Category Archives: drummond island

Don’t Poke the Bear

The first child born on Drummond Island to the Bailey family, Alda Anne grew up in the 1880’s with a pack of brothers in the lumber camps. Drummond then was covered in trees; massive columns so tall they obscured the … Continue reading

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Drummond Island Life at Lumber Camp

Drummond Island in those days was a giant canopy; its soft, muffled ground hidden beneath a cloak of orange needles. The cedar trees were so tall that their tops became crowned with eagle nests. The birds emerged from a mass … Continue reading

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How Going Under Saddle Is Not the Same As Socializing A Puppy

How do you you teach a young horse to stop bucking, kicking and walking backwards every time you get on him? I admit there are a lot of things about training horses that I picked up from dog training. Working … Continue reading

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Autumn Harvest

Driving the truck around is cumbersome, and slightly embarrassing, today, because it’s still stacked with a tower of hay. The bales are packed so tightly that I can’t get my fingers under the twine, and those suckers are heavy: One … Continue reading

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The Place Where We All Live

The optometrist paused in shuffling through paperwork. “I knew a Bailey up on Drummond Island. She was a friend of my wife’s. Her house blew up.” “That was my cousin.” “What was her name? It started with a J.” “Jolene.” … Continue reading

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“I have some slate for you,” my friend Denielle said. “It’s in my barn. There is a lot of it.” She knows I like to paint on slate. But when she started unloading the slate from the trunk of her … Continue reading

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Swimming Down Syndrome

      Let’s face it: the Special Olympics has been a boon to the fitness regimen for many disabled folks who would never otherwise get out of the house.  Amanda is no exception.  Over the years, getting her to exercise has taken … Continue reading

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Today’s Project – A Loon for My Dad

“Display on Dark Water”, acrylic on canvas, 9×12″ After 87 years on the planet, my dear Dad has left for higher ground.  I am so very sad.  He was a great man, my best buddy and the source of so … Continue reading

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Bald Eagle, Acrylic

What a tremendous comeback the bald eagle has made! I see families of them often, frequenting the scenic shores of Michigan’s eastern Upper Peninsula. This is acrylic on canvas, about 11×15″ on canvas.

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Clifford is enjoying another summer up on Drummond Island. Here is his “oops” moment where he rolled too close to the water’s edge when enjoying a sand bath. Cliffy is on tour this summer visiting libraries. He goes right in … Continue reading

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