Wendi’s Word: Stealing or taxation?

I completely trashed my first and second ideas for a column this week when I saw this headline while scrolling through Facebook: “Survey: 78 percent of parents admit they steal their kids’ Halloween candy.” A friend posted the story’s link from Detroit Channel 7-WXYZ. One, kudos to the parents who can admit they steal their […]

Wendi’s Word: Falling into fall

I love fall – there’s just something about the change of season. The vibrant orange, yellow and reds of the leaves. The power of cider and warm sugar donuts on a weekend afternoon while appreciating those last few days of sweatshirt and jeans weather. I am not a fan of the brisk, cold weather. Temperatures […]

Wendi’s Word: Blast from the past

I dug into the past last week. But first, let me take you back to what started it all. Before I had children, I decided I was going to make a scrapbook with pictures from my childhood. I gathered all the photos from the few albums I had, and the photos my mom had in […]

Wendi’s Word: Summer fun when you’re three

With a flash, here we are in August – school supplies have been for sale at stores for weeks, fall sports start on Monday, and students in Clarkston Community Schools go back in less than three weeks. Three-year-old Jonathan has made the most of his summer. He is at an age he can do more […]

Wendi’s Word: Kids, garage sales

I don’t really play a lot of video games so I wouldn’t deem myself a gamer – but I use video game terms. Player Four has leveled up. Age of Player Four is holding at seven months old, still a young player in the game. But Oliver has added a new skill to level up […]

Wendi’s Word: Getting healthy

I see my newest journey in steps. Step one – must be in the spot where you are mentally there. Really, if you aren’t in it, the success isn’t going to be as big as you want it. Step two – make the contact, which in this case was a quick email to Brittany Golden […]

Wendi’s Word: Mall memories

My travels took me through Waterford Township and past a place I visited a lot during my childhood and into my teenage years. And after years of being boarded up and deteriorating, Summit Place Mall had equipment in the middle and was being torn down. It’s strange looking back now just because I spent close […]

Wendi’s Word: Time to clean

The spring cleaning bug kicked into gear during the weekend as the rain continued to drizzle and the gray clouds hid the sun. Three pieces of furniture were placed into the basement office with a mix of drawers and shelves. I was happy to pull all the boxes out of the corner so they could […]

Wendi’s Word: Book boys

Jonathan grabbed the Go, Dog. Go! book by P.D. Eastman from the pile of books and settled on top of his pillow on his bed. The three-year-old toddler flipped through the pages and read to himself. Some parts it was clear what page he was on as he said “Go, dog. Go!” Or the parts […]

Wendi’s Word: Pieces of Vue

It’s a noise not heard too often, but when you hear it you definitely know what it is – the crunch. I heard the crunch last Thursday as I was heading into the gas station to pre-pay for gas. I closed my eyes for a millisecond and turned around. I knew where the crunch came […]