Dear Crabby, What Do You Think About Space Travel?

Dear Crabby, I’m old enough to remember when going to space was a big deal. Lately, it seems like anyone with enough cash can take the trip and I’m not sure how I feel about that. Would you ever travel to space?Thanks!Dr. LazarusDear Dr. Lazarus, You’re old enough to remember? I’m so old that I remember when the mere suggestion of going into space seemed preposterous. Those pioneers in the early days of space travel were brave. Shoot. They were basically agreeing to be strapped to a … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Where is the Best Place to See Michigan’s Beautiful Fall Colors?

Dear Crabby, Lately, the weather has been wacky. Are there still places where I can drive to see the leaves changing or have I missed my chance?Thanks!Greta GreeneryDear Greta Greenery, Good news - you’re in luck! Typically, toward the end of September is when the trees start to turn, but the warmer weather has delayed the process a bit. So, while there is still time to catch the color-changing happening around our beautiful state, I wouldn’t wait too long, though. Especially, if you plan … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Why Are People So Obsessed with Disney?

Dear Crabby, Disney World celebrated its 50th anniversary on October 1. All the images of people waiting in Black Friday-type lines to snag the anniversary merchandise and the photos of the crowds were insane! I guess I don’t understand this level of obsession. Do you? Thanks!H.J. PotterDear H.J. Potter, I’ve come to the conclusion that when it comes to Disney there are three groups of people. Those who hate anything Disney-related, those who like Disney, and Disnerds. The last group is … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, If you could make up a school subject, what would it be?

Dear Crabby, If you could make up a school subject, what would it be? Sincerely, Study Hall Fan Dear Study Hall Fan, I didn't care much for school, so that may be a tough one to answer. Of course, things have changed. Math, the new math, and the newer math - so many ones to sell the same thing - 2 plus 2 is still 4, no matter how you do it, right? I think they do that just to make dads look dumb when kids ask them for help with their math homework. My kid gave me the same look that … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, If You Were in a Circus, Which Character Would You Be?

Dear Crabby, If You Were in a Circus, Which Character Would You Be? Sincerely, Candy Cotton Dear Candy, Well, Ringmaster of course. I'd have to be the one calling all the shots. For years and years, I've put my children, their friends, and my grand kids in corners ... certainly I could put circus acts in rings. I would grow a big, bushy mustache, don a tall top hat, and call to attention ... "And now, in this ring, feast your eyes on another stupid human trick ..." That's … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Have you ever been to a Dark Sky Park?

Dear Crabby, Have you ever been to a Dark Sky Park? If so, which ones do you recommend?  Sincerely, Celestial Observer Dear Celestial Observer, I barely go to parks in the day time, why would I go at night. Parks are packed with wild things and the scary ones come out at night -- bears, coyotes, wolves, bats, snakes, mosquitoes, and hippies -- who wants to deal with all that. However, you know what else comes out at night ... stars! I believe that may be the point to your … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Would you consider getting a Self-Driving Car?

Dear Crabby, Would you consider getting a Self-Driving Car? Thank you, Barb B. Dear Barb, That's a good question. A scary and an intriguing question. I like to drive and five years ago I answered a similar question sent in, but has my answer changed. I've tinkered with cars my whole life -- swapping out carburetors, changing plugs, replacing brakes, adding do-dads, and updating the gizmos -- it's fun, dirty, and time-consuming. But today, it's almost impossible with these new … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Is Labor Day Weekend Really the End of Summer?

Dear Crabby, Is Labor Day Weekend Really the End of Summer? Sincerely, Autumn Waits Dear Autumn, Hardly. Officially, Fall begins on September 22. And besides having nearly three more weeks of summer on the calendar, we've got a ton of outdoor activities going on that will keep the whole family busy ... if you want. Dear Crabby Gives Advice Labor Day and the start of school signals cooler weather, the fall harvest, and suggests the fun is over. Is that really the case? Of … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Do You Hate Visiting the Dentist?

Dear Crabby, My wife keeps nagging me to get into the dentist for a cleaning and checkup. I’m not scared, but I just don’t get what the big deal is. Do you hate going to the dentist too? Thanks!P. Sherman Dear P. Sherman, Dear Crabby Gives Advice First of all, no one loves visiting the dentist. There are all sorts of weird smells and sounds. Plus, the toothpaste they use to clean your teeth is always so gritty and yucky tasting. Usually, when it comes to visiting the dentist, most … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What Type of Music Makes You Happy?

Dear Crabby, Now that live music has started again, I was curious what sort of music do you like? And do you plan on attending a concert soon? Thanks, Hattie Harmony Dear Hattie Harmony, Years ago, someone asked me if I sing or play an instrument. Personally, I think the acoustics in my shower is wonderful and therefore, make me sound like Bing Crosby. My family, on the other hand, is less appreciative of my talents. Once, when someone asked Mrs. Crabby what part I sing, she … [Read more...]