Monthly Archives: September 2019

ABROAD IN BRIDGEPORT

The storied Bridgeport neighborhood of Chicago is my home-away-from-home because there resides my Benedictine home, the Monastery of the Holy Cross.  As a Benedictine Oblate, I make a point of visiting the monastery at least once a month.  And it … Continue reading

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DAYCATION IN DETROIT

(Motown, U.S.A.) My good buddy Randy Lober and I motored east to the Motor City Thursday to watch the Tigers play their last home game against the Minnesota Twins and to groove on some Detroit vibes.  No matter that the … Continue reading

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SUNSET DRIVE

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MIGGIE

(Detroit, Michigan) Happiness was watching Miguel Cabrera and his Tiger teammates give the AL Central Champs, the Minnesota Twins, a run for their money on Thursday, September 26, 2019.  The Tigers lost 10-4, but Miggie hit a single in the … Continue reading

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FURTHER ADVENTURES OF FLYBOY

Flyboy has been living up to his name as he settles into his new digs here in Harbert, Michigan.  He licks his bowl clean, he took an immediate liking to the fancy scratching post we bought him, and he plays … Continue reading

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WATCHING FOR WINTER

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FLYBOY TAKES OFF!!!

After two nights of gathering his wits under the bed, Flyboy took off Sunday. He was all over us and all over the house, playing with every cat toy we put before him.  He ate like a hungry kitten, and … Continue reading

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FLYBOY LANDS IN HARBERT

(Harbert, Michigan) We honored Tiger, Jacqui and Makita Friday by adopting Flyboy, a five-month, short-hair, mixed breed cat with beautiful black-and-white detailing.  Why Flyboy?  Because he flew about when we first met him last week at the Humane Society of … Continue reading

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RESTING IN PEACE

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TIGER’S TALE

(Editor’s Note: We mourn the passing of Tiger and honor him with this account of his life with us that we published a year ago.) When our beloved cat Jacqui Jackson was taken by a coyote on August 12, 2018, … Continue reading

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PARTING SHOTS OF TIGER

Sad news, friends: Tiger went to the Rainbow Bridge on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at 5:30 p.m.  He had been with us a year and almost a month.  He was gentle, loving, and accepting of his slow decline.  We don’t … Continue reading

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RAMPWAY TO HEAVEN

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MOTOR DRIVE

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THE SCENIC ROUTE TO CHICAGO

Joe Rochetto and I motored to Chicago Saturday to attend Solemn Vespers at the Monastery of the Holy Cross in his native Bridgeport neighborhood, and Joe, who was at the wheel, asked: “Should we take the scenic route?”  To which … Continue reading

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SOLEMN VESPERS

(Monastary of the Holy Cross, Chicago) Here is but a small sample of the angelic music proclaimed Saturday evening by the monks and Schola Laudis for the Solemnity of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross:

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HAPPINESS IS HAVING HART

I am writing this on a hot, muggy day late in the summer of 2019 to tell you that I am cool and dry thanks entirely to the good offices of Hart Heating & Air of Benton Harbor, Mich. Yes, … Continue reading

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SUN’S FLOWERS

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I’M IN!!!

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GOIN’ IN

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CALLING ALL CLOUDS

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THE WAITING GAME

Nick and Nora loved dogs, and they loved to travel. But they didn’t travel with their dogs, because that was way too much trouble for such a pair of urban sophisticates. So what they did was go the animal shelter … Continue reading

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NEW TROY WETLAND

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DELIVER DE LETTER

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TWIN TOWERS

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CHICKEN DINNER

A FARM FABLE: The little boy said he wanted chicken for dinner. So his mother grabbed her chopping knife and headed out to the barnyard. The little boy ran after her, crying: “Where are you going, Momma?!?” “I’m getting a … Continue reading

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YEAR OF THE GOATS

We were strolling down the beach path to catch a summer sunset when what should our wondering eyes behold but a goat, happily munching on our overgrown foliage. Goat, you say? At the Prairie Club, in Harbert, Mich.? Why, yes, … Continue reading

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LOGGING LOCOMOTIVE

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STEAMY POWER SHOW

  (HESSTON STEAM MUSEUM, INDIANA) What better way in which to celebrate the end of summer than by attending the Hesston Steam & Power Show on Labor Day.  We do it annually, and we take comfort in the soot and … Continue reading

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CHERRY BEACH

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THANK A TANK

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