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Welcome to the new vernacular


Every year, the English language continues to expand with a slew of new words and phrases. In September 2018, the Merriam-Webster Dictionary added over 840 entries, ranging from abbreviated forms of casual speech to slang derived from digital technology, food, sports and just about any subject imaginable. It’s easy to adopt new words and verbiage, particularly when they’re floating around […]

Chasing joy


Despite multiple attempts at aiming for it, joy has been elusive in my life. With the New Year upon us, I have been considering the idea, again, of trying to focus on the positive and bring more joy into my life. Past attempts have met at failure, because regardless of what I want to believe, I am a realist and […]

Thumbs up, thumbs down on the year that was 2018


Now that 2018 is behind us, I thought I’d look back and offer my own evaluation of the past 365 days. As I have said here in prior New Year’s columns, I don’t do resolutions. But this year I wanted to look back on some things that were big (and not so big) in 2018 and rate them: either thumbs […]

Creative expression helps me with negative emotions



I have been tapping more into creative interests lately and have noticed how much happier and more at peace I am, and realized being imaginative helps many people in similar ways! I visited a friend recently who had a successful catering business in which she created recipes that both looked and tasted different than the norm. She also decorates and […]

The movement to rewrite our society


I ’ve sat by and watched a lot of ridiculous stuff pass by me online, in the media and in person this past year, without comment or criticism. But when it comes to tampering with the Christmas season, I have to say, “enough already.” It started with the bashing of Christmas pop culture and has culminated with the suggestion this […]

When young adult kids come home for the holidays


When I was younger and having children, I had a very specific picture in my mind of what my grown family would look and feel like during the holidays. Admittedly, my vision was very Norman Rockwell-ish, including happy faces around an overflowing table, maybe with a little more yelling. Now that my kids are young adults, we’re not that far […]

Access to care: A responsibility of us all

Letters to the editor

HealthCare.gov website showcasing Michigan’s staterun health insurance exchange is open for business. For consumers without health insurance, the time to act is now to choose the insurance that makes the most sense for them as open enrollment closes December 15. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the uninsured rate dropped during the first quarter of this year, […]

What makes Christmas movies so memorable?


Let’s admit it. Many of us have a favorite Christmas movie that we watch every year during the holidays. No matter how many times we’ve seen it, we just can’t help but sit back and enjoy it once more. Maybe your favorite Christmas movie is a drama, a comedy or an animated film. Perhaps it’s a recent box office hit […]

Serving up ‘hot jobs’ in Flint & Genesee


A year ago, the Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget (DTMB) released its outlook for project job growth through 2024 for the East Michigan region, an area comprised of Genesee, Shiawassee, Lapeer, St. Clair, Sanilac, Tuscola and Huron counties. The demand occupations – or “hot jobs,” as labeled in the report – are those that show a favorable mix […]

Thank you to the community

The Brad and Jeni Miller family and Team Buddy Boy want to share with each and every one of you our most sincere heart felt gratitude for the support you have provided to Buddy over the last 21 months. Words cannot properly express our profound appreciation of kindness, love and generosity both in terms of time and financial you all […]


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