Dear Crabby, What Do You Hear, Yanny or Laurel?

Dear Crabby, What Do You Hear, Yanny or Laurel? Sincerely, Larry Yanel   Dear Larry, First of all, I'd have to be listening to hear anything. Second of all, I'd have to care. Thirdly, I would have to know what you're talking about. So, being a good journalist, I went to the internet. Yanny or Laurel? That is the question - one of those is the answer - or is it both? Well, for those of you who don't know (like I didn't know), this auditory-illusion question came up when … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, When Can I Plant My Garden?

Dear Crabby, With all this Crazy Weather, I was Wondering When I Should Plant My Garden? Sincerely, Iris Shallot Dear Ms. Shallot, Lots of people have been asking that question. While winter was gracious to stick around a bit to keep the snow-lovers going for a few extra weeks, spring is here. It was too hot too soon, but we're finally back to normal. You're right, it was a little crazy. April is usually a good month to get the yard ready, but it was too cold. Then BANG, all that heat, … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Do the Boy Scouts of America Really Allow Girls Now?

Dear Crabby, Do the Boy Scouts of America Really Allow Girls Now? Sincerely, Girl Cub Oh Boy, another one of these kind of questions. Here are two sides working with different opinions - and then there's what will happen anyway. From my understanding, the Boy Scouts have had girls tagging along on trips, to meetings, and joining the Venturing program (open to both boys and girls) already. The world has changed. Moms and dads both working, juggling kids to this sport practice, that dance … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Is ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ the End of Superhero Movies?

Dear Crabby, The highly anticipated Marvel Avengers: Infinity War movie comes out this weekend. Is this the end or will there be more? Thanks! Scott Pym Dear Scott Pym, Oh, you’re so precious to think that these superhero movies will be leaving us alone anytime soon. I mean look at Black Panther. That movie made at least a trillion dollars. OK. It didn’t make that much, but it has made almost $700 million. That’s more than the theatrical grosses of Iron Man, Thor, and the first … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What Do You Think About the ‘Roseanne’ Reboot?

Dear Crabby, With President Trump visiting Michigan next week, it got me thinking about the Roseanne reboot and how people are saying it’s a pro-Trump show. What do you think? Thanks, Michele T. Vee Dear Michele T. Vee, Let me first start off by telling you what I think about reboots in general: “Pfffft!” And you can quote me on that. Yep. It’s official … Hollywood has run out of new ideas. Oh sure, in the beginning it was a cute idea to bring back some beloved shows from the ‘80s … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Should I Delete My Facebook Account?

Dear Crabby, I love staying connected to friends and family on my different social media channels. But I have to admit, this whole privacy breach with Cambridge Analytica and Facebook has me a little worried. Am I overreacting? Should I delete my Facebook account? Thanks! Paul P. Dear Paul P., Privacy is a funny thing. We all assume we have control over it, but in reality, we’ve been losing our grip on it a little bit at a time over the years. And so now we find ourselves having to … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What’s the Deal with Free-Range Parenting?

Dear Crabby, I was scrolling through the stories on my homepage recently and an article about free-range parenting caught my eye. Do states really need to pass laws for this sort of thing? Love to know what you think. Thanks, Henrietta C. Dear Henrietta C., You wouldn’t think we’d need to pass laws like this, but since common sense isn’t a flower that grows in everyone’s garden, here we are. For those of you living under a rock lately and think free-range actually has something … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Will that Chinese Space Station Land in Michigan?

Dear Crabby, Will that Chinese Space Station Land in Michigan? Sincerely,  Skyler Falls   Hello Skyler, As long as no one gets hurt - I hope so - what fun! Just a couple months ago we were all worried about another meteor falling on us - now, it's the Tiangong-1 Space Station, and certainly - as it would seem - Michigan is in the path of the uncontrolled vessel, which launched in 2011. But so is a lot of the world. And most of that path is water. The chances are slim, really … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Do Minimalists have Junk Drawers?

Dear Crabby, I want to downsize my life and be more like a Minimalist, but how far do they go, do Minimalists have junk drawers? Thanks, Libby Small   Dear Ms. Small, I remember when being a minimalist meant creating art that was to-the-point, by reducing unnecessary detail; and it used simple materials and geometric shapes. It also described the idea of simple living, slow to change, slow growth in the economy, and a simple idea of faith - think Gandhi. More and more, … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What is Snapchat?

Dear Crabby, What is Snapchat? Sincerely, Pop Crackle   Dear Pop, When I first heard about Snapchat, I thought it was a form of communication where people would "snap" their fingers to talk back and forth. But that wasn't it. Then, I heard that young people were using it - so I thought it meant a quick conversation that didn't say much - I was getting closer. As it turns out, Snapchat is a social media application for use with smartphones. It's primary use is to share … [Read more...]