Posted on 03 July 2013.
Bob and Mary Lou Fuller, of Solon Township, live right in the midst of the area under construction on Northland Drive, just north of 16 Mile. As a result of the road being widened, a couple of their stately willow trees had to come down.
“Bob planted them so they were about 45 years old,” Mary Lou told the Post.
The willows have not been the only casualties. The construction has also been rough on cars trying to get in and out.
After the heavy rain last Friday, the northern section of the road became like a bog, with at least seven cars getting stuck in the mud. At least one, and possibly more, had to be pulled out with a tow truck.
It’s a good idea to avoid that stretch of Northland (from South Street to 16 Mile Road) unless you live in that area.
Posted in News
Posted on 15 April 2011.
By Ronnie McBrayer
I had never met a chain-smoking missionary until I shook the tobacco-stained hand of Michael Bonderer. Michael is the Country Director for the “Fuller Center for Housing” and “Homes from the Heart” in El Salvador. As the late Millard Fuller described him, “He is quite the character.” Indeed.
But I found Michael to be more than just a colorful character. He is the stunning paradox of saint and sinner. At once he is a nicotine-addicted, four-letter-word-dropping, endless-coffee-drinking, recovering-alcoholic; and he is a wise sage, a deeply committed follower of Jesus, a spiritual practitioner who lives to put roofs over the heads of the poor and forgotten.
After a week with him in Central America mixing concrete and building houses I asked him what his work there needed, outside of money, to keep building homes. He flicked ashes into a coconut ash tray and replied, “People in the church feel like they need permission to do anything good, or they feel they need to be experts. But you don’t have to know anything about anything to change the world. The people who just show up are the game changers. That’s what we need: People ready and willing to serve, who will just show up.”
Truly, you don’t have to know anything about anything to change the world. Just show up ready to sweat, ready to bleed a little, ready to learn, and God knows what could happen. Every night this week, people from all walks of life volunteer to staff soup kitchens or deliver food to the poor. These people aren’t trained in the culinary arts; they don’t have degrees in public policy or hold licenses as Clinical Social Workers. They just show up to help, love, and to serve.
In church dining halls and in community rooms all around the world, Alcoholics Anonymous groups meet every day to weed through the recovery process. These meetings are filled with people who have no formal training in addiction recovery, nor do many of them know how to professionally counsel someone else. All they know is that they must show up—because sometimes just showing up is enough.
Everywhere good stuff is going on, everywhere Christ’s witness is being held out to a community, it’s not because some group has it figured out. It is because someone showed up and won’t leave till the job is done. Chain-smoking or not, that is enough.
Ronnie McBrayer is the author of “Leaving Religion, Following Jesus.” He writes and speaks about life, faith, and Christ-centered spirituality. Visit his website at www.ronniemcbrayer.net
Posted in Keeping the Faith
Posted on 17 March 2011.
It was still pretty cold out Monday, March 13, when two different readers sent the Post pictures of crocuses popping up in their yards.
Mary Lou Fuller, of Solon Township, sent us the photo of the beautiful purple crocuses pushing out of the ground, and Judy Gage, of Courtland Township, sent us the photo of the yellow wild crocus peeking out.
Gage said she’s lived there for 23 years, and she never knows where they will pop up. “Sometimes it’s only a handful, sometimes they’re everywhere. This year they popped up by the wellhouse,” she said.
Are you seeing any signs of spring? Send a photo and a short summary to firstname.lastname@example.org, and we may print it if space is available.
Posted in News
Posted on 24 February 2011.
These birds didn’t let a little wind and snow come between them and their afternoon meal Monday.
Mary Lou Fuller, of Solon Township, sent us this photo of two robins—yes, you read it right—eating berries from her mock cranberry tree Monday afternoon. “Maybe spring is just around the corner!” she said.
Diane Noorthoek Butler sent us this photo of a beautiful cardinal at her feeder in Sand Lake.
Remember that now is the time to help feed the birds, during these cold winter months.
Check out what types of birds were seen in the area on January 1, during our annual Christmas Bird Count.
Posted in Featured, News