Columns

Forsythia season

I rise before dawn and drive south. The spring sunrise glows upon daffodils and forsythia along Rochester Road. I recall this golden hope in a season of grief while en route to my eight o’clock class at Oakland University. Twenty-six years later, forsythia blooms in...

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Viral thoughts

Never to be forgotten is the day I realized life would be on hold for a while. We had just gotten done with soccer practice on Friday, March 13th and a student came over and said he was told that not only was school closing for a while, but we wouldn’t be able to have...

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Lifetime of experiences leads to book

Lifetime of experiences leads to book

Have you ever given much thought to writing a book? My wife is the only one who has ever suggested it, bless her heart. There’s no book deal on my horizon, for obvious and truthful reasons. Imagine the time required, dedication and discipline to produce a book....

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Wayfaring gardeners

“For our Founding Fathers, gardening, agriculture, and botany were elemental passions, as deeply ingrained in their characters as their belief in liberty for the nation they were creating. From Founding Gardeners: the Revolutionary Generation, Nature, and the Shaping...

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Thoughts on the “nuclear” family

I can report that my parents are still doing well, despite the virus that’s threatening us all. For the past few years my parents have lived here by themselves, retired and advancing into their senior years but otherwise happy and active. But now their oldest son has...

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No more drive-by birthdays!

No more drive-by birthdays!

Beaudry turned two years old this past week. He’s my youngest grandson. In these difficult times birthday parties can’t be celebrated in the traditional manner. We understand it, Beaudry did not. Beaudry is a loveable, cute, smart little boy, although a handful for...

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Living through the Coronavirus: Part 2

Living through the Coronavirus: Part 2

Editor’s note: This is the second in a two-part series. The first part appeared in the April 8 edition of the Tri-City Times. Columnist Paula Parisot is sharing the experiences of her relative, Morgan Gallup Zhu, who resides with her husband and daughter in Nanjing,...

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Learning the meaning of things

A girl learning to read cursive, I discovered a piece of paper on the kitchen counter one day. Mom’s pretty handwriting listed words like flour, baking soda, tea bags–things she used in the kitchen. Then, in the middle of the list she wrote TP. What was that? I heard...

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Living through the Coronavirus in China

Living through the Coronavirus in China

Editor’s note: This is the first part in a two-part series. Look for the conclusion in the April 15 edition of the Tri-City Times. “An American in China” is a blog written by my second cousin’s daughter, Morgan Gallup Zhu. The blog details her journey through the...

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Stories of faith and tradition

Comic relief Youtubes and email about the present plague fill my mailbox. The “mask controversy” leads. But that will change. Zoom and Skype keep folk connected and business rolling forward best they can. My heartfelt thanks to the farmer and hunter who feed us, and...

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