Monthly Archives: May 2009

Runways (memoir pcs.)

As I eat this low-fat raspberry muffin I ponder deceptions. We’re surrounded by the titlt of truths. My coffee cools. I consume my muffin. The train whistle haunts me at 2:30pm. I’m engineered that way, always curious. The conductor, is he content? Can he daydream on the job? Like me, until the iron mine detonates, a daily blast, jolting me back to reality and shaking the stemware in the cupboard.


My parents visited tiny rural airstrips, watched single propeller planes make successful take-offs and landings. Sitting silent with paper cups of coffee, never holding hands. I wonder what it did for them? Did it bring order, predictability, like the 2:30pm train. It was a Sunday thing, like church, sitting in the backseat of the brown jeep by the runway.

From Mockingbird Poems…

How does the mockingbird chose his song,

Learned bits of mimicry

Like the memory of a screen door

Slamming in summer,

A tornado siren,

A cry over my skinned knee;

The mockingbird chose a song when I chose tears.


Later, on my father’s strong shoulders

We watched the leaves go belly-up

And the sky go yellow.


It’s no wonder I write better when the power goes out.


(In progress copyright 2009 Kim Nixon)

Trails and Prints


I’ve been dusty from the trail. Sore from hiking trail miles. Busy processing photos from our trip to Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. I have so much news to share. Writings. Dreams. Progress. But for now I will share this photo of bird prints on Au Sable beach just north of the Au Sable Light.

Marquette’s First Founder’s Day

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Owner/builder of the boat is Mike Potts–

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Photos from Marquette’s first Founder’s Day event. Near Gaines Rock, Founder’s Landing, Marquette MI.

Press Release
(release written by Frida Waara)

Founders Day, Monday, May 18

For 55 years our Great Lakes State has been celebrating Michigan Week. This year the annual tribute to Michigan’s rich heritage will begin with a new event, Founders Day, set for dawn on Monday, May 18, at Founders Landing in Marquette.

“We know it’s early,” says Jerry Irby with a grin, “but we’re hoping the community will come and help us celebrate this inaugural Founders Day.”

Plans have happened quickly. While researching Marquette history, particularly the lower harbor and Founders Landing, Joe Constance, a partner with the Landing Development Group, ran across an address Peter White gave to Marquette’s YMCA in 1889. “On May 18, 1849, Peter White and Robert Graveraet first arrived in what would become Marquette,” says Constance. “Reading about their arrival at sunrise and meeting with Chief Kawbawgam, I started thinking about what that friendship meant for our community,” adds Constance. “The 160th anniversary of that date and event in our city’s history needs to be recognized.”  

As former mayor, Irby agrees. “Since 2004, when the city purchased Founders Landing, I’ve been dreaming of an event like this to honor our roots.” Irby adds, “And frankly, there’s no better time than now, and in this economy, to pay tribute to their pioneering spirit, optimism, resilience and the hospitality shown by Chief Charley Kawbawgam and his wife Charlotte.”

To establish Founders Day as May 18, Irby secured a proclamation from Lansing signed by Governor Jennifer Granholm, Senator Mike Prusi and Representative Steve Lindberg.  It was adopted by the Marquette City Commission at the Monday, May 11, meeting.

According to White’s story, the party expected the trip to take three hours, but,  “the seven oarsmen were pulling with a will-long strong, deep, regular strokes, that, made the boat show what the sailors call a bore in her teeth for these boys had been told that morning when breaking camp at 4 o’clock at Shot Point, that their destination was in sigh, and if they did as well as they sometimes did that a landing would be made inside of two hours, that the long trip–nine days of coasting would be ended, and the new Eldorado would be reached–and it was accomplished.”

“Keeping true to history, we’re beginning this re-enactment at dawn next Monday,” says Irby adding with a grin, “And it’s amazing the people who have volunteered their boat, to row, to be Peter White, Robert Graveraet and Chief Kawbawgam.”

“We know by 1849 many people had already established a home in what would become Marquette, including the native Ojibwa,” says Frida Waara, who has been helping Irby coordinate the celebration. “That’s why this re-enactment will begin with a Native American ceremony led by Glen Bressette who has agreed to portray Chief Kawbawgam.”

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“Marquette’s reputation as a hospitable community really started with the Chief and his wife Charlotte who invited those early morning travelers into their wigwam for breakfast,” says Irby. “As events for Founders Day evolve, we hope to include more of that history. We’re even looking for a team to build a Mackinaw boat.”

Waara shares Irby’s ideas for the future, “I was around for the start of the U.P. 200, and the energy coming together for Founders Day feels the same way.” 

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(For more photos visit Kim Nixon’s Flickr Set on Founder’s).

Play Date

Liam in Shadow, Grandson, Photo by Kim Nixon

Healing Field


The Thin Blue Line of Michigan, Healing Field of Honor 2009, Honoring Peace Officers that have paid the Ultimate Sacrifice, Marquette Michigan.

Robin Finds Abundance


This photo was edited during a migraine and muscle spasm event.

Publication–All Things Girl

The May issue of All Things Girl is themed “On Display” it was the perfect issue to submit some “door” photos. The doors appeared on the New Wright Street extension in Marquette. My favorite, “She’s Come Undone” is definitely a on display moment. “Door Eye” is an ogle of sorts, a gawker, and intense. This is my second time appearing in All Things Girl they are very open to submissions by new artists and writers.

Sylvia’s Magic Garden II

Sylvia’s Magic Garden I

photo by Kim Nixon

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