Groundhog Day on Five Mile Road


Northville, Michigan: from our door it’s 30 seconds to the gas station, grocery store, Einstein Bagel, CVS, Jet Pizza and Home Depot.   

Typical suburban sprawl. Four minutes to the freeway, 20 minutes, give-or-take, east to the airport, or west to the campus of U of M in Ann Arbor; 25 minutes barreling across I-96 on a good day to get all the way downtown.  Detroit.  

and yet. . . strangely, here we find ourselves on a country road, so close and yet so far removed

from where we live and what we know. 



Just 10 minutes from our doorstep, Five Mile Road turns from asphalt to dirt, a road less traveled. 



Something magical happens in the snow here, in the camera lens and the gloaming of late afternoon.  A different light. 


The road bends as snow falling silently covers our tracks.  

Heading home, in an Andrew Wyeth painting, we know we’ve been somewhere. Else.  

Photos: VHenoch

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Comment by Din Mutha on February 4, 2013 at 12:02am

Andrew Wyeth, indeed. These are lovely. Thank you for sharing them. Enjoy the snow!

Comment by JMac1949 Memories on February 4, 2013 at 12:23pm

Great stuff... R&L ;-)

Comment by Arthur James on December 9, 2013 at 3:08am


Beautiful. You help us see through your eyes.

After this Treat` I'll go see snow and ice Here.

No Tweet . . .


Rural rednecks know they get so busy.

Farmers can forget important dates.

A Farmers spouse wakes him up.

She shake him from erotic dream,

and She says` " Honey, Baby.

You do Remember what Day

It is Right?"


He quickly thinks on

his back in the bed.


He bluffs . . . "Yes

Darling honey pie,

how could I forget?"


He heads for the barm

to shovel cow manure,

milk goats, feed slop

to hogs, gather eggs



He Reasons if he calls

the Local Florist and

buys his souse ` A

Banker's Dozens of

Tulips he'll be safe.

Red and off-white

Tulips are Perfect

For Snowy Icy

Dreary Days.


When he comes back to

Warm Up at the PorBelly

stove and slurp Green

Kale Soup . . . He ask:


"You had a nice day?"

She says . . . "Babe,

this was the Best

Groundhog Day

I can REmember."

Comment by Arthur James on March 16, 2014 at 1:53am


I discovered that my P.U. truck

waste more fuel if I turn the P.U.

on for heat. My mobile pickup

is great for Hide-Outs. I'll

Go sit to watch baby ducks,

Waddle Off in my P.U. to

Watch Potomac River

Sunlight Rock Ripples,

and Position the P.U.

So I catch Vitamin D.

Sunshine Rays Give

Truckers Left Arm

Burned Red Neck

Drunk Blush Red

Hick Appearance.

Folk Stay Away.

They Fear You

Pick Pants



I now drive back

country roads to

photograph the

knots and tree

holes. The Rays

Of Sunshine can

Cause the Woods

To Come Alive

With Gnomes,

Enchanting a

Winter Forrest.


I thought of this:




Aware of the suffering caused by the destruction

of life, I vow to cultivate compassion and learn ways

to protect the lives of people, animals, plants, 

and minerals. I an determined not to kill, not to allow

others to kill, and not to condone any act of killing in

the world, in my thinking, and in my ways of life.


Maxine Hong Kinston gave me the book: For A

Future To Be Possible - Commentaries on the Five

Wonderful Precepts - Thich Nhat Hanh - essays


... It is a book of short writings that inspire...

Thinking goes through fire- war inside and

outside of Vietnam- worldwide - war, war, war...

In lieu ... We people can Hope - build communities.

It's not a religious ideology - Precepts are a way . . .







We need Mental/Spiritual Medicine and

Safe and Happy Futures. It's to Practice.

I woke up Wondering Private Thoughts.

Happy Cabbage and Green Beer Hops.

The Washington Post has ` in Style

Section - A article on monk` brewers.

I haven't read it yet. The Post in` P.U..

I never imbibe inside. I sneak a ` Few

in my pickup. Cop ask` How ` Few

Brews Did You Down? Answer:

I counted the first beer & last.


I had Two.

I swear Two

Cause me To

Hop in Sack

With Five






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