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Amish Winter

Winter Visions

In Southwest Michigan we are frequently subjected to snow storms during this time of year.  Last week I was driving through one rural area, and the intensity of the storm I was driving into began to increase.  At one point along the road, I happened upon an Amish buggy with…

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Crossing the Winter Threshold Into Forever

When you are a kid, you look forward to snow.  You do not mind the cold, you like that it is slippery and that you can compact it into balls and toss it at your sister.  Having lived my childhood in a warmer climate in Arizona, winter snow was a…

Tekonsha, Michigan

Tekonsha, Michigan

Driving through small communities like Tekonsha, Michigan always reminds me of the classic community spirit of America’s past.  This small community boasts it is a ‘Small village with a big Heart’ on its signs as you enter.  The village population has remained in the low 700’s with a slight increase…

Nashville, Michigan architecture.

Architecture in Nashville, Michigan

I enjoy taking photos around in the smaller communities that I sometimes travel in.  Today, I had to make a drive up to Nashville, Michigan to photograph some property for a client. It was a cold morning, and the air was a crisp 9 degrees when I headed out.  The…

Understanding Land Contract Homes: In Pursuit of the American Dream

Land Contract Homes

As a professional Realtor in Michigan, we are often approached by people with troubled credit histories trying to break away from renting, and moving into becoming a homeowner.  Land Contract Homes have an appeal because they bypass having to deal with a banking institution who would deny them due to…

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Combating Drug Trafficking in Michigan

According to the department of Justice in Michigan, the largest threat to the State in terms of drug trafficking is the production of methamphetamine.  Primary trafficking routes consist of the major highways through the State, including I-94, I-69, I-80 and I-75.  In a report published in 2010, the major drugs…

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The Leila Arboretum in Battle Creek, Michigan

The Leila Arboretum in Battle Creek, Michigan consists of 72 acres of land that were donated to the city in 1922 by Leila Post Montgomery, the wife of cereal magnate C.W. Post. The Arboretum consists of 25,000 plants, trees and shrubs and is largely funded by private donations and maintained…

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Walking the Trails of Fort Custer

One of the State of Michigan Recreation areas is called Fort Custer, and it is located between Battle Creek and Augusta, in Kalamazoo County.  The area consists of 3000 plus acres of forest preserve, complete with hiking trails, rivers and lakes.  There are campgrounds, and picnic areas and even a…

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Autumn in Michigan Offers Color in the Extreme

Autumn in Michigan offers color in the extreme.  All around the State right now is a mix of color with the leaves turning gold, orange, red and yellow.  The display is quite something to behold, and draws people out in the crisp fall air to go walking or driving to…

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Air Dogs Excite the Crowds

Earlier this summer I attended a dog show hosted by the United Kennel Club (UKC).  It was held at the Kalamazoo Fairgrounds, and after touring the various dog exhibits and competitions, I wandered over the see the main attraction.  The main attraction was the ‘Ultimate Air Dog’ competition where any…

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Visiting The Michigan State Capital

This past week I visited for the first time the Michigan State Capital building in Lansing. I was amazed at the beauty of the artwork in the building. The central dome in the main lobby is quite stunning, and a marvelous piece of architecture. I love the artistic thought that…