Limiting Public Land Jeopardizes Michigan’s Character
Nobody’s going to confuse it with Chicago or Denver, but Lansing is an honest-to-God city, albeit mid-sized. We’ve got a decent food scene, a solid bus system, skyscrapers—even our own professional ball club.
It’s a great place to work. But like Melville’s Ishmael when he was away from the sea awhile, if I’m too long in town without at least a brief escape to the woods, “it requires a strong moral principle to prevent me from deliberately stepping into the street, and methodically knocking people’s hats off.”
Luckily, a couple of years ago I discovered a secret spot on a little trout creek about an hour southwest of my home in East Lansing. (I’m not divulging details. Unless you buy me a Two Hearted Ale—then I’ll tell you exactly where it is.) Read more
Dear Dean Transportation:
Today (May 8th) there are about one-dozen Dean charter buses parked on Pere Marquette Street in Lansing (possibly related to Mitt Romney’s Lansing speech?) These buses have been idling for more than an hour with no occupants. It seems a tremendous waste of fuel, an unnecessary release of pollutants, and increases in carbon monoxide and other unhealthy byproducts that drift into the businesses, offices (mine included) and pedestrians along the street.
If Dean has no idling policy, it might be a worthwhile endeavor — both from a business/cost perspective and a good neighbor perspective.
Thank you for your time
Hugh McDiarmid Jr.
(We’ll share any response from Dean in a future update. As an aside, many other states have idling laws. Michigan does not.)
Fly me to the moon
Let me play among the stars
Let me see what spring is like
On Jupiter and Mars
In other words, it’s almost the weekend and it’s springtime. So you need a fantastic Saturday plan. Well, what could be better than a Pure Michigan enviro-chic date night watching the ‘super moon’ rise?
This nature-rich date idea will score high points for originality, romantic quality, cost effectiveness and sustainability levels (which is important, because women are more attracted to green behavior).
The moon Saturday is not just a full moon; it’s a ‘super moon’. It will be slightly closer to earth than normal from our perspective, so it will appear 14% bigger and 30% brighter than usual. And this ‘super moon’ is going to be the best in the last 18 years. Read more