Gina M. Brown
Maps By Gina M. Brown
I was shopping for plants and by accident stumbled upon a whole moon series of sedums: Harvest Moon, Blue Moon, Over The Moon, Moonglow, etc. Then I remembered that I have Solar Eclipse heucherella in my garden (other varieties are Solar Power and Solar Flare). I think you can see where I'm going with this! The bees love all of these plants, so when my bee landed on the Over The Moon sedum, he planted an i.d. tag in lieu of a flag so that the other bees could locate it, too. Such a helpful little bee!
Yes, there really IS a Salamony Asteroid! It was discovered in 1995 and named for my sister Sandra, who at the time was creative director for Sky Publishing. She was presented with a potato having roughly the same shape of her asteroid. The potato quickly sprouted, which made me think of the possibilities. Perhaps on her asteroid, you could ask it to sprout any vegetable, any time, to the desired degree of ripeness! Imagine fresh sweet corn, asparagus, and baby carrots ON THE SAME DAY! I further imagine this as a place where the clouds record your favorite moments and retain them as long as you want. Finally, you can swim at night and be serenaded by an orchestra formed by constellation instruments, the sound being produced when the stars twinkle. Yeah, I think I could live there!
This place is special to me because I will always remember the first time I drove through these neighborhoods and simply could not believe that such a fairytale setting existed in the real world! Earl Young was a self-taught builder and architect who built both commercial and residential structures. The majority of his creations lie within the two areas shown on this map (each mushroom on the map is the location of another Earl Young house). Pure magic! And special year-round, even in winter.
This place is special to me because I love kitsch! My hometown area of Traverse City is known for many things: wineries, restaurants, outdoor sports, etc. But ever since Mom gave me "The Guinness Book Of World Records" for Christmas when I was eleven years old, I have loved oddities of all kinds (I participated in two events vying for inclusion in the Guinness book: 1) world's largest chicken dance and 2) world's largest ice cream social). And after living in this area for over twenty years, I continue to find new and exciting oddball places to visit.
This place is special to me because two of my great-grandparents came to the United States from Poland (one as a child and one as a young adult). [Correction: Mom says I forgot one, so make that three!] I have always appreciated Polish food and culture. At a prior residence, we lived only two blocks from a Polish hall, where I would occasionally assist the volunteers making pierogi for special events. Fortunately, we settled in an area where Polish culture abounds. If you cannot visit such a place, I highly recommend that you bring the fun to your home, i.e. learn how to play the accordion. It's fun, catchy and hard to put down once you start playing! Trust me.