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Eastern students react to basketball’s NCAA violation

Posted in Uncategorized by aavery on October 8, 2010



By Angela Ahlijian | THE EASTERN ECHO

Added October 6, 2010 at 10:10 pm

Eastern Michigan University reported its women’s basketball program to the NCAA on Friday, Sept. 24 due to violations of exceeding the limits on practice time, improper coach involvement in voluntary practices and two individual violations regarding prospective student athletes participating in organized workouts.

An internal investigation was conducted by EMU’s Compliance Office and uncovered the violations; information was also received from a student athlete regarding the issues.
Head coach AnnMarie Gilbert was suspended without pay for one month and will be attending mandatory counseling during her 30-day suspension.

Assistant coach Darin Thurin received indefinite suspension with pay and will provide a full summary of all rules to the Compliance Office at the NCAARegional Rules Seminar.

Assistant coach LaTonya Tate will receive a letter of reprimand, salary freeze for 2010-2011 and must also attend the NCAA Regional Rules Seminar to provide a full summary of the rules to the Compliance Office.

Also, the coaches are currently on probation for the next two years.

The coaches will also endure other minor penalties as a result of their offenses. LaTonya Tate will be acting head coach while coach Gilbert is absent.

“Bottom line — they signed up for rules, coaches have to abide by the rules and be responsible for their team or will have to suffer the consequences,” said Darin Sirois, accounting major at EMU.

“Trying to cover it up isn’t the right way to go,” Sirois said. “Even if it brings negative attention to the program, they are trying to be proactive — as a student of the College of Business, Ethos Week is an important part of the program. I am proud to see EMU accepting responsibility for its actions and practicing what they teach.”

AnnMarie Gilbert has been coaching at EMU for three and a half years. She replaced Suzie Merchant, who moved on as head coach to Michigan State University in 2007. Some students are more disappointed with the negative light Gillbert brought to the university rather than the actual damage done by violating the rules.

“I’m glad that it was self-reported, but I feel like EMU doesn’t need any more bad attention given to either the school or its athletic program,” Arthur Valenzuela, student of journalism at EMU, said.“I also feel like this is one of those situations where the practice times going over are sort of arbitrary — it seems even sillier as far as coaches being involved in voluntary practices,” Valenzuela said. “The NCAA does have guidelines against this, but again it feels like an over-regulation by the NCAA.”

Education major Sarah Davis said, “As a student of EMU, I am glad that the coaches are being reprimanded. Eastern prides itself on being ‘Education First,’ so I don’t understand when sports would take priority over student athletes’ academic performance.”

“I worked in the REC-IM at Eastern last year, which is where the Women’s team would come in for these workouts and open gyms that were spoken of in the article. I do remember seeing them multiple times a day if I worked two shifts. They always looked exhausted, and I can remember thinking that they must work really hard,” Davis said.
According to a press release by the university, President Susan Martin said, “We have taken swift and decisive action in this matter.”

“We expect the best of everyone involved in a leadership capacity at EMU and will cooperate fully with the NCAA with the utmost transparency.”

Section: Top Stories


In these times, reporters matter more than ever

Posted in Digital Journalism, Journalism by aavery on September 26, 2010

Link to article:–reporters-matter-more-than-ever

Enough already! Journalism is not dying; it is, as this anonymous blogger put it, “changing.” Just because a couple (okay, a lot) of newspapers have been closed out, does not mean the entire industry of reporting the truth is closed as well. Sure, can you see it? “Well guys, looks like Ann Arbor News is out of print now, I guess we should all just pack up and go home.” Yeah—that isn’t exactly how it works. Sure, it may not be the glamorous career it was back when Watergate was split open, the white house was turned upside-down and Woodward and Bernstein pushed everyone to decide to go to J-school, but it still has a purpose. A purpose only a journalist can fulfill. A really big purpose that Joe the baker doesn’t quite see apparently.

Journalists today will go that extra mile to get the story, whereas the blogger may not. A blogger may not want to put in the effort to fly a distance to cover a much needed story that needs exposure, investigate fine details or have access to certain venues or contacts. A journalist’s job is to learn, know and understand the SPJ code of ethics (ethics link: More importantly, a journalists job is to report the truth and have some integrity, which is something a lot of bloggers are severely lacking.

There is no one to be held accountable for bloggers writing or a citizen journalist’s blog. Journalists are held accountable because they not only conduct the interviews themselves, but also put their name at the tippy-top of the article with the title of the company they work for printed across the top of the very front page, usually in really large black print. They are easy to reach and their email addresses and phone contacts are usually only a click away. Accountability is the main factor being left behind in the blogosphere—but a real journalist is least concerned about that because they are adhering to a set of ethics and values that were instilled in them early on in their collegiate career. They also have mentors who have PhDs in journalism, have studied the profession for years under their college professors and didn’t just randomly develop an interest one day while rethinking their lives, but rather have always had some sort of appreciation for the news, writing, reading and correcting others grammar.

It doesn’t matter what people say, journalists are here to stay and there is no “threat” to their future. There is simply a transitional phase that is occurring at the moment. Journalism has made it over humps before and will make it over this one just the same with a little more work. Journalists and copy desk chiefs are highly intelligent people with excellent problem solving skills. Give them a few long minutes to get through the hump of the internet age and bloggers and you will notice that journalists were not only right there all along, but unchanged.

As the author of the article in the link above put it, “It will change forms, it will change mediums, but it will—at its heart—remain the same.”

Alcohol Use On Campus

Posted in Uncategorized by aavery on September 13, 2010

Back-to-school means rising alcohol use

By Angela Avery | THE EASTERN ECHO

Added September 12, 2010 at 5:34 pm

Is the use of drugs and alcohol on college campuses as widespread as reported in the past? Everyone knows when fall semester commences, parties begin at universities around the nation, but something happening at these gatherings isn’t taken seriously enough.

“Since classes have been in session – right now, we just in the last week received about 50 to 60 cases of Minor in Possession and other drug and alcohol related offenses,” Chris Conrad, supervisor of Washtenaw’s 14th District Court, said.

“Over the summer, very few people have come through with these types of charges,” he said. “The first month is usually the worst — when school is in session is when it is the worst here.”

When a minor is caught in possession of alcohol on the first offense, it will cost him or her a $210 fine, according to Conrad.

On top of this fine, the offender will receive three to four months of reporting probation and have to participate in a class designed to educate people on alcohol and the problems associated with excessive drinking.

According to Conrad, one positive outcome for a first time offender is the charge will eventually be erased from their record upon successful completion of the program. However, if there is another offense following the first, the consequences are much harsher.

“They don’t understand that it’s going to come back and bite them later in life and this is only a one time shot they have—the second offense is much worse—and another big thing is that once it has gone onto their permanent record, it is information that everyone can see,” he said.

“If a friend came in here asking to see their friend’s criminal record, I have to show it to them.” “I have been around plenty of people who have been intoxicated and have seen many of my friends pass out before,” Cameron Thomas, a sophomore at Eastern, said.

“I admit that at times in the past I have been extremely intoxicated and even having periods of lost memory due to drinking too much.” “Last summer while at a gas station in Ohio, my friend actually passed out in the gas station, fell over and hit his head on a shelf giving him a concussion,” said Thomas.

According to Eastern Michigan University Police Lieutenant Jeff Nesmith, there have already been a few students who have received citations this semester.

“Between the second and 10th of September, if I had to pull up some preliminary numbers, there have been eight people charged with Minor in Possession,” Lieutenant Nesmith said.

“There have also been a couple of other charges relating to drugs and paraphernalia as well.” “If a student is busted and suspected to be guilty, they can end up with a ticket, a write up or [be] reported to Student Conduct and Community Standards,” Nesmith said.

Lance Fortney, a sophomore at EMU, remembers some of his own experiences and understands that students do not always ask for help when it is much needed. “My experience with those who, in my opinion, have drinking problems has been pretty intense,” Fortney said.

“Some people who would fall into this category would include close family and friends. Many of whom go to our university. None of these people are attending any form of treatment.”

There are many places for students who may potentially have an issue with alcohol or drugs. One of those places is the Huron Valley Intergroup located on South Huron Street in Ypsilanti. There are many resources available there to those interested in learning more about addiction.

“The purpose of Huron Valley Intergroup is to provide parents, students, colleagues, friends, family members of alcoholics and alcoholics with resources in the program,” Linda said, an outreach volunteer at Huron Valley Intergroup and A.A. for 35 years.

“Physiologically, the body metabolizes alcohol in a different way for alcoholics rather than for those who do not have a problem with addiction—this is called the ‘Disease Model,’” Linda said.

“The worst symptom is the craving for more,” Linda said. “No matter what consequences an alcoholic may have, they always want more because it’s a mood elevator and the person may want that instant change and will ignore all consequences and all the evidence because of drinking and they have an abnormal reaction to alcohol.”

According to Linda, anyone is invited to join Alcoholics Anonymous. People from all walks of life, from doctors and lawyers to homeless are all welcome. Linda urges people to participate in recovery if necessary, but willingness to stop drinking is important for success at a closed meeting. She suggests people who are forced to attend go to open meetings rather than closed.

“No one wants to share their business at an A.A. meeting to other people who are just taking up space,” Linda said.

Linda suggested a website called and “Students in Recovery” on Facebook for students who think they may need resources for alcoholism and addiction. According to Linda, there are many resources available for students on and off campus.

Support the First Amendment

Posted in Uncategorized by aavery on July 20, 2010

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. is a proud supporter of the 1 for All campaign that launches today with the simple goal of raising awareness about the First Amendment. We join more than 1,000 media outlets who have partnered with 1 for All, and we have a special connection to the project — their site is hosted on

Any U.S. resident is welcome to enter their “How Free Can You Be?” contest by submitting photos, videos and stories that illustrate First Amendment liberties. Back here on, please tag any posts you write about this topic with “First Amendment.” And since we know many of you don’t live in the United States, we welcome all readers — regardless of where you live — to discuss civil liberties in your country, as well. Please tag those posts with “human rights.”

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Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

Posted in Uncategorized by aavery on July 16, 2010

Lake Michigan

Do you often find yourself at work, drifting off, reminiscing about sandy beaches with white capped waves softly tripping over sand and rocks, falling onto the wet sandy shore line? Are you once again feeling the need to pay a much needed visit to spend time with nature and some of Michigan’s Great Lakes scenery?

Trying to decide what to do with a week’s vacation time can be a daunting decision. You know you want to go somewhere to get away from the daily hum-drum. You know you want a place where the buildings aren’t so tall and you cannot hear traffic unless you seek it out yourself, but only because you may have forgotten to pack the hot dog buns. Well, Northern Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is a great way to get in touch with nature, feel Zen again and come back home with the feeling you really got away from it all.

The Upper Peninsula is known for its natural beauty, winding roads, extraordinary wildlife, large bodies of fresh water and never-ending, cascading waterfalls.

“My husband and I go to the UP often—Bruce, my husband, is an avid hunter and fly fisherman who enjoys the peace and quiet, great hunting and fishing in the rivers, streams and lakes up there are his personal paradise,” said Karen Dropiewski, nature lover, Oakland County resident and regular visitor of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. “I, personally enjoy seeing the waterfalls and the quiet of just being near the water—that to me is real solitude,” said Karen. “I like to knit on the beach because it’s very relaxing—and it’s easy to find new hiking trails that are just off the beaten path every time I go back—when I am on those trails, I always see something new.”

With so many magnificent and scenic locations to experience in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, you may find it difficult to select which cities and sights to focus on. Well, here are some things you can do in one week from the bridge and back again to make sure you get the most of your week’s vacation.

Northern Michigan is a nature lover’s haven. People travel the globe to visit wildlife in Hiawatha National Park, The powerful waterfalls of Tahquamenon Falls with the finest brewery on state park property in the nation, beaches in Paradise, Michigan and the light houses of White Fish Point. Don’t forget to visit Munising’s breathtaking pictured rocks as well as the strength and massive structure of the Mackinac Bridge in Mackinac City.

Something you may find to be time consuming is creating a vacation itinerary. What if we removed that headache from the equation for you by telling you about some of the best spots to visit so you can relax, and instead spend most of your time relaxing with nature, rather than planning and searching? Let’s take a look at some things to do in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

Approaching the Upper Peninsula, you are bound to approach Mackinac City, Michigan. Before entering the bridge, you can instead hang a right into Colonial Fort Michilimackinac. This fort was not a military fort, but rather was owned by the French and served as a supply depot for traders in the Western Great Lakes region of Michigan. There are a few Mackinac Island fudge and salt water taffy makers on the street of Mackinac City. Grab a slice of decadent s’mores fudge or a bag of assorted taffy and enjoy it under the bridge at the fort. Pictures cannot do this scenery justice. The view of the “Mighty Mac” from this angle is phenomenal and a photographers dream.

After your visit here, its time to drive across the almighty Mackinac Bridge.

“The UP is my favorite place to go—there are so many relaxing places to visit and I always feel my soul has been replenished when I come home,” adds Karen Dropiewski with enthusiasm. “My husband and I visit many different places when we go, but I would have to say my favorite place is the Mackinac Bridge. I’ve loved the Mackinac Bridge since I was a child and later I found out we even share the same birthday.”

The Mackinac Bridge has a North and South tower and connects Mackinac City to St. Ignace. Over 4 million cars and 10 million people cross the bridge annually according to Bob Sweeney, Executive Secretary of the Mackinac Bridge Authority and Michigan Department of Transportation employee in St. Ignace, Michigan. “200,000 people cross the Mighty Mac every week,” said Bob. “Every year, thousands of people come specifically to see and drive across the Mackinac Bridge,” he adds.

Bob has lived in Chicago as well as in many other Southeastern cities in Michigan, but prefers his current residence in St. Ignace Michigan above them all. Bob embraces Northern Michigan and appreciates where he resides today. “The Straits area is an area where you leave the hustle and bustle of city life behind and take pause to enjoy the natural beauty and history of the area,” said Bob. “I enjoy hunting, but more for the commodore than the actual hunting experience—I occasionally fish but I am not really a fisherman, but the fishing here is great. The Straits area is a place where you feel safe having your kids ride their bikes to school and friends houses. All these things are what I enjoy about being up here—it’s a small-town community with a small-town feel that I have come to love.”

Many people travel from around the world to visit St. Ignace and Mackinac Island. Once you cross the bridge, you will discover you have entered St. Ignace. From this city’s shoreline on the beautiful Lake Huron, you are able to see Mackinac Island and can hop a ferry boat across Lake Huron to the Island from this town, but first, there is one more fun place you must visit before making the leap over to the island.

“There are a lot of stairs, so if you aren’t up for a little physical challenge, you might want to sit this one out at the bottom,” said Detroiter John Cao, first time visitor of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

Castle Rock is a geological limestone stack that overlooks the beautiful treetops that carpet the Upper Peninsula and also the massive Lake Huron. From this point, there is much to see. After paying a fee of 50 cents, visitors can climb the outdoor, stony staircase 196 feet to the top.

“The sight is great from the top—it wasn’t over-crowded with visitors and the view was so much to take in,” adds John. Atop this giant rock is a platform for spectators to take photographs and to just absorb an arial view of nature. “As a photographer, I find this to be a great spot to get a birds-eye view of the UP’s trees and water,” said John.

After a couple hours are spent enjoying the natural stone beauty, our next stop will be Mackinac Island.

Mackinac Island can be boarded directly from St. Ignace. There are three ferry services; Arnold, Shepler’s and Star Line ferries. Each one is unique with the ultimate goal being to transport you from St. Ignace to the island.

Once you arrive on the island, there are a few hotels to choose from. The most famous of all hotels on the island is the Grand Hotel. This hotel was named one of the top 100 hotels in the world. This hotel is a bit costly, but you will enjoy breakfast and a five course dinner each night of your stay. There are also many other choices for accommodations from bed and breakfasts to smaller motels.

Mackinac Island is known as the “all natural theme park of America.” You will not find roads with cars here, but instead will see horse and buggy, cyclists and pedestrians roaming the streets of the island, shopping, walking, jogging, fishing and exploring. There are roughly 500 friendly and engaging people who permanently reside on the island.

Once on the island, you will realize you have been set back to the early 1800’s. The buildings are Victorian and the streets are filled with bicycles and horses. Here, you will be able to enjoy the many splendors the island has to offer its guests. Little boutiques, an 8 mile bicycle track that circles the entire island, hugging the beaches of Lake Huron, festivals and an entire calendar of events with the Mackinac Lilac Festival being one of the top 100 festivals in the country.

Have lunch or dinner at one of many restaurants whose specialty is seafood, country chicken or apple pies. Step out, dig deep and really explore the many wonders of this phenomenal island.
After your stay on the island of Mackinac, you can head Northwest towards Munising, Michigan. Here, you will find giant sandstone cliffs and gorgeous white sandy beaches.

“Pictured Rocks National Park estimates about 350,000 visitors every year,” said John Madigan, manager of Pictured Rocks Boat Cruises. “The reason why I love my job so much is because I love to serve the people and make sure they had the best trip the state of Michigan could offer them.”

The Pictured Rocks is a natural wonder that is composed of sandstone that has been shaped due to ice, warmth and waves. “Most spectators say its the brilliant colors of the rocks they like most,” said John. “a lot of people tell me that it is the prettiest thing they have ever seen in Michigan.”

The boat cruise will travel an 18 mile route that lasts three hours, showing off the many different natural rock sculptures, sculpted by mother nature herself. The tour will have a commentary by your captain and you will leave well informed about this natural creation.

Also, there are many hiking trails to indulge in between the one and a half hour drive to Munising from the bridge. If you really enjoy hiking, make a few pit stops to hike through some of the trails of Hiawatha. It isn’t uncommon to come across a gray wolf or coyote. There are many spectacular birds, owls, deer, elk, moose and smaller animals within the unexpecting trails. Make sure you have your camera because you never know what could be lurking about in the brush.

One more stop to make on the way back. It will cost you about an extra half hour drive, but a drive well worth it.

Located in Chippewa County, Michigan’s Upper Peninsula near the city of Paradise is Tahquamenon Waterfalls, which are amber in color due to leaching of titanic acid from the cedar and hemlock swamps which feed into the river.

“I love Tahquamenon Falls—particularly in the spring. There is so much to see—especially if you have never been. I enjoy fishing for rainbow trout there when they are spawning,” says Bruce Dropiewski, Karen’s husband. “The trails are nicer now than they were years ago—they built long decks along the trails for easy hiking and sight seeing. Sometimes my wife and I will sit along the side of the river bank and just enjoy the sounds of nature—there is also a great restaurant there with a brewery to relax at after your hike,” added Bruce.

Don’t forget that when you are at the falls, you are only a 20 minute drive away from Lake Superior’s endless sandy beaches. If you find that you have more time, there are some breathtaking lighthouses there to see and a beautiful beach.

There are so many things to do in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. We know how difficult it is to make the right choices and sacrifices when trying to decide on your perfect destination. Hopefully, we made it somewhat easier for you by giving you a small glimpse into some of the hottest spots North of the Mackinac Bridge.

You only have so many vacations in a year or less, so make it really count. Pack your things and escape the madness into an invigorating retreat. Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is a long deep breath waiting to be inhaled by you.

Pitch to Editor

Posted in Journalism, Uncategorized by aavery on June 7, 2010

Creating a pond that can produce fruits, spices, herbs and even a cup of coffee is not as difficult as one may think. There are many plants which can be grown directly in your backyard pond. These delightful treats are not only edible, but also beautiful. They can be purchased online or plucked directly from the wild.

Growing an herb and spice garden in a small pond is an interesting hobby to many. Learning about new spices and using them to create dishes for a different and unique taste can be a rewarding experience to a cook who enjoys the experience of putting together the perfect flavors of many different spices and herbs.

Common spices can become boring to a person who cooks with them often, but the value of being able to walk to your own back yard pond to pluck from the earth a fresh bouquet of spices can be unique, advantageous and satisfying while learning to use them properly.

The Eastern Market in Detroit has a variety of unique vegetables, plants, spices, herbs and other varieties of foods that are uncommon in your local grocers. By stopping by one of these vendors, you are not only buying fresh, wholesome quality produce, but are also supporting Michigan farms. By mixing these unique foods and experimenting, you may learn to make a delicious and innovative surprise dish you never expected.

Example of Query Letter to Magazine

Posted in Uncategorized by aavery on June 1, 2010

Query Editor
Ponds U.S.A. and Water Gardens
Bowtie, Inc.
P.O. Box 6050
Mission Viejo CA. 92690

Dear Query Editor,

Ponds are a beautiful addition to any garden area that will produce fresh herbs and vegetables, but what about a pond that produces an edible enjoyment of its own?

Many herbs and spices can be nurtured directly from your garden pond. Some delicious pond plants are; White Water Lily, which produce edible flowers and seeds that can act as a substitute for coffee. Creeping Dogwood produces edible fruits and there are many more delectable treats to add to your pond.

As a freelance writer with intermediate level experience in back yard ponds and gardening, I propose writing an article which covers the various edible plants and flowers that can be grown in back yard ponds. After having read many exciting features and articles in Ponds U.S.A. magazine, I believe it is time an article covering herbs, spices, fruits and edible flowers be included in a future issue.

This piece would run in the normal 800-1,200 word range with photographs available of ponds and plant life mentioned in the article.

Thank you for your consideration of this article. I look forward to hearing from you soon.


Angela Avery

Add other contact information here…

Sanitary Campaign Attacks EMU Germs

Posted in Uncategorized by aavery on June 1, 2010

The spread of germs on campus is nothing to fear, but something that can be prevented quite easily here at Eastern Michigan University. With hand sanitizers now conveniently installed in many locations in high traffic areas where fingers and hands are constantly in contact with common surfaces, it makes the spread of germs more difficult. Snow Health Center hopes we all use sanitizing solution often to prevent the spread of viruses, colds or other ailments.

According to Tim Wolak, a junior at EMU, lab assistant at Halle Library and Student Center employee, every time you sit down at the computer lab to print out your paper or surf the Web, you can rest assured each computer was cleaned with “Purell Sanitizer Spray” as well as “409 All Purpose Cleaner” the night before. Also, Clorox Wipes are available by request from the lab technicians for students use before and after they use the computers in case they concerned about the cleanliness or germs.

“Beginning in the fall of this year, students will be hired specifically to clean all the computers under the I.T. department on campus,” Tim Wolak said. “The computers that will be cleaned are in Owen; the Student Center; Pray Harold, when it reopens, and Halle Library. “People who are not getting all of the hours they requested will be able to make up the hours they asked for by cleaning the computers and keyboards”

“With the sanitizers placed directly outside of the computer lab, students can take the precautions necessary to be safe,” said Carlos Costa, director of the EMU Student Center. Even though the I.T. department comes through the Student Center computer lab nightly for cleaning, the Student Center employees also will participate and wipe down the computers if they feel it is necessary.

Vetra Archer, an R.N. and staff nurse at the Snow Health Center offers this advice, “People should be careful about certain things that are in public, of course there are germs — door knobs, hand rails, desks, keyboards are culprits where germs hang out more than others.”

Vetra said, “In order to prevent spreading germs, people on campus can take basic precautions to assure they’re safe. Like washing their hands, making a quick run to the restroom for a hand washing before eating, being updated on vaccines.” Vetra also firmly suggests students should stay home if they are ill beyond a slight, common cold.Franklin Ray, a senior at EMU thinks staying home is not always an option due to the policies here. “Many departments here at Eastern have attendance policies that mandate attendance — the only way to avoid penalty is to seek medical attention for illnesses that often just require rest, but a lot of students are just unable to afford it, so they go to class anyways,” Franklin says.

EMU seems to keep up with protection from viruses and germs on campus by installing sanitizers, cleaning desks, computers, most chairs, elevators and all other areas on grounds.

Dieter Otto, director of custodial, grounds and motorpool said, “We don’t move personal items or clean office desks, but we do clean everything else — fixtures, toilets, urinals. We use a quaternary ammonium solution with a 24-hour residual.” This means for 24 hours after the desks and chairs have been cleaned, if a person were to sneeze in their hand and touch the desk, the germs would be killed within a few minutes. “However, this chemical is not going to stop a fluid exchange,” said Dieter.

Adam Betz, a first lieutenant with the Army and senior at EMU is not only unconcerned with germs on campus, but also thinks people are overly sensitive to protect themselves against germs.

He says, “I’m not concerned with germs at all, in fact, I believe they are more helpful than harmful.”

Adam believes germs serve a purpose to protect. “When I was in Iraq, there was not a bar of soap to be found. Hand washing was the least of our concerns while we were there. The Iraqis were never sick, while I was constantly coming down with something. It was because they were immune to the germs there and I wasn’t.”

Beauty in Northern Michigan

Posted in Uncategorized by aavery on April 29, 2010

Municing, MI.

Pictured Rocks

Miners Castle Rocks

I recently took a trip to the Upper Peninsula. I had no idea the beauty that lied ahead of that six-hour long stretch of road. I talked to the locals and visited small town, wooden cabin restaurants. The people here are used to visitors, in fact, tourism is pretty much all they do near the Mackinac Bridge.

In Municing, Michigan, there are a set of old rocks that are beaten daily by the tide. These rocks were formed by glaciers and have left behind the most amazing sights.

In Tahquamenon Falls State Park, located in the North Eastern most part of the U.P. is another gorgeous adventure.  Here you can do anything from hiking to capturing and banding owls at night. The photos speak for themselves, but hardly pay justice to the reality and life that lie in these outdoor dwellings. In the spring there are hardly any tourists, spawning trout in the river below the falls, wild birds, flowers and animals are abundant.