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Banished words: A New Year’s tradition

What words make you cringe when you hear them? Are there some words that you could go without ever hearing again? Lake Superior State University recently released its annual “banished words list” and has been doing so since 1976. What began as a silly publicity stunt for the little-known school has since turned into a New Year’s Day tradition. According …

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Birthday Reflections

Birthdays! Some of us love them and will dedicate an entire week to celebrating the special day, while others hope and prefer that it just go unnoticed and treat it just like “any other day.” In any event, I hope that everyone at least has cake, pie, ice cream, cookies, or whatever you enjoy on your special day. If not, …

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If it tastes good, eat it …

“And I’ve brought some corn for popping”: This time of year is bad for my waistline. Like many others, I tend to eat a tad bit more around the holidays. Well, to be honest, I consume a little bit more than a tad! But most of my eating does not happen at home, but rather at the office. Aside from …

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We can’t go back, but we can go forward

Twenty years ago I graduated from Constantine High School. It does not nearly seem possible that 20 years have gone by. But at the same time, it feels like a lifetime ago and in many respects it was. When I walked across that stage to receive my diploma, I had no idea what was ahead for me. I could not …

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Planning for life after lottery

Brilliant. That is the only word I have to describe the feat that Andy Ashkar pulled off when he won $5 million on a scratch-off lottery ticket six years ago in Syracuse, N.Y. In 2006, Andy bought a “$500,000,000 Extravaganza” scratch-off ticket at his parents’ convenience store, the “Green Ale Market.” The ticket was sold to Andy by his father …

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Cabrera deserves spotlight

Miguel Cabrera has been hailed as the best player in the game of baseball right now. In fact, some are saying the slugger is the best in baseball period. Ever. That assumption is a little premature. Cabrera is only 29 years old, and no one knows what the future holds for this current one-man wrecking crew. For now, though, I …

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Movin’ on up … wait, not yet

When my wife and I purchased our first home back in 2004, we knew it was not going to be the home that we lived in for the rest of our lives. It was small, needed some work, but we both agreed that we could make it work. The fact that it fit into our budget at the time was …

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Funny how things work out sometimes

When National City Bank was purchased by PNC Bank back in October of 2008, that left many workers wondering what would happen to their jobs. I had been through the whole “merger” act before. I was hired by First of America Bank in January of 1996 and in November of the following year, National City bought FOA. It doesn’t matter …

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Stop the name calling! Bring on the ideas!

One thing I said I would not do this year is write a politically charged column giving my reasons as to whom I am voting for and the reasons why. I did that in 2008. My candidate lost. That, coupled with the fact that when, a few years ago in my preview column, I predicted the Kalamazoo Wings would sweep …

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We’re in this together

When my wife and I became engaged and eventually got married, many of our family and friends said it came as no surprise as they always knew we would end up together. I guess we just had that “they are going to get married and live happily ever after” appeal to us. For the past nine years, we have done …

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