Let’s make summer vacation more scarce

Last week, I made a pitch for year-round school to Michigan’s lieutenant governor and Michelle Fecteau of the Michigan State Board of Education when they visited Traverse City as part of a listening tour on special education. I got sympathetic nods. With a special education child himself, Lt. Gov. CalleyRead More

Reflections on a birthday

“We’ve had Prince since August and he’s not dead yet,” my daughter remarked of our pet fish last winter. I smiled. Since our first fish didn’t make it past the one-month mark, it did seem like a milestone. Then she added: “We’re taking such good care of him.” That gave meRead More

We have now reached cruising altitude

Last month I asked readers to join me in a virtual launch of Sparrow Migrations, which was re-released by Lake Union Publishing in Kindle, paperback and audio editions on June 23. The flight path couldn’t be prettier: The book’s rank peaked at 398 on June 29; on June 20, three daysRead More