Circus thrills

Keep the circus going inside you, keep it going! Don’t take anything too seriously, it’ll all work out in the end.” — David Niven The circus is in town — and this year we didn’t miss it. Replete with flame throwers, dancing bears, the famous Liberty Horses, and Joseph Dominick Bauer’s death-defying “Wheel of Thrills” […]


A college campus is its own village, full of folklore and traditions and initiation rituals. Like a village, it has its haunted places, its ghost stories.” — Michigan author Laura Kasischke It’s nowhere near Halloween, but here I am, waxing poetic about the supernatural. I just finished reading a new literary thriller, The Raising, and […]

“Ahhh” is for aromatherapy

If you want your life to come together, you have to start treating yourself better.” — Sarah Ban Breathnach, Simple Abundance Like most women I know, I’ve always felt a bit guilty about taking time out for myself — especially if there are people or household chores in need of my attention. Self-pampering? I rarely […]

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Filmmaking is a chance to live many lifetimes.” — Robert Altman Some people head for the golf course in their spare time; others play tennis or bridge. But Doug and I find our fun dabbling in the arts and on movie sets. Thanks to Michigan’s tax incentives — which we’re rallying to keep — the […]

Yellow Door Art Market

Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.”  ~Twyla Tharp Two weeks ago, I wrote a column for a local publication on how to be a tourist in your hometown. Taking my own advice — and literally going the extra mile — I drove across town to Berkley, the city next door, […]

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