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. […]


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 […]

PHIL IN THE BLANK: Independence inspiration

Independence Fest in Clintonwood Park was an incredible feat of organization and volunteer enthusiasm, but I knew something would be missing this year. This was the first Fourth of July festival missed by Bart Clark, who passed away suddenly last September. I offered to have a plaque made to present to Bart’s wife, Diane, in […]

PHIL IN THE BLANK: Memories of time gone by

Wonder Woman holds a special place in my heart, as it probably does for lots of guys my age on whom Lynda Carter’s portrayal of the super-powered Amazonian princess in the 1970s, when we were 6-7 years old, made quite the impression. So I was looking forward to the new version starring Gal Gadot in […]

PHIL IN THE BLANK: Curtain falls

About now’s the time I get hooked on the theater experience, looking at one weekend more for the Clarkston Village Players production of “Self Help.” I have a role in the comedy play, which started back in February during auditions. Not so much during the weeks of rehearsal leading up to opening night a couple […]

PHIL IN THE BLANK: The past can hurt

Phil in the Blank columns through the past few years have well documents my efforts to be healthier, lose weight, run faster and farther, etc. One thing I’ve learned throughout the whole experience is the futility of looking backwards. Worrying about overindulging for the holidays doesn’t help anything, and since eating is a coping mechanism, […]

PHIL IN THE BLANK: Congrats for job well done

Congratulations to the Wolves, Boys Varsity Basketball state champions for 2017. Impressive work all season. I had faith in the team. Headlining their story “Battle for Breslin Center for Cagers” in the March 22 edition before the last couple games would have been a bit awkward had they fallen short, but I knew they could […]

PHIL IN THE BLANK: Back to the theater

The Clarkston Village Players’ winter production of “House on the Cliff” continues this weekend, with evening shows Friday and Saturday and a matinee on Sunday. I caught the show on members’ night last Wednesday. Excellent work by the cast on this comic murder mystery. Elizabeth Rager does excellent work as Nurse Pepper, whose interest in […]

PHIL IN THE BLANK: Not cool to exclude

I was not impressed with former Clarkston City Council member Michael Sabol’s efforts to bully Cory Johnston off city committees last Monday night, and most of City Council’s apparent agreement with him. Cory’s “I hate Clarkston” was about his oft-delayed requests for information at the time from the city manager and other officials, and other […]