Monthly Archives: January 2011

And now for the wife-carrying competition!

Ladies and gentlemen, I know some of you have been waiting for the Wife-Carrying competition photos for three years. We are so sorry–we were never at the appropriate time in the appropriate place in Hancock during Heikinpaiva to present you … Continue reading

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“If your friends jumped in the lake in January, would you?”

Did any of your mothers ever tell you:  “If your friend jumped off a cliff, would you?”  Your mother meant:  “Hey, kid!  Think for yourself!  Don’t just be a follower.  Don’t jump in the lake in January just because your … Continue reading

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From Lions to Bears to Reindeer…Welcome to Heikinpaiva!

          Yoko Onomaki and John Lennoniemi (you have to realize that lots of the Finns who settled around the Upper Peninsula have last names like “Maki” and “Niemi”) handed out the words to the song they sang: “Imagine … Continue reading

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Secrets we don’t share…

I have been thinking about the things we don’t share. We all know what we share. We share about good things, happy things, pondering things, challenging things…but what don’t we share? It’s always interesting to look at what we don’t … Continue reading

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Patterns

Look closer at everything you see.  Patterns reveal themselves everywhere! Repeated spirals, repeated movements, repeated colors, repeated spirals, repeated beautiful patterns. Nature patterns itself endlessly, and we humans do, too. What is it about patterns that appeals to us? What … Continue reading

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First you shoot your food…then you eat it.

I suppose you think I’m talking about shooting rabbits, right?  Making booyah (as they call rabbit stew around here, even though Wikipedia says it’s made with beef, chicken or pork).  Or maybe you think we’ve shot a deer and we’re … Continue reading

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Shouldn’t it be illegal to wake up at 4 a.m?

OK, it’s 4:34 a.m. now. I have brewed a cup of coffee and laced it liberally with hazelnut creamer. Posted my status on Facebook:  “Shouldn’t it be illegal to wake up at 4 a.m.?  Too many creative ideas brewing…”  (No, no, … Continue reading

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