Double trouble: Mitten-as-Michigan and the amputated Keweenaw. 

Double trouble: Mitten-as-Michigan and the amputated Keweenaw. 

The Soo Locks: not optional.

The Soo Locks: not optional.

Honor system coffee (and it’s good, too): not optional.

Honor system coffee (and it’s good, too): not optional.

Tahquamenon Falls: not optional.

Tahquamenon Falls: not optional.

Wow, and I think it’s bad when the Lower Peninsula merely claims to be “Michigan”!

Wow, and I think it’s bad when the Lower Peninsula merely claims to be “Michigan”!

Ore boats in spring ice:  not optional.
Via Lake Superior Photography, http://www.lakesuperiorphotography.com

Ore boats in spring ice:  not optional.

Via Lake Superior Photography, http://www.lakesuperiorphotography.com

I want to be grumpy about this, but I’m not sure I have the right to be.  The UP’s undeniably there, and yet this diagram is so unsatisfying…

I want to be grumpy about this, but I’m not sure I have the right to be.  The UP’s undeniably there, and yet this diagram is so unsatisfying…

Out of the Norm Tattoos, which just posted this awesome example of their work on their Facebook feed, is located in Calumet.See?
The double-handed Michigan gesture: not optional.

Out of the Norm Tattoos, which just posted this awesome example of their work on their Facebook feed, is located in Calumet.See?

The double-handed Michigan gesture: not optional.

From CBS This Morning:  The U.S. Department of the Interior has chosen this photo, snapped by Michigan’s Courtney Kotewa, to be featured on every “America the Beautiful — The National Parks and Federal Lands Pass!” 
 I always knew the US Department of the Interior had excellent taste.

From CBS This Morning:  The U.S. Department of the Interior has chosen this photo, snapped by Michigan’s Courtney Kotewa, to be featured on every “America the Beautiful — The National Parks and Federal Lands Pass!”

 I always knew the US Department of the Interior had excellent taste.

It’s an Easter miracle!  Look which purveyors of cottage cheese have developed a better sense of Michigan since last fall.  Well played, Michigan brand, well played.

It’s an Easter miracle!  Look which purveyors of cottage cheese have developed a better sense of Michigan since last fall.  Well played, Michigan brand, well played.

From the sublime to the ridiculous. (Ceci n’est pas un pasty.)

From the sublime to the ridiculous.
(Ceci n’est pas un pasty.)