I live in Whitehall, but attend Montague NBC. A few of my friends that go to Whitehall told me they got light up reflectors for their backpacks. The point of these reflectors is so passing by …

You love them both – your pets and houseplants – but it can be challenging to safely raise them together in the same house. Reduce the risk by selecting pet-safe plants and safely managing hou…

I recently wrote an article about my grandson grieving his baby brother. My living grandson is now five years old. Had he lived, his baby brother would have been two years old next month. My l…

In the chill of winter I like watching movies. This winter I have found inspiration in several films where I have said as credits roll “OMG, everyone should see this”. In these films I’m struc…

It may not be the month of hearts and heartfelt sayings yet, but my heartstrings are being pulled taut between Michigan and Texas. Having arrived in Teas to continue the building project here …

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My youngest grandson died one and a half years ago. His birth date was also his death date. This journey of being a survivor has not been an easy one. Although we were blessed with his birth, …

According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, the 28.8 million small businesses in the United States represent 99.7% of all U.S. businesses, and employ 56.8 million people.

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I taught a continuing education course at a University in a neighboring state this morning. My course was centered on grief, in particular, the role of funeral service within the grief recover…

TROY, Michigan---Jim Santilli, CEO of the Transportation Improvement Association (TIA), is encouraging the Michigan Legislature to make distracted driving a top priority and take action on Sen…

I am outraged at the anti-abortion lobby’s petition drive to outlaw second trimester abortions in Michigan. Efforts to abridge other people’s reproductive freedom is a veiled attempt by some r…

The problem with grief, well actually, there are many, but the one I shall attempt to address today is that not only is grief an assault on your heart, but it is also an assault on your self-e…

The iconic “I’ll be home for Christmas” song during this season can sometimes ignite polarizing feelings for listeners. A song that is meant to convey the love, warmth, and safety of home can …

We’ve popped in for the holidays and I am so glad to be back in our hometown! We’re spending time with friends and family, it’s what the holidays mean for me.

Homemade gifts are a wonderful way to show you care. Making them from items grown in your garden adds that extra personal touch. And just like the plant, decorations and gifts made from milkwe…

Appropriations: Supplemental budget — Senate Bill 152

Through my years of work as a funeral practitioner and certified grief counselor, I have found that most people suffering loss do not realize that there are various classifications of grief. I…

As the Mayor of Saugatuck, I was happy to see the Restore Our Parks Act (S. 500) pass the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources last month. This legislation would create dedicated f…

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