While We Search for Toilet Paper…

Let Us Remember to Give Photo Courtesy of Twelve Baskets: Pastor Dave of Connections Community Church in Schoolcraft with donations. While we are making sure that our families have enough to eat (and plenty of toilet paper for other matters!), let us not forget to give. Many individuals struggle with having enough food to eat […]

The People…Er, Dogs I Meet

The Star of Trove in Portage   Zoie, a Bernese mountain dog, has become a celebrity of sorts. Many customers who enter TroVe, a unique home decor and accessories store in Portage, Michigan, seek out this four-legged icon before getting down to the business of shopping. Of all the wonderful things that fill the walls and […]

Start to Finish – Part 3

Third generation farm family raises crops and serves them in their restaurant Dan Schultz © 2018 Brian Powers Photography How did TCBC start? Bill Schultz traveled to Europe in 2010 and 2012 and discovered a thriving hard cider business. He came home, did some homework and found a promising market. Bill proposed an idea to […]

Start to Finish – Part 2

Third generation farm family raises crops and serves them in their restaurant © 2018 Brian Powers Photography At Schultz Fruitridge Farms and Texas Corners Brewing Company (TCBC), every family member plays a key part in making it a success. Another component: communication. The family interacts everyday, discussing anything from new ideas for restaurant operations to […]

Zany Bird Launches a Career

© 2018 Encore Publications/Brian Powers As a writer, I get to meet so many interesting people. Kalamazoo area artist, Renae Baumgart of Renae’s Rip Studio, is one of those people – with an unusual medium: wall paper.  She rips it into bits to create amazing portraits.  Of animals. Of the moon and stars. Of childhood […]

The People I Meet

Renae…She Likes to Rip Things My writing journey sometimes leads me to craft fiction.  Other days, nonfiction essays.  And many times, profiles of people.  Speaking of profiles, this statement arises when people ask about my profession:  “I bet you meet lots of interesting people.” And I do.  And Renae Baumgart (the smiling lady above) is one […]

A Place for a Squirrel

Your Eyes Don’t Deceive: Squirrel is a Cat Since it’s been awhile, I decided to post a brand new short story.  Never before published.  Here for the first time. I do truly write about more than animals.  But with our menagerie of crazy dogs and cats, they have provided plenty of stories over the years. […]

What Is a Komondor?

That’s What I said… when my husband suggested, “Let’s get a Komondor.” We sat in Barnes & Noble at the time, reading about dog breeds. He slid a book across the table opened to the Komondor section.  (To see a Komondor in full cords check out Beck’s Odelay cover.) I thought he was joking.  “Yeah right,” […]

Meeting a Komondor

Fourth of July with Marley This is one of my favorite pictures of Marley:  the first photo we ever snapped. Shortly after we’d wrangled this 6-month old, 60-pound Komondor puppy into our house on the Fourth of July (a story in and of itself), we grabbed the camera. Over the years, this character’s shananigans made […]