April, 2017

By the Numbers

by Stephen Alan Smith  He had been shoveling the driveway for 47 minutes when the cab pulled up. He slowed his pace for three more loads, then walked into the garage, hung the shovel between the snow scoop and the push broom, walked over to a clipboard hanging on the wall and next to Friday […]

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City Notes

Dear Reader. With so many things going on in the month of April, making for a vibrant City Notes section, I’ll have to keep my letter short and sweet this month. So, here goes: Our April Feature is the 2017 Marquette Monthly Short Story Contest winner. With only one point separating each of the top […]

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Romance, mystery, arson at the Opera House

By Larry Chabot In the 19th century, so-called “opera houses” were opening in almost every decent-sized city. Seldom, if ever, did they ever present an actual opera. The name was often an upscale cover for an otherwise ordinary venue, in an attempt to make them acceptable to those who shunned commonplace theaters. Marquette had an […]

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Grouse, the harbingers of spring

by Scot Stewart Looking for signs of spring can be one of the most engaging pastimes in places where winter can linger for six or seven months. Dripping icicles can be an exhilarating sight. Swelling buds, the first robin, a blooming dandelion alongside a building: they all make the heart sing! Figuring out this spring has been […]

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Celebrating National Poetry Month with U.P. poets

by Tyler Tichelaar graybeard memories: morning espresso musings By t. kilgore splake Several of t. kilgore splake’s volumes of poetry have been reviewed in this column, but this one is different. While it has the typical splake lack of capitalization, it is also written in paragraph form. At first, I thought it was a long prose […]

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Eating eggs

by Katherine Larson The image of a hard-cooked egg seems perfect, a pearly glistening ovoid encasing a spheroidal golden ball of yolk. Too often, though, the yolk is dry and chalky, with a greenish tinge. The pearly ovoid is rubbery and pockmarked with the evidence of frustrated attempts to pick off stubborn bits of shell. […]

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Farm to Table

By Sam Henke, Marquette Food Co-op One can conceive of a local food movement as being driven by production and demand—but this is only half the story. If you were creating a photo slideshow of a food system, you would likely include some images that focus on these two aspects of the food system: a […]

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In April, it’s time to March

By Jackie Stark On the 100th day of the Trump Administration, people will take to the streets in Washington, D.C., to send a message—that the health of the earth goes beyond politics. Hoping to echo or even exceed the People’s Climate March, when 400,000 people marched through the streets of New York City on September […]

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Variety highlights April’s picks

The films this month are two Oscar winners, a Sundance independent film, a variation on the western formula, and the recreated version of a news event. Arrival Although no conclusive evidence exists, so far, that the earth has been visited by aliens, the effects of such encounters have been favorite subjects for books, movies, and […]

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Public health, a history

By Jerry Messana April 3 through 9 is National Public Health Week, a time to celebrate and recognize the many contributions of public health and the positive influence it’s had on the health of populations locally and across the globe. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, public health “is credited with adding […]

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Gift of Water

By Nancy A. Auer Have you ever thought deeply about the perfection of our planet Earth?  It is perfectly placed in the solar system to receive the perfect amount of sunlight to keep life thriving and balanced.  All life requires water—from the the deepest sea vent organisms living in total darkness in water temperatures reaching […]

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New writing seminar coming to Marquette

From July 20 to 23, Northern Michigan University will host its inaugural Fresh Water Fresh Voices, a unique English conference that combines the beautiful outdoors with nature-inspired writing seminars. NMU English professor Rachel May has created the event. “This seemed like a great way to marry the work of our fantastic (Master of Fine Arts) […]

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Libraries remain relevant in Information Age

By Pam Christensen, executive director, Superiorland Library Cooperative One of today’s misconceptions about public libraries is that they are obsolete due to the Internet. Many people do not realize that technology and the Internet have made public libraries even stronger and more versatile. Once library users have a library card, they don’t even need to […]

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Closing the season in style

By Amy Gawry April is the last full month of the season for NMU’s Forest Roberts Theatre, but that doesn’t mean it’s a slow month. Besides putting on the season’s biggest musical, FRT has three other events—a dance recital, Battle of the Bands, and the Miss Upper Peninsula Pageant—filling the calendar four weekends in a […]

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From Mozambique to Marquette

By Liam Ulland-Joy, 11, with contributions by Elise Heide, 13, Annabella Martinson, 12, Anja McBride, 12, Michael Mankee, 12 and Sophia Portale, 12. How do students in and around Marquette get to school every morning? Do they walk? Bike? Take the bus? Well, for a recent NMU student, Muassua David, getting to school when he […]

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