First Printed Draft!

This is a photograph of my first printed draft of my novel. I did all of my own edits and drafts digitally, so I must admit that holding this physical copy was far more emotionally rewarding that I ever thought it would be.

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Photo Essay, Frederik Meijer Gardens Holiday Traditions

My wife and I recently visited one of our favorite destinations in all of Michigan, The Frederik Meijer Gardens. Around this time of year they display their holiday traditions. Allow me to say only, that it is so beautiful I asked my wife to marry me at the gardens during their time of display, I hope these pictures might inspire you to visit.

Meijer Gardens Holiday Traditions

Meijer Gardens Holiday Traditions

Meijer Gardens Holiday Traditions

Meijer Gardens Holiday Traditions

Meijer Gardens Holiday Traditions

succulent wreath at Meijer Gardens Holiday Traditions

Meijer Gardens Holiday Traditions

model train at Meijer Gardens Holiday Traditions

model train at Meijer Gardens Holiday Traditions

model train at Meijer Gardens Holiday Traditionsmodel train at Meijer Gardens Holiday Traditionsmodel train at Meijer Gardens Holiday TraditionsMy wife, looking just as beautiful as the day I asked her to marry me

model train at Meijer Gardens Holiday Traditions

model train at Meijer Gardens Holiday Traditions

Meijer Gardens Holiday Traditions

Meijer Gardens Holiday Traditions

 

In front of the tree she agreed to marry me under!

In front of the tree she agreed to marry me under!

Christmas spirit abounds at the gardens

Christmas spirit abounds at the gardens

Michigan Made Craft Beverages For Thanksgiving

Hear me offer my suggested pairings for all of the delightful and daunting moments of Thanksgiving dinner.

Featuring: Founders Breakfast StoutTart Side Of The Moon by Brewery Vivant, 3 Scrooges by Griffin Claw Brewing co, Nunica Pine by VanderMill, and Bill’s Michigan Wheat from New Holland Distilling

The Bandit Queen, A Kingly Feast

Located at 117B South Divison, The Bandit Queen offers a delectable new dining experience in Grand Rapids, a city begging for culinary diversity. From 5pm to midnight you can saddle up to the bar and sample their gorgeous noodle bowls, choose from a massive assortment of well selected teas, or tuck into a sweet treat produced in the adjoining Propaganda Doughnuts! If you enjoy the passion, presentation, and panache it takes to produce truly unique dining experiences, there is no doubt you will enjoy your time here.

A link to The Bandit Queen: http://www.thebanditqueengr.com/

A link to to Propaganda Doughnuts : http://www.propagandadoughnuts.com/#propaganda-doughnuts

Any Port In a Stormy

There is a lot to be said about feeling intangibly cool in a piece of clothing that is also practical. There is even more to be said about a piece of clothing that meets the above requirements and is made in Michigan. There is a slew of massive words to be slung about that piece of clothing also offering a LIFETIME guarantee. The Stormy Kromer hats and apparel have been proudly made in Michigan since 1903. Those who already own them belong to what may seem like a secret society of mid westerners that greet one another as old friends at the mere “tip of a hat”. I have little more pride for any of my clothing than I do for my Stormy Kromer gear. Please allow me to assault your ears with my praise of the company.