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Thanksgiving Day

Ed HahnenbergThanksgiving is a holiday celebrated primarily in the United States and Canada. Canada has already celebrated the day on October 8th. While Thanksgiving in the U.S. has taken on a more secular than religious significance … often called “turkey day”… there is a rich history of its religious meaning in our country’s beginnings.

According to Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thanksgiving: More »

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How do you choose a Realtor?

Team Mike, Ask The RealtorsHello again Record-Eagle readers,

With so many real estate agents available in the Traverse City area, how can you make the best decision for your real estate needs? Do you choose a friend or pick someone out of the yellow pages? Does the flashiest advertising equate with the most capable professional? Should you work with an agent at a large firm, a small firm, or an independent? While there are exceptions to every rule, and every marketplace has its own nuances, here are some guidelines to consider when you want the best representation in your real estate market: More »

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Imaging a different way

Ed HahnenbergFor two years now, I have been taking astrophotographs using a HyperStar lens. I have not done much observing through my 14-inch Celestron telescope. As a matter of fact, I have not even seen Saturn or Jupiter. So I decided to enter a new field of astronomy with the equipment that I have.

I did some experimentation recently viewing the sun through a solar filter. I could see sun spots using a diagonal and a 40 MM 2-inch eyepiece. I tried to take some images using the diagonal and my starlight express 25 C one shot CCD camera.  The sun was huge because the field of view enlarged dramatically without using a HyperStar lens. I decided to use a focal reducer and take astrophotographs straight through the telescope without using the diagonal. More »

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Sweet Memories

By Micki Durocher DavisMemories are funny. Sometimes I sit with my kids and listen to them recall a memory of which I was very present. Their recollection of the scene is always very different from what I remember. For this reason, I have a hard time documenting my kids’ lives with camera or video. I’d like for me and my boys to remember it the way we want rather than how it’s literally conveyed in the picture or on screen. That’s not to say I don’t enjoy capturing digital moments of my kids and looking back with them, I just mean sometimes memories are sweeter if you can recall them on your own. More »

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Farewell Ol’ Car

Cathy Stripe LesterI used to call my old car the “Wonderful One-Hoss Shay” after the horse-drawn buggy in the poem by Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr., in which the shay “ran a hundred years to a day, and then, of a sudden, it ah, but stay! I’ll tell you the story without delay!”

When I came back to the USA to take care of my Mom, I told her she could afford a new car instead of the 1987 Toyota Camry hatchback she had. She replied serenely, “This one will last me out.” More »

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Life is hard to find on Mars

Ed HahnenbergEver since the late 1800s, there have been theories about whether life exists on our neighbor Mars. Some people went so far as to propose the idea that the canals were irrigation canals built by a supposed intelligent civilization on Mars. Percival Lowell was a strong proponent of this view. In 1894 Lowell chose Flagstaff  as the home of his new observatory.

Arizona is a particularly good state for astronomical observations. My former mentor, Mel Martin, lives in the state, and his astrophotographs are among the best in the business. Mel lives in an area where there are few cloudy nights and is far from city lights, with 300 clear nights in a year being the norm. More »

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Travelogue of Bulgaria on Thursday

By Evelyn WeliverMy husband I will give the travelogue “Bulgaria: Ancient Culture, Beautiful Land” as part of the Benzonia Academy Lecture Series at 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8.  This will be at the Benzie Area Historical Museum (the old church) 6941 Traverse Ave, Benzonia.  Call 882-5538 for information.

We have been traveling this fall, collecting pictures and stories to share in articles and in this blog from Bulgaria, northern Greece and Turkey.  There will be more blog writing, I haven’t forgotten this, but there is much to sort through and organize.

In the meantime we would love to meet you on Thursday and share stories and pictures from Bulgaria! More »

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Psalms of God’s Tenderness – Psalm 37

Ed Hahnenberg                                                     Psalm 37

Do not be provoked by evildoers; do not envy those who do wrong.

Like grass they wither quickly; like green plants they wilt away.

Trust in the LORD and do good that you may dwell in the land and live secure. Find your delight in the LORD who will give you your heart’s desire. More »

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Netanyahu’s Kool-Aid: Part 2

Cathy Stripe LesterTake heart, Americans. It may be easier to keep Iran from having nuclear weapons than the Israelis are letting on. We’ve heard that Iran is an existential danger so many times we don’t stop to question it, but there’s a fair possibility Iran doesn’t want a bomb that badly.

First of all, as I pointed out before, they know that using a bomb would be suicidal. Ahmadinejad even admitted, “What intelligent person would fight 5,000 American bombs with one bomb?” More »

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