A Labor Day salute to the Mackinac Island Bridge builders

A Labor Day salute to the Mackinac Island Bridge builders

This weekend, we floated under and later drove over the magnificent Mackinac Island Bridge. The structure, which spans five miles and was at one time the longest suspension bridge in the world, stands as an excellent tribute to the fortitude of the American worker. At least 3,500 workers and 350 engineers spent 48 months building [...]

Ice sculptures and the fleeting beauty of the season

Ice sculptures and the fleeting beauty of the season

The ice sculptures that lined College Avenue last weekend stood as perfect metaphors for the season they represented -- beautiful, pure, and so very, very fleeting. Unseasonable warmth seeped into the pieces shortly after the artists carved them. It cracked smooth panes and rendered some south facing sculptures quickly unrecognizable. I thought it was a [...]

A sweet kickoff to one of our favorite weeks of the year

We kicked off one of our favorite weeks of the year with 27 Elsa-of-varying-age sightings, four kinds of cooked pumpkins seeds, three jack o'lanterns, two giant meals and one pretty peacock. Our love of Halloween, well-documented here on this blog, spans generations and shows no signs of abating. Six days before the actual event, we [...]