Welcome to the 2021 version of SCHOCK MCCOY PRODUCTIONS by J.H. McCoy. This website is named in honor of my mother, Gloria (Schock) McCoy, and dedicated to her memory. Since it was founded in 2015, her JOURNAL and ALBUM have always been prominent features - now some of her recipes have been added to the website (RECIPES).
The new format for the HOMEPAGE is seasonal and changes as the seasons do. The NEWS section contains some of my recent photographs and comments on the local scene. PHOTO-ESSAYS is a record of my trips to iconic locations in the U.S. A short history of the Schock family, written over 50 years ago (1970) by my great uncle, Edward D. Schock, is presented in HISTORY. I edited it in 2020.
I hope that you will always find something interesting on this website and that you will pass the word about it, especially since Schock McCoy Productions is no longer on Facebook or Twitter. Thank you for stopping by.
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J.H. (John Herbert) McCoy
9636 Roberts Rd., Harbor Beach, MI 48441 // [email protected] // (989) 479-9594 // (989) 551-9487 (cell)
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SUMMER *** THE CAMERA SKETCH BOOK *** SUMMER
*** With apologies to Washington Irving and THE SKETCH BOOK OF GEOFFREY CRAYON, GENT. (1819-1820).
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THE "BURN BOSS" IN THE WHITE HELMET
++ some photos in THE CAMERA SKETCH BOOK have been edited ++
"THE QUESTION IS NOT WHAT YOU LOOK AT BUT WHAT YOU SEE."
HENRY DAVID THOREAU (1817 - 1862)
SAND BEACH TOWNSHIP
THE THUMB & THE NATION
"In the good old summertime
In the good old summertime..."
"THE SCHOCK FAMILY TREE" by Edward D. Schock (1970) edited by J.H.McCoy
"In the good old summertime....
Those days full of pleasure
We now fondly treasure...."
And the livin' is easy...."
IN MEMORY OF RICHARD J. MCCOY, COUSIN AND FRIEND
MAY 3, 1951 - JANUARY 8, 2021
IT IS HARD TO SAY "GOODBYE" TO RICK. THERE ARE REALLY NO WORDS TO EXPRESS THE PROFOUND SADNESS I FELT AT HIS UNEXPECTED AND UNTIMELY PASSING. HE WAS A SPECIAL PERSON - INTELLIGENT, FOCUSED, THOUGHTFUL AND CONCERNED. HE WAS INTERESTED IN EVERYTHING AROUND HIM AND GENEROUS WITH HIS TIME. NOW AND THEN, HE STOPPED IN TO SEE MY PARENTS, "UNCLE JOE" AND "AUNT GLORIA." THEY ALWAYS ENJOYED HIS VISITS.
SOMETIMES, RICK BROUGHT ME LITTLE GIFTS WHEN HE DROPPED BY:
A BOOK ABOUT JOHN MUIR THAT HE READ AND WANTED ME TO HAVE; AN
AFRICAN ANTELOPE CARVING HE SAW AT A SALE AND THOUGHT I WOULD LIKE.
HE TOLD ME MANY TIMES HOW MUCH HE ENJOYED MY ARTICLES IN "THE MINDEN CITY HERALD." HE WAS MY BIGGEST FAN.
I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER RICK READING A POEM AT HIS DAD'S 80TH SURPRISE BIRTHDAY PARTY IN THE MINDEN CITY HALL. IT WAS SPRINGTIME - MAY OF 1997. HE HAD FOUND A POEM HE THOUGHT APPROPRIATE FOR THE OCCASION - "A PRAYER IN SPRING" BY ROBERT FROST:
"OH, GIVE US PLEASURE IN THE FLOWERS TO-DAY;
AND GIVE US NOT TO THINK SO FAR AWAY
AS THE UNCERTAIN HARVEST; KEEP US HERE
ALL SIMPLY IN THE SPRINGING OF THE YEAR...."
RICK LOVED NATURE: THE FLOWERS, THE TREES, THE CHANGING SEASONS. HE COULD NOT STAY, BUT HIS MEMORY WILL LIVE ON, ESPECIALLY IN THE "SPRINGING OF THE YEAR" WHEN NEW LIFE EMERGES AND THE DEADNESS
OF WINTER IS FORGOTTEN.
REST IN ETERNAL PEACE, RICHARD JOHN MCCOY. YOUR LIFE WAS A BLESSING
TO MANY. I WAS HONORED TO KNOW YOU.
DEEPEST SYMPATHY TO PATRICIA, JUSTIN, SIMON, KATHRYN, WILLIAM,
AND THE ENTIRE FAMILY.
GO PLACIDLY amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there
may be in silence. As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms
with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull
and the ignorant; they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons; they are vexatious to the spirit. If you
compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter, for always
there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own
career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for
high ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism.
Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love;
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment, it is as perennial as the grass.
Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child
of the universe no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be
here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding
as it should. Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him
to be. And whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life,
keep peace in your soul. With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.
By Max Ehrmann © 1927
Nature's first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf's a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf,
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day
Nothing gold can stay.
Rick loved the Verona State Game Area. He enjoyed the beauty, peace, and solitude. He was often seen walking
the roads near this spot.
Scroll down for a tribute to Rick.
HOME SWEET HOME - 1619 MAIN STREET
ENDANGERED PIPING PLOVERS IN THE U.P.
Piping Plovers are the star attraction at the Whitefish Point Unit of Seney National Wildlife Refuge, located on Lake Superior north of Paradise, Michigan. The nesting area is closed off and monitored by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. As many as three pairs of Piping Plovers are expected to nest at the Point this year.
Hundreds of miles away in Chicago, a pair of endangered Piping Plovers has returned to Montrose Beach for a third year. Currently, fewer than seventy pairs of these charismatic little shorebirds are known to exist in the Great Lakes region.
Photo: J.H. McCoy, Whitefish Point, 5/21/21. More spring photos at Schock McCoy Productions (NEWS). www.schockmccoyproductions.com.
RECENT CONTRIBUTIONS TO "THE MINDEN CITY HERALD"
In the morning haze, the Paul R. Tregurtha sails past Whitefish Point into the vastness of Lake Superior. At 1,013.5 feet, she is the largest of the “1,000-footers” which ply the waters of the Great Lakes. Launched forty years ago in 1981, as the William J. DeLancey, the self-unloading bulk carrier was rechristened in 1990, and named after the vice-chairman of the Interlake Steamship Company.
Only as the “Queen of the Lakes” moved away was her name visible in the haze. Birders at Whitefish Point trained their scopes on the ship and confirmed her identity. Soon, she rounded the point and was gone.
Watch for the Paul R. Tregurtha as she sails up and down Lake Huron. The website “BoatNerd” can be used to locate and identify the “Queen”… and other passing ships: www.boatnerd.com.
Photo: J.H. McCoy, Whitefish Point, 5/21/21. More spring photos on Schock McCoy Productions (NEWS). www.schockmccoyproductions.com.
LEUCISTIC ROBIN IN HURON COUNTY
A male robin with white blotches and a pure white tail and rump has returned to Wagener Park south of Harbor Beach. According to park employees, this is the third year the unusual bird has been seen in the campground.
Leucism is defined as an abnormal condition of reduced pigmentation in birds, mammals, and reptiles. It is caused by a genetic mutation which inhibits melanin and other pigments from being deposited in feathers, hair or skin.
The photo was taken in the campground on May 7, 2021.
MIGRATION IN BLACK AND WHITE
Cousin Jim, destined to die young
"And summer's lease hath all too short a date" - Sonnet 18
"Summer afternoon, summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language." Henry James (1843 - 1916)
"Day is done, gone the sun
From the lakes, from the hills, from the skies
All is well,
God is nigh"
"Summer was our best season; it was sleeping on the back screened porch in cots, or trying to sleep in the tree house; summer was everthing good to eat; it was a thousand colors in a parched landscape...."
TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD
Even on the wing, the Black-bellied Plover is easy to identify as it migrates through Michigan in the spring. The male’s breeding plumage is a dazzling mixture of black and white (female, less colorful with a patchy black belly). After the molt in late summer, the male loses its dramatic colors and assumes a more nondescript gray look.
The Black-bellied Plover is a chunky shorebird with relatively long black legs and a stubby, pigeon-like bill. It is larger than a Killdeer, the common plover of the Thumb area.
The Black-bellied Plover is a long-distance migrant, breeding in the high Arctic and wintering as far south as Central and South America.
Photo: J.H. McCoy, Whitefish Point, 5/21/21. New summer Homepage and seasonal photos (NEWS) at Schock McCoy Productions: www.schockmccoyproductions.com.