Signs of the Season

 Around here there are a few signs that warn you of the approaching holidays. Just before Thanksgiving is the first; the Kalamazoo Holiday Parade. This year was a great parade thought a bit different. The usual balloons were not floaters as has been the norm for many years. Instead they passed the spectators on…

Happy Thanksgiving

This is basically a quick note because even with all that is happening I need to write at least a bit today.  Today is my 20th wedding anniversary and tomorrow is Thanksgiving.  So I am off for a day or two to do a bit of familyish time (it’s almost like vacation).  I want to…

Surrender

Surrender, this seems an odd thought just after the US presidential election.  But this thought has little to do with that.  It has more bearing on our egos and how they control our lives.  I can already feel you bristling at the thought (heck I am fighting it myself as I work through this).  We…

Places: WK Kellogg Forest

Part of the craft beer lifestyle revolves around time spent outside (ya, it isn’t all pubs and bars).  For some disc golf and craft beer go hand in hand.  I know around me there are a good number of shops that sell both craft beer and disc golf discs.  But if that were the only…

Event: Zombie Fest Kalamazoo

I know this would seem a bit behind the times but it seemed appropriate to bring out the video on Halloween.  It was not too long ago that Kalamazoo was shooting for a world record; the most people dressed like zombies gathered into one place, in other words Zombie Fest.  Sadly, we ended up being…

Events: Arts and Eats

South West Michigan is proving yet again that there is quite a bit going on.  Over the past weekend Arts and Eats led fall travelers on a tour of artists, restaurants, and area farms.  As per their website, this was a self guided backroads tour allowing you to not only experience the grand display of…

What drives you?

This isn’t a new question.  Honestly, it is something we should ask ourselves on a regular basis.  Mind you, probably the worst time to ask is about three triple IPAs in.  But still it is something that we should ask. The joy of a party aside if all we really live for is that next…

Studies in Mycology

The oyester mushrooms are still working.  I have been taking pics of them everyday to get an idea of the growth cycle.  The speed of growth is interesting; it makes me wonder about the life cycle of yeast.  Considering I don’t have the lab equipment to examine yeast growth on a more personal level, at…

Sure, why not

Being the fan I am of things fermented and various fungi, it is actually amazing that I have never done this before.  That is until a recent trip to the store, when I found it passing by the flower section.  I am talking about growing some mushrooms.  Granted we all have had various experiments growing…

In Passing

It seems odd to think of people who could become tall tales in this day and age.  Rarely do we think of someone who could become a Paul Bunyun or a Johnny Appleseed.  The thing is usually these legends are based on the life of a real person, someone whos life grew so large that…