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Summer needs a redo


What do you mean summer is almost over? Seriously, with our spring that was mostly a continuation of winter, we had all of about two months of nice, summer weather. Now it’s the second week of September, kids are back in school and people are talking about that most dreaded time of year – winter. That’s right folks, 49 days […]

Back in the summer of ‘68


Labor Day has passed, marking the end of summer. Kids are back at school and may have already written the annual essay of “What I Did on My Summer Vacation.” This year, my summer vacation consisted of continuing to work, interspersed with lots of time with kids and grandkids. As an adult with a career and five kids, I haven’t […]

Letters to the editor

We encourage letters from our readers. We reserve the right to edit your comments and ask you to try to limit them to 400 words or less. Please sign your letter and include a phone number. Email letters to ggould@mihomepaper.com. Hatch offers thanks for Back to the Bricks coverage Just a brief note to express our appreciation and gratitude for […]

Nest Building is Learned at Home


A nd then, one day, they’re gone. That’s how it feels now that my baby birds have left the nest to build nests and lives of their own. In one respect, it’s what every parent longs for: the chance to go to the bathroom without someone yelling, “You almost done?!” Or the chance to run around naked at home, if […]

Years ago …


The Old Man (my father-inlaw) was drumming his fingers on the table and sighing. I tried not to take the bait, but the distractions grew louder. “What’s up, Phil?” I asked, as I packed picnic supplies into the cooler. “Why do people go on vacation?” he asked. What kind of question was that? It’s vacation … ‘nuff said. It’s like […]

Happy memories are the antidote to grief


Saying goodbye to a loved one who has died is never easy. There’s a nagging sadness that sticks in the recesses of your mind, and it’s a struggle to comprehend how a special person is no longer part of your life. In my experience, I’ve found that dwelling on good memories of the deceased person helps to erase the pain […]

Advocating for the public good

With the local election season upon us (Tuesday was the primary election for mayoral races in Flint and Burton, along with millage proposals in the Byron and Fenton school districts), now is a good time to reflect on the virtues of civic engagement for the public good. It is my belief that that responsibility extends to organizations such as ours. […]

A long overdue look at personalized plates



I haven’t written about personalized license plates in a long time. Oh, I’ve been accumulating a list of them, usually generated by friends who keep a lookout for me, but I just haven’t found the time to relay them in the form of a column. So, it’s time to share my findings for the past several months. GRSHPPR – “What […]

The VIEW from here

Pro golf event is all about community


This September, 78 golf professionals will compete for a $2-million purse at Warwick Hills Golf and Country Club in Grand Blanc. But the players aren’t the only ones who stand to benefit from the second annual Ally Challenge presented by McLaren. The impact of the PGA TOUR Champions tournament can be felt throughout Genesee County. One important outcome of the […]

When death comes


The truth is, I’m glad she died. There, I said them, the four words you’re not supposed to say, not if you’re a decent human being. Certainly not if you’re a daughter saying them about your mom. These words are true, however, because my mother suffered terribly for many, many years. When she became ill and incapacitated six-and-a-half years ago, […]


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