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Pondering the death of retail as Urban Outfitters leaves Ann Arbor

Earlier this evening, having just read that Gap was planning to close approximately 200 stores over the next three years, I heard from my friend Jean that Urban Outfitters had decided not to renew the downtown Ann Arbor space that they’ve held for the past several decades. While I don’t suppose it’s that terribly surprising, […]

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Michigan Musicians on Vacation: Misty Lyn Bergeron communing among the redwoods

A few weeks ago, kind of on a whim, I reached out to a local musician and asked if he’d be willing to talk about a recent vacation he’d taken to Gettysburg. It went well. I enjoyed hearing about something that he was insanely passionate about, and I think he enjoyed, for a change, talking […]

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From the erection of the Bronze Fonzie to the closing of the Pabst plant…. Your virtual tour of old Milwaukee

The family and I spent this past weekend in Milwaukee with my old high school friend Dan, his wife Jen, and their two daughters. Here’s some of what I learned. The history of Milwaukee started when the white people showed up… OK, maybe that’s unfair. Maybe there are places around town where would could hear […]

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9 Lessons learned in Savannah

I spent the week before last in Savannah, GA, visiting my parents. Here are a few of the things that I learned while there. 1. PAULA DEEN LOOKS TERRIBLE… Before leaving Michigan for Georgia, I gave some thought to what, if anything, I’d do if I were to find myself within shouting distance of Paula […]

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As much fun as you can have in San Antonio without pissing on the Alamo

In spite of what I may have told you, I didn’t just fly into San Antonio a few days ago to piss on the Alamo, and then immediately return home. As much as I like the idea of zipping into a city, pissing all over their most sacred public artifact, and then zipping right back […]

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