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My Forever Annual Song of Winter

Every year it seems like I am compelled to write something about how great winter is and how lame are people who whine about it. It's an evergreen. Because each year I get stunned yet again by people who it really seems would know better.

It happened again already this season.

We live in downstate Michigan…

Latest Articles

The Ski Industry's View of Itself

Some food for thought that relates to downstate Michigan trail skiing... The Nordic ski biz has apparently never considered itself as having parallels to biking, much less the different kinds of biking…

Does the Artist Matter in the Art? -- Folk Theory

Does the artist matter in how we view their art? I've heard it suggested that it doesn't matter. But it seems that a lesson of modernity is that it does…

Mankind's Best Inventions

list of best inventions (i'm prolly missing a few) language art / religion / philosophy fire agriculture plumbing shelter wheel lever Roberts Rules map magnetism compass lens / optics electricity antibiotics vaccines computer transistor / solid state / circuit radio / TV / phone / radar battery Periodic Table of Elements — chemistry! : ) ICE motor flight boat train bike ski (now adding a bunch more, some from friends…

New MI XC Ski Blog!

I just started a new blog dedicated to Michigan XC Skiing. We'll see if folks like using it! mixcski…

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80 Years of Yachting Vol. 3 Edited by Bill Robinson

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