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Long live Rock ‘n’ Roll

  If I recall correctly, I was in the 6th grade when I begged my mom to buy for me my first 45 RPM record. That quirky tune, Baby Sittin’ Boogie by Buzz Clifford (1961), proved the genesis of my ongoing love affair with Rock ‘n&rs [..]

Don’t take things personal when you are having a bad day

“Don’t take it personal (Just one of dem days)” - Monica  There are times when someone says something to me that sends me reeling. This is particularly true when it pertains to the people I love. If I sense that someone [..]

Understanding buyer’s cancelling purchase rights within contingency time period

Dear Michael: I am thinking of purchasing a home that is defined as a Historical Landmark. What defines a home as a “Historical Landmark”?  Answer: A home is recognized for its history when certain criteria are met. Even when [..]

Consumer confidence surges

Last Friday the University of Michigan consumer confidence survey registered its highest reading in eight years. This survey comes out twice monthly, and this report was the preliminary reading for the month of December.  I can think of f [..]

Gilbert, Sullivan’s "The Pirates of Penzance" offers high-spirited farcical high-jinks

Directed and choreographed by Mar Vista resident Drew Fitzsimmons, The Pirates of Penzance with music by Arthur Sullivan and libretto by W. S. Gilbert is a hopeful and hilarious farce concerning Frederic (Chris Yeschenko), who, having compl [..]

It’s good to be lucky, grateful

Not one day goes by when I wake up and don’t thank God for another chance at life. Now, I am not a religious person. I was raised Catholic to the best of my parents’ ability but a strict church-attending schedule was never imposed. Ho [..]

Interviewing tips for job seekers

I’m guessing there aren’t a whole bunch of young adults under the age of twenty-five that read my column each week. So if you know someone who is seeking part-time or fulltime employment, (maybe your shiftless kid or the future felon [..]

Meetings are a great time to encourage others

“In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity.” - Albert Einstein  I am always looking for new ways to approach meetings for our school district. Whether it is a staff meeting, or a meeting with a family, I have had to l [..]

Noisy neighbors can be a major problem for homeowner

Dear Michael: My mom passed away a few years ago and we now have her house on the market. It’s never been updated but it’s in fairly good condition. It’s been on the market for 260 days at $775,000. My sister suggested we lower [..]

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