Monthly Archives: July 2021

TENT CATERPILLARS

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LIVESTOCK REPORT

With our rather relaxed approach to modern lawn-care come the critters. Yes, we have earned a buck or two in the process, or lack of process. See if you can find him in the first photo.

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PRESSING ON

Life with Charley:The “Duneries” Press onby Charles McKelvy Last time, I promised a tale about how we founded our self-publishing venture, The Dunery Press, on a napkin at a Chinese restaurant in Toronto in 1988.Remember?Well, we certainly do, because our … Continue reading

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CHRISTMAS IN JULY

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KAL-A-MA-ZOO!!!!

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JULY FADE-OUT

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STANDING BY

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THE WRITES OF MARRIAGE

Life with Charley:The Writing Life with the Writing Wifeby Charles McKelvy So, I left you wondering last time if:A. I would win the heart of the fair Natalie DeViney, andB. If she would land me a job at Crain Communications, … Continue reading

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ON THE SOUTH SHORE OF CHICAGO

I returned Sunday to the Chicago neighborhood of my early childhood: South Shore. Specifically, I checked in at the South Shore Cultural Center for a brief trip to the “necessary room.” It was ready and waiting, and, after a wee … Continue reading

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A MATCH MADE IN THE NEWSROOM

Life with Charley:The Write Womanby Charles McKelvy I left you in the lurch last time, didn’t I?Yes, I was about to meet the love of my life, the fair Natalie DeViney, in the editorial offices of Crain Communications, in Chicago, … Continue reading

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CERMAK AND WENTWORTH

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RETURN OF THE NATIVE

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BACK TO THE BEGINNING

(Chicago, IL) As Joe Rochetto and I were cruising north on South Shore Drive on Saturday afternoon, I mentioned that we were directly east of the apartment building in which I spent the first six years of my life. Joe … Continue reading

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RARE SIGHTING

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A GREAT RIDE ON THE GREAT NORTHERN

Travels with Charley:Travel by Great Northern Railwayby Charles McKelvy “Looks like we’ll travel by train.”Those were the memorable words of my scoutmaster for the Boy Scout World Jamboree 1967 at Farragut State Park on the shores of Lake Pend Oreille … Continue reading

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A BUCK FOR A GOOD MOWER

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OUT TO SEA

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LIFE WITH CHARLEY, cont.

The Writing Life, part threeby Charles McKelvy And so they sent me forth from Illinois State University in 1972 with a B.S. in English-Journalism.Just in time for the war in Vietnam, right?Right, and I did write a novel titled Holy … Continue reading

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COMING ATTRACTION

With the explosive 4th of July holiday weekend being deposited into the memory bank, my thoughts naturally turn to winter. Labor Day is but nine weekends away, and then the gales of November will come early and soon the big … Continue reading

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SKY FLOWERS

The Baroda Fireworks never disappoint, and they were right on point last night with a 4th of July Eve spectacle. A spectacle to end all spectacles. And we who are blessed to live in Berrien County, Michigan were thrilled to … Continue reading

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GOOD, ORDERLY DIRECTION

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A PLAINWELL PROMENADE

We joined our dear friend Mary Lober for lunch at her house in Otsego, Michigan on Wednesday. And for clarinet lessons with her grand-niece Alie. Alie, by the way, is making amazing progress and will do well when she plays … Continue reading

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