Crysta K. Coburn has been writing award-winning stories her whole life. She is a journalist, fiction writer, blogger, poet, editor, podcast co-host, and one-time rock lyrics writer.
Did You Know Michigan Won the UP in a War With Ohio?
That's right, friends, in 1835, the Michigan Territory went to war with the state of Ohio. One could make the argument that the hostility continues to this day, but the conflict was officially over in 1836.
How My Cats "Adjusted" to the Pandemic
My husband and I have two cats, Memphis and Tully. We adopted Tully together a few years ago. Memphis has been with me since he was a kitten, before I even met my husband. While he likes my husband, and often goes to him for affection and food, it is me that he is most attached to.
Better Off Alone
I have been single on Valentine's Day more often than not in my life. Personally, this never bothered me because most of my friends were also single, and we usually spent the night together going out or hanging out in with candy and a movie.
5 Great Things About Ypsilanti, Michigan
Ypsilanti is a small city in Southeast Michigan. Some call it Ann Arbor East, but that could not be further from the truth. Ypsi (as it is affectionately known) has its own vibe and culture that is very different from its more famous neighbor. It even has its own university, Eastern Michigan University. Maybe the football team isn't as fearsome as the Wolverines, but they're ours.
5 Popular Halloween Symbols
Halloween is a holiday with a distinct aesthetic. We all think of witches, pumpkins, ghosts, ghouls, bats, and spiders at the mention of the word. But why? How did our associations with Halloween become, well, associated with Halloween? Keep reading to learn a little more about this fantastically spooky holiday and what makes it so unique.
Book Review: 'Everfair' by Nisi Shawl
On the surface, Everfair by Nisi Shawl is an alternative history novel about an imagined country named Everfair that was co-founded by black American Christian missionaries fleeing the oppression of post-Reconstruction era United States, indigenous Africans of several different tribes, and the British Fabian Society. Many black Americans did settle in Africa during the 19th century (see the country of Liberia for one example). African countries now are comprised of several different tribes. And the Fabian Society exists in our world even today.
How to Celebrate Michigan in the Summer
Summer time in Michigan can have many highs and several lows. And I don’t just mean the temperature! There are humidity and water levels to take into consideration when deciding how to spend the day. Michigan’s state motto is “Si quaeris peninsulam amoenam, circumspice,” which is Latin for “If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you.” This means we are literally surrounded by water. Michigan is also half comprised of water—41.5%! Consequently, a lot of summer activity in this state does revolve around water. But that isn’t all there is to do, and hopefully you will find activities on this list to suit all of your summer time needs.
Book Review: 'The Ghost Bride' by Yangsze Choo
The Night Tiger by Yangsze Choo came out this past February, and I am super excited to get it out of the library and read it this summer! Why is that, you might ask? Is it because it has already been getting rave reviews and been placed on more than one Book List? Is it the gorgeous cover with a feminine silhouette against a starry sky? All good guesses, but no. These factors just enhance the book’s appeal and reaffirm for me that Choo is an absolute master storyteller.