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Mark My Words — Education and Family during Covid-19

One night I was attending a Kalamazoo Wings hockey game. I checked my phone during the game, as I always do, and learned that the NBA had suddenly suspended their season.   The next day, the K-Wings announced that their season was suspended.  Later that night, it was announced that our schools were closing down for three weeks. The dominos were …

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Out and About – Week of April 6th

We all have a lifestyle, yet the word “Lifestyle” didn’t exist before 1929. The word entered the English language that year and is defined as “a set of attitudes, habits, or possessions associated with a particular person or group.” Here’s a helpful hint to consider before you mail in your tax return for this year. If you have already received …

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Penelope

I am called Penelope. They tell me that in Greek “Penelope” means “Weaver”. I would like to weave my way into your heart. I am a female, five month old, grey and white kitten. I will need my spay surgery soon. I get along with other cats, I don’t know about dogs. Due to the Shelter in Place restrictions, you …

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Out and About – Week of March 30th

Be very careful Wednesday as you venture out and about. It is, after all, April Fools Day, so you’ll want to double check the salt and pepper shakers to make sure someone hasn’t loosened their caps. Also, you shouldn’t believe all you hear to be true. My suggestion is to stay clear of Facebook. The year 1952 was quite a …

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Out and About – Week of March 23rd

Thanks to author Randy Pausch, I’d like to share a few suggestions that might make your busy life a little less stressful: “Ask yourself: are you spending your time on the right things?” “Develop a good filing system.” “Rethink the telephone.” “Delegate.” “Take a time out.” Thanks to the never-ending changes in the weather here in “Pure Michigan”, it’s not …

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Jenga

My name is like that block game “Jenga”.  However, I won’t fit in the column of blocks.  I am a short coat, long tailed, male.  I am litter trained.  Look at how nice I pose for a picture.  If you want to adopt me, you can call and make an appointment to see me as the Animal Control has closed …

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Out and About – Week of March 16th

It has taken me several weeks, but here are the final five suggestions that a man should share with his son when it comes to advice: In all things lead by example, not explanation. Vulnerability is okay and isn’t anything to be ashamed about. It’s not a sign of weakness to speak up. It’s okay for a man to cry. …

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Jada

Where did that little man in the green outfit go?  He said he would bring me a new companion owner.  I am being so good.  I am a girl, about three years old,  housetrained, a blue, medium sized mix.  I will need my spay surgery soon.  You should see how nice I walk on a leash.  My docket number is …

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Out and About – Week of March 9th

I have found that there is more advice fathers should share with their sons than I have room for in just one column, so here are five suggestions. The final five will be listed next week. Never turn down a breath mint. Give credit. Take the blame. Stand up to bullies. Protect those that are bullied. Take time to snuggle …

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Lovo

I am well mannered, friendly, and housetrained.  What more can you ask for!  They call me “Lovo”.  My age is six months, and I am a male mix.  I am medium size. My docket number is 47449, at the St. Joseph County Animal Control Shelter located at 652 E. Main St., Centreville, MI.  Animal Control is open Monday – Friday, 9:00 …

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