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Only For University of Michigan Football Fans

Only For University of Michigan Football Fans My grandfather L.W. Ranney was the starting end for Fielding Yost playing with the legendary center George Schulz—credited as football’s first linebacker—as his teammate. Their fellow player Fred Lawton who co-wrote the...

Wear Yellow and Run A 5K For Sobriety

Wear Yellow and Run A 5K For Sobriety Six women drink coffee around a kitchen table in any friendly neighborhood you can visualize. They chat about children and jobs as they pass around a sign-up sheet for meals.  Emily, one of their friends, is undergoing chemo for...

Sandra Dee and Heroin

Sandra Dee and Heroin If you remember the naïve Sandra Dee from Grease who was “corrupted” by her biker boyfriend John Travolta, you’ll understand Ashley from Webberville.  This “good girl” fell for Ed, the cool “bad boy” in high school. Only while Olivia Newton-John...

A Deadly Brain Disease: Addiction

A Deadly Brain Disease: Addiction Our brains are hard-wired not for death, but for life. Remember the hiker pinned in a cave by a boulder who cut his arm off to get free and live. We know about the Olympian Louie Zamperini’s will to live documented in the book...

Blessed By Two Guardian Angels in One

Blessed By Two Guardian Angels in One Like an army of Athenas, all the characters in my novel, The Sandpipersprang fully armed from my head. I made them up, right?  But, then, one day a reader said with a sigh, “We should all have a guardian angel like Aunt Nina in...

Opiod Deaths? No Longer “Unexpected”

Opiod Deaths? No Longer “Unexpected” I’m not the only one who grew up with the disconcerting bedtime prayer, “If I should die before I wake…” Then my eight-year-old cousin died in his sleep from undiagnosed diabetes and the already spooky prayer grew even more...