Author Archives: Joe Neely

To Dredge or Not to Dredge: What’s Best for the River?

Joe Writes . . .  Diogenes, call off your search. An honest man has been found. He’s Spring Lake Township Supervisor John Nash, who opposes a proposal to dredge a channel in the Grand River from Grand Rapids to Spring … Continue reading

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A Blue Heron Poem

One day after the last leaf landed, One before the first flake fell, a Slate blue Great Blue Heron flew Straight through, on his Way to his Mate who Already waded a tropical river, where Trees leave their leaves on, … Continue reading

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Our Perfect-Sized Adventure

March 3, 2019 Joe Writes . . .  Our adventure is just about the perfect size for me. I decided this after attending the Quiet Water Symposium in East Lansing yesterday. At the symposium I met a nice couple who … Continue reading

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Our Mother Stole Relish Packets

Tom Writes . . .  More About Our Beloved Mother, Who Died  She used to steal stuff. She went through a phase, maybe twenty or fifteen years ago, when she used to grab packets of condiments from every restaurant. Packets … Continue reading

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New Year’s Day on the Grand

Joe Writes . . .  Tom and I began the year on the Grand River: not paddling, but hiking. Along with our spouses, we spent New Year’s Eve at our sister’s home in Ferrysburg on Grand Haven’s North Shore. The … Continue reading

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An Angelic Christmas, Circa 1932

Our mother died in June of this year, a few months short of her 93rd birthday. I loved her deeply – we all did, her entire family – but I haven’t grieved her much. Not yet. She was in so … Continue reading

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It’s When You Don’t Expect It: a reflection on gratitude

(What better time to contemplate gratitude than the week of Thanksgiving? This was written by our sister, Amy Wisner. It was originally posted on http://www.caringbridge.org, where Amy keeps everyone informed on her husband Brian’s progress as he battles cancer. This … Continue reading

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