar bullying actions be seen as legitimate expressions of political opposition? Meanwhile, through our own unbelief and tears, while counting the days till sanity returns on Jan. 20, the rest of us ask: What will it take for American conservatives — especially GOP elected officials, who like to portray themselves as “patriots” supporting the “rule of law and law enforcement” — to actually put America first? Frank W. Hawthorne, Petoskey Jack Bergman Needs to Go Rep. Bergman has pushed Trump’s election conspiracy lies, and the domestic terrorist attack on America’s Capitol is the result of those lies. Bergman must apologize for pushing the lies, and he needs to resign. The people of the 1st District — and America — don’t need conspiracy-pushers in our government; that’s how anarchy and Fascism develops. We saw anarchy taking place in Washington, D.C., and it must stop, starting with Jack Bergman. Tom LaMont, Kaleva Unified Statement We are horrified by the Jan. 6 actions of the insurrectionists in our nation’s Capitol. Trump’s supporters became insurrectionists when they violently broke into our Capitol. This was completely predictable. It is what happens when leaders lie to their people. Discrediting sources of facts by calling the legitimate news “the enemy of the people” and labeling important facts as “fake news” harms our society. The current president has bullied his way through the last four years to inflict his will. And those in Washington who have enabled him are just as responsible. We must reject Trump’s lies, and we must reunite our country. Thank heavens our legislators are safe, but we hope the

BABY STEPS people who rejected the facts of this election, which includes our own U.S. Representative Jack Bergman, regret their foolish and self-serving actions. Our democracy is as precious as the truth. We must all wholeheartedly support it. —The members of Indivisible Traverse City, Indivisible Grand Traverse, and Leelanau Indivisible

PTRD: Post Trump Reality Disorder To all the disturbed Trump loyalists and Obamacare antagonists, there is a message of hope in these desperate times. The Affordable Care Act provides coverage for mental health benefits, and professional help is available. On several occasions I have found counseling and therapy to be beneficial in reducing stress and anxiety. I encourage those suffering from “PTRD” to seek professional help asap. Reality has a baseline that you have deviated from in a dramatic manner. I know it hurts. Massage, art, and music therapy may be valid therapeutic treatments for this disorder. The medical benefits of marijuana may also provide relief from the dissociative aspects of your reality. But for Democracy’s sake, stand down and chill out! Marie Cliff, Cedar Reaping What He Sows Since 1970, I have been voting. I have never seen a president until now that hasn’t reached across party lines and try to unite us all. This is our country, not just that of Trump supporters. Trump pretends like he won, landslide, in 2016, when in fact more than a million more people voted for Hillary. He is dividing our country. Mexico paid nothing for the wall, he did not fix healthcare, and he initially claimed COVID-19 was a scam. He cut off food stamps to millions of people. I have heard supporters say he is not a politician; he’s gonna clean up the swamp! A politician is someone who lies and talks out of both side of his mouth. That’s Trump. As for the swamp, as my mom used to say, try cleaning off your own porch before cleaning up others’. He has a history of screwing over people. He is a bully, hiding behind his tweets. I think people should read the Bible and get a clue. The only close thing to Jesus about Trump is the ass that he rode on, and that’s an insult to that animal. Trump should be charged with inciting a riot on the Capitol building. Anyone else would be charged. He is a racist and a sexist. His statement about grabbing women by their private parts is an insult to women. All are God’s children. His support for the KKK and white supremacy shows when he refuses to call them out as bad. He will reap what he sows. Eric Bartell, Beulah Correction: We made a mistake in interpreting and editing the original copy of the final statement of Colin Bohash’s Jan. 4 letter, “Light at the End of the Tunnel.” Rather than, “… but we must not try to sweep our history under the rug! None of it is part and parcel of who we are … ” it should have been edited to read “… but we must not try to sweep our history under the rug — none of it! It is part and parcel of who we are … .”

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spectator by Stephen Tuttle It didn't take the ultra-progressive wing of the Democratic Party long before they started carping away at President-elect Joe Biden. His cabinet nominees, so far the most diverse group ever, wasn't diverse enough. Or he wasn't aggressive enough combating the Trumpian nonsense. Or he wasn't sufficiently loyal to their agenda. They were surely correct on the last point, and Biden has made no secret of that. In fact, he doesn't support most of that ultraprogressive orthodoxy like “Medicare for All,” defunding the police, or lots and lots of free stuff paid for with dramatic tax increases for

Norway also has a wealth tax — those whose net worth exceeds certain levels must pay a fraction of their estate in the form of a wealth tax — and they have the equivalent of a consumption tax of about 10 percent, which everybody pays with every purchase. (Interestingly, environmentally conscious Norway makes half its export revenue from vast offshore oil and natural gas reserves. And private enterprise is responsible for 80 percent of its “socialist” economy.) But Sweden, Denmark, and Norway combined are small — only about the size

In Sweden, for example, the tax rate for those making more than 1.3 percent of the national average is nearly 56 percent. That system here would take more than half of what anyone earned beyond $65,000. rich folks and corporations. Not to mention new environmental plans that are a practical impossibility. The Bernie Sanders/Alexandria OcasioCortez (AOC) faction, who call themselves Democratic Socialists, are actually a tiny part of the Democratic caucuses in both the U.S. House and Senate. But they have an oversized voice and have cleverly used both mainstream and social media to generate an audience and adherents, especially among those who would most benefit from their ideas. So, what is that agenda? Start with a single-payer Medicare for All healthcare system. Add free public education from pre-K through graduate school. Forgiveness of current student debt. Defunding police. (It should be noted here that AOC has plainly said she doesn't mean that phrase euphemistically or metaphorically; she really wants to eliminate or greatly reduce budgets for police departments.) Meeting 100 percent of power needs from renewable sources within the next decade. The list is pretty long — some of it based, they think, on the Scandinavian model the progressives so admire. So let's take a look so we can understand why that model won't work here. Denmark, Sweden, and Norway have remarkably generous social programs including free cradle-to-grave healthcare, free education at every level, at least a year of paid maternity/paternity leave, five weeks of paid vacation to start, and a generous social security program. They also are among the world’s leaders in taking steps to combat climate change. All this requires an enormous financial commitment from the government, paid for by what most of us would consider monstrous tax increases. In Sweden, for example, the tax rate for those making more than 1.3 percent of the national average is nearly 56 percent. That system here would take more than half of what anyone earned beyond $65,000. And they don't have thousands of deductions to ease the burden.

of Texas and with nearly 10 million fewer people. More importantly, the people of those countries chose, by legislation or referendum, to have the kind of social welfare system they do, and they chose to pay for it with their tax dollars. The majority of Americans have made no such choice and aren't likely to do so in the foreseeable future. Progressives have made proposals that would cost $30 trillion over just the next decade so they will need new revenues aplenty, and rich folks and corporations are the targets — like a top income tax rate of 70 percent for the very rich, restoring the corporate tax rate to 35 percent, instituting a wealth tax, and even creating an exit tax for those wishing to move on to greener pastures. Even then it doesn't pencil out without raising taxes for everybody from the lower middle class on up. Biden doesn't support much of it, and there aren't 219 votes in the House nor anywhere near 60 votes in the Senate to get something passed. Without a House majority and a filibuster-proof Senate, the progressive agenda is only an interesting topic of discussion. Frustration and grumbling are the more likely outcomes as Biden assumes the presidency. He can and likely will undo much of President Trump's backward steps on the environment. He might be able to negotiate a small corporate income tax increase, perhaps from the current 21 percent to 23 percent. He campaigned on expanding the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), not Medicare for All. Like all other Democratic candidates, he says he will close tax loopholes and eliminate outlandish and excessive deductions. Not much of that will appease progressives. But there is not yet public support, and nowhere near the political will, for the model of government programs they propose. They have taken big strides in gaining attention for their ideas but will have to settle for baby steps when it comes to realizing any of them.

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT TO WARM YOUR WINTER By Ross Boissoneau “During a time filled with isolation, Art has a way of bringing people together.” – Michigan Legacy Art Park The pandemic has played havoc with all facets of life, including the arts. Whether music, lectures, visual art, dance, the live experience has all but disappeared. While the world awaits the vaccine and (hoped-for) subsequent return to something approaching normality, artists of all stripes continue to create. A project initiated by Michigan Legacy Art Park has now expanded to include Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts. Their “Stay Safe Face Mask Project” provided papier maché masks to people of all ages and artistic inclinations and asked them to decorate those masks to reflect their thoughts, emotions, and/ or personal events of 2020. The completed masks will be revealed in a live exhibit at the Ramsdell's Hardy Hall from noon to 3pm Fridays and Saturdays Feb. 5–27. For more information, see www.ramsdelltheatre.org. Meanwhile, Ramsdell will once again offer patrons its Calvin University: January Series — an online lecture series on various topics related to the Christian life and worldview. This week alone, viewers can check out: “Educated: A Conversation with Tara Westover” on Jan. 11 “The Future of AI” on Jan. 12, with Flynn Coleman, international human rights attorney and author of “A Human Algorithm” “Reinventing American Democracy for the 21st Century” on Jan. 13, with Daniella Allen, an American classicist and political scientist “The Future of the Supreme Court” on Jan. 14, with Jeffery Rosen, president and CEO of the nonpartisan nonprofit National Constitution Center “The Limits of Technology and the Hope for a more Perfect World” on Jan. 15, with Andy Crouch, author of “The Tech-Wise Family” and “Playing God: Redeeming the Gift of Power and Culture Making: Recovering our Creative Calling.” Running until Jan. 26, the series is free, but you need to register to watch each event. Visit www.calvin.edu/january for more information

on the content, speakers list, and registration details. Crooked Tree Art Center has a host of online workshops, classes and lectures on tap. While the organization plans (hopes) to offer live, in-person programming beginning April 1, till then it is offering virtual events, such as its “Untravel the World Sketchbook Workshop Series.” Virtually visit Paris, Greece and other ports of call Thursdays from 6-8pm. It is also offering the “Virtual Coffee@Ten, with the first one taking place Jan. 15. Craig Hadley, executive director and chief curator at the Dennos Museum Center, will discuss how museum professionals care for a wide range of artworks and objects. Classes in mixed media, watercolors and more are also scheduled. For all the details, go to its website at www. crookedtree.org. Northwestern Michigan College is offering its own “Coffee Chats” with staff and community members. From medicine to art, baseball to travel, the series will inform and entertain. Coffee Chats begin with an interview, followed by a live zoom session to continue the conversation. You can also join retired diplomat Jack Segal (a frequent guest columnist for Northern Express) for “Biden’s First Three Challenges,” including arms control, Iran and Afghanistan.These and other topics are offered by the college’s Extended Education Services; go to www.nmc.edu, and under the Academics tab scroll down to Extended Education. NMC’s International Affairs Forum will kick off its winter and spring season with a tribute to the late Vice Admiral John Currier in a presentation about the international role of the U.S. Coast Guard in lifesaving on the Great Lakes and at sea. It will take place Jan. 25 at 5pm. On Feb. 18, author and national security expert Karen Greenberg will discuss “The Future of U.S. National Security.” Those are the first of the monthly series, all under the topic of “Finding Solutions to Global Crises.” Go to tciaf.org for more information. A collaborative effort of Cadillac’s Gopherwood Concerts, Earthwork Harvest Gathering and Hoxeyville Music Festival is resulting in several streaming shows. They start with Crys Matthews Jan. 16 at 7pm. Matthews

Inside the Oliver Arts Center in Frankfort.

blends Americana, folk, jazz, blues, bluegrass and funk. It will be followed Feb. 27 with International Folk Music Awards 2017 Artist of the Year, Ordinary Elephant. For tickets and more information, go to gopherwoodconcerts.org. Frankfort’s Oliver Art Center will host its annual “Furniture, Fiber, Photography and Sculpture” exhibit Jan. 22 to Feb. 18. It celebrates artistic media that in Executive Director Mercedes Michalowski’s words “don't typically get a lot of attention: everything from bedroom sets of handmade furniture to collaborative quilt and wool rug hooking, black-and-white and digital photography, sculpture made of all different types of materials.” The center (www. oliverartcenterfrankfort.org) also offers online courses for students in various topics, featuring lessons on art history and biographies on artists, video lessons and even a recorded storytime from Benzie Shores District Library. The Juried Fine Art Exhibit at Charlevoix Circle of Arts will run Feb. 1–27. “re/Art” invites artists to reflect, reject, refine, remark. It will include all mediums in 2-D, 3-D, functional art, fine craft, photography, and installation. Juror for this exhibition, planned at this time to be open to the public, is Joann Condino of Three Pines Studio in Cross Village. At the Gaylord Area Council for the Arts, the annual “Black & White with a Hint of Color” exhibition is scheduled for Jan. 13–Feb. 20. It is a multi-media exhibit with works in, yes, black and white; a third color is optional but encouraged. Go to GaylordArts.org for more. Glen Arbor Arts Center will host two

Top left: Photo courtesy Oliver Arts Center. Top center and right: Expressive contributions of the "Stay Safe Face Mask Project & Exhibit” showing at the Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts in Manistee in February.

virtual exhibits beginning Jan. 15. You Are T/ Here is an exhibition that asks applicants to visually explore and describe what their own personal “here” or “there” looks like. Also on exhibit will be collages from Traverse City artist Joan Richmond. Go to www.glenarborart.org. Traverse City’s National Writers Series continues its online interview series with the winter/spring season, kicking off Jan. 14 with New York Times book critic Dwight Garner, sharing material from his book Garner’s Quotations, in which he shares material he’s gleaned from years of interviews, plays and movies, novels and songs. He’ll be followed by novelist Alan Lightman Jan. 21, CBS news correspondent and dog lover Martha Teichner Feb. 4, and longtime NPR host Diane Rehm Feb. 25. You can read about them and other upcoming presentations and register at NationalWritersSeries.com. In celebration of Valentine’s Day, Old Town Playhouse will present an evening of Dorthy Parker. The streamed presentation of her poetry and short stories will focus on what OTP Artistic Manager Phil Murphy described as the satirical side of love and romance. Check the OTP website (www.oldtownplayhouse.org) and its Facebook page for the availability of the stream, as well as how to donate to the playhouse.

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opinion Bright Idea Acting on an anonymous tip, authorities in DeKalb County, Alabama, raided the Rainsville Wastewater Treatment Plant on Dec. 17 and discovered a large illegal winemaking operation that appeared to have been in operation for a long time, reported WHNT. The next day, plant supervisor Allen Maurice Stiefel, 62, of Fyffe, was charged with unlawful possession of illegally manufactured alcohol and suspended without pay, according to Rainsville Mayor Rodger Lingerfelt. The operation was found in a littleused building at the plant, where, Lingerfelt said, "Things happen like that." The sale of alcohol had been illegal in Rainsville until the city council passed an ordinance approving it in September. High Anxiety As Delta Flight 462, en route to Atlanta, began to taxi away from the gate at La Guardia Airport on Dec. 21, passenger Brian Plummer noticed a man and woman with a service dog changing seats several times on the less-thanfull plane, he told The New York Times, and heard the man say, "If I sit down, I'll freak out." Plummer soon felt the plane come to a stop, and flight attendants revealed why: The man, Antonio Murdock, 31, of Florida, had forced open an emergency exit door, causing a slide to activate, and picking up the dog, slid down to the ground with the woman, Brianna Greco, 23, according to a complaint filed in Queens Criminal Court, where the two were arraigned on a number of mischief and endangerment charges. "This doesn't happen every day at the airport," said Lenis Valens, a spokesperson for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. No one was injured in the incident, but the flight was delayed for hours. Awesome! Didn't get what you wanted for Christmas? The North Carolina Department of Transportation put nine vintage train cars up for auction on Dec. 15 that it purchased from the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus after it ceased operation in 2017, the Raleigh News & Observer reported. NCDOT bought the cars for $383,000 to refurbish for use between Raleigh and Charlotte, but federal grants have enabled the department to buy new cars instead. "These cars have a great and amazing history," said Jason Orthner, director of the NCDOT rail division. Bidding continues until Jan. 4, but at press time, there were no bids on the cars. Surprise! Andrea Ellis of East Moline, Illinois, was wrapping presents on Dec. 19 when she opened a package of garden flags she intended to give her grandmother and noticed something extra in the bottom of the padded envelope. It turned out to be a biohazard bag containing a Virginia woman's COVID-19 test. Ellis told the Quad City Times that when she failed to reach the woman, she called police, who sent an officer to retrieve it, but 15 minutes later, he returned with the bag, saying, "I was told to bring it back to you." A representative of the Rock Island County Health Department picked up the sample the next day and will try to return it to the Virginia patient. Ellis has also heard from a vice president at Kohl's, where she bought the flags, who said the company is working hard to find out what happened and prevent it from happening again.

Perspective Rajan Zed, president of the Universal Society of Hinduism, is asking luxury goods company Louis Vuitton to stop selling a yoga mat made partially of leather, calling the product "hugely insensitive" because Hindus regard cows as sacred. In a Dec. 22 statement, Zed said the idea "of yoga ... being performed on a mat made from a killed cow is painful," The Associated Press reported. The mat retails for $2,390 online; Paris-based Louis Vuitton has not responded. Great Art French artist Gaetan Marron presented a new performance piece in December titled "Non-Essential," in which he locked himself for 10 days inside a clear Plexiglas cube at a shopping mall in Marseille. Euronews reported the artist described his work as an attempt to "bring culture, which clearly saved us during this lockdown, back to the center of the subject." The cube, large enough for Marron to stand up in, also contained a few nonessential items, including a TV and coffee machine; Marron left the cube to use the restroom. "I have the feeling that ... we miss what is really the real human contact ... we have really lost social links in this period," Marron said. Police in Perth, Western Australia, are asking for the public's help in locating a thin, well-dressed man with olive skin and short black hair who was captured on surveillance cameras using an electric bicycle to draw lewd pictures of a penis on a city sidewalk on Nov. 30. "The man has appeared to spin the wheels ... in order to draw explicit images with the rubber from the tires," Crimestoppers WA announced. A police Facebook post about the incident drew scorn, news.com.au reported: "Whatever his punishment," one user wrote, "I'm sure he will have to write it out on the board 100 times at recess." Oops! The 69 passengers who boarded Buddha Air Flight U4505 in Kathmandu, Nepal, on Dec. 18, expecting to fly to Janakpur, about 140 miles southeast, were surprised when they arrived instead in Pokhara, about 125 miles in the opposite direction. Weather and flight delays may have been factors, an airline spokesperson told The Kathmandu Post, resulting in "a miscommunication between the ground staff and the pilots." The passengers were promptly flown to their preferred destination a few hours behind schedule, and Buddha Air Managing Director Birendra Bahadur Basnet announced that a committee has been formed to investigate the incident. The Passing Parade Police were called to a home in Tijuana, Mexico, to break up the fight that broke out after a man identified only as Jorge discovered a tunnel leading from his home to that of a neighbor, Alberto, who had been having an affair with Jorge's wife. Trouble began, reported the Daily Mail, when Jorge arrived home early from work and surprised his wife and Alberto, a bricklayer who was also married. Alberto hid behind a couch before disappearing down the tunnel, which appeared in photos to be professionally constructed. Jorge followed Alberto down the tunnel, eventually confronting him in Alberto's house.

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BY Gary L. Howe Recently, I've spent a lot of time alone with Alone, the popular survival series available on several streaming services. Indeed, it's enjoyable TV for a long pandemic winter, and by nature, I prefer nonfiction. But I find Alone compulsively binge-worthy because it's an intriguing, ongoing psychological experiment, and because — apparently unintentionally — it's some of the best social commentary on television. Alone is a reality show without hovering producers and camera crews. Nature stands in as the de facto director. The setup is simple and elegant: Ten contestants are dropped off in a remote wilderness location, far enough away from the others to ensure that they won't meet, an exercise in extreme social distancing. The producers try to ensure that each contestant has equal access to resources. The twist is that each participant must film themselves as they attempt to outlast the others. The person who lasts the longest wins the prize. The biomes change from season to season, each offering different survival challenges and advantages. Every season begins in late autumn so that contestants will face the onset of winter. They each get a standard survival kit of clothing, equipment, and emergency supplies. They are told the location one month in advance, and they get to choose 10 additional items they believe will best help them survive. Many select a tarp, a saw, and a Ferro Rod to start fires. From day one, they build shelters, chop firewood, boil water, and search for food. They also fight boredom, profound hunger, and isolation. When they run into trouble or can't take it anymore, they make the call: "I'm tapping out." Part of the fun is thinking about how I would do if I were to find myself alone in the wilderness. The people who compete are all skilled survivalists. Their shelters, snares, and knowledge of the land are impressive. I enjoy the producer's notes that flash across the screen and find myself making mental notes about things I might deploy if the apocalypse comes. The Paiute deadfall trap could help me flatten mice, which offer 30 calories each — only 70 more to go for my daily caloric needs! I am fascinated by the items each person chooses and how they relate to their relative success or failure. They aren't given a choice to take what I would miss the most: a notebook and a pencil. However, in Season 3, Zach Fowler kept a wizard stick chronicling his daily successes, challenges, and moods by carving symbols into a staff. Each contestant begins confident that their experience, skills, and chosen items will deliver them victory and the $500,000 prize. They know there's no reward for second place; it is winner take all. Through pre-contest interviews, we learn about how they each plan to spend the prize. For most, the halfmillion dollars is critical to their dreams for the future for themselves and their families: living debt-free, buying land, building a house, quitting an unfulfilling job. "I need this," they say. "This is my only chance."

Aside from these flashbacks, the show centers on the contestants' video journals. As the days go on and the challenges of survival take their toll, the journal entries become more reflective and emotional. Hunger reduces serotonin levels and leads to massive mood swings and rapidly declining cognitive ability. The viewer watches this play out. Hyperthermic shock causes feelings of desperation. One contestant whom I was sure would win ends up falling in the water. He could have dried off with a giant fire, but at the moment, his body said no, and he hit the button for help. He stood in the freezing water until help arrived — frozen in shock. Eventually, hunger and loneliness bring almost everyone to tears. They question their decision to participate in the show and decisions from their pre-show lives. The camera becomes a therapist and a confidant. Some people are pretty annoying and spend a lot of time whining. But in their most reflective moments, the testimonials reveal the contestants' deepest desires, and they often seem universally relatable. Each season, I'm surprised by something that maybe should be obvious: lasting longest takes more than outback survival skills. A few contestants tap out quickly due to uncomfortable encounters with predators ("I'm done with these bears!"), significant injuries ("I can't believe I sliced my hand with an ax!"), or shelter failure in freezing weather ("I'm tapping out. I burned down my shelter."). The producers pull others out because they lose too much weight, and vital organ failure is imminent. But most people end up tapping out because they miss their children, their partners, and their friends back home. Some people have plenty of resources remaining but tap out anyway. Each season, 90 percent of the contestants leave the woods without the money but not empty-handed. They go back to society with their dreams unfunded, but they walk away with the gift of perspective, the knowledge that, ultimately, they can't get through any of this alone. They win by accepting interdependence by recognizing we are so much more resilient when we stand together. Alone underlines a vital question about modern society: Are we thriving or merely surviving? If our basic needs are satisfied, but we have no time or energy to enjoy friends and family and explore meaningful things, are our lives worth living? If our minds and spirits are not satisfied, how long can we endure? Each episode begins with a quote that flashes across the screen, set against a grand wilderness scene. One of the more appropriate was from Helen Keller, whose words sum up the import of this compelling TV series: "Alone, we can do so little; together, we can do so much." Gary L. Howe finds himself living in Traverse City with his beagle, both often dreaming of the woods of the Upper Peninsula.

Moose Jaw offers ample parking for cars and sleds.

The Moose Jaw Club, where a BLT and hamburger collide.

MOOSE JAW JUNCTION, LARKS LAKE The winter woods' best little bar & eatery

By Eric Cox America is speckled with little hole-inthe-way places that sometimes make our culinary hearts go pitter-pat. These little bars and restaurants can often be found in the most rural, out-of-the-way places, where there might be as many poor or mediocre joints as there are good ones. Those sub-par places quickly slip our minds, especially when memories of a remote but star-spangled food experience linger on our collective palettes. Such experiences, particularly when shared with others, help perpetuate almost legendary reputations for restaurants like Moose Jaw Junction, near Pellston. In the heart of northern Michigan’s sprawling, woolly wilderness, near the corner of Van and Larks Lake roads — at the southern tip of Larks Lake itself — sits this simple-little restaurant with a rather large following. Tourists often query area residents about good eating places up here. Moose Jaw Junction — much like Cross Village's Legs Inn and Harbor Springs' Crow’s Nest — is often mentioned as a “must” for visitors. And, though seemingly perched in the middle of nowhere, this place is definitely worth the drive. Though current pandemic restrictions dictate carryout only, diners can still sit outdoors, behind the restaurant. A small wood fire offers warmth, and a few picnic tables are available. This setup is a natural for snowmobilers, who regularly descend on this clean little establishment for food, warmth, and liquid refreshment. A range of high-quality bar-style food is available, along with several high-quality entrees that redlined our bar food-o-meter. Of particular interest to us was the Moose Jaw Club ($11.99), a sandwich billed as a BLT/ hamburger collision that features a tasty beef patty, which, along with other items, is culled from nearby Jurek’s Meat Market. This sandwich, served with a mound of large, crispy French fries, is one of the best riffs on the traditional club sandwich we’ve ever tried. Green lettuce, tasty tomato, and savory bacon top the burger, all of which is bookended by two pleasingly grilled buttery bread slices. Binding it all together is a delicious and slightly spicy deli sauce, tickled with cayenne pepper and good mayo. Those seeking a hearty, comforting appetizer for three or four people might choose the Moose Jaw Poutine ($10.99) — a great value since it’s a hefty portion. A large bed of skin-on fries is smothered in melted cheddar jack cheese, beef gravy, and tender pulled pork. Comfort food embodied, this napinducing poutine is a great winter snack and pairs well with the on-tap Moose Jaw Brown,

a hearty brown ale brewed specially for the Junction by Petoskey Brewing Company. Moose Jaw Junction is also known for its communal Friday night fish fries, which are temporarily on hold due to COVID. The popular events feature battered cod — the same fish featured in the restaurant’s most popular dish, Larks Lake Lobster ($18.99). It’s not really lobster, of course, but expertly prepared cod, which owner Chris Tibbits said tastes something like lobster when dipped in melted butter. The meat also appears similar to lobster, so flaky and tasty as to be labeled if not lobster, then decadent nonetheless. A wellseasoned, golden brown and satisfyingly crispy batter coats the chunky, boneless white meat planks, which are served on a pile of fries, and include a clever tartar sauce, accompanied by a small tub of creamy coleslaw. Moose Jaw Junction’s menu includes a good variety of other fare, including gourmet pizza; a range of quesadillas, fajitas, burritos and tacos; a collection of burgers and other sandwiches; a bunch of appetizers; and a small wine list.

Owners Change, Moose Jaw Doesn’t

Petoskey native Tibbits, who along with his wife, Jill, bought the restaurant from longtime owner Kevin Kruzel in November 2019, were loyal Moose Jaw Junction customers for 20 years before buying the business. “We’ve been eating here heavily for the last 11 years — since we moved out here,” Tibbits said. “And we never had a bad meal.” He’d been working at Brown Motors in Petoskey, but conceded that, though he’d done well there and appreciated his employer, he’d gotten “pretty bored” and was ready for a new challenge. Tibbits said he’d recalled fondly his high school and college days working at area restaurants and decided a return to that field would satisfy him. He approached Kruzel, who initially declined, but hinted at a possible sale of the business some time in the future. Undeterred, Tibbits continued dining at Moose Jaw Junction, his appetite for both the food and a potential deal unwavering. The two finally came to terms in autumn 2019, and so far, the new owners haven't changed a single thing about their favorite haunt, retaining all the employees, the full menu, the décor — everything. The only thing Tibbits has added, in fact, is an outdoor seating area, essential in this pandemic era. “This place has a crazy customer following, and — outside of this pandemic — is almost always packed,” he said. That loyal patronage is something Tibbits, Kruzel, and other previous owners have carefully cultivated since 1946, when the place opened as Round Lake Bar and, later, Larks

Lake Bar. To honor his grandfather and greatgrandfather, both of whom had worked at nearby Moose Jaw Lumber Camp, Kruzel, upon taking over, changed the name to Moose Jaw Junction. “I think the food is really good, and it’s consistent,” Tibbits said, when asked why people drive all the way out to his eatery. “We’ve had the same cooks cooking the same great food for years. Our general manager has been here 20 years. Several of our cooks have been here multiple years. We’ve got a bartender that’s been here 21 years … we have a lot of long-term employees who know how to do things the ‘Moose Jaw Way,’ which is just good, quality, consistent homemade food, and friendly service. “There are a couple things we don’t exactly make from scratch,” he said. “But, almost everything we do here is from scratch. And the size of the menu we have here is just crazy.” Aside from the food, Tibbits said Moose Jaw Junction’s congenial environment is a major attraction for longtime customers. Part of that, he said, is because there is no free Wi-Fi available, nor any decent cell phone reception at all.

Clockwise from top: Larks Lake “Lobster," melt-in-yourmouth cod oceans wish they could deliver. Moose Jaw’s pulled pork poutine, priced for one, filling enough for three. Longtime loyal customer-turned-owner Chris Tibbets.

While a handful of patrons have complained about the lack of cellular service, Tibbits said most diners are totally happy to be temporarily untethered from their devices and, consequently, more involved in face-toface conversations. Customers, he said, range from scruffy construction crews to polished business executives with second homes in the area. “But,” he said, “when everyone comes through that door, they just become part of Moose Jaw … family, ya know?” Find Moose Jaw Junction in downtown Larks Lake, 966 W. Van Rd., near Pellston. At the time of press, Moose Jaw Junction is open 4pm-8pm Monday through Thursday and noon–8pm Saturday and Sunday for takeout and outdoor dining (no tents; blankets welcome). Keep up with changes by calling (231) 539-8528 or visiting www.moosejawjunction.com.

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Photo courtesy Dave Price.

Photo appears courtesy of the Virgil D. Haynes Family and the Harbor Springs Historical Society.


The venerable Moose Jaw Safari veers off-course — but history shows it won’t be lost for long. By Eric Cox The nation’s longest-running snowmobile event — the Harbor Springs Snowmobile Club’s annual Moose Jaw Safari — has shown tremendous resilience. For 54 years, the 30-mile ride has survived frustratingly warm winters and disappointing, low-snow Januaries, choosing carefully altered routes aimed at sustaining the proud procession of consecutive events. It worked, and the decades-long string of fun, socially centered annual rides remained unbroken. Until now. This time — in what would’ve been its 55th iteration on Jan. 18 — lack of snow isn’t the problem; COVID19 is. According to Dave Price, a longtime Harbor Springs Snowmobile Club (HSSC) member, former official, and Safari trail boss, concerns about the virus led club officials to cancel this year’s event. “It is disappointing,” said Price, who’s participated in all but a few of the earliest Safaris. “It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out this isn’t the year to be doing stuff. It makes no sense. You just can’t.” Though the decision may have been an easy one to make, based on facts, the cancellation is obviously very disappointing for Price and others. The Moose Jaw Safari is said to be the nation’s longest-running snowmobile ride, starting in 1965. That’s a year prior to the NFL’s inaugural Super Bowl.

With nearly six decades under its belt, the Safari is a legendary northern Michigan event, at one point drawing attention from Mort Neff and his Michigan Outdoors program of yesteryear. According to Price, a Harbor Springs resident named George McKinney came up with the idea for a group snowmobile ride after purchasing a Ski-Doo dealership in 1965. “[McKinney] just wanted to ride with some of his buddies,” Price explained. “So they rode to Larks Lake, about 30 miles north. It wasn’t very well organized, and

annual event has become a regional winter staple, drawing snow machine enthusiasts, revelers, and onlookers alike from all over the region. Price said that, typically, the Safari draws hundreds of sledders to each event and sometimes even hundreds more to the ride’s endpoint at Center Township Hall near Larks Lake, across the road from Moose Jaw Junction, a bar/restaurant that’s helped support the event for years. (See a profile of Moose Jaw Junction on pg. 9) Though the official starting point is at the HSSC groomer barn near Harbor Springs,

"This isn’t a social club, and we don’t have many social events. That’s not our game; grooming trails is." there were breakdowns, and the trails weren’t groomed. I don’t even think they had a name for the first event. “That was all before groomed trails or organized trails,” Price continued. “They were riding on some county roads and twotracks through the woods. At the end, they cooked up some bean soup somewhere, and that was the start of it.” Since that first trek to Larks Lake, the

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Price explained that different groups and individuals often link up with other riders along the northbound route, creating a mass of snowmobilers near the end. A massive, steaming, propane-fired kettle of the race’s famed ham and bean soup and hundreds of hot dogs await hungry riders, who converge on the township hall for warming and restroom breaks. Many nonriders show up, too, converging on the small

hall in their cars and trucks to party or haul off snowmobiles for friends and family. A Sled Head's Purpose While the Safari is intended to be more of a fun event than a competition, its end result reaps a big benefit: It serves as a primary fundraiser for HSSC. “There’s no fee or registration for this event,” he said. “We just have a big tip jug at the end, and we count on people to give us donations. We use that money to groom snowmobile trails. It’s the only reason we’re in business. This isn’t a social club, and we don’t have many social events. That’s not our game; grooming trails is.” Founded in the mid-1970s, HSSC currently has 100–150 official and casual members, who annually contribute thousands of combined volunteer hours ensuring sledders in the Tip of the Mitt have quality trails to enjoy. Trails are sectioned off and assigned to volunteer groups for brushing, grooming, and signing – work that’s often repeated several times each year depending on winds, storms, etc. “We do it for love of the sport, and it’s a year-round job,” said Price. “We take care of 100 miles of trail per year, all the way up to Mackinaw City. For those of us who’ve been riding since the 1960s, it’s a big thing.” A Decades-old Tradition The Moose Jaw Safari is also a big Harbor Springs tradition. It’s an event whose story


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more driving skill than others. Of course, the excitement for me was getting to drive such a long stretch.” Though her college friends may have been slightly dismayed at her adventure, they were nonetheless curious upon Haynes’ return. “The girls wanted to hear all about it!” she said. “Most of them lived in southern Michigan or other southern points. So it was unusual for them to hear about such things.” Trail Ends, Food Begins For most participants, the fun of riding ends at the Center Township Hall near Larks Lake. There, machines are trucked and trailered back to barns, sheds, and garages. But, as the sleds are put away, the legendary Bean Pot takes center stage. Around this massive kettle, the throngs converge, hungry for the warming comfort of hot ham and bean soup, hot dogs, and beverages which flow and flow and flow. It’s here, said Price, that non-riders gather to welcome friends and families as they complete the Safari’s 30-mile course. The addition of the casual crowd, Price said, has swelled the event’s attendance to nearly 500 sometimes, creating a wall-to-wall party atmosphere. To this day, the party is still centered around the Bean Pot, which each year contains at least 50 gallons of the traditional soup. Price said volunteers have to start preparing the massive concoction — cutting up ham and vegetables, soaking beans, etc., — days in advance of the event. He said it’s “quite a process how it all comes about.” “We’ve got guys that have been cooking quite a few years,” he said. “Our previous guy passed away. But things move on to the next generation.” And next year, we trust, they will. To find out more about the Harbor Springs Snowmobile Club and the Moose Jaw Safari, visit www.moosejawtrails.com.

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A Thousand Thanks Tusen Taak’s gift to artists, writers, and composers: a solitary time and place to create significant work.

By Craig Manning What if you could escape your normal environment for a few weeks — ditch your day-to-day obligations and disappear somewhere quiet and remote, free of distractions and routine? What could you get done? What could you create? Would it be your masterpiece? These are the questions that the founders of the Tusen Takk Foundation are asking artists as they launch a brand-new residency program aimed at giving creative people a dedicated space to create. Out in Leland, on a six-acre property surrounded by forest and situated just a stone’s throw from jawdropping Lake Michigan views, the Tusen Takk Foundation has built a studio and guesthouse with plans to hand off the keys to artists for weeks at a time. The artist-inresidency program will officially launch in March, but according to Tusen Takk Assistant Director Maggie Pavao, it’s the culmination of a years-long journey – one dotted with several major characters, a few fortuitous twists of fate, and plenty of beauty. ORIGIN STORY The tale of Tusen Takk starts with Geoffrey Peckham, a professional photographer born in Minnesota and raised in Wisconsin. In 1990, Peckham founded a company called Clarion Safety Systems, which makes safety labels and signs, for the express purpose of funding his photography passions. It did that and then some: Clarion Safety Systems became the world’s leading company in its niche, and Peckham — who still serves as CEO for the business — had the means he needed to fund not just his

passions but those of other artists too. The Tusen Takk Foundation took root in 2008 when Peckham met world-renowned architect Peter Bohlin. Bohlin, an artist with an impressive resume of his own — he’s the man behind the iconic Apple Store design, among many other structures — vowed to someday design a building for Peckham and his wife, Patricia Melzer. When Peckham and Meltzer relocated to Leelanau County, they called in that favor, and Bohlin designed their house. Living in a gorgeously designed residence surrounded by the secluded beauty of Leelanau Peninsula quickly had Peckham and Meltzer wanting to share the space with others. The way Pavao tells the story, it was around the same time that Peckham serendipitously read an open letter written by acclaimed artist Makoto Fujimura in response to ArtPrize, the world-renowned art festival and competition hosted in downtown Grand Rapids. “Makoto Fujimura’s letter was essentially saying how [something like ArtPrize] is not the best way to support artists,” Pavao explained. “Instead of putting artists in competition with one another, [Makoto suggested that] the better way to create sustainable change and really help artists in their life, in their career, is through the ideas of time and space. That's what they really need.” Peckham, immensely moved by the letter, decided to answer the call by creating something that would give artists the time and space they needed to create great art. A second collaboration with Bohlin led to yet another beautifully rendered space — this one just across the road from Peckham and Meltzer’s Leland residence. Starting this year, that space will host one artist after another as they seek to

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break from their normal routines, find creative inspiration, and craft their masterworks. It’s Peckham’s way of saying thanks for his good fortune by paying it forward to other artists (“Tusen Takk” translates literally to “thousand thanks” in Norwegian).

program, Pavao is quick to nix a common misconception that the residency guesthouse in Leland is some sort of open-to-the-public museum. “Tusen Takk isn’t a public facility, so any of these public events would not occur at the Tusen Takk site,” she said.

THE PROGRAM The goal for the Tusen Takk residency program is to host artists-in-residence from March through December each year, for periods ranging from 3 to 12 weeks. The program is open to visual artists, writers, or composers on an application basis. Pavao notes that applications for the inaugural 2021 residency program are now closed and that the foundation has already selected a slate of eight artists for this year, to be announced in mid-January. Those artists will receive free lodging and studio space at the Tusen Takk guesthouse, as well as a $625-per-week honorarium — paid by the foundation — to help cover costs related to travel, shipping, materials, groceries, and other expenses. Pavao says the foundation is also cultivating relationships with the Dennos Museum, Northwestern Michigan College, and other local partners in hopes of establishing public exhibitions of residencymade work. “The idea is that, maybe in a postCOVID world, we could actually have public programs,” Pavao explained. “Tusen Takk is a gift: We give these resources and the space and the time to the artist, and the hope is that the artist will, in turn, give back to the local community through a public program, whether that's an exhibition of their work, or an artist talk, or a lecture, or a workshop.” While public programs are one of the ultimate goals of the Tusen Takk

PILOT ARTISTS While the Tusen Takk residency program doesn’t officially launch until later this spring, several artists have already tried out the new guesthouse and studio space and shared feedback about the experience. These “pilot residencies” are helping the Tusen Takk Foundation perfect the tools, furniture, amenities, and other aspects of the facility to ensure that the program hits the ground running without a hitch. Traverse City’s Brianne Farley caught wind of the pilot program last summer. A local children’s book author and illustrator, who used to work as a designer for several publishing houses in New York City, her first instinct was to recommend it to friends in her field still living in New York. “So I was emailing people, saying ‘You should apply to this residency program! You can come to northern Michigan! The program is so cool! You're going to love it there and you'll get so much done,’ And then I was like, ‘Wait a second, I should apply!’” She did and spent three weeks at the Tusen Takk studio in December. Her primary goal was to finish a draft of the manuscript for her next children’s book, though she also wanted to use the studio space and resources to revive her love of printmaking, something she says she hasn’t done much with since her grad school days. The Tusen Takk guesthouse — which incorporates studio space for painting, etching, digital printing,

and finishing, along with a darkroom, a woodshop, and a loom room — provided ample opportunity for Farley to stretch out her creativity in numerous ways. While Farley expects that many artists who participate in the residency program will try to come out of it with a totally finished product in hand — not usually a possibility for an author with agents, editors, publishers, and other stakeholders to satisfy — she says the appeal of the Tusen Takk program for her was “taking everything else away.” Freed from dayto-day distractions and obligations, Farley had time to indulge her creative whims, lose herself on flights of fancy, or go for walks, and seek out inspiration from the colors and textures of the natural surroundings. Though her new book is far from done — Farley finished a draft and sent it to her agent but hasn’t finalized a version for the publishers yet — she’s confident Tusen Takk will have left a mark on whatever her next project looks like by the time it finally makes it to bookstore shelves. “I got this sensation that I was there planting seeds,” Farley explained. “And I don't know what these seeds are, but I think they're going to turn into something. I'm very confident that my time being able to play with printmaking, and my time being able to be alone and really think about this manuscript and play around with it, that will be very beneficial somewhere down the road. I don't think I could tell you right now what that will look like, but I know it'll pop up — even if it means that my next book is about a girl alone wandering the woods.” Those same woods will soon be the

temporary home of Dan Webb, the last of Tusen Takk’s four pilot artists-in-residency. Unlike Farley, Webb is not a local or a current Michigander, though he was born in East Lansing and lived there until he was five years old. A woodcarver and sculptor who now calls Seattle home, Webb will return to Michigan for a January residency, marking his first time in the Mitten since 1969. He’s eyeing the pseudo homecoming as a chance to get a fresh artistic start, something he thinks Tusen Takk is ideally suited to provide. “A lot of times, in other residencies, there are other residents that you get to meet and work with, and that that can be great,” Webb said. “This particular one seems like it's just really focusing on you being there by yourself, in the beautiful woods by that beautiful lake. And it just seems like it's tailor-made for reflection, and for really just clearing all the cobwebs out and starting fresh. After a year like [2020], I'm really looking forward to that.”

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Dan Webb


To learn more about Tussen Takk and sign up to receive updates on its public programs, visit tussentakk.org. To get a peek at the studio, the awe-inspiring landscape surrounding it, and some of its visiting artists at work, search and follow Tussen Taak Foundation on Instagram.

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GRASS RIVER SHIVER: 10am-4pm. 5K/10K Snowshoe Race Fundraiser. Put on your snowshoes & run or walk through Grass River Natural Area, Bellaire at your convenience. $25 pre-registration; $30 race day. grassriver.org

GTW LUNCH LIVE ONLINE: 11am. Tamsen Webster, professional idea whisperer, will present “The Conversational Case: How to Script the Stories that Sell Ideas.” Get your Zoom tickets. Free. grandtraversewoman.com

JUST BEE YOGA FOR KIDS: 11am, Grand Traverse Area Children’s Garden, behind library, outside, TC. For ages 3-6. Must register & fill out waiver before event. Bring your own yoga mat, blanket or towel. Free. tadl.org/ event/just-bee-yoga-for-kids-ages-3-6

LIFELONG LEARNING HISTORY SERIES: 7pm. “Bottled Goodbyes”: Online presentation by Ric Mixter. Based on Mixter’s new book, “Bottled Goodbyes” chronicles the most famous messages ever recovered, including three bottles found after the Titanic disaster. Register. Free. ncmclifelonglearning.com/ event-4083285


---------------------CALL FOR ENTRIES: BLACK & WHITE EXHIBIT: Annual Black & White (and a little color) Exhibit for all Michigan artists; black & white media 2D & 3D including photography. Entry dates: Jan. 6-9, 2021. More info & entry form at www. gaylordarts.org or call 989-732-3242. Art Center & Gallery, 125 E. Main St., Gaylord. Weds. - Fri., 1-4pm; Sat., 12-2pm. gaylordarts.org


NUTCRACKER 2020: REIMAGINED UP NORTH: Purchase a virtual ticket on Anywhere Seat to stream directly to your home devices. You can stream the performance for $25 for the whole family. crookedtreeartscenter.anywhereseat.com/channel.php

---------------------DOODLE ART DAY: 1-3pm, Twisted Fish, Cottage Gallery, Elk Rapids. Held the second Sat. of each month. Free. twistedfishgallery.com

---------------------THIRD COAST SWING: 7:30pm, Crooked Tree Arts Center, Theater, Petoskey. “Louis Armstrong with a French accent,” Third Coast Swing specializes in the styles of gypsy swing, gypsy bossa, bolero, French Musette & more. Only 50 tickets available. crookedtree.org/ event/ctac-petoskey/third-coast-swing-january-9

jan 10


WINTER TRAILS DAY: Crystal Mountain, Thompsonville. Children & adults who are new to snow sports have the chance to try snowshoeing & cross-country skiing for FREE. Enjoy a free 2-hour trail pass & rentals available from: 1-3pm, 2-4pm & 3-5pm. Trailhead Clinics will be running throughout the afternoon. Advanced reservations are required for cross-country skiing. Call: 888-968-7686, ext. 4000. crystalmountain.com/event/wintertrails-day

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RESOLUTION: HEALTHY EATING IN 2021: 1:30-3pm. Join via Zoom. An IPL Health & Wellness: Live Your Best Life Program. Featuring Chef Laura, RD, CDE. interlochenpubliclibrary.org



send your dates to: events@traverseticker.com

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jan 14



NATIONAL WRITERS SERIES: TALKS WITH MASTERFUL STORYTELLERS: 7pm. Featuring Dwight Garner, a book critic with the New York Times, who shares other writers’ words in his new book, “Garner’s Quotations: A Modern Miscellany.” Guest host is Doug Stanton, a #1 New York Times-bestselling author & cofounder of the National Writers Series. nationalwritersseries.org/an-eveningwith-dwight-garner

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---------------------IF THESE WALLS COULD TALK: RESEARCHING YOUR OLD HOUSE (ZOOM): 6:30pm. Every house or building has a great story to tell. In this presentation, you will learn how to uncover house histories, including who built them & when, their architectural styles, & the stories of the families who called them home. After that, you will learn what to do with that information. Bob Myers of The Historical Society of Michigan shares what you need to know. Free. tadl.org/event/if-these-walls-couldtalk-researching-your-old-house-via-zoom

jan 15


LUNCHEON LECTURE: “ELECTION 2020 - WHAT HAPPENED?”: Noon. Scott T. LaDeur, Ph.D., professor of political science at NCMC, will offer a detailed analysis of the November 2020 general election, both nationally & locally. Emmet County Clerk Suzanne Kanine will talk about the election process she oversaw in the community. Online. Register. Free. ncmclifelonglearning.com/ event-4082577






GLEN LAKE BOOK CLUB: 10am, Glen Arbor Town Hall. This club will discuss “The Island of Sea Women” by Lisa See.


VIRTUAL COFFEE @ TEN: PRESERVING FAMILY TREASURES W/ CRAIG HADLEY: 10am. In this presentation by Dennos Museum Director Craig Hadley, you will learn how museum professionals take care of a wide range of artworks & objects, from sculptures & paintings to photographs & precious news clippings. Register. Free. crookedtree.org/event/ctacpetoskey-ctac-traverse-city-ctac-online/virtualcoffeeten-preserving-family-treasures

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The Enchanted Trail brings more outdoor fun to northern Michigan! Located at Boyne Highlands Resort, Harbor Springs, the trail totals two miles roundtrip and features the twinkling of hundreds of lights strewn throughout the path. Guests can walk or snowshoe with snowshoes available for rent. Tickets are $15 per person, and The Enchanted Trail is open on weekends and holidays with departures from 5:30-8:30pm. Hot chocolate and s’mores are included. A cash bar is available and beverage tickets can be purchased in advance. Runs through winter. Reserve your spot. boynehighlands.com

jan 16


GOPHERWOOD CONCERTS PRESENTS CRYS MATTHEWS: 7pm. This awardwinning singer-songwriter will present a virtual performance of “Songs on Why We Can’t Wait” honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. $20. gopherwoodconcerts.org

---------------------MODEL RAILROAD ZOOM MEETING: National Model Railroad Association North Central Region Division 2 Monthly Zoom Meeting. Featuring a presentation on model railroading & a show & tell. For login & password contact: superintendent.nmra.ncr.div2@gmail.com.

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WORLD SNOW DAY: Crystal Mountain, Thompsonville is offering free presentations to introduce “first timers” to the world of snow. Cross-Country Presentation: 1pm. Meet at Kinlochen (Otter Trailhead). Snowshoeing Presentation: 2pm. Meet at Park at Water’s Edge. Adults & Kids Ski & Snowboard Presentation: 3pm. Meet at Totem Park. Fees for rentals. There will also be a scavenger hunt from 124pm. Pick up clues at the Park at Water’s Edge. crystalmountain.com/event/world-snow-day

---------------------FLOW (FOR LOVE OF WATER) PRESENTS: “A FINE CANOPY” WITH ALISON SWAN: 5pm. FLOW’s Dave Dempsey is joined by poet Alison Swan, who will read from “A Fine Canopy” with Q&A to follow. Free. eventbrite.com/e/flowpresents-a-fine-canopy-with-alison-swan-tickets-132594695303

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---------------------CREATE A 2021 VISION BOARD VIA ZOOM: 1pm. What does your 2021 look like? Scrap-

booking meets Pinterest. Pick up your free kit at the Traverse Area District Library from curbside services beginning the week of January 4. Create your board before & share, or work on it with others in the group Zoom chat. Free. tadl.org/event/ create-a-2021-vision-board-via-zoom


THE ENCHANTED TRAIL: Open on Saturdays, Sundays & holidays from 5:30-8:30pm through winter at Boyne Highlands Resort, Harbor Springs. The trail totals two miles roundtrip, & features the twinkling of hundreds of lights strewn throughout the path. Guests can walk or snowshoe the trail with snowshoes available for rent. Tickets are $15 per person. Hot chocolate & s’mores are included. A cash bar is available & beverage tickets can be purchased in advance. Reserve your spot. boynehighlands.com

---------------------VIRTUAL 2021 BAYSHORE MARATHON REGISTRATION: Featuring a marathon, half marathon & 10K. Registration begins Jan. 11. Event held on May 29. bayshoremarathon.org

---------------------NORTHERN HOME & COTTAGE 2020 VIRTUAL TOUR: Explore 8 of Up North’s most stunning residences from the comfort of your own home through virtual video documentaries by Eagle Eye Video Production. This donation-only event benefits the Child and Family Services of Northwest Michigan. Suggested donation is $15. Runs through Jan.

---------------------DISABILITY NETWORK MEN’S GROUP: ZOOM MEETINGS: Mondays, 10-11am through Jan. 25. A group for men in the community seeking support, an opportunity to learn new skills, & a chance to connect with other men with disabilities. Register. disabilitynetwork.org/events DISABILITY NETWORK WOMEN’S GROUP, SHARING HERSTORY: ZOOM MEETINGS: Mondays, 11am-noon through Jan. 25. For women in the community with disabilities. Will address concerns with social distancing & sheltering in place. disabilitynetwork.org/events


DISABILITY NETWORK PEER ADVOCACY GROUP: ZOOM MEETINGS: Thursdays, 2-3pm through Jan. 28. Learn how to advocate

for your needs & the needs of others. disabilitynetwork.org/events

---------------------NORTE’S RUN SABADOS: GT Civic Center, TC. A weekly walk or run held on Saturdays. Meet outside the Wheelhouse at 10am, & then split up & hit the track.


WEEKLY ZOOM STORY HOUR: Wednesdays, 11am, with Miss Ann. Presented by Interlochen Public Library. Meeting ID 876 3279 3456. Pass Code 364283.

---------------------BELLAIRE WINTER FARMERS MARKET: Held on Fridays from 10am-2pm. Located at both Bee Well & Terrain in downtown Bellaire.

---------------------BOYNE CITY INDOOR FARMERS MARKET: Saturdays, 9am-noon through May 15. City Hall Lobby, Boyne City. petoskeyarea.com/eventdetail/boyne-city-indoor-farmers-market-1

---------------------INDOOR FARMERS MARKET: The Village at GT Commons, The Mercato, TC. Saturdays through April, 10am-2pm. thevillagetc.com/ indoor-farmers-market-7-2-2-2-2-2


CALL FOR ARTISTS: ‘LOVE IS’ FEBRUARY ONLINE EXHIBIT: Artists are invited to submit artwork of all media to be posted & for sale on the Northport Arts Association website through Feb. The theme is ‘Love Is.’ Love is your art & what your art means to you & others. Calling for artists through Jan. 24. northportartsassociation.org

---------------------CALL TO ARTISTS: JORDAN ART WALK: Submit a sculpture for placement in a new sculpture walk exhibit in East Jordan. The exhibit theme is our relationship to our abundant natural resource of water. This may include but is not limited to water activities, cycles, quality, wildlife, cultural concepts. Submit up to 3 entries digitally by March 31: info@ejchamber.org.

---------------------“DON’T MISS THE BOAT”: Harbor Springs History Museum. Presented by the Harbor Springs Area Historical Society. This exhibit highlights the historic ferries of Little Traverse Bay & features original watercolors & giclees by local artist William Talmadge Hall. Runs through the summer of 2021. Hours: Tues.Sat., 11am-3pm. harborspringshistory.org/history-museum-exhibits

---------------------“JUST GREAT ART”: Presented by Plein Air Painters of Northwest Michigan. An online exhibit & sale of over 50 works by regional artists. 20% of the proceeds benefit City Opera House. Runs through Jan. crookedtree.smugmug.com/ Traverse-City/Exhibitions-TC/Just-Great-ART/ Just-Great-ART/i-fNDV67s


“KIDS ON COMMUNITY”: Youth artists were invited to submit artwork in response to the theme of “Community.” Fun, thoughtful & creative interpretations by Michigan youth (grades 3 - 12) are included in this online image gallery. Runs Dec. 1, 2020 - June 30, 2021. crookedtree.org/event/ctac-petoskey-ctac-online/kids-community-online-exhibit

---------------------COMMUNITY-WIDE FACEMASK PROJECT: Presented by the Michigan Legacy Art Park & Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts. Participants are asked to reflect & then decorate a paper-mache mask to express personal stories during the current health crisis. Free masks for anyone participating. Masks must be completed by Jan. 12. The exhibit will run during Feb. in Hardy Hall, Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts, Manistee. ramsdelltheatre.org/facemask

---------------------THE COVID 19 WREATH COLLECTION: Dec. 5 - Feb. 21. Presented by Art Rapids. Bring an old or new wreath to the Walk of Art Park, Elk Rapids & attach it to the fence on S. Bayshore Dr. Give some festive bling to a “Pandemic” fence that goes on & on. Take a photo & tag on Instagram or Facebook: #artrapids.

TOYOTA DREAM CAR USA ART CONTEST: Runs through Jan. Presented by Great Lakes Children’s Museum, Ann Arbor Hands-On, CauseConnect, & Toyota USA. This contest is designed to inspire creativity in youth, ages 4-15, & help them imagine the future of mobility. A total of nine U.S. winners will be announced during March 2021. These winners will receive cash prizes, ready-to-frame digital scans of their drawings, & award certificates. Also, their artwork will be submitted to Japan for consideration in the World Contest, along with the nine top entries from nearly 90 countries. For rules & details, visit www.greatlakeskids.org/toyotadreamcarusa or www. ToyotaDreamCarUSA.com.

---------------------ALL MEDIA OPEN CALL TO MICHIGAN ARTISTS: Submit to: re | ART: reject, reflect, refine, remark, a juried fine arts exhibit. Artists are invited to comment visually on the many shifts taking place in our current experience, as change opens a path to rethink, revisit, reunite, recharge, reevaluate, redefine, etc. Juror will award cash prizes. Deadline for entry is Jan. 10 at noon. charlevoixcircle.org/juried-exhibit

---------------------DENNOS MUSEUM CENTER, NMC, TC: - MATHIAS J. ALTEN: AN AMERICAN ARTIST AT THE TURN OF THE CENTURY: The German-born American Impressionist Mathias Joseph Alten, often referred to as the Dean of Michigan painters, is regarded as one of the most celebrated regionalist artists to have worked in the United States. Runs through Jan. 31. dennosmuseum.org/art/upcoming-exhibitions/index.html - MICHIGAN MODERN: AN ARCHITECTURAL LEGACY: This exhibit celebrates Michigan’s modern architectural design history from 19282012. It is comprised of over 50 photographs by James Haefner primarily for the State Historic Preservation Office as part of their Michigan Modern Project, & featured in the book by State Historic Preservation Officer Brian Conway, titled “Michigan Modern: An Architectural Legacy.” Runs through Jan. 31. dennosmuseum.org/art/ upcoming-exhibitions/index.html

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---------------------GLEN ARBOR ARTS CENTER, GLEN ARBOR EXHIBIT: JOAN RICHMOND | PAPER + SCISSORS + GLUE = NEW COLLAGES: Held in Lobby Gallery. An exhibition of 12 new works is on display, Jan. 15 – April 22. Richmond is more widely known for her distinctive, spare gouache paintings depicting land- & waterscapes. This exhibit includes more than 60 pieces she created during COVID-19 isolation. The GAAC is open Mon. through Sat., 11am– 2pm. GlenArborArt.org GAAC OUTDOOR GALLERY: CALL FOR ENTRIES: The Glen Arbor Arts Center is accepting submissions for its 2021 Outdoor Gallery. The exhibition space is the south & west exterior walls of the GAAC’s building at 6031 S. Lake St., Glen Arbor. Original work by a single artist will be selected by a jury, & exhibited from May 2021 to April 2022. Deadline for submissions is February 25, 2021. Open to all media, the selected work will be eye-catching, compelling, colorful & communicate the spirit of the Glen Arbor Arts Center with fresh originality. The selected exhibitor’s original work will be enlarged & reproduced on five, separate, 5 foot x 5 foot square outdoor panels for one year. A $500 prize will be awarded to the selected artist. Submissions are online only. To apply visit GlenArborArt.org & click on ARTIST/Calls For Entry. glenarborart.org/exhibits/current-exhibits YOU ARE T/HERE: An exhibition that asks exhibitors to visually explore & describe what their own, personal “here” or “there” looks like. Runs Jan. 15 – March 25. In addition, an online version of the exhibition may be viewed at GlenArborArt.org.


Deadline for Dates information is Tuesday for the following week.

HIGHER ART GALLERY, TC - “PERSONAL MYTH, TALES AND ICONS”: Featuring the work of Ann Willey, TJ Schwartz & Mary Fortuna. Runs through Feb. 5. higherartgallery.com - OPEN CALL FOR “THOSE WHO TEACH”: Deadline to apply is 1/15/21. Exhibit featuring the artwork of Michigan’s Visual Art Educators. higherartgallery.com/calls-for-art

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: Bright red lipstick is my trademark. It makes me feel attractive and confident: ready to take on the world. A female friend criticizes me at parties about my leaving a lipstick mark on my glass, even when it’s a plastic cup. She says it’s disgusting, often when guys are listening. Is this her problem or bad etiquette I need to change? — Girl Unpowered


: According to annoyed caterers ranting online, lipstick on glass has staying power second only to nuclear garbage and nightmare party guests (“But there was no checkout time on the invitation!”). So, it’s possible this woman is a well-meaning etiquette activist acting on behalf of beleaguered dishwashing staff everywhere. Except -- wait, she also bashes you when you’re drinking out of a plastic cup, and I’m guessing the garbagemen don’t get miffy when there’s a lipsticked Dixie cup next to the corpse in the dumpster they’re emptying. Your experience reminded me of a meangirling a friend got when she was 11. A cute French boy sat next to her during the school assembly. She was basking in crushy happiness when the girl in front of her turned and gave her the dagger-eye. “You’re ugly,” she announced and turned back around. Luckily, French Boy was kind of awesome, and as my friend sat there speechless — feeling head-to-toe soggydiapered in shame — he pointed at the mean girl and made the hand-twirly “she’s nuts” sign.



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BY Amy Alkon As for how you get a meangirl to stop meangirling on you, there’s a bit of a problem. Psychologist Joyce Benenson explains that “women honestly do not believe they compete with one another.” This belief helps them compete far better — with more social and psychological leeway to do rotten things — than if they were aware of their competitive nature. Benenson observes, “Nothing works better than self-deception” to give a woman the upper hand in conflicts of interest with other women while helping her avoid retaliation. While from boyhood war games on, to be male is to be openly competitive, Benenson finds that girls and women get outraged when they see another being unapologetically ambitious. Sure, there are social alpha girls, girls who have more power — like to choose which new girl in school will be the group’s kickball for the year — but girls long to be seen as “nice,” and nice girls don’t stand out above the others. Girls who dare show superiority or boast set themselves up as targets of girl-group punishment. Looking at your situation through the lens of female competition suggests an approach: pulling her aside and being assertive one-onone. If you instead do this publicly, it gives her an audience to play to, allowing her to act all wounded that you’re so “mean” to her when she’s, yes, just trying to help! Supposed public meanness on your part might also energize her to seek revenge, like with post-event whispers about your attention-seeking with the “trashy” lipstick that reels in all the boys.

Girls and women are rarely so direct — so openly and transparently aggressive. Though men compete openly and even proudly for mates, jobs, and social status, psychologist Anne Campbell finds that female competition is usually “covert” (meaning hidden or camouflaged and easily denied or explained away). Basically, it’s like poison gas. You only learn you’re under attack when you’re writhing on the floor seeing the tunnel at the end of the light.

Assertiveness is at its most powerful when it’s brief, firm, and unapologetic. A helpful guiding principle is security expert Gavin de Becker’s line, “No is a complete sentence.” So, for example, you could say: “Stop making comments about my appearance. My lipstick or whatever. Now. No more.” Expect her to make excuses, but don’t engage with her. Just say: “We don’t need to talk about it. Just stop.” This shows her you won’t be a compliant victim.

Campbell believes this strategy — avoiding direct confrontation that could lead to physical retaliation — evolved to protect women’s reproductive machinery and keep them alive to feed and care for children. Women’s indirect aggression plays out in sneaky sabotage tactics like using malicious gossip to get another woman ostracized and noxious criticism like you’re experiencing (often dressed up as “I just want to help!”) to shame hot women in sexy little outfits into going around in more tarplike attire.

Ideally, this experience will serve as a template for dealing with ugly “helpfulness” from women. Despite women’s reputation as the kinder, gentler sex, we just come off that way because female aggression goes around in a disguise. If the Miss America pageant really wanted to showcase women’s special abilities, they’d have a talent competition with each contestant using sneaky psychological warfare to destroy her social and romantic rivals — like by suggesting a competitor heal the world with some comfort-eating. (“Give pizza a chance!”)


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CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Capricorn author Edgar Allen Poe named "four conditions for happiness: life in the open air; love of another human being; freedom from all ambition; creation." I'm accomplished in three of those categories, but a failure in being free of all ambitions. In fact, I'm eternally delighted by all the exciting creative projects I'm working on. I'm VERY ambitious. What about you, Capricorn? I'm going to contradict Poe and speculate that your happiness in the coming months will require you to be at least somewhat ambitious. That's what the planetary omens are telling me. So what are the best goals and dreams for you to be ambitious about?

ScORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): "Some people

expend tremendous energy merely to be normal," wrote Scorpio author Albert Camus. If you're one of those folks, I'm happy to inform you that you have cosmic permission to relax. The coming weeks will be an excellent time to explore the pleasures of NOT being conventional, standard, ordinary, average, routine, prosaic, or common. As you expansively practice non-normalcy, you will enhance your health, sharpen your wits, and clarify your decisions. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) Our lives tend to be shaped by the stories about ourselves that we create and harbor in our imaginations. The adventures we actually experience, the problems we actually face, are often (not always) in alignment with the tales we tell ourselves about our epic fates. And here's the crux of the matter: We can change the stories we tell ourselves. We can discard tales that reinforce our pain, and dream up revised tales that are more meaningful and pleasurable. I believe 2021 will be an excellent time for you to attend to this fun work. Your assignment: Be a self-nurturing storyteller.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): It's time

to launch Operation Supple Watchdog. That means you should be tenderly vigilant as you take extra good care of everyone and everything that provide you with meaning and sustenance. It means you should exercise rigorous but goodhumored discernment about any oppressive or demeaning ideas that are flying around. You should protect and preserve the vulnerable parts of your life, but do so with tough-minded compassion, not ornery overreactions. Be skeptical, but warm; breezily resilient but always ready to stand up for what's right. (P.S. The better you shield yourself against weird surprises, the more likely it is you'll attract interesting surprises.)

PISCES (Feb 19-March 20): The atoms that

compose your body have existed for billions of years. Originally created by a star, they have been part of many forms before you. But they are exactly the same in structure as they have ever been. So in a very real sense, you are billions of years old. Now that you know that, how do you feel? Any different? Stronger? More expansive? More eternal? I bring these thoughts to your attention, Pisces, because 2021 will be an excellent year for you to come to a more profound and detailed understanding of your true nature. I hope you will regularly meditate on the possibility that your soul is immortal, that your identity is not confined to this historical era, that you have been alive and will be alive for far longer than you've been taught to believe.

ARIES (March 21-April 19): As you ripen into

a more fully embodied version of yourself, you will summon ever-greater discrimination about where to seek your inspiration. I trust that you will increasingly divest yourself of any tendency you might have to play around with just any old mediocre fire. More and more, you will be drawn to high-quality blazes that provide just the right amount of heat and light—neither too much nor too little. And you will steadfastly refrain from jumping into the flames, as glamorously dramatic as that might seem—and instead be a master of deft maneuvers that enable you to get the exact energy you need.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Denstu is a major

Japanese advertising agency headquartered in Tokyo. Annually since 1925, its new employees and freshly promoted executives have carried out a company ritual: climbing 12,388-foot-high Mount Fuji, Japan's tallest peak. The theme of the

strenuous workout is this: "We are going to conquer the symbol that represents Japan more than anything else. And, once we do that, it will signify that we can do anything." In anticipation of what I suspect will be a year of career gains for you, Taurus, I invite you to do the following: Sometime in the next six weeks, go out in nature and perform an equivalent feat.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Today I received

a new email from a Gemini friend who lives in London. It was date-stamped January 15, 2015. Weird! In it, she talked about applying for a new job at a publishing company. That was double weird, because February 2015 was in fact the time she had gotten the editing job that she still has. Her email also conveyed other details about her life that I knew to be old history. So why did it arrive now, six years late? I called her on the phone to see if we could unravel the mystery. In the end we concluded that her email had time-traveled in some inexplicable way. I predict that a comparable event or two will soon happen in your life, Gemini. Blasts from the past will pop in as if yesterday were today.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Eugene Sue

(1804–1857) was a popular French author whose stories often offered sympathetic portrayals of the harsh living conditions endured by people of the lower economic class. Writing generously about those downtrodden folks made him quite wealthy. I'd love to see you employ a comparable strategy in the coming year. What services might you perform that would increase your access to money and resources? How could you benefit yourself by helping and uplifting others?

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): The beautiful and

luxurious fabric known as silk comes from cocoons spun by insect larvae. Sadly for the creatures that provide the raw material, they're usually killed by humans harvesting their handiwork—either by being stabbed or boiled alive. However, there is a special kind of silk in which manufacturers spare the lives of their benefactors. The insects are allowed to mature into moths and escape. I propose that we make them your spirit creatures in the coming weeks. It's an excellent time for you to take an inventory of everything you do, and evaluate how well it upholds the noble principle of "Do no harm."

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): "Any time that is

not spent on love is wasted," declared the Italian poet Torquato Tasso. Although I am sympathetic with his sentiment, I can't agree that acts of love are the only things ever worth doing. Sometimes it's healthy to be motivated by anger or sadness or skepticism, for example. But I do suspect the coming weeks will be a favorable time for you to be in intense devotion to Tasso's counsel. All the important successes you achieve will be rooted in an intention to express love and compassion.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): I heard a story about

how a music aficionado took a Zen Buddhist monk to a performance of Beethoven's Symphony No. 5. The monk wasn't impressed. "Not enough silence!" he complained. I'm puzzled by that response. If the monk were referring to a busy intersection in a major city, I might agree with him, or the cacophony of a political argument among fanatics on Facebook. But to want more silence in one of history's greatest pieces of music? That's perverse. With this in mind, Libra, and in accordance with astrological omens, I encourage you to seek extra protection from useless noise and commotion during the coming weeks—even as you hungrily seek out rich sources of beautiful information, sound, and art.

“Jonesin” Crosswords "Must Be '21 to Enter" --happy new year to you! by Matt Jones

ACROSS 1 "21 ___" (2003 Sean Penn film) 6 Go on and on 10 1982 movie with a 2010 sequel 14 Quick text that's usually abbreviated even more 15 Pilot's prefix 16 Mandlikova of tennis 17 "Raging Bull" boxer Jake La ___ 18 Person, place, or thing, in grammar 19 One of many for "Game of Thrones" 20 Band whose album "No Need to Argue" features the track "Twenty One" (followed by their biggest hit, "Zombie") 23 ___ de los Muertos 24 Largest continent 25 Trivia locale, once (and hopefully in the future) 28 "Frozen" snowman 31 "Great British Bake Off" fixtures 35 Ending for suburban 36 Rattled 38 Actress Falco of "The Sopranos" 39 1950s news involving Charles Van Doren and "Twenty-One" 43 Primal calling 44 Holiday spread 45 Kind of wind or will 46 Opposite combatant 48 "Live!" cohost for 20+ years 49 1994 and 1997 U.S. Open winner Ernie 50 Icicle lights locale 53 "Skyfall" actor Rapace 55 Place to play Twenty-One 62 Penguins' milieu 63 Former "Whose Line" host Carey 64 "Spunk" author Zora ___ Hurston 66 Present prefix 67 "Rondo ___ Turca" (Mozart piece) 68 Casual goodbyes 69 Calamities 70 Bigfoot's Tibetan cousin 71 Singer with the Grammy-winning album "21"

DOWN 1 Workout facility 2 Square or cube follower 3 Short story-writer? 4 Inaudible on Zoom, maybe 5 Full of legroom 6 "Munich" star Eric 7 Florida explorer Ponce de ___ 8 Caribbean island near Venezuela 9 Skeletal makeup 10 Poem with the line "Darkness there and nothing more" 11 "Mr. Robot" actor Malek 12 "The joke's ___!" 13 Some House votes 21 "Lord of the Flies" leader 22 2014 World Cup final city 25 Irritated state 26 Half a 360 27 Neutral, blah color 29 Starting on 30 Less numerous 32 Murphy of 2021's "Coming 2 America" 33 Former One Direction member Horan 34 Markets successfully 37 Public TV chef Ming ___ 40 "Back to the Future" director Robert 41 $100 bill, in old slang 42 Fleet-footed heroine of Greek myth 47 It's milked in Tibet 51 Truman declaration of 9/2/45 52 Country-blues guitarist Steve 54 Draw ___ on (take aim at) 55 Waxing target 56 Chauffeur-driven vehicle 57 Rice who writes of vampires 58 Ancient British Isles settler 59 "The Bridge on the River ___" 60 Hurrying, maybe 61 Airline to Jerusalem 65 Language suffix

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