Sunday, July 29, 2007
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Steve bought Katie this "pink pony" (it's actually a unicorn, but she didn't know that word at the time).
In 1913-14, there was a 9-month-long strike. The company wanted to switch from two-man drills to one-man drills. Well, a one-man drill was more dangerous -- you didn't have your buddy to warn you of danger or to help. And it also meant fewer jobs. (Also, there had once been three-man drills, so the workers had already lost friends and family members who had been working with them.)
There was a lot of strife in the area during the strike. The National Guard had to camp out in town more than once to keep a check on tempers. (They actually set up camp on the Pasty Fest grounds.)
We feasted and then watched Cooper participate in old-fashioned games -- three-legged race, rutabaga toss, passing an onion from person to person using only your chin and neck (I don't know the name of that one).
Saturday, July 21, 2007
Friday, July 20, 2007
Toivo, the walking/talking pasty (we actually didn't hear him speak)
This is the VFW Ladies float: "Patriotism is Not Gender Specific."
I don't know what this chicken was doing or advertising, but he makes me laugh. (He also reminds me a bit of the Chicken Express chicken, who is on signs across Texas, looking as if he's flying to his certain death.)
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
These two photos are from either end of Acorn Street in Calumet, Mich. If you know me well, you know how much my mom's parents mean to me. Grandpa, who died six years ago this December, was born in a home on 10th Street, and he grew up in a duplex on Acorn. This was my first trip to his hometown. (We suspect his home was torn down, but I'm not sure, as the buildings were renumbered in the past decade as the area got 911.)
Acorn Street is short. On one end is 10th Street. On the other is an abandoned train depot. The neighborhood is a short walk from downtown, where we stayed. Its also within walking distance of an abandoned copper mine. Calumet was a boom town during the Upper Peninsula's cooper rush. My great-grandfather worked in the mines, and I'm guessing he worked at one he could walk to.
The mines closed decades ago, and there's not much left for folks to do now. But it is a charming town, with many original buildings; folks who are friendly but keep to themselves; kids biking, walking and playing in the streets without any fear; colorful front-yard gardens; and plenty of pasties, my family's special treat, favored by miners for their tastiness, durability and hardiness.
Cooper and I at the old train depot
Thursday, July 12, 2007
At the top of Brockway Mountain
The book that I helped research, write and edit is now out and on the verge of lots of publicity, especially in the Christian book market. My boss, who is gracious and kind, sometimes gets my name confused with another Tyra -- the tall, beautiful, supermodel, TV hostess Tyra. A few weeks ago, she wrote a check to "me" though the name was actually "Tyra Banks." The Bank of America ATM machine gobbled it up and credited our account regardless.
Well, the book is out. At the very end of the book, you'll find Kathy's acknowledgments to her family, colleagues, friends, editors, other folks and Tyra Banks!
Perhaps it will be fixed in the second printing. Until then, you'll just have to trust me when I point out sections I wrote. Really.
Friday, July 06, 2007
Saturday: Walk to Acorn Street, where my Grandpa grew up; watch Pasty Fest parade; attend Pasty Fest, which includes free pasties, games and music; tour the Quincy Mine; dinner in Houghton
Sunday: Drive to the tip of the Keweenaw Peninsula; visit waterfalls, drive to the top of a mountain; play in Lake Superior; play at the Calumet schools playground; dinner at an odd Calumet restaurant
Monday: Leave Calumet early and head toward Mackinac Island; lunch at an odd Seney restaurant; car accident in St. Ignace (everyone is OK; the rental minivan is not); ferry to Mackinac Island; dinner with Jim & Betty at Mary's Bistro; sunset cruise around the island and the bridge
Tuesday: Cooper's 6th birthday; rent bikes and ride the eight miles around the island; lunch with Uncle Jim at Sinclair's; carriage ride to dinner at the Woods
Wednesday: Hike through the island to get to a butterfly exhibit and Great Turtle Park; Fourth of July picnic and festivities at Fort Mackinac; fireworks
Thursday: Hike through the island to see Sugar Loaf Rock; ferry ride to Mackinac City; drive to Milwaukee with a stop in Green Bay for dinner; play at the splash park in the hotel
Friday: Trip to Betty Brinn Children's Museum; adventures on city buses; dinner at Crocus, an authentic Polish restaurant
Saturday: Play at the splash park; go home!