Category Archives: friends and neighbors

David LaGrand for Michigan State Senate

From what I can tell, it’s common practice among bloggers to apologize when their entries get less frequent. But an apology seems a little presumptuous to me. Do people really feel dejected or neglected when the blogging gets thin? Doubtful. So, excuse me while I skip the remorse and instead mention a couple things that have been occupying the time that I otherwise would have spent writing here…

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SuperDay

Yesterday the neighbor boy two doors down turned 5, so his parents threw him a little birthday party–just a small, low-key gathering of friends and family to wish him well.
Ha! Really it was a total blowout, a superhero extravaganza. I must say that the things a few of us neighbors agreed to do for this party would be much too embarrassing for me to mention–if I had any shame left at all. But I don’t, so here’s a picture of three middle-aged Super Neighbors flying down the makeshift zip line across the backyard…

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The Cutter of ‘The Cut’

The premiere episode of The Cut is airing tonight at 8:00 p.m. on CBS. It’s a “Project Runway” type of show—not that I’ve ever seen “Project Runway,” but that’s what I’ve read. Tommy Hilfiger puts 16 fashion designer wannabes through their paces to decide who will get a gig working for the master.

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Books in the Queue

What a bookish Christmas I’ve had! I received so many wonderful new books for my birthday and Christmas that I worry about how I’ll ever find the time to read them. Here they are, in no particular order, all of them linked to further descriptions on amazon.com…

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Return of the Signs

Our neighbors refuse to give up, even after seven of their signs have been stolen. I wrote about these Kerry supporters a couple weeks ago when all they had remaining on their yard was a single homemade sign decrying the thefts. Now they have five or six signs of various sizes, as well as a few flags and a “support our troops” poster in the front window…

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Conflict Lab Wins Apple Design Award

A good friend of mine, Michael VanHouten, just informed me that his tiny, family-run company won the 2004 Apple Design Award in the Best QuickTime Content for Education category. The company, Conflict Lab, creates multi-player negotation simulations for the educational … Continue reading 

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Art by Virginia Wieringa

I’ve just added a section to this site for Virginia Wieringa to showcase some of her artwork. The artist, also known as “Aunt Ginny,” has used watercolor paints, charcoal, and oils to create gorgeous nature scenes and intimate still lifes. … Continue reading 

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Scooter Girl Ends American Idol Bid

Our dear friend Nicole, aka Scooter Girl, was among the top 60 or so singers on American Idol, but, alas, she didn’t make it to the top 32. We were hoping that the judges might decide to bring her back … Continue reading 

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What’s New – January 2004

Nicole Tieri, a friend and former student of mine, appeared on American Idol this month. She was among 8,000 or so people in New York City to audition for the show, and the judges—at least, Paula and Simon—thought she was good … Continue reading 

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