Monthly Archives: November 2019

A FURTHER SEA

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THROUGH THE WOODS

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THANK A FARMER TODAY!

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GRATEFUL FOR THE GAME

I am grateful for the game of baseball this Thanksgiving. What?!? You heard me: I am celebrating baseball on Turkey Day despite the endless football. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy football, and I am a lifelong Bears fan. I … Continue reading

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SUNSET STRIP

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BIG WALK ON CAMPUS

(UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME) After enjoying a delayed broadcast of the Met Opera’s Madama Butterfly at the Browning Cinema on Sunday, we three took a stroll around campus, paying particular attention to the Hayes Sculpture Park along Angela Boulevard.

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SUNSET LIMITED

An evening bike ride around Harbert, Michigan and vicinity, turned into the route of the Sunset Limited.  To wit:

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OUR SATURDAY VISITOR

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MARK YOUR CALENDARS

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COMMAND POST

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ROOM SERVICE ON THE BROADWAY LIMITED

(Author’s Note: I am pleased to report that the following essay appeared in the Fall 2019 issue of CLASSIC TRAINS magazine.) (CLASSIC TRAINS) My grandfather, Kenneth Macfarlan, worked as a freight clerk for the Pennsylvania Railroad in Philadelphia, hence we … Continue reading

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TRAINING FOR WINTER

My favorite way to travel in winter?  By rail, of course.  Here are some of my favorite training for winter shots from the archives:

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HAND OUT

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SUNSET POINT

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NOW, THROUGH FEBRUARY 2, 2020

Resilience: African American Artists As Agents of Change is on display at Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, or KIA, through February 5, 2020.  The show features works by 42 artists and explores race, gender, endurance, triumph, and spirituality.  You have until … Continue reading

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NIGHT WATCH

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REMAINS OF THE DAY

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FLASH FICTION: IN CONCERT

He adjusted his music stand, picked up his clarinet, and awaited the conductor’s pleasure. The conductor raised his baton, smiled and let the music begin. And so it did. And so he became one with the band, and that wasn’t … Continue reading

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FLASH FICTION: ARTISTIC LICENSE

She was so annoyed by the endlessly chattering trio of women that she took action: decisive action. No more blithering and blathering in the Dutch Golden Age galleries of the art museum. No mas. Halt’s Maul! Ruhe, Kinder! Cease and … Continue reading

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SO NOVEMBER

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WHEN THE MOON IS FULL

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INDOOR CAT

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IN PERFORMANCE

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SOLD AMERICAN!

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LEST WE FORGET

(Benton Harbor, Michigan) The Mendel Center at Lake Michigan College presented LEST WE FORGET, a patriotic concert featuring the Southshore Concert Band, on Sunday, November 10, 2019.  Yes, yours truly was there in the clarinet section just a tootlin’ away. … Continue reading

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MOON GLOW

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THANKS FOR ALL THE APPLES

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SOOTHING SOUTH HAVEN

(South Haven, Michigan) We enjoyed a soothing afternoon in this lovely lakeside city on Thursday thanks to our friends Randy and Mary Lober, who treated us to a leisurely luncheon at Clementine’s.  Alas, Randy could not join us, so we … Continue reading

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SNOW IN THE NIGHT

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BOY IN THE BAND

“Congratulations! You have chosen to become a member of the best concert band in southwest Michigan!” That was Southshore Concert Band Conductor Dale Reuss fulfilling my musical dream on Thursday, September 12 at Lake Michigan College in Benton Harbor, Mich. … Continue reading

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