Category: Eclectalife

PHOTOS: The Eclectablog 10-year Blogaversary party a smashing success!

PHOTOS: The Eclectablog 10-year Blogaversary party a smashing success!

Wow. Team Eclectablog: (l-r) LOLGOP, Charles Gaba (Brainwrap), me, Anne C. Savage, Amy Lynn Smith, and Emma White Last night’s Eclectablog 10-year Blogaversary party exceeded my expectations in so many ways. We had a tremendous turnout of over 100 people. Everyone who came received an Eclectagrog beer glass (pictured at right), we sold t-shirts, raffled off t-shirts and beer glasses, […]

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Join me in wishing Chris Savage the happiest of birthdays!

Join me in wishing Chris Savage the happiest of birthdays!

Let’s celebrate who he is and all he does. I can think of no better way to pay tribute to Chris Savage than to write a few words for him — here, on the blog he created and contributes to almost every single day of the year. I owe a lot to Chris. So do the countless Michiganders he stands […]

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PROGRAMMING NOTE: Team Eclectablog at the North Macomb County Dems meeting TONIGHT!

PROGRAMMING NOTE: Team Eclectablog at the North Macomb County Dems meeting TONIGHT!

Spreadin’ the Eclectagospel… If you are in the Macomb County area, Anne and I will be speaking to the North Macomb County Democratic Club this evening. During the talk, we’ll be showing a 30-minute slideshow of Anne’s amazing photos and she’ll have her historic Obama photomosaic posters on sale, as well. The event starts at 7:00 p.m. at the UAW […]

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A week of Being Dan Savage – My “Savage Love Letters of the Day”

A week of Being Dan Savage – My “Savage Love Letters of the Day”

And now I know what GGG, DTMFA, and pegging are As I mentioned last week, this week, I filled in for Dan Savage while he and his husband Terry (ooo la la!) are on vacation in Germany. It was a riot and only reemphasized that you literally cannot make everyone happy on the internet at the same time. For four […]

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Eclectablog takes over Dan Savage’s “Savage Love Letter of the Day” all next week

Eclectablog takes over Dan Savage’s “Savage Love Letter of the Day” all next week

There’s a new Savage in town… Wildly popular sex advice columnist Dan Savage (@FakeDanSavage on Twitter) is heading out on vacation next week. As he has in the past, he will have someone else answer his daily “Savage Love Letter of the Day”. Next week, that someone else will be me. “I think it would be hilarious to have another […]

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My Socialist Independence Day Vacation in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

My Socialist Independence Day Vacation in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

Ahhhh… I’m sitting here sipping on my water bottle this morning, the last piece of My Socialist Independence Day Vacation: it’s filled with the deliciously pure water from the D.H. Day Campground just outside of Glen Arbor, Michigan. Anne and I spent the past week there and I always return refreshed but also reminded that one of our greatest national […]

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VIDEO: Sunday morning politics break – Red-Winged Blackbirds drive off Sandhill Cranes by working together

VIDEO: Sunday morning politics break – Red-Winged Blackbirds drive off Sandhill Cranes by working together

The power of tenacity and coordination

Anne and I like to recharge our mental and spiritual batteries by tossing our kayaks into our beater pick-up truck Steve and heading out to Pickerel Lake in the Pinckney State Recreation Area. It’s actually on a chain of three lakes that includes Crooked Lake.

The wildlife on these lakes is abundant and, especially in kayaks, you can get startling close to the animals.

On Friday night, we whipped up a batch of margaritas and headed out for a sunset booze cruise. While we were paddling, we came across something I’ve never seen before: two Red-Winged Blackbirds systematically attacking and driving off two adult Sandhill Cranes who had strayed too close to their nest.

Video and photos after the jump.

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Saturday evening politics break – Asparagus edition

Saturday evening politics break – Asparagus edition

I’m feeling burned out on politics. Here’s some garden porn: – fresh picked asparagus from our garden: Self-portrait by Anne C. Savage G’night.

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“Two North” – A Christmas Story

“Two North” is a story about one Christmas when my mom was spending time on the psychiatric ward of our town’s hospital after trying to commit suicide to escape a physically-abusive husband. I was thirteen. It was a cataclysmic event in our lives but it brought us together into a two-person tribe like no other event ever has in my life.

My wife’s cousin, an editor (e.g. “Flags of Our Fathers”), has convinced me to use it as the launching pad for a book about life with my mom. I have yet to find the time to do this but that book is still inside me and waiting to get out. It’ll happen.

I offer this story to my friends here at Eclectablog on Christmas as a tribute to my mother, a woman who went from a pregnant sixteen-year old to an executive for the Chrysler Corporation in the short span of twenty years.

Much of who I am today is because of her and the lessons she taught me.

Read it after the jump.

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Merry Christmas from the Eclectapets

Merry Christmas from the Eclectapets

Thanks, everyone, for everything

From our house to yours, have a Merry Christmas!


Sunni Bear the pitbull, aka BSBOL (big squishy ball of love)

More Eclectapets after the jump.

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Prohibition Repeal Day, December 5 (with PHOTOS) — Come help us celebrate in Ann Arbor

Prohibition Repeal Day, December 5 (with PHOTOS) — Come help us celebrate in Ann Arbor

Everything in moderation, including moderation Chris and I have a healthy relationship with alcohol. Not so much the “conducive to, or promoting good health” definition of healthy, but more like “of a satisfactory size or amount” definition. We do enjoy an adult beverage from time to time. And by “time” I mean “day”. It’s fair to say that if we […]

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