Monday, September 20, 2021


This summer I noticed these growing on my street. Whenever I see thistles growing, I think about my grandmother, Lillian. Of course I didn't know her back in the 30s when she looked like this:

I remember her looking like she did in the photo below - in the blue polyester pant suit. (What was it about older people in the 1970s and polyester?) And, yes that's me in the middle.

Anyway, thistles always make me think of her. When she passed away I inherited her china tea cup collection and four of them are decorated with thistles. All the other cups seem completely random - except for those four. So now, whenever I see thistles, I think of her.

I know the "thistles" we have on Mackinac aren't the same thistles that grow in Scotland (where my grandma was born) - ours are common burdock, but they remind me of her all the same.

Tuesday, September 14, 2021


The clouds over Mackinac this week have been beautiful. There's just something about puffy clouds up in the sky, don't you think?

 I could just watch them blow across the sky all day long.

Thursday, September 9, 2021

I Wonder

On my walk to work this morning, I noticed something odd. These battery powered, red lights lined part of Cadotte Avenue; starting just downhill from Grand Hotel and marking  one side of the road. So far, no one I've asked seems to have any idea what they were for. Any thoughts?

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

First Day

Today was the first day of school and one of my new students brought me an apple to celebrate. Sometimes it's the little things that put a smile on your face.

Wednesday, September 1, 2021


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This last picture is what I want things to look like, but when I do it like this, this is what I get on the mobile site: