📖 Legendary American author Ernest Hemingway often mentioned his Michigan memories in his short stories, even though they weren't so easily spelled out.
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So, I'm not a huge fan of all of these so-called random holidays we have now. Things like "National Ice Cream Cake Day," and "International Fax Machine Day." It just seems like a bit much. If every day is a holiday, is any day a holiday?
Anyway, I came across a holiday that takes place today. It's apparently "Virus Appreciation Day." At first glance, I thought it was referring to computer viruses. Maybe it's a day to check your virus protection (I'm reaching here, I know).
Alas, I was wrong. According to Holiday Insights, it "gives us the opportunity to show a little respect for nasty viruses." Why we'd need a day like this is beyond me!
But don't worry, if you're not into honoring viruses, "Moldy Cheese Day" is just around the corner (Oct. 9).
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You may have read Ernest Hemingway's short stories in school - or just for fun. But did you know Michigan actually inspired many of those stories?
The Michigan Hemingway connection
In 1898, before Ernest was born, his family purchased land on Walloon Lake, which sits between Charlevoix and Petoskey.
The Hemingway family built a cottage on the waterfront where they would spend summers. It was here that Hemingway first developed his interest in outdoor activities like hunting and fishing, which played an important role in his fiction. He spent his first 21 summers there.
Hemingway's time in Northern Michigan inspired many of his short stories, including "The Three Day Blow," "The End of Something," and "Big Two-Hearted River."
The cottage was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1968, and a Michigan Historic Site in 1975.
- Flavored vape ban in effect: Michigan vape shops are no longer be able to sell flavored e-cigarettes without being fined or serving possible jail time. This has been a topic for heated debate while there are growing health concerns about the use of vaping products, especially among teens.
- Pure Michigan no more: One of Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's line-item vetos cut the Pure Michigan campaign funding completely, and that decision has many worried about the future of tourism in the state.
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