There has resided a demon inside of me since adolescence. It told me that I was the only one. It told me to suffer and let the despair and agony smolder inside me till the end. I was alone on a planet with millions.

Earlier this year, in this column, I spun a little story that included a sentence or two about a random person I know who talks a lot. The gist of what I said was that I have nothing against the things they say, but sometimes I wish that they’d say less and leave me to enjoy the quiet from t…

TRAVERSE CITY — A brewer is leading a financial class in the chapel of a church.

Maybe you’ve done a time study at work. Or you’ve said to yourself, “I’m only going to work on the yard for an hour, then take the kids to the beach.” Or you set a goal to work out a few times a week. Consciously or unconsciously, we often are evaluating the return on investment (ROI) for our time.

TRAVERSE CITY — The Our Whole Life (OWL) program offered this fall by the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Grand Traverse sure ain’t your mother’s — or your father’s — sex education class.

TRAVERSE CITY — The National Cherry Festival isn’t just about eating, it’s also about working it off.

Nothing grabs my attention more than the sound of nothing at all. Not that I have become a hermit, lost my hearing or have forgotten to pay the cable bill; rather I’m becoming a bigger and bigger fan of silence.

Have you ever noticed that it’s really hard to change? There are a number of reasons for this — your brain gets hardwired, we like habits, we want to predict the future so we stick with what we know — but it’s actually far more simple than these answers given by neuroscience.

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