Category Archives: summer

Holland, Michigan: beaching, biking, and melting (down)

Now that August is here and our thoughts are turning to the inevitable return to school and work, I am hitting my summer stride, finally. Who knew it would take so long? Maybe the mini-vacation to Holland, Michigan helped in … Continue reading

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Trying harder at Inside Out

Three Oaks hosted Inside Out on Saturday, July 30th.  The festival consisted of many of the Elm Street proprietors showing their wares, plus spaces for games, creative outlets for the kids, and live music. Three Oaks makes an effort to … Continue reading

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The charm of the corn

After taking a 25 mile ride yesterday through some of the biggest hills I’ve yet to climb on a bike, I decided to try some flat roads today.  My ride took me on a long winding, slight rolling hills, ride … Continue reading

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On neighbors

When I was a kid, we only infrequently visited neighbors, but my parents did spend quite a bit of time on the front porch during the summer, idly watching kids playing in the street or visiting with whomever might wander … Continue reading

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We all scream for ice cream

When we moved to Three Oaks, there were three ice cream shops in town, and then this summer, we discovered that all three had closed. Perhaps I knew it was coming, because I’d been on an ice cream making kick … Continue reading

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Biking’s evil twin

As much as biking is work for me, it beats spinning by miles. I admit that at the start of the summer, I was so out of shape that I joined the YMCA in order to whip myself into some … Continue reading

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On biking

It’s been about a month, and I’ve only run six times that I can recall.  During the winter, I was thrilled to be running, but injuries have forced me to switch to plan B — biking. Unlike running, biking takes … Continue reading

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Summer movies, adoption style

We took Monkey Man and Gorilla Girl to see Kung Fu Panda 2 over the Memorial Day weekend.  Monkey Man has been obsessed with Kung Fu Panda, and our whole family knows the story. The first time I watched the … Continue reading

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Cousins

The warm lazy days of summer have become the scorching and busy days for us in the last week.  We had visits from our cousins (my nieces and nephews) and we had a reunion with our “Vietnam Cousins” — the … Continue reading

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Baseball on the Southside

“The Cure” by Katherine  Harer baseball is a good antidote for death where else do we mutter belief scream hope over green grass bathed in light where else do we coach the best out of one another it’s all right … Continue reading

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