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I Say: Van Gogh visits

An image popped up on the YouTube homepage of someone costumed as Vincent Van Gogh attending an exhibition of his paintings. The video, titled, “Vincent Van Gogh visits the Gallery/Vincent and the Doctor/Doctor Who,” is a clip from the British television series, “Doctor Who,” series 5, episode 10, “Vincent and the Doctor.” The show isn’t known to me, although it […]

I Say: Look for the good apples

There’s something so exciting about the back-to-school season. The fresh start, the weather getting a little chillier when the sun goes behind a cloud, the new clothes and freshly packed pencil cases, full of brand new supplies. Yay fall! Watching my children in their various ways of preparing (or not) for this year is making me reminisce about my own […]

I Say: No turkey that day

With all the hype about the Detroit Lions — who open the NFL season tonight against the Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs — I couldn’t help but be reminded of this. Back in the late 1970s, when I first started paying attention to the NFL, the Lions were nothing to write home about. Not that I have to tell […]

I Say: In the highest mountains and the depths of the sea, God is there

Resting 8,000 feet above sea level in the Eastern Himalayas and nestled between the massive countries of China and India is Bhutan: a remote country about half the size of Indiana. A number of westerners, including myself, never had even heard of the country before a photo went viral in early August, depicting a 19-year-old male batter in a knee-length […]

I Say: Thanks for the memories

Hi, Dad. Can you believe it! We’re celebrating your 90th birthday this month. You’ve taught my siblings and I a lot of things and have shown us what to do and what not to do. You’ve given advice, been the handyman, the mediator, the provider, cheered your kids and grandkids on in sports and have supported us in many ways. […]

I Say: A perspective from my travels to Normandy

I’ve been lucky enough in my 25 years to be able to travel to a lot of really interesting places. In my travels, there have been a few times where I’ve truly been in awe of where I am — and it happened to me just last week. Finishing college, starting work full time, other things in life and, of […]

I Say: Train time on the Mad River & Nickel Plate

It’s fun watching trains from the engineer’s seat of a Wabash F7A, one of at least three diesel locomotives, four cabooses, five passenger cars and numerous box and refrigerator cars open for self-guided tours at the Mad River & Nickel Plate Railroad Museum in Bellevue, Ohio. The museum is located beside the former Nickel Plate mainline linking Chicago and Buffalo. […]

I Say: A letter to Duke, a K-9 loved by all

Duke, I met you in 2014, when you became a Grosse Pointe Farms K-9 and I met your handler, Officer Tim Harris, at the same time. Originally they were going to name you Jazz, because Gretchen Valade, who donated the entire cost of your work career and beyond, loved jazz music, but Tim said, “There’s no way I’m naming him […]

I Say: She’s all grown up

It’s a day I always figured would come, and I’m extremely happy, but in some small way it’s also a tad bittersweet. My daughter, Erin, is getting married next Saturday. Another in a long list of signs that she’s not my little girl anymore: first date, prom, high school and college graduations, her first house. Well, maybe “little” isn’t the […]

I Say: When you give a girl a best buddy


When you give a girl a best buddy, she gains another friend rather than losing her sister to motherhood. And — if she’s really, really lucky — she gets an older brother out of the deal too. When you give a girl a best buddy, she thinks videos of the little guy cooing in the middle of the night are […]

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