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By Scott Sullivan Editor Large Carnivores Rejoice, Michiganians who want pets that can eat us. A bill introduced in the House last week would end the state’s ban on breeding large carnivores. Lions, tigers and bears aren’t the only ones whose pitter-pitter of paws we may soon be hearing. HB 5778 would allow breeding leopards, […]

Life as performance art

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By Fr. G. Corwin Stoppel March was the month for flying kites, or so we heard when we were youngsters. I suspect it may have been true in the south or in someone’s imagination, but not around here. March was too cold and snowy, and with rare exceptions April hasn’t been much better. Still, the […]

Crappy weather seems to follow me everywhere

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By Mike Wilcox Publisher So this is global warming? I can’t remember Old Man Winter ever hanging on so long. What we experienced in Michigan and down south last week was outright cruelty. Granted ice storms in April aren’t unusual here, but this latest version was a blinger. Roads were impassable, not for a few […]

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By Scott Sullivan Editor Unruly Millennials writing about millennials have discovered — Surprise! — they’re devising a whole new language. “The spelling and grammar rules do not apply on the Millennial InternetTM,” writes Rachel Thompson, Mashable’s UK Lifestyle Correspondent. It begins already. Who knew Millennial Internet is trademarked? What is Mashable? (A digital media website.) […]

Life as performance art

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By Fr. G. Corwin Stoppel Publisher Mike Wilcox’s April 5 column about giving up coffee inspired me to stir things up. Until a decade or so ago I never drank the beverage. I came from a long line of coffee drinkers, and lived among second-generation Scandinavians who felt insulted if they were not offered a […]

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No escaping low back pain

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By Mike Wilcox Publisher My failed bid to quit coffee, which I outlined in last week’s column, drew quite a bit of attention from fellow coffee drinkers. Most were very understanding as I outlined my trials, tribulations and one-day hiatus from my “go juice.” Another reason I couldn’t quit cold turkey is my back gave […]

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By Scott Sullivan Editor Happy I thought Disney World was the Happiest Place on Earth till I looked at my billfold after. At least Disney execs were happy. “You should be too,” said my partner. “Forget money. Embrace the magic.” “The magic of being broke?” There’s a reason she’s now a then-partner. “Happy,” I began […]

Life as performance art

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By Fr. G. Corwin Stoppel Now spring is officially here — recent lake-effect weather notwithstanding — few things are as enjoyable as getting outside. I like to take pre-dawn walks to hear the birds when they are waking up. We don’t get to enjoy that as much in winter, unless we’re entranced by the non-dulcet tones […]

Can I ever quit drinking coffee?

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By Mike Wilcox Publisher Forgive me if I’m a little groggy. My wife has challenged me to give up coffee and this is the first morning I haven’t partaken. I’m having second thoughts as I try to get moving without my “go” juice. You see, coffee has been my motivator for the last 50 years. […]

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By Scott Sullivan Editor Running Out I’ve long longed to be many things I’m not: sports star, action hero, famous physicist … With the latter it’s hard to separate fact from friction. Same for master criminals. Dr. Doom, the Joker, Hannibal Lecter … In reality, evil geniuses are few. Take Tony Blatz, 44, who the […]