Nothing Less Than a New Life

Jim says:

As most of you know, on Memorial Day Weekend, the three J’s (Jess, Jackson, and myself) sloughed off our Southern skins, hopped in a Subaru (well, I was in the Penske) and sojourned to Northern Michigan.  Since then we’ve seen spectacular sunsets, bombastic balloon launches, a charming cherry festival, various vineyards, copious coffee shops, rows and rows of restaurants, bountiful microbreweries, and most of all, the beautiful beaches and seemingly infinite waters of the mighty Lake Michigan.  This blog exists for two purposes: to document our family triptych’s experience, and to educate those we care about and who care about us as to why we chose this area above all others to buoy our existence.  I’ll let Jess expound on the natural and visual vivacity of our new home (after all, the photos that do and will abound across this site are almost exclusively taken by her, mine are few and far between; note of course the sidebar, and/or refresh the page and a different header photo is *supposed* to  appear each time); instead, I’ll break ground upon this blog bad-boy with a subject close to my ‘spare tire’:

Food and drink.

And lots of it.

I’m a proud American eater ‘n drinker, so to give you an idea of what I’ve been up to for the past month and a half, I submit this list of establishments, some higher-end, some lower-end, all awesome: tractor traverse city

This list isn’t complete, but close enough.  The important thing is: Welcome to our world.  We’ve much to share with ya’ll!

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12 thoughts on “Nothing Less Than a New Life

  1. Bill Clifton says:

    Shores and peace and wind sounds
    Prickly acknowledgments after dusty mirrors
    Your smiles and laughing child
    Clawed tubs and wet boards
    Tears in the window
    Sunsets and a thousand miles
    A thousand times
    Hearts break
    But it’s what
    Home is

    • jcee3 says:

      Wow, brother; that was excellently written. Time portrayed powerfully in the stanza, but with the past and present explained succinctly. And of the experience itself, well, you covered it all – meaning all of the good, and all of the price that is paid (and continues to be paid) for that good. We love you and miss you, and appreciate this. Thank you.

  2. Dave Metzer says:

    Hi my friends

    I was delighted to read your first blog entries and to learn how quickly and well you’ve settled into your new home.

    Your area sounds fantastic, just like I remember it from a trip there years ago.

    It goes without saying that you guys are already missed. Did I hear you are coming back this way soon for a visit and GA “fix”?


  3. Ryan M. says:

    Very impressive photos … and the blog was OK too 🙂

    But seriously, glad to hear the move is treating you well so far. I expect a future post on Michigan metal bands you’ve found to your liking as well as more detail on the highs and lows of your drinking and eating experiences.

    Rock on!

  4. Heather says:

    Lovely alliteration 🙂
    Glad you finally got that first post up and even happier that you are enjoying your new home! May you feel the same way next Memorial Day!

  5. Tara says:

    Thanks for doing this blog, so far so good. Love the pictures. Keep up the great posts! Love and miss you guys.

  6. Lisa Reichard says:

    What a beautiful place !! Keep exploring and enjoy the adventure !!
    Lisa Reichard

  7. Wes says:

    Great pictures and well written blog (which I expect nothing less with your literary skills). Glad that you guys have found your own little slice of heaven, and it seems that the move and location is exceeding your expectations. Miss you guys (especially since my isolation from the shock family started in 2008 when I moved to redneck central, NC).
    Stay in touch!

    • jcee3 says:

      Brother, always a pleasure to hear from you! Thanks for the kind words. You totally get it-but that’s no surprise, you always have 😉 Know that we’d love to see you and your wonderful wife and be able to share some of this with ya’ll. On your next visit to the Midwest, put us in your planner!

  8. Jeremy says:

    Awesome J3! Look forward to reading about your new home. The pics are great (and yes, the header does change with a refresh). Hope to get up there sometime to visit (only when it’s warm!). Love you guys.


    • jcee3 says:

      There’s much for us to see and do if you guys ever do make it. The Wisotskys will always be welcome. We’ll enjoy seeing ya’ll on our sojourns South. Hope things are happy man, and: Thanks for the first post!

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