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Radio Diaries: First Gift

Aug 26, 2016

I still have my first gift from my first husband—on the occasion of my eighteenth birthday.  It’s a handsome wool sweater with uneven stripes of gray, brown, black and white—and little wooden buttons.  I remember trying it on at a department store and deciding it was too expensive.

Richard bought it anyway.  It was the kind of gesture he liked to make—a quality of generosity.  We’d only had a couple of dates and my mother worried about the appropriateness of such a gift.  In a month, we were going steady.

The ancient myth of Orpheus and Eurydice is beautifully playing out in the stars overhead starting this week, when Mars makes a triumphant move into the region of Scorpio stars.

The region of Scorpio has always been associated with the underworld, and all season the planets Mars and Saturn have been forming a triangle in the southwest sky with the brightest star there. This week, Mars will be like Orpheus, taking flight into this underworld, as though to rescue his beloved Eurydice.

An administrative law judge will consider accusations that Northwestern Michigan College froze its teachers’ pay as punishment for forming a union.

Judge Travis Calderwood denied a motion by the college to dismiss the case and said a two-day hearing with witnesses will be scheduled for October.

Faculty members and NMC have been bargaining over a first contract for more than a year. Teachers formed a union in March of 2015.

Back to school already? Some districts start this week

Aug 22, 2016
Morgan Springer

Class begins this week for 57 school districts in Michigan, including three districts within the Wexford-Missaukee Intermediate School District. Schools are required to start after Labor Day in Michigan, but these districts applied successfully for a waiver from the Michigan Department of Education.

One district starting early is Manton Consolidated Schools. Their first day is Wednesday, August 24th.

Discovering 1919 TC in a boy's diary

Aug 19, 2016
Morgan Springer

This past year, the Traverse City Historical Society received a diary. The diary was donated by a woman from Kalamazoo who bought it at an antique store in Traverse City while on vacation. It was written in 1919 by a 15-year-old boy who lived in town. The author didn't identify himself.  The Kalamazoo woman gave the historical society the diary with one request: figure out who wrote it.

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