September 1, 2015

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...]

Winter’s in the Rear View Mirror


Whew! Winter is finally in our rear view mirrors. All of Michigan’s 83 counties experienced a humdinger, didn’t they? Persistent cold, high accumulations without a traditional midseason thaw, an abundance of snow days, and The Great Lakes nearing an … [Read more...]