Category: Michael’s Musings

The Class of 1968 and Remembering Charlie Koop

Originally published in the Fenton Patch newspaper August 2013. On August 6, 2013 Charles (Charlie) Koop died at his home in Williamsburg, Michigan. I had not seen Charlie since we graduated together from Fenton High School in 1968. He went on to do great things. The Traverse City Record Eagle wrote a very good obituary […]

Lessons Learned Working at Dewey’s

Dewey was a type of manager that others today should try to emulate. Originally published in the Fenton Patch newspaper July 2013. To help pay for those four years of university to get my degree in Business Administration I worked at Dewey’s Service Station in Fenton. Now before any of you city short-timers get to […]

Peace on Earth and the USA

Where does the USA rank in regards to world peace? Originally published in the Fenton Patch Newspaper June 2013 World peace is given a copious amount of lip service. During the Christmas season it seems that everyone spouts, “Peace on Earth.” But are countries and individuals backing up their words with actions that honestly make […]

American Dies in Singapore – Suicide or Murder?

Originally published in the Fenton Patch newspaper June 2013. In June of 21012 Shane Todd’s girlfriend found him dead in his Singapore apartment. Singapore Institute of Microelectronics (IME) hired the young Montana man after he received his PhD in electrical engineering from University of California, Santa Barbara in 2010. Police ruled his hanging a suicide. […]

Medellin, Colombia – An Example for Detroit

Congrats to Medellin, Colombia, a city that completely reversed it’s problems and won a prestigious award. Originally published in the Fenton Patch newspaper March 2013. Over the last year and half I have introduced readers to many of the unique and wonderful things about Colombia. It is no longer the Colombia of its past, but […]

Should There be a New Fenton Library?

There should be a committee now to determine what a new Fenton library can offer. Originally published in the Fenton Patch newspaper February 2013. From comments on the news items it is comforting to see so many Fentonites interested in a new library. My wife and I are big fans of such places. In fact […]

Confessions of a Pen Picky Writer

My search for the best writing instrument Originally published in the Fenton Patch newspaper February 2013 In my house you will not find pens lying around in drawers. You will not find one of those desk pencil holders laden with writing implements brandishing drugs or company names. The fact is I am very picky about […]

Stop Being SAD

Whisk away Seasonal Affective Disorder Originally published in the Fenton Patch Newspaper January 2013 The cold winter winds of Michigan are whipping across the land chilling many to the bone. Looking upward as far as the eye can see is often just a blanket of grey. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) captures a significant part of […]

Americans: Sex, Drugs and Violence

Americans may not have the image they think in the world. Originally published in the Fenton Patch newspaper January 2013. Earlier I wrote about what my students thought about Americans in general and Fentonites in particular. The holidays brought to Colombia people from around the world. I often seemed to be the only American among […]

An Outside View of Representative Grave’s Vote on the Right-to-Work Law

Thoughts about the Right-to-Work law from the perspective of my students. Originally published in the Fenton Patch newspaper January 2013 In the explanation Representative Joe Graves gave on his website for voting in favor of the Right-to-Work (RTW) law he concentrated on only one reason. Better wages for workers, more growth for Michigan and helping […]

Felìz Navidad y Felìz Año

Wishing all Fenton Patch readers a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Originally published in the Fenton Patch newspaper December 2012. Wishing all readers the happiest of time for the holidays. This is the culmination of the year and the looking forward to the new one. Everyone takes a gander into what has happened. The […]

Ajiaco Day

This traditional soup of Bogotà is always a crowd pleaser. Originally published in the Fenton Patch newspaper August 2012 Ajiaco is a traditional Bogotá dish. This is the one where every man compares it to his mother’s. The secret tweaks are like those chili recipes in the USA. I do the majority of cooking in […]

Americans, I’ve Got Your Back But You Need to Help Out a Little

He was born in New York City to parents who began their life in the United States territory of Puerto Rico.  Like others in his neighborhood of Spanish Harlem, salsa is what he listened to and danced. Obviously the young man spoke two languages. In fact the skinny kid found he had a gift in […]

My Disappointment With State Representative Joe Graves

State Representative Joe Graves should have blogged about the Right-to-Work before the vote. Originally published in the Fenton Patch newspaper December 2012 When State Representative Joe Graves published his first blog in the Fenton Patch Local Voices section I was right there applauding him. Citizens must be kept informed of what is going on, have […]

How to Pass The School Bond

The board of education has some work to do. Originally published in the Fenton Patch newspaper November 2012 Wow, two failures in a row for the Fenton School bond. I am both amazed and not amazed that it failed. A proper education is very important for not just Fenton, but for our country. However the […]

International Dating For The Older Adult

Some information for those over 35 years-old considering international dating. Originally published in the Fenton Patch newspaper November 2012 “Fifty percent of the men are already married,” the owner of an international dating site told me.  His answer was in response to a question about those who use sites like his. Early in my investigation […]

Obama Wins by Landslide Everywhere Except the USA

A look into a why Obama won at home and what Republicans may need to think about. Originally published in the Fenton Patch newspaper November 2012 * * * * * * * * In a small town in Colombia they held a mock U.S. election. People turned out dressed in red, white and blue […]

How to Figure Out What You Want to be When You Grow Up.

My 5 step advice for working toward your life path. Originally published in the Fenton Patch newspaper October 2012 * * * * * * * * I made the decision many years back that neither do I expect to grow up nor do I have intentions to stop working. Consequently Terri White’s blog “What […]

Thanks Mom

Originally published in the Fenton Patch newspaper October 2012 * * * * * * * * “No one ever says thank you to a mother.” The comment from my wife did not come entirely out of the blue. We had just sat down for our daily break of cappuccino and pan de yucca. This […]

Are Fentonites Viewed as They Think They are?

Knowing you through your news. Originally published in the Fenton Patch newspaper October 2012 * * * * * * * * Thought it is time to take a glimpse into what Fentonites are presenting to others in the world. For my advanced English students we use writings from the Fenton Patch and that other […]