“She was really good at finding the little four-leaf clovers.”

And then the four-leaf clover, I kinda, sorta, got that for my grandma. She's still alive, but she is one of those people that could spend, like, a prolonged period of time just, like, standing in a clover field and find, like, five four-leaf clovers and she was always really good at that. So I have a bunch that have been, like, laminated and they're, like, pressed, that I've hung onto… I need to find a couple of those. But there's one that's stuck to my piggy bank at home that I've had since I was a kid. But yeah, I have a bunch of those just, like, everywhere 'cause she's always finding them. Like, she has a knack for it and I've never… I think I've been able to find one, but she's always able to walk away with, like, a couple and she was really good at finding the little four-leaf clovers and I thought that was, like, the coolest thing ever when I was a kid, so I just wanted that.

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“And every time I turned a corner… I was greeted with something more breathtaking than the last.”

Sometimes the true sign that I'm witnessing something so incredibly beautiful is when I start feeling, like, legitimately emotional. And the first time I felt moved to tears, that I can recall, by nature, was in Northern Montana driving through Glacier National Park for the first time. It may have also been the first time where I had my breath literally taken away by the beauty of something before my eyes. There's a road that winds its way through and - through Glacier National Park. It's called the Going-to-the-Sun Road, and it was built along mountain’s edge. It's safe, it's fine, it's not risky, really. And, all I recall is like, I sorta just made this decision on a whim to go drive that way. In my life, I'd never been to the Rocky Mountains before. And it was this big life moment, this feeling of just breaking out, breaking out of the norm. I had traveled before, but it was always with cause. There's a friend down there, there's - someone's college is over here, etcetera. It was one of the first times where I just said, “I'm going to go experience a novel, an amazing life experience just because I can.” And so with that, when I arrived at the foot of the Rockies and eventually entered into Glacier territory, there was this mix of emotion that was so strong, to know that I had brought myself in a car to the foot of something so magnificent. And every time I turned a corner on the Going-to-the-Sun Road, I was greeted with something more breathtaking than the last. We were there just after, you know, the road had opened. Actually, I think we were there probably three days after the road was sufficiently plowed, which a lot of times cuts into the summer. And so there’s waterfalls coming down to your right, splashing against your car. There’s these magnificent valleys, these beautiful greens and almost neon greens, and these wildflowers that ranged almost every sharp color of the rainbow. And, it felt like you were flying. Flying over one of the most majestic, amazing, beautiful places I'd ever seen. And you know, I'd turn a corner and I'd like, I'd catch my breath. There'd be like, I would lose my breath for a minute like (gasps). And I remember traveling with a partner, guess now my girlfriend, and…

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“I didn’t get one for a long time because… Jews had numbers tattooed on them in the Holocaust.”

"Do you have any tattoos? Is there a special meaning behind any of the tattoos you have? If you don't have a tattoo, would you ever consider getting one?" I do not have tattoos, Michigan Diaries. I didn't get one for a long time 'cause I learned that, like, as a Jew, it was just weird with, like, the Holocaust and everything because, like, Jews had numbers tattooed on them in the Holocaust. And I think there might have been some, like, more conservative or Orthodox practice where you can't be buried in a Jewish cemetery if you have a tattoo. So, it didn't really cross my mind until I was, like, 25. Like, I had a piercings - I had piercings. I had my ears pierced from when I was a teenager until kind of recently. And I had my eyebrow pierced in college. But yeah, I've been thinking about the tattoo, not like seriously, but might get, like, a math thing or a music thing or a nature thing or a science thing. Or an Earth thing. I don't know if I'd want to do space, I think I'd focus on Earth. Tree… That might be cool, like a tree. I always think about my bicep or like, shoulder, outer shoulder as the spot that I would get it. But yeah, no tattoos for me.

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“But here in Michigan, each season brings… a unique landscape.”

Ever since we moved up to Michigan, we've seen things that it feels, like, “Is this a movie?” Some things that are so beautiful, sunsets that are so beautiful. You know, people don't realize this. How hot it is in Florida. But when you're doing stuff in Florida, it's so hot, it's so humid. It feels like you're wearing a mask, and it just draws you, pushes you, it's like gravity is worse down there. Pushes you down and it's hard to see beautiful things. Even though there’s many beautiful things in Florida, it's hard to appreciate it. There's really, very few times of the year where you can get out there and it not feel like that, and for you to appreciate it. But here in Michigan, each season brings their - this unique, like, a unique landscape, basically. All the time, am I just like in awe. When we went hiking this weekend, we were hiking around a lake, and there were geese kind of quarreling and two flew off and it just, in front of the - because we went there kind of early, so we were still at sunrise and it was just beautiful like this scenic moment of them flying off into the horizon. It just felt like a movie.

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