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How Not To Pardon A Turkey, and Other Thoughts About Thanksgiving

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Ah, November in Michigan. The autumn leaves are all gone, and the ice is forming on the lake around the dock poles I was planning to get out of the water on the next nice day. Christmas decorations and the latest crop of toys have been torturing kids riding around in Costco shopping carts since Labor day. A light and festive dusting of snow is on the lawn mower.

It's Thanksgiving time!

One of the first signs of Thanksgiving is the annual Pardoning of the Turkey by various American heads of state. We all remember a few years ago when President Bush was repaid for his official act of mercy, live on national television, with an impromptu pecking by the pardoned poultry of the president's crotchical region.  more...

 


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July 4th: Deadliest Boating Holiday

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The Coast Guard advises all boaters and paddlers venturing out on the water this Fourth of July to be responsible and prudent mariners, to save the alcohol for when the trip is completed, and to maintain a constant safety vigil.

The Fourth of July holiday is not only the busiest boating period of the year, but it also holds the tragic distinction of being the deadliest nationwide.   more...

 



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Near, but not dear

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A city’s weekend getaway spot can say a lot about its character. New Yorkers have the glitzy, elites-only Hamptons, and Chicagoans have unfussy, come-as-you-are Harbor Country. Made up of eight towns (and lovely beaches) hugging Lake Michigan just above the Indiana border, Harbor Country has a chill vibe perfect for perennially jeans-clad Chicagoans.   more...

 



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