Peanut butter and hot sauce

Now, as we have turned the page from a hot, dry summer to a soggy and cool fall, fathers across the area are finding time to be with their sons. These bonding experiences, though varied, are annual rites of passage and usually take place in the great out-of-doors. I, red-blooded American dad, am no different […]

America owes no apology II

Last week’s rant about Americans owing no apologies for their response to Hurricane Katrina by yours truly brought in lots of responses. Most of them were of the following: * * * ‘Don, just wanted to tell you that was an excellent column you wrote about the apology we don’t owe the folks down south. […]

America owes no apology

I know this may come as a shock to some of you out there, but as hard as it may seem, I am pretty Caucasian. If I weren’t so old, I’d call myself ‘lily white.? Let me put it to you another way: Me, paleface. Now that my little secret is out in the open […]

Giving the tongue to Oxford?

First, get your minds out of the gutter . . . Oxford homeboy (now Lake Orion resident) Dave Hicks (or as he likes to go by Hixx) is on a mission. He wants to do something groovy. He wants to do something nice. He wants to do something, in his own words, ‘cool.? What does […]

Gas is giving me intestinal pain

National disasters, technology, the ‘war on terror? and expanding markets in China aside, I got me a bad case of stomachaches. Gas — it’s a problem for me these days. And, I don’t care what my old hillbilly granny, Nanny McDonald, used to say. I could walk around the block until I am blue in […]

Giving the tongue to Oxford?

First, get your minds out of the gutter . . . Oxford homeboy (now Lake Orion resident) Dave Hicks (or as he likes to go by Hixx) is on a mission. He wants to do something groovy. He wants to do something nice. He wants to do something, in his own words, ‘cool.? What does […]

Slippery when wet

Contrary to what some may believe, when it rains, the road gets wet. And, when the road gets wet, it is slippery. Ta Da! Pretty simple stuff, aye? That said, reader Diane Estes is peeved at the lack of knowledge, or the ignoring of said fact by area drivers. ‘I’ve been hit twice, rear-ended. I […]

Icky-poo!

I want to take this time to personally thank reader Karen Sabourin for ruining my entire day. Before reading her e-mail, I was happy as a clam knee deep in muck; happy as a duck in water; happy as a pig in — well, you get the picture. Then I read her e-mail. As I […]

Slippery when wet

Contrary to what some may believe, when it rains, the road gets wet. And, when the road gets wet, it is slippery. Ta Da! Pretty simple stuff, aye? That said, reader Diane Estes is peeved at the lack of knowledge, or the ignoring of said fact by area drivers. ‘I’ve been hit twice, rear-ended. I […]

What the Yeti’s going on?

While partaking in one of life’s little pleasures (scraping 100-square-feet of 50-year-old Linoleum off a hard wood floor with a one-inch putty knife) I had time to reflect. I had time to talk to myself. I had time to let my mind wander. I had plenty of time, because it takes a number of scrapes […]

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