The Lamp Maker
We live in a world in need of those with the magic of light. Men that can capture the glow and the twinkle from a witty man’s eyes. Men with sight. Men with imagination and wands to cast spells of warmth and delight— a Merlin, Aladdin or Fairview’s Lamp Maker.
Who? Mark Miles, the man who has made a quest to salvage the future from the past. The Amish Country’s magician who can reach into a barrel and coax a genie into a bottle, a toaster or a Coleman lantern. He turns the ordinary into extra-ordinary lamplight. Lamps that chuckle, giggle or gossip from a living room table.
Mark Miles, a 20 year Navy veteran now spends time combing through the inventories of second hand stores and flea markets where he looks for objects that call out from our childhoods. Coleman lanterns electrified can give us everyday reminders of quality time spent with our dads and grandpas. Vintage kitchen appliances repurposed connect us visually to grandma’s welcoming kitchen of years ago. You won’t believe the variety of antiques that he transmutes* into lighting, end tables, rustic flag holders, chairs and wine glass holders; all with his unique Americana style.
You can view many of the Lampmaker’s unusual designs on-line at his Facebook page: milesmakeovers, or for-sale in the windows of Fairview’s favorite bargain store, the Sunrise Thrift Shop, a few hundred paces east of the traffic light at the corner of M33 and M72.
*transmutes- alters or changes into something different than its original purpose.
Richard Rensberry, Author at QuickTurtle Books®
Excerpted from “City Slicker’s Guide to the Amish Country”
The writing is completed, now the fun part begins? Continue reading
Troyer saw the bear
in his field, the second
bear he’d seen
in his eighty-four years,
down Dana Road
didn’t see the bear
in their yard, but found
their feed barrel ransacked
in the night. The guy
on the hunting land
behind their trailer
saw the bear
stand up on its hind legs
and take a look
through the window
of their truck. Continue reading
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The lion’s share of the poems contained in this book was written under the influence of the wolf pack moon during the months of January and February of 2015. This is the name of the winter moon as given by the Algonquin Indians that hunted and gathered the Great lakes State of Michigan where the author spent his youth. The hard northern winters are a battle between optimism and pessimism and the poems are a reflection of that struggle. These are verses of the lands within and the lands without as written beneath the glow of the wolf pack moon.
Richard Rensberry grew up on a small farm in Northern Michigan accumulating spiritual riches only the heart of nature can distill. These riches weave themselves in and out of his poetry like the rhyme and rhythm of his words. He has the blood of a wolf and the heart of a gypsy. He is married to fellow author and muse, Mary Rensberry. They are co-authors of the books It’s Black and White/A Turtle Quest for the Ages, The QuickTurtles Go to School, Wake’s Day and Wake Helps. Together, they founded QuickTurtle Books® in 2013.