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Notes from the North Country

by: Lon and Lynn Emerick The State of Michigan has an official song, but it has not been accorded status as the official song. “My Michigan” by Kavanagh and Clint features (in our view) some rather archaic and cloying lyrics. A more popular song, “Michigan, My Michigan” was first written by Winifred Lister of Detroit […]

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Notes from the North Country

By: Lon and Lynn Emerick It is 5:00 a.m., November 15, and through all the U.P. deer camps, the hunters are stirring with not even a moan. The chef-of-the-day rose earlier to prepare breakfast and now he awakens the slumbering crew with the traditional cry, “Daylight in the swamp!” The delightful aroma of pancakes, hashbrowns, bacon […]

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Notes from the North Country

By: Lon and Lynn Emerick Autumn is a many splendored season, an interlude of raucous colors, aromas, harvest moons and frantic activity as nature gets ready for the next act: winter, the defining season in our northern paradise. Since our fall is fleeting, we must be outdoors to savor it before the arrival of the long […]

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Notes from the North Country

By: Lon and Lynn Emerick “If you talk that way, you’ve come from a far distance,” was the greeting from a waitress in a Kinlochewe café on the west coast of Scotland. And here we had been thinking we were blending in just fine on our visit to Lynn’s ancestral lands. We had explored both the […]

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Notes from the North Country

by Lon and Lynn Emerick It started out as a simple task: We were to transport composer/musician Jukka Linkola and his wife Marita from Copper Harbor, where they had been attending the annual art and music festival, to our home in West Branch Township. Linkola was in the U.P. for the premiere of his Bass Concerto […]

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Notes from the North Country

by Lon and Lynn Emerick “For I was rich, if not in money, in sunny hours and summer days.” —Henry David Thoreau An Upper Peninsula summer is a superb time to make some investments. Not to worry, we don’t mean ephemeral stocks or bonds. No Ponzi scheme here. Rather, we suggest investments in the incomparable beauty […]

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Notes from the North Country

by Lon and Lynn Emerick Foster came into our home at a scary time. Just after a medical diagnosis we did not want to hear, with its attendant fear of the unknown, a package arrived. It was from our Oregon-based daughter, then working at Steens Mountain Conservation Management Area. Ordering a gift online, Mary thought she […]

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Notes from the North Country

by Lon and Lynn Emerick The trail spiraled down from a ridge of mature hardwood trees and entered a dense grove of mixed hemlock and white pine. We were in a state of grace after strolling through lush arrays of early spring wildflowers—hepatica, Adder’s tongue, Dutchman’s breeches and Spring Beauty. Beside the path, we came upon […]

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Notes from the North Country

by Lon and Lynn Emerick It is an unexpectedly mild evening in early April and a fine time to look for the first signs of spring. There is an ecstasy among dwellers in this northern climate, a delight in every small portent that the vernal season of green, wild flowers and moving water soon will […]

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Notes from the North Country

by Lon and Lynn Emerick Can you solve this culinary quiz? • You won’t find this edible substance on the open shelves of local grocery stores. • You must ask for it at the service counter and then pay immediately, not at the checkout aisles. • It is expensive: In fact, it’s so valuable that a pound would cost […]

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Notes from the North Country

At a gathering of contented Upper Peninsula residents, we asked that each person describe his or her attraction to life here in one-word responses. Since most of our friends are quite used to our philosophical—and sometimes rather odd—approaches to conversation, there were a few moments of silence and then they dove right in. The list […]

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Notes from the North Country

By: Lon and Lynn Emerick Don’t try to buy gas, order a meal or find a motel room on November 15 in these environs. It is a High Holy Day, the opening of the annual deer hunting season and an Upper Peninsula Holiday. All across the U.P., men and women are gathering their gear and checking […]

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Notes from the North Country, by Lon and Lynn Emerick

When a person enters into protracted medical treatment, he becomes a stranger in what can be a very strange land. The vocabulary is obtuse, the procedures often invasive and alarming and the providers sometimes bland and detached. In the worst circumstances, the patient may feel like he or she is on a treadmill or an […]

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Notes from the North Country, by Lon and Lynn Emerick

“She walks in beauty, like the night Of cloudless climes and starry skies; And all that is best of dark and bright Meet in her aspect and her eyes…” Lord Byron   The Upper Peninsula is home to many treasures—abundant clear waters, vast forests, cliffs of colored stone and so much more. Those who love […]

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Notes from the North Country, by Lon and Lynn Emerick

Haywire—bankrupt: “belly-up.” Nick-name for the Manistique & Lake Superior Railroad. A term applied to any outfit operating “on a shoestring” and “held together with baling wire.” * Baled hay bound with thin wire was carried by the railroad for the logging camp horses. “Engineers used pieces of discarded haywire to make emergency repairs—enough to get […]

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