Memorial Day and red poppies

‘Poppies! Poppies! Poppies!? — Something the Wicked Witch of the West may have uttered in the 1939 movie classic, ‘The Wizard of Oz? I know Memorial Day is at hand. And it’s not cuz I’m a veteran, genius or anything so noble or extravagant. Nope, not me. Atlas Township resident Jill Stodula wanted me to […]

Opinions vary on school taxation

A few years back, one of my favorite teachers at Clarkston High School (Larry Mahrle) verified something for me — I don’t communicate clearly. As I sat to write this column, I remember that hot day in August when the phone in my office rang to life. What followed was an ultra-top secret conversation I […]

Garden ickies, gardening for good

As my perfect, Romanesque and pointy nose indicates, the weather is getting better. What that first sentence means is: Because my beak is glowing red like Rudolf’s after baking in the sun all weekend, it is safe to assume we have turned the corner from Old Man Winter Boulevard onto Spring Street. (It is also […]

The Mummy scares our dad away

I guess there is some good news and some bad news coming from the home front. The good news: Sean, five-years-old since St. Patrick’s Day, has ‘written? his first book. The bad news: Sean, five-years-old since St. Patrick’s Day, has ‘written? his first book. Hey, that sounds familiar. Let me say up front, I’m very […]

What affects local homeowners?

Be forewarned . . . there could be some cussin? goin? on. I’m gonna? preface this gem of an opinion with a wee-little disclaimer to all those employed in public education. You do not have to read on; what follows is a tirade, an exercise in ranting and raving. Eggheads and those who resemble Spock, […]

Living the American Dream

Sometimes, when you’re lucky, your dreams can come true . . . such is the story of Michigan author/photographers Carl Sams and Jean Stoick. When I talked to Carl, he and wife Jean were at a pit stop somewhere in the heart of Texas. The Milford couple were visiting friends and doing what they the […]

One man can change the world

As it has been since history was recorded, in the time which we live today there is much turmoil. That said, with the passing of Pope John Paul II, we all — Christian, Jew, Hindu, Muslim and atheist alike, can find and be a vessel of good. It is not “good” that he has passed, […]

Road kill, salamander tunnels and more

Spring has sprung’oh, boy has it sprung! The tulips and other bulbous flowers are pushing up from their long winter’s slumber. The grass is starting to green up. Area golf courses have stuck flags in their holes and opened their doors for business. And, holy cow, there are a lot of dead critters schmushed and […]

Local dentist tells of Iraqi life, changes

A native of Iraq, dentist Niza Mansour was asked to share his experience with Oxford Rotarians. He wasn’t sure what to say. ‘I went to the Internet and Googled ‘Iraqi culture? and only got 14 million hits,? said Mansour, an Oxford dentist and a member of the Oxford Rotary Club. ‘I am not a public […]

And another thing . . .

Last week I heard Paul Harvey report this startling fact: Each of our feet can produce a pint of sweat a day. Between a pair of feet, that’s a quart of liquid a day, nearly two gallons a week — that’s like 91 gallons of foot sweat a year produced by one human. That my […]

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