2017-06-22 / Columns

A poem specifically for players of pickle ball

By BILL THOMPSON
Phone 334-4486

I am confident that all the dads out there were treated like royalty and had a great Father’s Day. Another day that shows the importance of family.

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An obvious indication that summer is here. Yoga on the beach started yesterday at the Glen Haven beach near the cannery. Classes continue on Wednesdays from 7-8 p.m. and Fridays from 10-11 a.m. through Aug. 4.

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A Quilt Show will be held Saturday, July 15, at Empire United Methodist Church. All kinds of quilts, including wall hangings, clothing items and antique quilts, will be on display from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Church members and friends have provided their personal pieces for the show. Admission is $5; proceeds further church ministries.

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Empire painter Craig Weisse exhibits independent and Impressionistic images of his shoreline community June 30-July 6 at Center Gallery in Glen Arbor.

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Pickle Ball has taken over the lives of a lot of people. It’s the fastest-growing sport in the United States and here is a poem written by renowned pickle ballplayer Cindy Rosiek

We Give Thanks For Pickleball: we give thanks for the lobs that make our heads bob; we give thanks for dinks that make us think; we give thanks for ace serves that make us swerve; we give thanks for the overhead smash that makes us dash; we give thanks for a passing shot that’s hot; we give thanks for a slam that makes us exclaim #$@&#. we give thanks for a long volley that makes us jolly; we give thanks for the “kitchen” it keeps us twitching/ we give thanks for the Pickle Ball game. Without it life wouldn't seem the same.

Go out and give it a try to better understand the poem.

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Clay for kids is a series of three day sessions beginning in June. Kids choose projects from an array of ideas, then bring them to life through the slab, coil and pinch methods. Taught by veteran art educator Nancy Miller, the classes will be held at Thorsen Farm.

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The third annual Summer Speaker series at Empire United Methodist Church will be held in July “Upon the Dunes” at 9 a.m. worship services. Speakers for the interfaith services are July 2, Rev. Carol Fowler; July 9, Rev. Faith Fowler; July 16, Rev. Robert McQuilkin; July 23, professor Jeffrey Weime; and July 30, Dr. Jack Hamish. For more information contact Rev. Kay Coombs at 326-5852 or the Empire United Methodist Church.

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Although the weather hasn’t been the greatest, I think we are all used to this in Northern Michigan. Part of the charm.

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Happy Birthday wishes in no certain order to Ron Fisher, Mel Saperstein, Ellen Figura, Roy Pentilla, Pete Stern, Tim Nichols, Bob Ewing and Ed Love.

Happy Anniversary wishes to Cherrie and Bill Stege.

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This is only the beginning of pedestrians, kids, dogs, bikes, boats. Watch for the people looking at the sights and not the road.

Be careful, be kind, be happy, have fun.

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Go Sox

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