A Scottish fling

It’s guid to be merry and wise. It’s guid to be honest and true. It’s good to support Caledonia’s cause, and bide by the buff and the blue!” — Robert Burns Remember the old Saturday Night Live sketch starring Mike Myers as the curmudgeonly owner of an import shop named All Things Scottish? As the […]

Where the heart is

Home ought to be our clearinghouse, the place from which we go forth lessoned and disciplined, and ready for life.”  ~Kathleen Norris So … are you still eating Thanksgiving leftovers? Today I’m savoring the last of the long weekend with the family. I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. My new Royal Oak […]


Gratitude is the heart’s memory.”  ~Jean Baptiste Massieu My son Nate drove from Chicago to spend Thanksgiving with us, so I’m closing the door to my home office this week. Meanwhile, I’m sharing links to two essays with a Thanksgiving homecoming spin. The first is from the archives of my Michigan Women’s Forum column, and […]

Our town on Patch

I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can.  I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live.”  ~George Bernard Shaw Like friendship, community […]

Think Christmas, buy local

Before you head to the malls with your holiday gift list, consider buying locally produced or handmade gifts this year. According to researchers quoted in Time magazine, when you purchase locally crafted items, more of your money stays in your community. And who doesn’t appreciate receiving a gift with a hometown connection? “The Christmas season […]

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