Patty LaNoue Stearns

Stink Bugs

Let It Be What’s with these creepy creatures that invade our homes in fall? By Patty LaNoue Stearns My feelings about insects have evolved, and I credit living Up North for this continuing enlightenment. After all, this is the place where fairylike iridescent dragonflies dance on the water, luminous fireflies twinkle like so many stars, …

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Nocturnal Theater

Late-Night Flying Circus Strange critters in our window feeder. It was 2 a.m. We were new to the house, city folks getting used to country living, wary of thumps in the night and what varmints might be lurking outdoors–maybe trying to get indoors. We’d already seen a wild turkey cross our driveway, a red fox …

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Artisan Kayaks

Dreamboat It began with an experiment in plywood. Eighteen years later, Al and Betsie Anderson have combined artisanship with ancient traditions to create sleek, glowing watercraft. Discover the alchemy that makes their Betsie Bay Kayaks the most sought-after boats in their class. By Patty LaNoue Stearns FRANKFORT–Legs straight, leaning back in the small cockpit, I …

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Milky the Clown

So Long, Milky Milky leaves warm, lasting memories for a devoted fan BY PATTY LaNOUE STEARNS We shivered excitedly in the chilly Green Room at Channel 4 Studios. Clad in paper-thin Brownie uniforms, we watched the monitor and waited our turn to compete in the relay race. Maybe, just maybe, we’d get the chance to …

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Mandolin Man

Nugget Mandolins The sweetness of bluegrass sound is built with the soul of a mandolin, and the best mandolins in the world are built in the shop of Antrim’s Mike Kemnitzer. Mike Kemnitzer sits quietly in his cramped shop in Central Lake, near Charlevoix, holding a nearly finished mandolin top to his ear with his …

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Natural World

Leaving It To Beaver By Patty LaNoue Stearns “So,” I asked the sellers at the closing of our house, “what kind of wildlife do you see around the property? Any deer?” “Well,” the wife offered, “there’s a beaver.” “Really?” I leaned forward excitedly. “Cool!” We signed the papers and took ownership of the house, on …

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Billy Bonds

RIP, Billy Bonds Ode to the best bad-ass newsman Detroit ever knew: “It’s Hard Being Bill Bonds” Mega-anchor describes the highs and lows of a high-octane life By Patty LaNoue Stearns Say what you will about Bill Bonds: You either love him or you hate him, plain and simple. Channel 7’s mega-anchor can be the …

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Richard Guindon

The Inscrutable Mr. G His characters are so weird. But somehow so normal. BY PATTY LaNOUE STEARNS He has been called an angry man, a bon vivant, an irreverent wit, an irrepressible cynic, a guy who’s a little too preoccupied with carp. Richard Guindon is all that. And on this particular December afternoon, the legendary, …

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Rufus Snoddy

Journey North Moving from the edge and energy of Los Angeles to the placid North forced artist Rufus Snoddy to look deep inside and adjust his bearings. It’s a frigid pre-spring day and Rufus Snoddy’s studio in the lower level of his Williamsburg home is nearly dark, save for a slice of gray light that …

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