Dear Crabby, Should we travel this Fourth of July?

Dear Crabby, Should we be nervous to travel this Fourth of July? Sincerely, Pat Triotic Dear Mr. Triotic, I get the feeling you’re talking about the government warnings about heightened security threats that seem to come every Fourth of July weekend since 9/11. I am a person that feels strongly about keeping his family safe—I’m from that era—it’s the man’s job and that sort of thing. Therefore, I understand that “stay close to home” feeling of security. However, if an attack was to … [Read more...]

Making a list and checking it twice

Shopping for youngsters this holiday season? You’ll want to check your list twice to ensure you’re following these updated toy safety guidelines. Protecting future generations Each fall, the Public Interest Research Group in Michigan (PIRGIM) Education Fund conducts a survey of toys in preparation for the holiday shopping season. Dubbed “Trouble in Toyland,” the 27th annual survey inspects products through four safety categories—toxic concerns, choking hazards, magnets and noisy toys. The … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What are your Fourth of July traditions?

Dear Crabby, Every year we find ourselves doing something slightly different for the Fourth of July.  I just wondered if your family had any traditions that you consistently did for that holiday? Sincerely,  Betsy Ross Dear Ms. Ross, We do not have one consistent Fourth of July tradition per se. We do, however, always try to enjoy it as a family, if possible. We try to catch a good fireworks show whenever we can to commemorate the "Rockets' red glare, and the bombs bursting in air!" … [Read more...]

Rochester Hills Museum Hosts Parade Exhibit, Santa, and Holiday Events

The Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm will be hosting a new exhibit – The Rochester Home Town Christmas Parade Celebrates Six Decades of Christmas Joy from November 25 – December 30. The exhibit features news articles, photographs, and memorabilia that have sustained one of the largest events in our community for the past sixty years. Santa and Mrs. Claus visit the Museum on Saturday, December 3 from 9-4 p.m. – Timed tickets are available and all guests can enjoy a hayride, fresh baked … [Read more...]

Holiday Gift-giving Guide for the Writer on your Holiday Gift List

Book Suggestions: • Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg • Page by Page by Heather Sellers • Chapter by Chapter by Heather Sellers • What If? Writing Exercises for Fiction Writers by Anne Bernays and Pamela Painter • Nothing Ever Happens on 90th Street by Roni Schotter • Breathing In, Breathing Out by Ralph Fletcher • The Art and Craft of Storytelling by Nancy Lamb • Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott • If You Want to Write: A Book About Art, Independence and Spirit by Brenda Ueland • … [Read more...]