Dear Crabby, Is It Too Late to Register to Vote?

Dear Crabby, I can’t believe it’s already October. Which means election day will be here soon. Is it too late to register to vote? Thanks! Betty Bipartisan, Dear Betty Bipartisan, You’re cutting it close, but you’re in luck. The deadline in Michigan for registering to vote by mail or in person is Tuesday, October 9. If you’re reading this and live in another state, I recommend using the Google to see if your deadline is different. Back to us Michiganders … now if you’re gonna register … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, How Late in the Year do you Grill?

Dear Crabby, Now that Fall is Here and Many of us are Getting the Yard Ready for Winter, I was Wondering - How Late in the Year do you Grill? Sincerely, Autumn Girl   Well, Autumn, why would you stop grilling at all? You know, you can do it year-round ... that is if you don't mind the cold weather or shoveling a path through the snow to your outdoor grill. We used to close the grill up too. Each fall, as the temps fell, I would clean it up one last time and cover it up to … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Do you Carve Pumpkins for Halloween

Dear Crabby, It Might be Early to Ask, But Do you Carve Pumpkins for Halloween? Curious, Jack O.   Well, Jack, I do most years. It's an old tradition in the Crabby household - carving pumpkins is a glorious event. We usually plan our attack the weekend before Halloween. We pick up our pumpkins at a local cider mill or farmer's market or the Stone Wall Pumpkin Festival. Many folks go for the perfectly round, perfectly orange, perfectly Halloween'ish, pumpkin. I look for the odd … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Is Hurricane Florence Really The Storm of a Lifetime?

Dear Crabby, Is Hurricane Florence Really The Storm of a Lifetime? Sincerely, Carol Lynah   Dear Carol, It is the "Storm of a Lifetime" if you were born yesterday and only until next hurricane season. Doom and gloom are reported with every storm these days - you know how TV news works - we're all going to suffer the wrath of climate change. Well, most of the major storms came many years ago - before we were using gas-guzzling cars - half in my lifetime (I'm old). Here's a … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What does ‘Back to School’ Mean for you?

Dear Crabby, What does 'Back to School' Mean for you? Sincerely, G.R. Little   Hello G.R. Well, back to school means more traffic around town. Not just near the schools, but everywhere - cars cutting through subdivisions, filling all the surface roads, and making rush hour start earlier and end later. It means less time with the grandkids - I'm 50/50 on that one. But I'll have to go (I mean I get to go) to their sports games, school plays, and dance nights. So busy these kids are … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, How Do I Prepare to Get Ahead in Life?

  Dear Crabby, I'm currently working towards my nursing degree and working a part-time job while my longtime boyfriend (who finished college) is working his full-time career. I have two years left until I'm finished with school and get to enter "the real world" of house hunting, career searching, and family starting. Do you have any advice on how to prepare or get a head start in my final two years of school? Sincerely, Little Miss Future Nurse Dear Little Miss Future … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Does Class Size Matter?

Dear Crabby, With school starting up again soon, I am curious, do you believe class size matters? This is often an educational debate between teachers and administrators. Many administrators quote, "research based" beliefs that class size doesn't impact student learning. However, many experienced teachers will beg to differ. I would like to know your thoughts. Thanks! Friend of Education Dear Friend, If you or I could offer a feasible solution to this problem today, not only would … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What Do You Think of Space Force?

Dear Crabby, I love anything related to space, so I was excited to hear President Trump’s plans to get us back out there. What do you think of the proposed Space Force? Thanks, Starr Nuit Dear Starr Nuit, Well, I won’t lie. When I first heard the name I just assumed it was an announcement for a new movie franchise like Star Trek or Star Wars that my grandkids would try to dupe me into seeing. I was further confused when I saw the proposed logos since they looked like something you’d … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Where Can I Find Out About Events Around Town?

Dear Crabby, Is there an event calendar anywhere that lists all the events happening in the Rochester/Rochester Hills, Michigan community? Of course, it probably won’t have everything, but as many as possible? Thanks! Arlene B. Dear Arlene, Well, we certainly live in a great area where there never seems to be a shortage of things to do. And there’s nothing worse than FOMO. That’s cool kids slang which means, ‘Fear of Missing Out.’ My grandkids once asked me how we found out about … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Should Young Kids Play Tackle Football?

Dear Crabby, What age do you feel kids should begin playing tackle football? Do you feel 4th grade is too young to begin? Thanks! Lacey K. Dear Lacey, I assume you are like most parents out there and worried about the chance of your kid hurting himself. I know in recent years there’s been a lot of talk about how repeated concussions can really cause trouble lateron. And don’t get me wrong; it’s a valid concern. But the way I see it, parents seem to fall into one of two camps. The … [Read more...]