Michigan’s Underwater Crucifix Draws Record Crowd for Annual Viewing

Photo courtesy of Sgt. Dennis Jessick

For the last 29 years, the faithful and the curious have braved the harsh Michigan winter on one Saturday in February or March to step onto the frozen surface of Little Traverse Bay, near Bayfront Park in Petoskey.There was a record crowd this year:  According to the Emmet County Sheriff's Department, 2,021 viewers made the hike on the frozen lake March 7.  Sgt. Dennis Jessick of the Emmet County Sheriff's Office Dive Team, who organizes the event each year, reported that many of the locals a … [Read more...]

Hell (Michigan) Is for Sale; and Now, Damned Group Wants to Buy It

The gift shop in Hell

Hell, Michigan is a small town about an hour west of Detroit, near the Pinckney Recreation Area.  There's not much there:  a ghoulish gift shop where visitors can purchase Halloween decorations and ghastly souvenirs, and a post office where  can get your letter postmarked "Hell."Two weeks ago--on Friday the 13th-- owner John Colone put the city of Hell up for sale.  For about a million dollars ($999,666, to be exact), you can own about five acres of land as well as the rustic novelties shop f … [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...]