The connection between animals and mental health is hard to ignore. Research studies continue to confirm that having a pet or interacting with animals has multiple mental health benefits that can both relieve and prevent mental health issues.

Without the stories, Christmas wouldn’t be half the occasion that we’ve fabricated it into these days. The holidays have a million of them; Santa stories, Scrooge stories, sacred stories and the list goes on.

In the summer of 1989, I interviewed for a teaching position at Northwestern Michigan College. In addition to the typical questions, the department head asked how I would get to work; I drove. Write on the board; I could do that or use an overhead projector. Utilize my desk; positioning it o…

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.

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