IN THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER: Sculpture Depicts Reliance; Citizens See Porn

The Orgy Statue

LOOK CLOSELY AT THIS STATUE.   What do you see?To some citizens in the small town of Adrian, Michigan, this is an orgy.Apparently, though, that's not what the artist intended.  "Blue Human Condition" by artist Mark Chatterley is, in the artist's words, a depiction of our reliance upon one another.  Chatterley told the Huffington Post, "living today, we can't do it alone -- we rely on other people… to try to survive."   Chatterley has worked for about ten years with the Midwest Scul … [Read more...]

WHERE THE LOVE OF GOD GOES: The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald

Edmund Fitzgerald 1

Does anyone know where the love of God goes When the waves turn the minutes to hours…--Gordon Lightfoot, “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald” It was circa July 1973, and my husband and I—young, free-wheeling and in love, with more dreams than experience—embarked on a driving trip through upper Michigan.  We’d never been much farther north than Lansing at that point.  We pitched a tent along the way, getting to know Grayling and Mio, the Au Sable River and the Traverse City wine country, fi … [Read more...]

RIDING THE RAILS: What I Learned Aboard Amtrak Wolverine #351

Good morning, America, how are you? Don’t you know me—I’m your native son…. --train lyrics by Steve Goodman, “City of New Orleans” I consider myself an experienced traveler.  Over the past twenty years I’ve explored seven or eight countries, and all but a couple of the contiguous American states.  I’ve traveled at least twice by train:  once as a small child, when my grandmother took me to Toledo aboard the last steam train to provide service in Michigan; and once with my own children to Ann Arbo … [Read more...]