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  By Scott Sullivan Editor Come & Gone Nothing is as it seems. Take coronavirus. Who knew social distancing I don’t need to practice because I’m an expert, would be so prescient. Then there’s social media. What’s social about trolling others while you’re secluded with a screen and keyboard? Where safer from viruses than online? […]

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By Fr. G. Corwin Stoppel Introverts have never had it so good. People who used to think we were standoffish because we don’t like to hug or mingle in crowds now almost applaud us for adhering to social distancing.  They don’t realize we have always been more comfortable with at least six feet of personal […]

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    By Scott Sullivan Editor Threats Everywhere Who knew rats eat cars? Even now I am curled in a fetal position from fear of coronavirus, the news hit like a ton of feathers: rodents nestle in cars during cold months, gnaw on wires, blow fuses, start fires … even total vehicles as they munch. […]

Life as performance art

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  By Fr. G. Corwin Stoppel Spanish director Luis Bunuel made a film about people who meet for dinner, then, after the meal, discover they cannot escape the room. Before long, instead of working together to find a solution, they turn on each othe I’m glad I can’t remember the movie’s name because I might […]

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By Scott Sullivan Editor When I’m 65 Whoa, mercy mercy me. Oh, things ain’t what they used to be …   Marvin Gaye sang that 49 years ago, but could have today. Or anytime. I was 16 when “Mercy Mercy Me” was Gaye’s follow-up hit to “What’s Going On.” Nothing is what it used to […]

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  By Scott Sullivan Editor Good Taste By popular request I am seeking a new career. It will be hard parting with the pay and prestige, but an editor’s life’s not easy. Humanity happens 24/7. People think you should know things you rather wouldn’t. Why go back to school when I’ve trained for years, without […]

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  By Scott Sullivan Editor Punked Head’s up, guys! It’s National Condom Month … “Cut!” the director cried. “Take two:” Here’s a tip … “Never mind,” he said.   When I was a boy, my parents took us on trips through West Michigan. Heading home Sundays, we couldn’t find restaurants open. “It’s the Lord’s Day […]

COVID-19 crisis: community responds

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  By Fr. G. Corwin Stoppel The weekend of the Winter Gallery Stroll also brought the opening of a new Robert Harry Fort exhibit at the Old School House in Douglas. As always, it was magnificently done. Fifteen of his local paintings are on display now through May, along with several paintings by Cora Bliss […]

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  By Scott Sullivan Editor Dopamine Fast I’m displeased feeling pleasure, sad when I’m happy and dissatisfied feeling satisfied. “You need dopamine fast,” my wife said. A dopamine fast? “The opposite.” Dopamine, as many of us pretend to know but don’t really, is the brain hormone/neurotransmitter that gives pleasure. There’s more involved, such as how […]

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By Fr. G. Corwin Stoppel I heard on the news the body of a soldier killed 70 years ago in Korea was finally being returned home for burial. He was one of 42 servicemen whose remains were repatriated a while back, but it took several years of DNA testing to find his family. The good […]