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Gregory Dunn reflects all we can see in the fragments of a lost ecosystem @ Swink.And that, doubtless, is why the history of the living world can be summarized as the elaboration of ever more perfect eyes within a cosmos in which there is always something more to be seen. — Teilhard de ChardinI.You could, of course, just go to a northern Michigan gift shop. It will have buckets of Petoskey stones, mottled with their distinctive honeycomb pattern, in all sizes and at any price point. If you like, you can even buy ones that have been carved into whimsical animals or shaped to Michigan’s profile. The cheaper ones are simply sprayed with lacquer, but the best have been hand buffed to a mellow sheen. Yes, you can tell the difference, and you should pay for the quality.
But why do that when it's easy enough to find your own? Look on the beaches that rim the northern tip of Michigan’s lower peninsula from Manistee to Alpena. Go there on a fine day in early June, when the lake breeze ripples the bright blue waters and sways the white pines anchoring the dunes above you.Don’t try to find them above the water line. When dry, they look like ordinary limestone—dark gray flecked with lighter gray, maybe with fine specks of quartz that glint as you turn it in the light.read more

Jackie Kennedy was all about staging

Jackie Kennedy was all about staging

Writing a guidebook to a country that no longer exists

Writing a guidebook to a country that no longer exists