6 February 2015 • 5 comments
Michigan’s roadways can look like boulevards of broken Bambis, but if we really wanted to cut down on car-deer collisions, we’d allow a judicial increase in deer hunting.
12 December 2014 • 3 comments
The common household chore, i.e., a job done by a complaining juvenile, appears to be an endangered species. Why is that?
7 November 2014 • 15 comments
It’s one of those things that sounds good on paper: Caught with a weapon? Automatic expulsion. But no one ever went on a rampage with a Swiss Army knife.
3 October 2014 • 2 comments
The ceremony was in peril until the father and mother of the groom Hail Mary’d a spectacular Plan B on an underutilized public harbor lawn.
22 August 2014 • 9 comments
Lots of us struggle with how to respond to people who panhandle on street corners. This Volunteers of America of Michigan executive has his own idea.
18 July 2014 • 11 comments
Why is it so hard for some parents to learn that a parked car is not a short-term daycare center?
6 June 2014 • 33 comments
College affordability is a real problem, but perhaps the time to complain about it isn’t after you’ve returned from a semester abroad.
25 April 2014 • 21 comments
If everyone who ever wore the uniform of the United States’ armed forces is a hero, the word no longer has any meaning.
21 March 2014 • 16 comments
This land is your land, this land is my land, but if you think you’re holding your bonfire in front of my cottage? We might have a problem.
14 February 2014 • 10 comments
Word to you Paul Bunyans: Only fools harvest firewood without the proper gear, but oh, the stories those scars can tell.
10 January 2014 • 1 comment
I must have been 6 or 7 – old enough to go ice fishing with my father, but small enough to fly over four feet of deadly water. It was a balmy winter day, the kind that makes ice fishing seem like […]
22 November 2013 • 8 comments
The problem with Thanksgiving Day has always boiled down to this: How do you commercially exploit a holiday that celebrates gratitude? What’s the trick for getting people counting their blessings to pause in their prayers of thankfulness, and get back in tune […]
18 October 2013 • 12 comments
I don’t keep an archery hunting journal, but if I did, a typical edition would read like this: Oct. 1: Opening Day. Warm; light south wind. In my tree stand by 6:30 a.m. Shooting light came around 7:10. Sat until 9:30. Saw […]
13 September 2013 • 19 comments
Each year, in late summer, the state Department of Natural Resources issues its “Hunting and Trapping Digest,” a 5-by-8 1/2-inch booklet of 60 pages or so, filled with the rules and regulations hunters must follow to legally take game in Michigan. Sixty […]
2 August 2013 • 1 comment
In need of a dehumidifier, I go to Sears, where there are only two models on display – both Kenmores. I want a Frigidaire Model FAD504DUD because Consumer Reports magazine says it’s the best. I explain this to the sales guy who […]
15 June 2013
I reared my children to be independent and adventuresome, and look what happened: They became independent and adventuresome — and left Michigan. So, when Fathers’ Day rolls around, I must settle for phone calls and cards, and take a rain check on […]
12 May 2013 • 3 comments
My mother’s driving career ended with both a bang and a whimper. From her hospital bed she told me, “I was admiring the beautiful autumn leaves when the truck pulled out in front of me.” As a matter of fact, the truck […]
5 April 2013 • 2 comments
The joke among the people who share the Lake Huron cove on which our summer home sits is that the township may soon try to tax us on the extra land we’ve all been acquiring in recent years. This is not property […]