Dang backroom dealings makes us Michiganders

Dang backroom dealings makes us Michiganders

I woke up groggily the other Monday (I believe it was Nov. 26) to the TV news babe commenting something or other about a new bill our very own Governor Snyder had signed into law. Eyes closed, but ears opened, I thought I heard the sad news, delivered way too cheerily, “It’s official! Governor Snyder […]

On December 4, do something nice

On December 4, do something nice

Let’s start with a quote attributed to Martin Kornfield: “If we all do one random act of kindness daily, we just might set the world in the right direction.” * * * You may not know or believe this, but I am kinda shy and this tends to lead folks to the conclusion that I’m […]

Tis the season for empathy & kindness

Tis the season for empathy & kindness

  Another holiday season is upon us. And, my first inclination is to gleefully rub my hands together and mutter to myself, “Hot damn! The holidays are here! BAM!” Yup, I’m that annoyingly too happy holiday elf; a little too chipper, with a little too much bounce in my step, as I skip down the […]

Their journeys led them to write

Their journeys led them to write

Recently, two locals and I communicated about the books they recently published. One, Jim DuFrense is a veteran writer of travel books; the other Ann Margaret Johns is a newbie to the publishing world. Jim likes to hike and be out on the trails, this love has led him to publish 20 books. Ann’s journey […]

The struggle is real when you live alone.

The struggle is real when you live alone.

The conversation started innocently enough. A person advertising with us wanted to know if her ad was “too risque.” Ever the eavesdropping kind of guy, I listened as our ad rep hemmed and hawed trying to answer. When the conversation was completed and the phone connection terminated, I asked what all the hubbub was. The […]

Shhh! Your Fashion Guru is speaking.

Shhh! Your Fashion Guru is speaking.

It’s fall-ish. I love fall. Well, most falls. This fall is kinda’ sucky. My body is ready for cool fall days, crisp, clear fall nights. The other month when it was 39 degrees in the morning, I loved it. I already have my dress sweater vests (yes, plural) ready for wearing. Alas, it is near […]

Meanwhile, back at the sick ward . . .

Meanwhile, back at the sick ward . . .

As I sit here at my desk, typing up another “gem” of a Don’t Rush Me column, I looked down to see my roll of nose-blowin’, snot-clearing’ TP has been depleted. It’s been there on my desk for a few years. This week my nose killed it. * * * Like most folks, I do […]

If the bedbugs bite, bite ’em back.

If the bedbugs bite, bite ’em back.

Last week, I saw a post on social media from a mom asking what had bitten her (I think young teen) son. She also posted some pictures of all the bites. Poor kid. Folks offered their opinions: go to the doctor, it’s spiders, ‘skeeters and — gulp — bedbugs. I do not know the outcome […]

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