Happy Valentine’s Day

In the end, only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you. ~Buddha (Valentine’s Day, we love your hearts and candy and roses, but most of all your message. It is akin to the message of Buddha and of ice-glazed…

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Favorite Gifts Ideas from Up North, for you

  Main Street in Harbor Springs is an amazing place all year round, but during the holidays, our town will send you over the moon. There are big, fluffy snowflakes coming down pretty much from here on out, and there is nothing like strolling up one side of the street and down the other, sipping…

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Happy Thanksgiving

Gratitude . . . goes beyond the “mine” and “yours” to the truth that all of life is a pure gift. In the past I thought of gratitude as a spontaneous response to gifts received, but now I realize that gratitude can also be lived as a discipline. The discipline of gratitude is the explicit…

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Postcard from Up North

Love is the most necessary of all virtues…the fire of love of God and neighbor–it will work wonders. ~St. Anthony Mary Claret (On the feast of All Saints this week, I’m thinking of St. Anthony Claret of Spain. He took the road less traveled when he founded the small but powerful Claretian Missionaries. I worked…

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Postcard from Up North

  People don’t notice whether it’s summer or winter when they’re happy. ~Anton Chekhov (We hate to see her go, but we’ll hold her close until next time.)

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Postcard from Up North

Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. ~ W.H. Murray (Someone dreamed of a different life. She began it: she moved north, planted lavender, and it grew. A story of genius, power, magic.)

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Ingredient: Lavender

I was driving along highway 31 on the way back from Charlevoix, where I went to forage morels from the first outdoor farm market there back in May (that’s the extent of my foraging prowess…). Thank heavens for the stretch of road where the all-consuming lake view was blocked by pine trees, because in that…

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Postcard from Up North

I thought of that while riding my bicycle. ~ Albert Einstein, in reference to the Theory of Relativity (The bikes of summer are everywhere Up North. They help a mind wander.)

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