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.

TRAVERSE CITY — Answer: Grace Community Birth Center, a Traverse City nonprofit working to construct a birth center in Grand Bassin, Haiti.

TRAVERSE CITY — Teddy Huff isn’t a “super religious" person but a recent visit to St. Peter’s Basilica, one of the world’s holiest Catholic shrines, made him think about the cultural system in a less abstract way.

My father, Ron, loved toys. He was interested in everything from antiques to the newest electronics, though he primarily collected lead soldiers. He showed me how toys can inform us about our collective history and reconnect us to our childhoods. Mainly, he demonstrated that toys are fun at …

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