Dear Crabby, What Will Happen to all the Movies that were to be Released in 2020?

Dear Crabby, What Will Happen to all the Movies that were to be Released in 2020? Sincerely, Cindy Ma   Hello Cindy, Good question. As 2020 comes more into focus, we'll remember it as the year we want to forget. Without the cinema-hype associated with a film's release, many will go direct to DVD or online streaming services. And with that, there are sure to be some movies destined for the bargain shelves of stores that somehow stay in business. Others will survive the pandemic for a … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Why do we shoot off Fireworks on July Fourth?

Dear Crabby, Why do we shoot off Fireworks on July Fourth? Sincerely, Baozhu   Dear Bauzhu, To celebrate our Independence from Britain, of course. But why fireworks to celebrate such a landmark world event? Well, as with many things these days, it all started in China. The Han Dynasty would sizzle bamboo stalks until they exploded - that was around 200 B.C. Then, a few hundred years later, the Chinese started filling the bamboo stalks with gunpowder and adding metal shavings to … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What’s All the Hype About ‘Hamilton?’

Dear Crabby, Lately, my newsfeed has been filled with people geeking out over Hamilton the musical. Since all the theatres are closed, I can’t figure out what all the fuss is about. Do you have any clue? Thanks, K. George Will Dear K. George Will, I know we’ve all been sheltering at home these past few months, but it sounds like you’ve also been sheltering under a rock. First, a little background for those of you who slept through American history. Good old Alexander Hamilton is … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Do You Know the History Behind Father’s Day?

Dear Crabby, I know the history of how and why we celebrate Mother’s Day, but is there a story behind Father’s Day? While moms are very important, I sometimes feel we dads get overlooked. Thanks! Luke S. Dear Luke S., Great question! As you said, moms are very, very important people (I gotta stay on Mrs. Crabby’s good side). But as you also said, sometimes we dad get overlooked. I have often felt like stores spend big bucks for their Mother’s Day advertising and then treat Father’s … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, How Can I Entertain My Kids This Summer?

Dear Crabby, Every summer I brace for the chorus of “We’re bored!” from my children. But since they’ve been home the last three months with online schooling, I feel extra pressure this year. Do you have any suggestions? Thanks, Serenity Now Dear Serenity Now, I have been waiting for someone to ask me this question. It seems like I get a frazzled parent such as yourself every two years or so wondering what can be done to keep the kids from becoming one with the sofa. In the past, … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Where Can I Go Swimming?

Dear Crabby, Not to be too overdramatic, but is it safe to go swimming this summer? And if so, where? Thanks! Amy Island Dear Amy Island, Duunnn dunnn... duuuunnnn duun. Sorry. As soon as I read your question all I could think of was the movie Jaws. If anyone reading this doesn’t know what I’m talking about, you may not be the target audience for my column. Or perhaps you’ve led a sheltered life. Either way, I suggest you go ahead and watch it. Better yet, read the book by Peter … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Do you Meditate?

Dear Crabby, Do you Meditate? Sincerely, Quie   Dear Quie, This is one of those questions that I pondered answering for hours. I sat quietly, and alone, with my eyes closed ... wondering if and how I should answer. I fell asleep. And when I awoke, I forget what I was doing - it just now came back to me as I write this ... I'm not one of those hippie-dippie, free-love, new age metaphysical kind of people. In fact, I'm the opposite. I'm more straight-laced, love will cost you, … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What’s the Cutest Animal in the World?

Dear Crabby, What's the Cutest Animal in the World, and not Just as Babies, but Those Who Stay Cute their Entire Lives? Sincerely, Bellus Lepus   Well, Bellus, I don't normally think about animals as being cute or ugly - I normally rate them based on taste and flavor - so I would put cows, pigs, ducks, and chickens at the top. However, I bet you're looking for a ranking as far as looks - soft and cuddly - are concerned. But what will be the criteria? Lots of women will say every … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What is Zoom?

Dear Crabby, What is Zoom? Sincerely, Chatty Sue   Well Hello Chatty Sue - how do, do you do? Zoom is the noise every little boy makes when playing with toy cars and trucks, as well as what they shout out when riding a bike or running around the house like tiny over-caffeinated cab drivers ... "I take you to airport, zoom, zoom, zoom." There's just something about boys adding sound effects to everything they do. Oh, you may have noticed that doesn't go away as they get older. … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Is Michigan Still Planning on Holding Elections?

With all the COVID-19 craziness going on, I sometimes forget we’re in an election year. Will we still be able to have our remaining 2020 elections? I heard some states are canceling them. Also, do you know if there has ever been a time in history where a national election has been postponed or canceled? Thanks! Vonda Voter Dear Vonda Voter, I have to admit that after our presidential primary election back in March, it has been kind of nice not to be hit over the head on a daily basis … [Read more...]