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A long time ago, I was a child. (I started out as Cathy First from Colon, Mi.) For the past several years I’ve been an adult. A lot of things went on between those two stages of life; probably no more or no less than anyone elses. My husband and I moved to “da U .P” from southern Lower Michigan several years ago (yes we were trolls at one time). We owned and operated and operate Clementz’s Northcountry Campground and Cabins just north of Newberry, Michigan until May 2015. We have grown kids and grandkids (who all live downstate). My passion is life and all that Nature has to offer us and trying to photograph it in unique ways. Our intention in life is to see all that Nature has to offer us. We hope that you will be a part of our adventures as we cruise through our lives together. Come back often!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010


While I normally don't try to preach to the choir (gotta look that  up sometime and see exactly what the origins of that phrase is!), every once in a while there is a message "out there" that I agree with, so I'm just going to copy the info for you here and you do with it what ya see fit.  (Dan and I are not smokers, but I admit to being addicted to chocolate.  Heaven forbid if that is ever banned!)

Hi Cathy,

My name is Dave Levy, and I’m reaching out on behalf of my client here at Edelman, Pfizer Inc.
I saw your post late last month about the newly implemented smoking ban in Michigan. I hope you have enjoyed these first few weeks of the ban and I’d love to see that new sign you had drawn up!

I hope this has generally had a positive impact on the lifestyle of Upper Peninsula residents and visitors, and it may be a celebratory time for the nearly 8 million nonsmokers in Michigan. However, for the 20 percent of Michiganders who smoke, they now have to adjust their lifestyle1. The bans present a motivation for smokers in Michigan to join forces with family, friends, doctors and community to create a successful quit plan.

The reason I am reaching out to you is to share some information that you may be willing to share with your readers about finding the right motivation and support to quit now that the smoking ban has been implemented. According to a few different studies, 70 percent of smokers2 want to quit, but only three to five who quit unaided stay smoke-free for up to 12 months3.

To encourage Michiganders who want to quit, sometimes it’s important to have that support of others, and that’s why Pfizer has supported LetsQuitTogetherNow.com. The site allows smokers to make a pledge to quit smoking and learn about making a quit plan; in addition to providing resources, it also is a chance for smokers to compete in a city-by-city competition to join in a pledge and help their local communities get healthier. Right now, Kalamazoo has collected the most pledges – so there’s still time for the U.P. to represent!

Please let me know if there is anything else I can provide.

Dave Levy, on behalf of Pfizer Inc
Dave Levy
Digital Public Affairs
Office: (202) 350-6652
Cell: (202) 553-5057
Twitter: @levydr


1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “Current Cigarette Smoking Prevalence,” MMWR. 2008;58: 1233-1235.

1a. Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. Key State-Specific Tobacco-Related Data & Rankings. Available at http://www.tobaccofreekids.org/research/factsheets/pdf/0176.pdf. Accessed March 12, 2010.

2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Cigarette Smoking Among Adults – United States 2000. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2002;51(29):642-645.

3. Hughes JR, Keeley J, Naud S. Shape of the relapse curve and long-term abstinence among untreated smokers. Addiction. 2004;99:29-38.


  1. Oh no, you sold out to a drug rep.!!
    oh well, if it helps folks quit,right?
    Just how many Viagra did they give you for putting up an ad for them on your blog???

  2. Gary / Battle Creek2:15 AM

    It would make more sense to me to make tobacco illegal, until then I'll continue to smoke....my only remaining vice. "Smoke That Cigarette" has been done by more country singers than you can shake a whole carton at....LOL

  3. Retired One, No viagra in exchange for an 'ad'.

    Gary, That's why I prefaced it about preaching to the choir...I have my own little issues; CHOCOLATE. Well, that and rice! And no, not together! Loved your comback about the song!


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