New look for old pet brings smiles

Once a year I get a new cat. Well, not a brand new cat, but a cat that looks and feels new. Seems new, too. How’s that? Well, it’s because every spring I take him to Kelly’s Pet Grooming to get shaved. Yes. Shaved. Like a dog…except he’s...

Morning routines

I hear a meow in my bedroom doorway. Smaller than her Siamese sister, Cuddles has escaped the kitchen gate again while my husband sips his first cup of coffee. At 6:45 a.m., amber eyes and whiskers plead a place on my bed. “Come on up.” In one leap,...

To watch Laurel grow

Eight-year old Laurel had a job to do. “Please keep Mandy in your room until our meeting ends,” Laurel’s mother said. “Okay, Mom.” She bounced up the stairs, her dog following. Maureen, then President of Detroit Working Writers, welcomed...

Cousin’s description apt and true

The glorious photo of the majestic eagle that Mary Grosskopf captured near her Mussey Twp. home reminded me of our conversation around the beautiful table during Easter brunch on Sunday. As usual, it soon turned to travel and adventure. My cousin Robert and his wife...

What is a nation?

I calmly eat my noodles in the morning rush at the restaurant, and I can feel eyes crawling all over me. A nation in the broadest sense of the term, according to the dictionary, is “a people having a common origin, tradition, and language and capable of forming...

Easter seasons

Every Eastertime of my childhood, my mother walked into Sew-N-Save. She selected three patterns, and then slipped her fingers between the raw edges of fabric to find the perfect material for three dresses. Finally, she searched for notions and pushed her cart to the...