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A blueberry bush at Pleasant Hill Farm
Joan Donaldson

Joan Donaldson and her husband own Pleasant Hill Farm in Fennville. She writes about life as an organic farmer. 

Over the years that my husband, John and I have farmed organic fruit, we’ve experimented with introducing various beneficial insects to our crops. Boxes with screens have arrived where thousands of lady bugs’ legs crawled across the wire mesh. 


Brianne Larissa Charon holds the toast that her father was making the day he passed away from a heart attack
Brianne Larissa Charon

We all have regrets. Things we should have done or said - and sometimes things we shouldn’t. It’s a part of life that we usually avoid talking about. Recent Western Michigan University grad Brianne Larissa Charon is breaking the silence with her photo series The Regrets of Twenty-Somethings.


courtesy of Laith Al-Saadi

Just six months ago, Ann Arbor native Laith Al-Saadi was one of four top finalists on NBC’s reality TV show The Voice. But he didn’t get there by singing top 40 pop songs, he got there belting out blues and rock n’ roll. Al-Saadi will play Bell’s Brewery in Kalamazoo on November 19th at 9 p.m.


Couples dance in the style of the 1940s as drummer Ray McKinley leads the Glenn Miller band at a policemen’s ball in Niagara Falls, New York on Nov. 25, 1963.
AP Photo/Dave Pickoff

Every year the Portage District Library sets up a few display cases that highlight local veterans - like Dock Stowell, an Albion professor who was a conscientious objector during World War II. Local historian Steve Rossio told us his story:


Elizabeth Teviotdale of the Medieval Institute flips through the pages of the 800 year old manuscript
WMU Rare Book Room

With the help of a $70,000 grant, Western Michigan University recently purchased a more than 800 year old Latin manuscript. It’s now the oldest complete text in the university’s collection - and it’s no bigger than the pocket-size books you might see at Barnes & Noble.


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