Summer 2017: Contributors

Contributors, Summer 2017


Your World of Loons article in Michigan Blue’s Cottages 2017 issue, with the breathtaking photos by Tom Haxby, was a pure delight to my eyes and heart. As (birding field guide author) Stan Tekiela and others have noted, loonsong is The Song of The North and The Song of The Wilderness. Loon songs resonate in the marrow of my bones. I have a recording of Debussy’s Clair de Lune with loonsong in the background. Alas, our loon population is dwindling dramatically, especially in the Lower Peninsula.  That the song of the north could go silent in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula is unthinkable.
— Chris Mack, West Bloomfield, MI

Jerry DennisJerry Dennis

A long-avid canoer, renowned Michigan author and BLUE’s Reflections columnist, Jerry lives near Traverse City, where he gets away with calling his fishing, hunting, canoeing, birding and beach walking “research.” Uncover what he’s discovered at


Lynne GolodnerLynne Golodner

The author of eight books, Lynne writes about how people find meaning. In 2016, she founded One Earth Writing, a nonprofit that brings teens from different backgrounds together in writing workshops to explore their commonalities. Find her at


Gary W. OdmarkGary Odmark

Renowned for his realistic portrayals of the Great Lakes, Gary provides illustrations for BLUE’s State of Mine readings and other departments. The Holland-based artist’s limited edition prints and originals in oils, watercolors and acrylics can be viewed at


Julie Bonner WilliamsJulie Bonner Williams

A devotee of nature, history and literature, Julie also enjoys beachcombing. She lives on the lakeshore with her husband, four horses, four dogs, several organic, free-range chickens, turkeys and ducks, and a mule named Amos. She is working on her first novel.


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