La Marche de l’empereur

As the most unfeeling, unsympathetic, non-caring, common, uncouth — dare I say, tre? drole — parent of under double-digit aged kids in town, I have yet to sit down for an entire viewing of that cinematic masterpiece, La Marche de l’empereur. For my fellow common and uncouth parents, let me translate: I, the great mocker […]

Oops, I forgot my pants

Guys. Just like roses, guys by any other name, are still just guys. Black, white, pink or yellow; short, tall, fat or skinny, at any point in the history of mankind — excuse me, in the history of guykind — we guys are the same. I came to this conclusion, this certainty of life, after […]

You say potato and I say spud

I like to read as much as the next guy. I also like history. So when I get to read a history book like I am currently enjoying, it’s nice to notice similarities between two differing time periods. A reporter-like-type, as I live and experience life, I am supposed to also observe, find comparisons and […]


When I first heard it, I was confused. Of course I had been sleeping so that explained it. It’s kinda freaky to be wakened in the wee hours of the morning — somewhere between the beginning of Rapid Eye Movement and dawn — by strange sounds emanating from the hallway. I guess if I have […]

Some things really test this dad

Well, the holidays are over. Life is getting back to normal, but before it does let me harken back a couple of days. Yes, I remember the moment well. ‘Dad, want to do a puzzle with me?? five year old Sean politely asked. ‘Sure,? I said to the pint-sized me. Sean likes puzzles and for […]

As we enter a new year a look to the past

My wife Jennie is always vigilant for possible column fodder for her very own husband. What follows she sent to me. If it is all true it would be very interesting reading. If it isn’t true, it is still interesting. So, as we say ciao to the year 2005, let’s take a look at the […]

Christmas Commutation?

‘I guess I won’t be home for Christmas.? * * * One reason I have long-lived in the area is because of Christmas. I want to be around family and friends during this most special of times. I am sentimental and mushy — just like those songs (not hymns) you hear on the all-Christmas-all-the-time radio […]

The reason for the season

‘Jesus is the reason for the season.? ‘Wise Men Still Seek Him.? It’s the annual self-righteous cluck about the media commercialization of Christmas. No one is safe from the Christmas Police this year, not even me (see last week’s edition of my husband’s award-winning column Don’t Rush Me. My name is Jennie and I married […]

It’s Christ mas damn-it

Ever the bellweather writer, the fair-weather fan, and as a follower versus leading the pack, I am jumping on the bandwagon to ride on somebody else’s coattails. (There, I think that nicely sums up my general input on important issues.) That said, wow, what is happening here in the land of the free and the […]

‘Oxford worker’ George Hesketh dies

When George Hesketh was given a retirement party by Detroit Edison in 1984, then Oxford Leader editor James A. Sherman, Sr., published the following headline: George Hesketh; Edison and Oxford worker Mr. Hesketh, a resident of Oxford since 1966, passed away at Crittenton Hospital on December 2, 2005. He had been in the hospital for […]