Burlap and Beads are her dreams

Her dream is simple enough: ‘I want to be an artist and save the world.? Pam Belding, Brandon Township resident (via California, Brazil and Mexico) is a spitfire redhead with a zest for life and lots of energy. She’s taken her talent and her high energy and started a home-based business, Burlap and Beads. Folks […]

It’s all Captain Bob-Lo’s fault!

By writing — by sharing this maybe, just maybe, I can help others who had this terrible experience come to grips and move on with their lives? * * * Part of growing up as a person, maturing if you will, is understanding your past as it relates to your present, and therefore future (what […]

A letter about pillow fights and sheep.

This is a letter from a reader. His response came after reading a column I penned a few weeks ago concerning pillow fighting in Detroit. I am not sure how to do it, but I’m sure you computer whizzes out there can find that column to refresh your frontal lobes before diving into Robert’s letter. […]

You can’t take ‘no? as an answer

In the dating scene, ‘no? means no. When it comes to asking your mortgage provider to work with you on changing your mortgage, it’s a different story. ‘I hear it repeatedly,? says attorney Jim Porritt, Jr., when describing what area residents tell him after first calling their lender. ‘They say, ‘All I hear is no.? […]

Ya gotta? hand it to the man . . .

Let me preface this bit of columnistic excellence with: I get lots of e-mail. I like it. E-mail is fun, it is convenient and it helps my fast-becoming-smooth bit of gray matter come up with ideas to flesh out. I get jokes. I get lists. I get greetings and salutations from family and friends near […]

Wild Night brings out the best in them

While they weren’t exactly howling at the full moon, they did have a wild night. Members and friends of the North Oakland Headwaters Land Conservancy gathered at Indian Springs Metropark’s Discovery Center last Friday for the 5th Annual Wild Night Out Benefit Auction. ‘We had over 130 guests,? NOHLC executive director Katie Anderson said. ‘Proceeds […]

Historic Fort Wayne’s losing battle

This past weekend we packed up a backpack with turkey sandwiches and oatmeal cream snacks, loaded up the lads Shamus and Sean and took a trip to Detroit. Our destination: right where Livernois Avenue almost dumps into the Detroit River — as the crow flies, about a mile from the sunny shores of Canada. It’s […]

Toenails and all, boys will be boys

I have never questioned whether or not my sons, Shamus and Sean, are true to the Boyhood Club. Time and again they prove themselves. Much to the chagrin to the women in their lives (mother, grandmas, aunts and some cousins) the boys are members of this secret society of fledgling Neanderthals. Of course, the Neanderthals […]

Mom’s Football Clinic open to public

Ladies, put on your (game) faces and leave the high heels at home. The gridiron is calling your name; its sweet siren is softly saying, ‘Mom, come to me. Come see what I am doing with your sons.? The Oxford Football Club is hosting its ‘first annual? Mom’s Football Clinic this coming Tuesday (August 6) […]

‘Let my son come home?

(Part of a Series) By Don Rush Assistant Publisher It may sound strange, but for one man the trip to Lake Orion, Michigan, from Lake Orion, has been a long one. The road Larry K Drum has taken has been hard, winding and uphill. Drum, an Eagle Scout, graduate of Lake Orion High School, member […]