Forward to the Hinterland, Part 1

Saint Clair Shores, Michigan my hometown and the jumping off point for the Pykonen Family (there are six of us:  Mom and Dad, Sister Linda, Brothers David and Tad and myself) vacations to visit Dad’s relatives each August from 1959 through 1974 to the Copper Country on the Keweenaw Peninsula of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.  Incorporated in 1951 Saint Clair Shores derives its name from nearby Lake St. Clair (located between Lakes Huron and Erie) it named by French explorer René Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle after the feast of Saint Clair of Assisi (who followed Saint Francis of Assisi).  For many generations farms dominate the region but as it grows land converts into cities and suburbsSaint Clair Shores was the home to the Jefferson Beachamusement park built in 1927 featuring the longest roller coaster in the United States but in 1955 a fire destroyed several buildings and the park slowly merged into the Jefferson Yacht Club of today. With help from its location on Lake Saint Clair, St. Clair Shores grew from a resort community to a suburban city rapidly after World War II and prior to its incorporation recognized as the largest village in the United States.  (more…)

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Weekend Reads: WPLongform Picks

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Last month Cheri took a look at longform writing on WordPress.com, and how tagging your over–1000-word posts WPLongform can help fellow bloggers, readers, and the editors of Freshly Pressed to discover longer, more in-depth material in the WordPress.com Reader. Since then you’ve shared a huge variety of work under the WPLongform tag, and in today’s post, I’d like to take a quick look at a small sample of the work you’ve published.

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