From the category archives:


Daughters of the Lake

by Jenny 14 February 2019 Outdoors

I found a new beach read for people who like many of the same things that I do: the Great Lakes, ghost stories, Victorian mansions, mythology, romances, murder mysteries. Here’s the book that I just discovered, and read: Daughters of the Lake, by Wendy Webb. In the first chapter, a woman’s body washes up on […]

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Blast from the Past: Presque Isle State Park, Erie, PA

by Jenny 18 September 2018 Outdoors
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“Kinnikinnick Nick VS The Bear”

by Jenny 11 October 2017 Outdoors

  Bears. I think of a few family members when I think of bears.  Some of them loved bears, and some just remind me of bears. Today at lunch, I listed to a podcast from KCRW’s “Here Be Monsters” and I enjoyed it so much that I had to blog about it. You really, really […]

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Chicago and “Little Chicago”

by Jenny 13 September 2017 History

  Jonathan gave me his camera last night. He came into the possession of his own new-to-him camera.  So, Jonathan and I both have “new” cameras. I hope that the rain holds off this coming Saturday, because I intend to try out my own “new” camera at the New Kensington Corridor of Innovation Art & […]

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Hurricane Podcast Recommendation

by Jenny 3 September 2017 History

  Since Hurricanes Harvey and Irma are current events, I wanted to recommend a podcast episode that I really enjoyed this summer. I’m talking about the podcast “Undiscovered,” by Science Friday, and this particualar 30 minute episode: Kurt Vonnegut and the Rainmakers. The novelist Kurt Vonnegut’s older brother, Dr. Bernard Vonnegut, was a famous atmospheric […]

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On the Gitchee Gumee

by Jenny 25 July 2016 History

One late July or early August more than a decade ago, I saw Lake Superior for the very first time. At Whitefish Point, on Whitefish Bay. If you ever listened to Gordon Lightfoot’s “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald,” then you know that this ballad details the real life tragedy of a freighter that sank […]

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Sunset Cruise Surprise

by Jenny 20 July 2016 Outdoors

Here is a photo that Jonathan took during the Star Line Ferry’s Sunset Cruise under the Mackinac Bridge Monday night. This year, Jonathan and I took the 1.5 hour cruise for the third time. However, I chose this for my birthday. Mike Fornes, a local author of several books about the area, spoke over the […]

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Erie Land Light

by Jonathan 1 May 2016 History

On a recent visit to Erie, we ventured over to the Erie Land Light. This lighthouse has a pretty interesting history. The lighthouse holds the distinction of being the first known lighthouse on the Great Lakes (shared by the Buffalo Lighthouse), and I believe the current structure is one of the oldest remaining lighthouse structures […]

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From the Archives: June 2013

by Jenny 30 March 2016 Outdoors

In June 2013 a robin started a nest on the ledge above our front door. That evening the breeze came, and the nest fell apart. In the morning, Sisyphus re-built the nest. The evening wind blew it away again. This happened for several days. Each night the wind destroyed a partially-finished nest. Then one night […]

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This is Presque Isle

by Jenny 6 March 2016 History

I was nine the first time that I saw a great lake. Lake Erie. We went to Presque Isle State Park in Erie, Pennsylvania. I pretended it was the ocean because I had never been to the ocean. On that trip, I saw a lady in a white dress run from the beach to a […]

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