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c. 1984?

Cameras are everywhere.  George Orwell’s 1949 novel of ultimate and total surveillance seems to be not far off from real life in 2010. But not all cameras are meant to capture wrong-doing. There are web cams placed around the world that give you magnificent views of some of the worlds most spectacular sights. For example,…

Eat [always] Pray [continually] Love [yourself]

I’ve  heard everything about the bestseller turn film,  Eat, Pray Love, from the fact that it was eye opening, uplifting and even poignant. After viewing the Julia Roberts blockbuster myself this past week, I’ve come to the conclusion that my fellow friends were referring to the book instead. In my opinion this movie fell flat…

Kalamazoo native set to be the next great pundit

Move over Jon Stewart. Make room Stephen Colbert. Kalamazoo Central High School graduate Conor Williams could be the next pundit who keeps us contemplating the news in a new way. The Michigan native, now a 27-year-old doctoral student at Georgetown University in Washington D.C. was just announced as the winner of the Washington Post’s annual…

Julie and Julia

I just finished watching “Julie and Julia” starring Meryl Streep and Amy Adams.   I’ve seen it so many times I’ve lost count.   I wondered why I like this movie so much.   It’s   just another cute movie, enhanced by the wonderful Meryl Streep like no one else can enhance a movie.  …

November 2nd. Please be prepared.

I feel compelled to remind everyone that next Tuesday, November 2 is election day.   I know I’ve already written about this, but as the day looms in the not so distant future, I am getting very concerned for our beloved Michigan.   I tried to be impartial in my last blog, but the time…

Troy native Steve Yeun is featured on ‘The Walking Dead’

Did you spend Halloween watching The Walking Dead? I couldn’t help myself. I’d been waiting and anticipating the new AMC show since I first caught a glimpse of the previews months ago. Zombies and a post-apocalyptic world? Sign me up. Even more exciting? Troy Mich. native Steve Yeun is a cast member on the show.…

Progressive shows fans how to dress like TV star

We’ve all seen the stark-white Progressive commercials with the perky and quirky associate, Flo, helping customers navigate the world of insurance. Well, Flo has become a pop icon of sorts, and many people have been dressing up like the queen of Progressive for Halloween. But what has stood out to me is the incredible accuracy…

Is Troy overrun with coyotes?

Recent news reports in Troy, Mich. neighborhoods have been filled with coyote sightings – and worse, pet injuries due to coyotes. We expect to spot certain types of wildlife in our backyards, squirrels, raccoons and even deer. But coyote sightings seem out of the ordinary, to say the least. So when Troy resident Patricia Blaszczak…

The race to end racism

Being multiracial, I learned early on that race matters in American and across the world; although I have always been confused as to why. I love cultural differences and appreciate the differences between groups of people. But celebrating culture is empowering and an honoring of our collective histories. Race, on the other hand, seems mostly…

Good Eats, now with Carry-out!

There’s nothing quite like good food. There’s nothing quite like good food that’s good for you. And there’s nothing quite like when your favorite restaurant finally decides to do carryout. Screech! Huh? Wait a minute! Doesn’t every restaurant have carry out? Well, I don’t know about every restaurant, but one of my all-time favorite restaurants,…