John Schneider

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Bottoms up
Saturday morning at the park with Colin meant trying out every last piece of playground equipment, including this corkscrew slide.
I must admit I was a little envious. The playground near my Detroit neighbor featured basic swings, a basic slide and basic monkey bars. Period.
Grandson Colin’s park takes it to a whole new level.

Bottoms up

Saturday morning at the park with Colin meant trying out every last piece of playground equipment, including this corkscrew slide.

I must admit I was a little envious. The playground near my Detroit neighbor featured basic swings, a basic slide and basic monkey bars. Period.

Grandson Colin’s park takes it to a whole new level.

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Summer wearing on
A sure sign that summer is reaching late middle age: cattails.
My mother taught me how to dry them out and make mosquito chasers out of them. Or, better yet - soak them in kerosene and turn them into torches.

Summer wearing on

A sure sign that summer is reaching late middle age: cattails.

My mother taught me how to dry them out and make mosquito chasers out of them. Or, better yet - soak them in kerosene and turn them into torches.

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Caption contest …
My two entries:
 - “Can’t a guy eat a meal around here without somebody taking a picture?”
- “Ring-bearer for Uncle Ben’s wedding? Piece of cake.”
OK; your turn …

Caption contest …

My two entries:

 - “Can’t a guy eat a meal around here without somebody taking a picture?”

- “Ring-bearer for Uncle Ben’s wedding? Piece of cake.”

OK; your turn …

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Taking the plunge
I’ve been in pools too warm to be refreshing, and in oceans that felt like salty bath water. They both left me feeling like a fish out of water. 
So, when you stick that first tentative toe into into one of Michigan’s fresh-water seas, don’t let that first impression discourage you.
Come on in; the water’s fine.
Read my Michigander column by clicking on the brave soul in the foam.

Taking the plunge

I’ve been in pools too warm to be refreshing, and in oceans that felt like salty bath water. They both left me feeling like a fish out of water. 

So, when you stick that first tentative toe into into one of Michigan’s fresh-water seas, don’t let that first impression discourage you.

Come on in; the water’s fine.

Read my Michigander column by clicking on the brave soul in the foam.

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Hot off the grill …
On Tuesday evening I  spent my second-from-last package of venison backstraps from last year’s hunt.
The cause: venison kabobs with grilled onions, bell peppers and mushroom.
I marinate my venison cubes overnight in a mixture of red wine, olive oil, chopped onions, chopped parsley, basil, salt and pepper.
The vegetables must be grill separately from the meat; otherwise, you’ll get undercooked veggies, or overcooked meat. With venison, anything more than medium-rare is a crime against nature.
As for that last package of backstraps … I’m hoping for a seamless transition into this year’s hunting season, which starts in a little over two months.

Hot off the grill …

On Tuesday evening I  spent my second-from-last package of venison backstraps from last year’s hunt.

The cause: venison kabobs with grilled onions, bell peppers and mushroom.

I marinate my venison cubes overnight in a mixture of red wine, olive oil, chopped onions, chopped parsley, basil, salt and pepper.

The vegetables must be grill separately from the meat; otherwise, you’ll get undercooked veggies, or overcooked meat. With venison, anything more than medium-rare is a crime against nature.

As for that last package of backstraps … I’m hoping for a seamless transition into this year’s hunting season, which starts in a little over two months.

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