PHIL IN THE BLANK: Because I’m Batman

Some unexpectedly warm and snowfree weather a couple weekends ago left me with a decision to make. Ohayocon, an anime (Japanese animation) convention, was coming up in Columbus, Ohio. I usually preregister for these conventions but stopped doing that for this one because it’s always scheduled in January. I reserved a ticket for it in […]

PHIL IN THE BLANK: Teachable moment?

Principal Gary Kaul described perfectly the circumstances behind Dr. Rod Rock’s decision to resign as superintendent. It’s a betrayal. He chose to engage in whatever happened in this “inappropriate” relationship with a former Clarkston High School student, over and despite his obligations as superintendent which he knew so well. It seems to be very inexplicable, […]

PHIL IN THE BLANK: So long ’17

This year went by fast, as usual. Parking was a big issue in downtown Clarkston at the beginning of the year and it still is now. There have been a few setbacks. I remember keeping a lookout daily for that parking kiosk to show up at Washington and Main every day in July, then in […]

PHIL IN THE BLANK: Closing time

The curtain has fallen (or more like slid across the stage) on the Clarkston Village Players show I’ve been working with, “Morning’s At Seven.” It’s my fourth production so far, all with CVP within the last couple years. Its closing leaves me with the same bittersweet sense of accomplishment and loss I’ve felt with the […]

PHIL IN THE BLANK: Curtains for computer

There’s nothing like a dead computer to focus one’s priorities. I kept everything on there, despite the nearly constant advice of just about everyone who knows anything about data management. The laptop suffered a fall to the floor. It was balanced on the arm of a recliner, but the incident is of course mostly due […]

PHIL IN THE BLANK: Legal eagles

I’m learning some legal jargon while covering the City of the Village of Clarkston’s lawsuits. Like city attorney Thomas Ryan’s “Lone Rangering,” “lone wolfing,” and “shotgunning” references, when he’s talking about how it’s not just him saying the 18 documents at issue in the case should not be released. Also, the “Chinese wall,” mentioned by […]

PHIL IN THE BLANK: New season for CVP

The new Clarkston Village Players season is well underway, with one play under their belts and the second set to hit the stage this weekend. The players put on a great show with Steve Martin’s “Underpants” in August, a comedy inspired by an early 20th century German drama. CVP’s new production of the comedy “Here […]

PHIL IN THE BLANK: Not so serious

The Clarkston Village Players’ late summer production is excellent. They’re staging the comedy satire “Underpants,” written by Carl Sternheim and adapted for the U.S. stage by Steve Martin. I wondered going in whether Martin’s humor from Saturday Night Live, “Three Amigos,” and his other stuff would come through. Yes, it does. The ending, in particular. […]

PHIL IN THE BLANK: House work

The Bailey house still stands, at least as of earlier this week. I hope it stays that way for awhile, and folks find a way to restore it. Looking at the county reports about it, it’s clear it’s unique, pretty much the last of its kind in the area. But whatever eventually happens, I’m glad […]

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