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Cracking GRAM
GRAM is your go-to-place in Grand Rapids.  It is a totally green building and easy to negotiate.

GRAM is your go-to-place in Grand Rapids. It is a totally green building and easy to negotiate.

(Grand Rapids, Michigan) We finally toured the Grand Rapids Art Museum, or GRAM, and we can only say:  WE’LL BE BACK!!!! We focused on the permanent collection in the galleries on the third floor, and we were rewarded with one visual delight after another.  GRAM, which is located downtown at 101 Monroe…

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Railroad Writing

Track Star

Flash Fiction

by Charles McKelvy

Walkin' on down the line.

Walkin’ on down the line.

Tired of waiting, the man jumped from the platform to the tracks and walked home.

He had a long, long way to go, but he was restless, irritable, and discontent, and so he was in need of a good, long walk.

And so he walked along the tracks determined to reach his home, some three counties and two states distant.

When the train…

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Beached

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IMG_7614(Harbert, Michigan) With the thermometer barely hitting 60, and the wind howling down the length of Lake Michigan, it was a good day to tend to long-deferred dry dock repairs to faithful old Seahawk.  So this sailor went down to the waving, sweet-water sea and got his sea kayak seaworthy for all the calm days ahead until the storms of November come slashin’.

Seahawk was heeding the small-craft warnings Monday.

Seahawk was heeding the small-craft…

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Lights out, Campers!
The Galien River County Park in New Buffalo, Michigan is open from sunrise to sunset.  I got this shot just before closing Sunday.

The Galien River County Park in New Buffalo, Michigan is open from sunrise to sunset. I got this shot just before closing Sunday.

The Galien River was in a dusky mood Sunday at sunset.

The Galien River was in a dusky mood Sunday at sunset.

 

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Have Clarinet, Will Travel

Have Clarinet, Will Travel

My teacher ever reminds me that in order to receive the gift of music, one must forever give it away.  Hence, our rail trip yesterday to Hinsdale, Illinois to celebrate the 67th wedding anniversary of Natalie’s parents, Glen and Alice DeViney.  They asked me to bring along my clarinet, and I gladly did, and, I am happy to say, they gladly received my concert in their living room.  Gift given;…

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Adventures in Music

Flabby Embouchure

Musical Adventures

By Charles McKelvy

Playing for the old folks at the old folks home.  Photo courtesy of Woodland Terrace.

Playing for the old folks at the old folks home. Photo courtesy of Woodland Terrace.

The heartbreak of flabby embouchure struck when I least wanted it: as I was playing my clarinet for the old folks at the old folks home.

Flabby embouchure, so you know, is a recognized medical condition that refers to a poor seal around the mouthpiece of the…

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Night Moves
Boys of Summer

Sorry, girls, but summer is a season made for boys, and nothing says summer and boys better than baseball.  Well, weddings count too.  To wit:

This good ol' boy in the bleachers was hoping for a White Sox win the other day, but he didn't cry when he didn't get it, because he got to see lots of good ol' baseball in the summertime.

This good ol’ boy in the bleachers was hoping for a White Sox win the other day, but he didn’t cry when he didn’t get it, because he got to see lots of good ol’ baseball in the summertime.

Hard work, but somebody has to do it.  Might as well be these boys.

Hard work, but somebody has to do it. Might as well be these boys.

You mean I get payed to play catch?  Where do I sign up?

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Mind, Body & Spirit

Mind, Body & Spirit

That whole Mind, Body & Spiritthing was drilled into my head as a kid, probably by the influential organizations of my childhood: the YMCA, the Boy Scouts, and the Episcopal Church.  The message was:  You can’t develop one and neglect the other two.  Be fit mentally, physically, and spiritually.  Message received.  And, I am happy to say, I have been working on all three in my dotage,…

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Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day

Let’s make every day Mother’s Day

Opinion Maker Column

By Charles McKelvy

Photo of yours truly and Mom courtesy of an usher at Orchestra Hall in Chicago after a concert by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Photo of yours truly and Mom courtesy of an usher at Orchestra Hall in Chicago after a concert by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

(Author’s note: This essay appeared originally in The Herald-Palladium Newspaper in Saint Joseph, Michigan on November 30, 2010, just a month after we moved Mom to be near us in Bridgman,…

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