May 28, 2016

Hug A Lineman

The lights flicker once, twice. You wait for it. Boom!  A crack of lightning illuminates the night sky as thunder simultaneously rolls over your neighborhood, taking the power with it. Most of us start scrambling for flashlights, candles and the battery … [Read more...]

Surf’s Up

While most of us prepare for a snow storm by stopping by the gas station or grocery store, one Northern Michigan native is waxing her surf board. Her surf board? Yes, and a few adventurous souls like Ella Skrocki, 21, catch waves on the Great Lakes … [Read more...]

The Quilt Lady

Eleanor Howard’s story began when she was eight years old and asked her mother how to quilt. As a team, they pieced together Eleanor’s first quilt and 87 years later, she still has it. “I’ve used that quilt on all my children’s beds. I pert near wore it … [Read more...]

Santa Claus is Coming to Town!

Holidays are a great time for tradition. A favorite in our family was taking the kids to see Santa. With so many children all over the world waiting expectantly to meet Mr. Claus, he welcomes a little seasonal assistance! Enter A. Michael Deller, a … [Read more...]

Communicating in the Age of the Emoji

A few years ago my son stood before a display of old rotary phones in an antique store, puzzled by the seemingly ancient devices. “How did people text with those?” he asked. I chuckled before the thought occurred to me. An entire generation now exists … [Read more...]

One Last Mission

World War II seems like ancient history to a lot of folks. After all, it ended nearly 70 years ago! Never mind that 16 million Americans served, and over 400,000 lost their lives in a war spanning 61 countries. Despite the staggering statistics, school … [Read more...]

Thumbs Up For The Thumb!

Quick! Name your favorite part of our state. Many will say the U.P., Leelanau County, or Grand Traverse Bay. My hunch is some will say, “the Thumb.” We wouldn’t be the Mitten State without a thumb, so let’s pay it some homage… Phil Parrot, a Thumb … [Read more...]

Snowmobile Museum, Trails Are Winter Fun

Did you know that over 6,500 snowmobile trails run throughout Michigan? To survive winter, you may want to buck-up with boots and a snowsuit to explore some of them. A few phone calls or an easy internet search reveals resorts and sport shops that rent … [Read more...]

Are You a Michiganian or a Michigander?

Based on the positive feedback on its debut, “Jack’s Journal” looks to be a winner in the eyes of many Country Lines readers. So far, so good! The first column (May 2014) hit a nerve, however, as readers sounded off on my use of the term “Michiganian” … [Read more...]

Summer Thrills

Summer means "vacation" to many, and memories of family road trips along with the familiar mantra Mom and Dad grew weary of hearing: “Are we there yet?” I remember traveling to the Detroit Zoo and the Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village back in the … [Read more...]