Macomb County and Grosse Pointe were the humble beginnings of a 7-foot sports writer

A few years ago I sat on top of a convertible in the Grosse Pointe South High School home coming parade. I never attended South High School. I never taught there. However, as a young sports writer I wrote about the accomplishment’s of South girls tennis team which won a then record 11 consecutive stateContinue reading “Macomb County and Grosse Pointe were the humble beginnings of a 7-foot sports writer”

Lions players look like they want the heck out of town

Covid-19 is actually doing the Detroit Lions a favor. It is keeping the media out of the dressing room and preventing it from finding out the truth about the Lions. Following Sunday’s 20-0 loss to the Carolina Panthers it looks like an old but deadly disease has hit this team again. It’s not the coronaContinue reading “Lions players look like they want the heck out of town”

Our Thanksgiving will be smaller with no snoring or peach cobbler

The basement mini fridge is filled with bottled water and juice. The bar is lined up with chips, granola bars, Twizzlers, pita chips and a few other of Celine favorites to snack on. We are breaking CDC guide lines by flying my daughter Celine home for the holidays today from California. And then we willContinue reading “Our Thanksgiving will be smaller with no snoring or peach cobbler”

Is a dad’s kiss on the lips getting too chummy?

My assignment as a young reporter at the Grand Rapids Press was to write a feature story on a top local wrestler. I visited the house, sat at the family kitchen table talking to the wrestler’s dad. It was mid afternoon when the four kids — two boys and two girls — stood by theirContinue reading “Is a dad’s kiss on the lips getting too chummy?”

This social butterfly wants compromise on shutdowns

Today is the first day of another state lockdown and it is already driving me nuts. I barely leave the house any way, but I miss the option of hanging out or eating out whenever I feel it was safe enough to do so. Covid-19 is driving me nuts. I am a hugger. I amContinue reading “This social butterfly wants compromise on shutdowns”

Chinese food in Italy is fantastico

I was in Torino, Italy at a Chinese restaurant when I took a sip of asparagus soup. My eyes closed and my head hit the table. An old Chinese man came running over to the table waving his hands speaking loudly in Mandarin. I did not know what he was saying but I knew heContinue reading “Chinese food in Italy is fantastico”

I grew up on odd home remedies that worked

We never made our children drink castor oil or cod liver oil. And they survived. We never made them eat liver and onions every Sunday. And they never caught a deadly blood disorder that ruined their lives. I grew up on home remedies and it was awful. If I didn’t drink cod liver oil orContinue reading “I grew up on odd home remedies that worked”

Dirty dancing with a white girl on the Bob Lo boat

We’d had an enjoyable fun filled day on Bob Lo Island located in the middle of the Detroit River. It was the only amusement park I really knew about. We were on the return boat trip to Detroit when I would turn a run of the mill trip into controversy. I decided to dance withContinue reading “Dirty dancing with a white girl on the Bob Lo boat”