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Radio Diaries: Visibility Unlimited

Apr 27, 2016

I’m in the boarding area, waiting for a flight to Phoenix.  On an overhead computer screen I preview the weather at my destination city where visibility is described as “unlimited.”  I’ve never heard that said about Michigan.

It’s late winter in my world where the visibility is particularly limited—not only by constant cloud cover but by snowbanks in my back yard as high as my head.  I’m eager for something different—something warm and spacious.

Traverse City Area Public Schools

Traverse City Area Public Schools is closing their two International Baccalaureate elementary schools –Interlochen Community School and International School at Bertha Vos. They're relocating IB to Traverse Heights Elementary School next year.

TCAPS has promoted the IB program as an innovative teaching program with a proven success rate. Statewide the Kellogg Foundation has been funding the creation of these programs in schools throughout northern Michigan. And school officials say the program is very successful with students from economically disadvantaged households.

With Mercury turning retrograde later this week, more than half of the planets will be in their retrograde motion, which means they appear to be moving backward (or westward) through the sky. And for me, this is the perfect set up for the mischief you might not know is associated with the eve of May 1st.


Radio Diaries: Wisdom of Bibs

Apr 21, 2016

I am lunching at a restaurant with a friend.  When her food arrives, she matter-of-factly tucks a paper napkin into the neck of her sweater.

“You’re smart,” I say.

“I’ve learned my lesson,” she says.

And I glance down at my own sweater, noticing remnants of previous meals here and there.  Why is it, I wonder, that only babies wear bibs and adults eating lobsters?

Betsy Coffia

The race for Grand Traverse County’s seat in the state House has a new – but familiar – candidate. Betsy Coffia filed paperwork to run for the 104th House district before yesterday’s deadline.

Coffia ran for the seat in 2012 and 2014. She says she has hundreds of volunteers from past races who are ready to help again.