Good night 2017, good night (and good riddance)

Good night 2017, good night (and good riddance)

What is it Tennessee Ernie Ford sang about? Another day older and deeper in debt? Yeah, I’m pretty sure that’s it. When I think back to the year that was, 2017, I feel another year older (tons more gray in my beard) and deeper in debt (when something gets paid off, something else breaks that […]

What is news & how does it relate to holidays?

What is news & how does it relate to holidays?

Peace on earth and good will to men. Holidays always seem to get mucked up because some jack-wagon somewhere is hellbent to make a point by blowing something or someone up. (I don’t know why the world isn’t on Dandy Don Rush’s blue-sky and sunshine outlook plan. It outta be, but alas, it ain’t — […]

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 and kindness.

Tis the season for empathy and 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 […]

Woodshop, not Home Ec, saved Don’s bacon

Woodshop, not Home Ec, saved Don’s bacon

I reckon after all these years I can finaly get off my chest a secret I have harbored. It’s time. Time to unburden myself, to become guilt free after decades of deceit and living in silent shame. Lo’ these many years have I been your guiding light, dear readers, your seeker of truth, justice and […]

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