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August 2002
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A Schooner Appears: the Sailing Vessel Denis Sullivan

The Water is Wide - Beaver Islanders still making a living off Lake Michigan

Beaver Island meets the Michigan Land Use Institute

The Good Ship Grande Mariner

The Amvets March On

The Arrival of the Camp Quality Kids

Money and space Challenge Rural Health

A Local Poet Steps Forward

Preserving the Whiskey Point Light

The Way it Was: Christadelphians inthe Woods

News from the Townships

What's New with Beaver Island Internet

Museum Week

The Mother of all Tugs

The Fourth of July

The Adventures of Gray Wolf

The Cull Reunion

Readers' Favorite Recipes

On This Date

Johann S. Bach comes to Beaver Island

The Community House
Project achieves Major Milestone

A Possible Partnership between PABI and the C of C

Weather or Not

New Owners Jeff and Bill Cashman

Classified Ads

A Local Poet Steps Forward

For years Beaver Islanders have heard about poems Robert Cole published in a California literary journal or read to a packed house in Chicago, but few Beaver Islanders had the chance to see what all the fuss was about. Now a pamphlet of his work is available at Livingstone Studio and the Beaver Boat-Tique.

These nine poems written over the past ten years contain a common theme: something else is here, something ineffable and mysterious that animates the world…something that takes a special peacefulness to receive and elucidate. It can't be named, but he can approach it in his poems. In one titled To the Mystic, he says "Some days the lake turns over:/everything that settled on the bottom/rises to the surface,/lifted by the sun./ A museum of debris,/all scattered on the ripples./ Anyone can see it./ Anyone who's looking." Who has not felt this happening inside himself, as old memories and hopes and plans echo again on their life-long trek to oblivion? We have other distractions most of the time, but thankfully Robert is at his post, steadfastly looking.

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