Obligatory Christmas Column #1,279,538

As I look back upon the thrilling holidays of yesteryear, I have come to believe those Christmases Past were magical. They were always white with snow. Everything sparkled. No strife. No sadness, only smiles and love. * * * While watching the 34th annual showing of Rankin-Bass? animated ‘classic,? Santa Claus is Comin? To Town, […]

Monster spray?

Let’s just say Jen and I are going a little nuts. Batty. Bonkers. Cuckoo for Coca Puffs. That bearded head you see nodding up and down and all around is not a 200-pound, walking bobble-head. It’s just me, dazed and confused. Sleep deprivation can do that to a parent. It’s not that Jen and I […]


Ironic. Sad. On June 19, 2002, The Oxford Leader printed two separate stories celebrating life. ‘Good luck OHS graduates!? the banner headline screamed. ‘Chemo Boy? saves the day for sick kids we teased on Page One. A community newspaper like The Leader is a cheerleader. We shout with joy at the triumphs of our community […]

We got a call on Cranberry Lake Road

Lesson. Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary says, in part, this about the word lesson: . . . 3 a: something learned by study or experience (his years of travel had taught him valuable lessons); b: an instructive example (the lessons of history). Further, the word lesson is derived from Middle English lessoun, from Old French le’on, from […]

The weather outside is frightful, but . . .

By the time this is read the holiday season will have officially kicked off. The Detroit Lions will have played in yet another Thanksgiving Day ‘classic? (as defined by professional football promoters, not the general viewing public) football game. Turkey left overs will be fried, ground, slabbed, stabbed, cut, sliced and diced in any number […]

Newsflash: Parents are to blame!

As the man part of a man and woman (wife-husband) team, raising two strappin? young lads, I was interested in reading: Parents are truant — student achievement at risk. In a press release from the ‘Your Child? coalition, I read: ‘One in four parents in the Great Lakes region don’t make time to get involved […]

I’m still seeing green

As I write, I can see green spots. Let me stop you right there . . . no, the green spots are not related to pink elephants. But, now that I have your curiosity piqued, let me continue. As a modern man (notice I did not say metro-sexual man, which is another type of modern […]

A little ‘I love you? goes a long way

Sometimes it is the little things that can make a person smile for a long time. The other day I got one of those great gifts from our little four year old son, Sean. I sat down with him on the floor to play a video game (I believe the name of the game to […]

It just ain’t Halloween without snow

When I harken back to those joy-filled days of my youth, my recollections of Halloween are sketchy at best. I admit, I find this kind of disheartening because I like to think my memory is razor sharp. And, while I’m still holding to my belief of a good memory, I’m putting an asterisk next to […]

Sometimes questions need asking

As the presidential debates ended last week (thank goodness), I’d like to say this: Debate is good. The free exchange of information is good, even if the information is bad. Bad is good? How can this be? How can bad information be good for folks? Well, easy (in some skewed sense of logic possessed by […]