Thank you (to BLUE “Reflections” columnist Jerry Dennis) for capturing the simple, yet profound spirit behind why we choose to live in this area as close to the water as we can get (“My Bay Life,” SUMMER Issue 2013, about the friendships and good fortune fringing Grand Traverse Bay). It is a rare day when my 91-year-old father, Warren Wills, doesn’t count his blessings when looking out over the bay saying, “I wonder what the poor people are doing today?
— Kathleen Wills, Traverse City
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Grand Rapids-based Michael Buck — an avid golfer, camper and kayaker — extends his seasoned photographic skills into myriad categories, from commercial, architectural and corporate work to weddings, portraits, events and editorial features, mbuckstudio.com.
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Named 2010’s Mark Twain Travel Writer by the Midwest Travel Writers Association, full-time travel journalist Kim Schneider often ventures from her Leelanau home for stories in state and out. This fall, she teaches those aspiring to her trade on location at the Grand Hotel and in New Orleans trytravelwriting.com.