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Mars Settlements, Anti-Aging Expected in 20 Years

I wrote a piece a couple of years ago about advances being made in medical technologies that would greatly increase life expectancy for your children and mine. For instance my son, who is now fifteen could reasonably be expected to live beyond the century mark. Some say a fifteen year old now could live to […]

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Times Are Still Changing

Change continues in Marion, Michigan, and that is a good thing. This week we’re taking a look back just five short years when we found these things happening Along the Beaten Path.  Change is inevitable. It is often controversial and subject to resistance, it being human nature to oppose change. Change usually comes slowly to […]

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What’s Cooking?

I was just out to my Asparagus patch and it is starting to peek through the ground, so will do a couple of recipes for that delicious green vegetable…with the first coming from our old family cook book. ASPARAGUS TOMATO SOUP 1 medium onion, chopped coarsely 1 carrot, chopped coarsely 2 Tbsp. flour 2 Tbsp. butter 5 cups chicken broth […]

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Enjoy the Season of Miracles

The season of miracles has finally arrived. Spring is no longer “just around the corner.” And while words seem inadequate to describe the wonder of this favorite time of the year, Solomon’s poetic picture of the occasion may come the closest to expressing how we feel. “Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come […]

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State Government Focuses On Worker Safety With MDOT Initiative

The Michigan Department of Transportation is aiming to increase road worker safety, with 75 injuries reported in state work zones in 2016. This statistic is up from 69 injuries in 2015, Michigan Live reports. There were also 4,908 car crashes in work zones last year, another increase from the 4,776 reported in 2015. Department officials […]

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We’ve All Had Days Like This

Last Saturday was one of those days where I should have stayed in bed. You’ve heard of two left hands? Well for a southpaw, Saturday was my right handed day. I typically devote much of Saturday to doing odd jobs around the house. My first task was to change an ordinary light bulb that had […]

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Along Our Beaten Path

It is said that spring travels north at a rate of something like 16 miles a day. That would be genuine spring weather, the kind which gives us rich green grass, buds on trees, daffodils and forsythia. We live with that anticipation for much of March and April, waiting for our mile marker to be […]

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There’s Still Time To Finish Well

In his book, “Fascinating Stories of Forgotten Lives, Charles Swindoll concludes his thoughts on the importance of an impressive finish in life by telling of his experience playing in the Third Marine Division Band. He says he learned that the most important notes are the last few bars of the piece. “You can recover from […]

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What’s Cooking?

With the spring weather here, I am sure that the time is coming for those great Smelt to start their run, so here is a super recipe for them little fishes….. BEER BATTER FRIED SMELT 2 pounds (16-24) smelt 1 cup flour 1/4 tsp. paprika 1/2 tsp. salt 1/8 tsp. pepper 3/4 cup of beer Oil for deep frying When cleaning the smelt, I use scissors […]

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Flying A Scary Proposition

“Fly the friendly skies!” Are you kidding me? United, along with most American airlines are the opposite of friendly. Nothing depicted that more than the doctor that was drug off a United flight from Chicago to Louisville because he wouldn’t give up the seat he had bought and paid for. Unless you live under a […]

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