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About cjn56

World traveler, guitarista/ukulele-enthusiast, composer, wearer of many hats–both figuratively and literally.

Windsor Sculpture Park

Have you checked out the Windsor Sculpture Park? If you like public art, or a nice scenic walk, spend some time there. I enjoyed a few hours on a perfect, sunny day recently. It is an open-air museum that stretches along … Continue reading

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Getting to Know Ypsi

Do not let the spelling fool you. That is Ypsi, pronounced ip-see, short for Ypsilanti–home to Eastern Michigan University. Besides one of Forbes Magazine’s “America’s Best Colleges” listings, Ypsilanti has much to offer. As soon as you drive through and see … Continue reading

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Urban Fairies, Novelties and Jazz

Everyone loves Ann Arbor. Also known as A2 or Tree Town, it is home to the University of Michigan. Bursting with quirky, kitschy shops aimed at students, it is paradise for the young, or anyone with a sense of whimsy. (Please do not … Continue reading

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February Free (and Nearly Free) Metro Area Events Calendar

Welcome to February, everyone! Take a look at some free (and nearly free) ways to step out for some fun in the Detroit area this month. 1. Motown Winter Blast–2/8/13-2/10/13 Admission: $1, or a donation of a book or 1 … Continue reading

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January Free and Nearly Free Event Calendar

I hope your new year is off to a great start. If you are looking for things to do, here is a list of Metro Detroit events which will keep your wallet happy by costing nothing (or next to…).  1. … Continue reading

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A Night at the Museum

One of the most notable art museums in the country–whose collections are of the top 6–is right here in Detroit. The Detroit Institute of Arts(DIA) is a Motor City gem. Detroit brings music to mind. Our treasured art museum is … Continue reading

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The Autumn Leaves

This is my first fall in the United States since 2008. I now fondly look back on my Japanese autumns. I recall going out into nature to look at the kouyou, or fall colors. It is one of my favorite … Continue reading

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Going South of the Border–Detroit-Style

Something must be cleared up immediately. It may seem that a journey to Mexico is about to be described–not so. Detroit is the only major city in the contiguous United States in which one must go south to go to … Continue reading

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Go!

The picture in the header of my site is stock art. (Oh, the woes of a free blog). Nevertheless, I used to live Japan, where I would pass by trees like that whenever they were in season. I was also … Continue reading

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