5 December 2014
The Upper Peninsula in winter looks like a Currier and Ives print. And what’s for dinner on the big day? How about some venison?
31 October 2014
Actor Stephen Wiig talked his way from Negaunee into Metallica’s road crew, and from there he hasn’t really looked back.
26 September 2014 • 16 comments
Alcohol – and, increasingly, drugs – are deeply ingrained in over-the-bridge culture. And like everywhere, they are behind the area’s crime statistics.
15 August 2014 • 8 comments
Why do so many films made in the state shoot in the southern regions? People, equipment and inadequate promotion.
11 July 2014
Today, fireworks and patriotism are complicated things for many. Then, they were part and parcel of the best day of summer.
30 May 2014
If you grew up in Michigan, you might have a place like Teal Lake. Lucky you.
18 April 2014 • 2 comments
Ellen Airgood is one recent Upper Peninsula novelist whose work has traveled beyond the state. But she still hasn’t quit her day job.
14 March 2014 • 3 comments
Does the Upper Peninsula have abysmal health statistics because of geography, behavior, poverty or something else? Likely all of the above.
7 February 2014
How does a kid from Negaunee become a card-carrying union brother of George Clooney? Practice, practice, practice.
20 December 2013 • 5 comments
Steve Hamilton is a bestselling author who locates his crime stories not in the big city, but in the small town of Paradise, Mich., a dot on the U.P. map overlooking Whitefish Bay. His books include “A Cold Day in Paradise,” “Winter […]
15 November 2013 • 4 comments
If you live in the Upper Peninsula and fly a booger-green and pus-yellow flag from your house, please realize you are grossing us out. And you should move. Back with the sinners and cons who live in Wisconsin. The reason for this […]
11 October 2013
I have noticed, at several bookstores, an entire row dedicated to tales about Michigan ghosts with titles like “Haunted Michigan: recent encounters with active spirits,” “Michigan’s Most Haunted: A Ghostly Guide to The Great Lakes State,” “Haunted Travels of Michigan: A Book […]
6 September 2013 • 2 comments
Sometimes I get disappointed in Yoopers when they refuse to discuss the problems we have in the area, wanting to pretend there are none. I’d much rather address them and start the discussion about solutions. When I think of issues that need […]
25 July 2013 • 4 comments
No less an authority than the Library of Congress notes that Michigan has no poet laureate, a shortcoming we share with Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico, Ohio and Pennsylvania. In national benchmarks of iambic pentameter and blank verse, we fall short. Why? How […]
9 June 2013 • 1 comment
Novelist Jim Harrison once observed that the farther north you travel in Michigan, the worse the food gets. Of course, some Yoopers think the opposite. One must remember Harrison is far from being a true-blood Yooper, one who appreciates the artistry of […]
4 May 2013 • 1 comment
I’ve lived in Mount Pleasant, Oshtemo, Forest Park, Rogers Park, and worked in Chicago, Detroit, Kalamazoo, Oak Park and Mackinac Island. I’m probably forgetting some places. Nomadic, I’ve stomped around the Midwest, circling Lake Michigan maybe 100 times. I find myself writing […]