Building silos was the first full time job I worked after graduating from high school. Most of the crew were heavy drinkers and racists. They didn’t like my hippie hair either.

An often unnoticed feature of every size-adjustable golf cap is the opening in the back of the hat. Ladies — or men with enough hair and the right attitude — can finagle a ponytail through it. For guys like me, the ones with little or no hair on their heads, it’s just another great opportuni…

Facebook. Some people love it, some people hate it — and some people hate it because of all the privacy issues, etc., etc. but use it anyway.

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.

This poem reminds me of when I fell in love with a boy from down the lake and went for weeks stumbling around without my glasses and calling myself “Sue” (who wants to fall in love with a “Fleda”?) to try to make myself more attractive to him. At a certain age, summer is like that.

Do you have a favorite pair of shoes? The kind of shoes that may have lost their shine and look beat up, have a grease stain or two, maybe a hole about the same size and in the same place as your big toe, but they fit just right?

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.

When a property owner two doors down decided to build this summer, we worried about the effects on vacation renters seeking peace and quiet at our couple’s cottage. Tucked away on 10 wooded acres along a tranquil, little lake perfect for paddling, the space is a retreat from the hustle and b…

TRAVERSE CITY — Putting together the Traverse City Film Festival takes about 2,000 volunteers, but only two dozen or so are chosen to provide transportation for filmmakers.

As they grow up, native speakers of any language learn its rules, its syntax, its way of arranging words into comprehensible patterns. These syntactical arrangements are very difficult to change. Yet a frontal attack on one of these rules is now gaining some traction.

I’ve outlived a lot of dog-pets in my life. I love dogs and have seldom been without one. There’s a cemetery around a lilac bush in view of my writing room. A few cats are buried there, too, but I’ll stick to dogs for this column.

TRAVERSE CITY — The high cost of prescription medications has the average American spending about $1,200 per year on out-of-pocket costs for their drugs, according to a study by SingleCare, a health services company.

TRAVERSE CITY — Mary Vollink grew up going to three different church services every Sunday. But then her parents sat down with the kids, asking them to decide what church to attend. Vollink said she and her siblings picked The Salvation Army because there was “more to offer for youth.”

Shortly after I accelerated out of the gas station driveway, a small car slipped through two lanes of northbound traffic on its own side of northbound US-31 in Acme and into the “safe stopping space” I had intentionally left between my car and the car ahead of me. That was OK because he was …

Since his death in 1616, William Shakespeare’s fame has risen while doubts as to his authorship of the works attributed to him have persisted.

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