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Hello spring, goodbye winter


The final day of February has arrived, and I’ve come to a strong, definite realization: I am totally hyped up for the arrival of spring…and totally done with winter. As a life-long Michigander, I’ve grown conditioned to our state’s winter climate— complete with its heavy snowfalls, frigid temps and long stretches of sunless days. But after a while, I reach […]

Being right is not always productive



James Randi has said, “Those who believe without reason cannot be convinced without reason.” Recently I have seen a lot of behavior by people are so invested in being right, they can’t let go—even when it might hurt them or their cause. In the olden days this was called “cutting off the nose to spite the face”—an expression to describe […]

There are many ways to remember an organ donor


When I received my liver transplant in September 2017, I was not told details about the donor. All I knew is this person was younger than me and had done some time in jail, a fact they must disclose before transplant so you are aware the donor may have been in contact with a communicable disease while incarcerated. Today, that […]

Discontent? Might be time to s-l-o-w down


Even when I’m home alone and the dog is asleep, my house is never truly silent because of the tick … tick … tick of my grandmother’s cuckoo clock, one of the few cherished material items I have from her living years. As a child, I admired its metronomic pulse, along with the sassy bird that came out every half […]

Still enjoying the Christmas spirit


I n case you haven’t noticed, there are only 336 shopping days until Christmas. Last year, I had to shell out large sums of money for home and car repairs, so Christmas was one of those you-get-what-you-get years. My family understood, but it still bothered me because I’m usually that person who wants to make sure everyone gets the “perfect” […]


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