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Linda Hundt

Eat Pie, Love Life

Linda Hundt’s passion for “changing the world, one pie at a time” was sparked in childhood by an Easy-Bake Oven and the homemade goodness of her mother, grandmother and aunts.

A Winter of Ice and Cold

On a Sunday afternoon last March, my wife Gail and I followed photographer Ken Scott onto frozen Lake Michigan and discovered that we had the Leelanau ice caves to ourselves.
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Restoring Frank

Built in 1945, the brick-and-stone cottage we bought as newlyweds was the first of two fixer-uppers we owned before our only child was born. Six years later, we moved with our son to a brooding 1920s’ English Tudor with drafty leaded-glass windows. Staying rooted in suburban-Detroit, we happily renovated or repaired vintage kitchens, crumbling plaster, haunted basements and antique toilets.
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The Journey Home

Preparing the family cottage for a son’s upcoming summer wedding, a father finds a foothold in small-town roots.
Gwen Frostic's rustic custom built studio

Where Writers Grow

Marked by diversity, Michigan’s rich literary heritage is rooted to place.
Lake Story Cottages 2014 Mushrooms

Sitting on the End of a Dock

Sunlight glints off a faraway jet filled with travelers going who-knows-where. They all have agendas. This is mine.
Christmas Tree Star

The Leaning Tower of Christmas

The realization makes tears shoot straight from my eyes like ammonia from a spray bottle. Christmas is in two days, and this is the first time I’ve even thought about a tree.

Art in Fermented Form

Beer and spirits may not be the most important things in the world, but they changed my life.
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All these years later I still can’t cast a lure into big water without expecting something extraordinary to happen.
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Family Tides

One day as smooth and silver as a mirror, churlish and wild the next, the bay is what anchors me firmly to this place.