Dale Clarke Franz lived in northern Michigan for 22 years. He has been a newspaper editor, bookstore manager, U.S. Navy officer, college instructor, and portrait photographer. He administered the Otsego County Planning and Zoning Department, which encompassed more than 500 square miles. More recently, he was a writer for the Ann Arbor Observer and has led Lifelong Learning discussions of philosopher William James. Visit his Web site at dalefranz.org.