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FTV: Quotable

  Too often, quotes we remember for some reason spring from our lips even though their origins  may be vague. Many memorable quotes come from the world of sports and we tend to remember the malapropisms and mixed metaphors (from the likes of Yogi Berra) longer than others.  Berra’s unintentional mangling of the English language made […]

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FTV: Wood Stories

 When one is young, it is sometimes hard to fathom why your parents work so hard.  We always had a perfectly good coal or oil furnace in the houses we lived in, yet my father was obsessed with cutting firewood.  Of course, one needed a fireplace or a wood stove of some sort to warrant […]

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FTV: Time and Tide Part 2

     In Part 1 of Time and Tide, we examined some of the ways humans have managed to foul up Mother Nature’s handiwork.  Specifically, we looked at the mess humans caused by adjusting natural beach patterns in Bayocean, Oregon, Grand Marais, Michigan, and the Lakeshore Boulevard beach front in Marquette, Michigan.  In this segment, we will […]

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FTV: Bottles and Balloons

       Early Sunday afternoon, several hours before the start of Super Bowl LIII, my wife and I were running a few errands after church.  As we crossed the Parker Avenue / Greenland Road intersection on the way to downtown Ontonagon, an object moving on the side street to our right caught our eye.  To me, […]

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FTV: Winter Wanderings

 A Born Loser cartoon from some time ago showed Brutus Thornapple (aka: The Born Loser) walking waist deep along a snowlined sidewalk.  He was recounting how the snow had been deeper and the snow banks higher when he was a kid. Trailing behind is his son Wilberforce, but of course, all you can see of […]

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FTV: Little Pink Houses

   When John Mellencamp’s hit single Little Pink Houses shot up the record charts, I liked it immediately.  Why? Like the lyrics suggest, I actually did grow up in a pink house.  At the time it wasn’t my favorite color, especially when we did one of those elementary school art projects were we were asked to […]

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