For as much as I’ve traveled and been away from home, Leelanau county in northern Michigan has been my safe haven for more than 40 years.

Maple Syrup – 2018

Late last fall my pal Paul and I built a sugar shack in the woods and got our old gear together. We built a new concrete block firebox, found our…

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A Good Summer (so far)

July 3, 2017 It's been really great to be back "home" in northern Michigan - with plenty of gray days and a lot of rain in May and June, the…

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Shades of October

The weather changes here in October. The leaves change from green to everything, the air chills and the animals start moving through the woods across the counties looking for the…

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Ordinary Things

August 23, 2015 Some of the best time I spend when I'm up north is with the most ordinary things. It's home. It's familiar. On any given day I'll take…

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Summer on the lake…

July 22,  2015 Just got back from spending a week in the Montana wilderness and am back "home" in northern Michigan. After spending the last few summers in Florida it's…

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Birch Lake

I left Michigan for Florida  five years ago and coming back this year finally feels like coming "home".  As much as I've traveled in my life, there's never been a…

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Elk Rapids in October

Northern Michigan is a special spot and has been "home" all of my life (regardless of where I may actually be living). The most colorfully vivid changes in season come…

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Life in the Leelanau

Around the county in a sturdy black Jeep Alas, the years are beginning to show on the old '92 Cherokee. If she'll just give me one more season, I'll give…

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My Getaway
Taken from Isadore at intersection of Leelanau county road 645 and French Road

My Getaway

Summer in the Leelanau There's a little hideaway spot in Leelanau County where I go to work and write several times through the warmer weather and I'm heading up for…

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Lamb’s Retreat

Lamb’s Songwriter Retreat 2013 November 6-11, 2013 – Harbor Springs, MI Had a fantastic time on the retreat staff this year with best pals John Lamb, Katie Wallace, Dana Cooper…

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Leelanau Fall

August 21 - Sept 5, 2013 Leelanau County, Michigan Wherever I travelled this year, people asked me about living in Southwest Florida... wasn't it too hot and humid? Was the…

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Summer of ’13

Winding down from a busy year…
December 7th, 2013 – Naples, FL
sihlouette_SantaBarbaraThis was a busy year, with great adventures and the best of everything – but it’s good to be home for a few weeks and through the holidays, and nice to have the time to put the busy-ness in life on the bottom shelf for awhile.

It’s warm here in Naples, and that makes it all the more enjoyable. There’s a slight chance I’ll find my way to northern Michigan for Christmas, but even that’s on the back burner this year – it’s just nice to have a little time to melt into the landscape.


Wedding Bells were heard…
Sept 3rd, 2013 – Traverse City, Michigan

wEm_Chris-600My lovely Emily married her wonderful Christopher on August 24th. It was a perfect day and the highlight of my year… I’m still “touched” by how lovely a couple they are.

I’ve been in northern Michigan since August 21st and am heading back south to home in Naples in a few days. It’s been a delightful visit all the way around.


Summer in the middle of…
July 10th, 2013
Leelanau in June…
County highway 633 Leelanau County, MI Back in those early years ramblin’ round, I always found my way back home to Leelanau county. I still do. This year’s a little different with daughter Em getting married in August and a little more time on my hands, so I’m out to enjoy my northern life and friends as much as I can this year. I was up for two weeks in June and plan to finish the last week of July camped quiet in the park in Suttons Bay. Then on to Montana in August (10th-17th) and back to Leelanau for the wedding at the end of the month.

Performing in Glen Arbor, June 2013 Highlights of the June visit included a ruptured hot water tank, a good cleaning and replacing batteries in the motorhome, time with Emmy and grandaughter, and getting the generator working again. Played a couple of sets with Patrick and Chris in Glen Arbor, too.

moon-over-trees Oh, and then there was the Super Moon… while I had the motorhome tucked away in a sweet little glen between Suttons Bay and Lake Leelanau, I’d set the tripod up every night practicing low-light shots – I’ll get the hang of it sooner or later…

The skies didn’t fail to impress…

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