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Shipwrecks of the Great Lakes: The Wreck of the Verano

by Julie Royce /
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Nov 12, 2022 / 0 comments

The approximate 6,000 ships that have succumbed to raging storms attest to the power of the Great Lakes. As I traveled, writing and compiling information for my three-volume travel series that explores Michigan's coasts, I heard or read the tales left behind by those ill-fated ships. They add a somber, but compelling backdrop to Michigan’s waterways.

Shipwrecks of the Great Lakes: The Wreck of the Verano

Through the Eyes of an Educator: Choosing You (be where your feet are)

by Stacey Ebert /
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Nov 07, 2022 / 0 comments

It’s arrived! That time of year where life feels like it’s full speed ahead and nonstop glitter-filled energy. The educational year is in its groove, every week there’s a game or a concert or a special event, and even taking a moment to find your own breath seemingly involves a calendar invitation. We’re officially in that final quarter of the year when resolution inklings creep in, ‘to do’ lists pile up, and many of us feel pulled in multiple directions. 

In these final months of the year, how do you tend to show up?

Policing Bodies is a Human Rights Violation: A discussion with Michigan Representative Julie Rogers

by Emma Fitzsimmons /
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Nov 04, 2022 / 0 comments
Without nationally governing legislation, the United States is one of only 14 countries globally in which reproductive rights can vary across state lines. The overturning of Roe v. Wade on June 24th, 2022 plunged the American reproductive healthcare system into deep uncertainty, as well as subsequently violating several human rights, such as: 

Travel with Awe and Wonder: Newfoundland Weather

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Oct 31, 2022 / 0 comments

This summer, my husband and I undertook a move. A relocation from Massachusetts to Arizona has been undertaken by others, no doubt. We decided to make things a little more interesting than a direct route. We headed north. Our circuitous route is winding us through Newfoundland, Portugal, and North Carolina. When one would think to take the southerly route from the Carolina’s to Arizona in the winter months, we will make Bugs Bunny’s famous right turn at Albuquerque to get to Bozeman, Montana. Then, we’ll drive to Arizona.

Shipwrecks of the Great Lakes: The Ghost Ship S.S. Bannockburn

by Julie Royce /
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Oct 29, 2022 / 0 comments

The approximate 6,000 ships that have succumbed to raging storms attest to the power of the Great Lakes. As I traveled, writing and compiling information for my three-volume travel series that explores Michigan's coasts, I heard or read the tales left behind by those ill-fated ships. They add a somber, but compelling backdrop to Michigan’s waterways.

 

Policing Bodies is a Human Rights Violation: An interview with MSP Gillian Mackay

by Emma Fitzsimmons /
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Oct 28, 2022 / 0 comments

“Health care isn’t controversial, it’s a Human Right”
~ MSP Gillian Mackay

Policing Bodies is a Human Rights Violation: An interview with MSP Gillian Mackay

Hope for Refugees: Saved but not Safe

by Sandra Okafor /
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Oct 20, 2022 / 0 comments

Here is a story about a 15-year-old boy called Rifat living in the city of Aleppo in Syria in 2016. Since 2011, Syria has been in a civil war, and the residents of Aleppo, like all Syrians, were living with the effects of the war.

Travel with Awe and Wonder: Stumble-Upons: First Observations in Newfoundland

by Christy Anselmi /
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Oct 18, 2022 / 0 comments

This summer, my husband and I undertook a move. A relocation from Massachusetts to Arizona has been undertaken by others, no doubt. We decided to make things a little more interesting than a direct route. We headed north. Our circuitous route is winding us through Newfoundland, Portugal, and North Carolina. When one would think to take the southerly route from the Carolina’s to Arizona in the winter months, we will make Bugs Bunny’s famous right turn at Albuquerque to get to Bozeman, Montana. Then, we’ll drive to Arizona.

Music for friendship, connection, and perspective

by Kerry Dexter /
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Oct 17, 2022 / 0 comments

Friends old and new can offer connection and perspective in shifting times.

The many aspects of friendship come up as a source for musicians, of course. Friendship also often informs the creation of music itself, as musicians collaborate in writing, playing, and recording their work.

Here are several ways to consider these varied aspects of friendship as expressed through music.

Hope for refugees: We deserve the right to feel safe

by Sandra Okafor /
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Oct 11, 2022 / 0 comments

During one of my classes at the University of Stirling, we were asked what our decision would be if we had the power to grant asylum to a woman seeking asylum in our country on the grounds of consistent domestic violence from her husband. Being a woman and coming from a background where multiple women have died as a result of domestic violence, either directly or indirectly, I naturally want to offer her respite, but I also know that the answer depends on the substantive laws of both my country and her home country.

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