Wintering: an invitation

The VIEW from here

“We have seasons when we flourish and seasons when the leaves fall from us, revealing our bare bones. Given time, they grow again.” — Katherine May, Wintering: The I power of rest and retreat in difficult times am sitting in my favorite chair, wearing my beloved sweatshirt and slippers, snuggled under my blanket. The laptop has just replaced my cat […]

Smith should step down

Matthew Smith has now been sentenced to probation after making a plea deal where he pled guilty to harassing someone over the telephone. This is after denying he did so, even filing a false police report to double down on his lie. We complain bitterly about the lack of decency in our politics. This is where it begins. If Mr. […]

Remember When …

How is your plan for the New Year going so far? In the past there were great public speakers like Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr., Hellen Keller and even Winston Churchill. Authors were other people who helped us like Mark Twain’s “Huckleberry Finn”, Harriet Beech Stowe’s, “Uncle Tom’s Cabin”, Earnest Hemmingway, Jean Stratton Porter and Jane Austen’s books. Our […]

Shifting your mindset from Great Resignation to Great Reinvention

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Over the last several months, there has been a lot of conversation around the Great Resignation. Millions of workers have been leaving or switching jobs at record rates, and there are no signs of that slowing down anytime soon. This has put many employers in a tough position, and it’s one that calls for a shift in perspective. I recently […]

Remember When …

Who was Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during the 1950-60s? He was a wonderful peacekeeper who helped Blacks have the same rights under the U.S. Constitution we all have. It took 100 years after the Civil War to put the truth into practice of what President Lincoln started. King is an American hero, a legend for civil rights. He […]

Congrats to the Dawgs and a look at the NFL playoff picture

Fat Guy Corner

The Georgia Bulldogs are college football champions for the first time since 1980 with a 33-18 victory over Alabama. The Alabama football team — a true nemesis to Georgia — looked like they were going to break the hearts of Georgia once again. But, the Georgia Dawgs scored three touchdowns in the last eight minutes of the fourth quarter to […]

No more resolutions

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Yeah, it’s that time of year again. The New Year’s column. The first column of the year, which many of us writers use to pitch an all-too-familiar “New Year’s resolution” theme. If you’re like me, you’re probably not all that interested in reading about someone else’s wishful list of resolutions or following a motivational piece on why you should lose […]

Writer thanks Smith for standing up for parental rights

I want to thank Davison Community Schools Board of Education Member Matthew Smith for traveling to Grand Rapids a few weeks ago at the Michigan School Board conference and standing up for parental rights. Mr. Smith was the Davison delegate and voted ‘no’ on the resolution to mandate COVID vaccines for our kids. As a parent of Davison graduates, I […]

Remember When …

As we go into a new year let’s be prepared, healthy and ready to help others. The Farmer’s Almanac has been telling us the forecast for 2022 and it says our winter will be very cold and long. So, let’s be prepared with provisions such as food, water, fuel, batteries, a radio and an alternate heat source. Back in the […]

Dealing with the Christmas clutter

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I keep my holiday decorations in one of the cedar closets upstairs. Last year, I realized I had accumulated so much stuff that there was no more room in the closet for the Christmas tree, so I shoved the tree under a bed in one of the spare rooms. This year, I decided to clean out and organize that closet […]

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