Stopped by the Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids, Michigan, yesterday morning. A wonderful visit on a bright, cool, fall morning.
Scott Simon, NPR Weekend Edition Saturday host, spoke at TEDx MidAtlanic this week on the importance and meaning of stories. There does not appear to be a version of his presentation that I can embed in this post, but you can find by clicking here. You should do so.
I enjoy reading about Michigan’s timber industry in the 1800 and 1900s. When I visit a place like Hartwick Pines, a preserve of virgin white pine near Grayling or the Valley of the Giants (virgin cedar trees) on South Manitou Island, I stand in awe of the massive trees and imagine what it must have been like when virgin forests covered much of the state. Except for a few places like Hartwick Pines and South Manitou, the virgin forests are gone. Today I came across this film from the 1950s with vintage images of lumbering in Michigan as the industry moved into the modern age.