Dear Crabby, How Do I Deal with a Troubled Relative?

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Dear Crabby, For over 20 years my mother-in-law has been neglecting her son (my husband) and grandchildren in favor of her other son who has multiple addiction problems. It seems like he gets all the attention, while we get ignored, but are expected to drop everything and help out—no questions asked. Needless to say this really irks me. Should I stay silent or do you think I should say something to her for the sake of my family? I know this question is a little heavier than what you usually … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Who is the ‘Academy’ and Why Do People Keep Thanking Them?

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Dear Crabby, I was a little disappointed with some of the Oscar nominations this year. It seemed like a number of good films and performances were overlooked. And that got me thinking about acceptance speeches: nearly every winner starts out their speech with some form of, ‘I’d like to thank the Academy.’ Just who are these people and why do they have so much say in who gets nominated and wins? Thanks, Cindy Cinematic Dear Cindy Cinematic, I don’t get to the movies as much as … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What’s the Big Deal About ‘Fat Tuesday?’

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Dear Crabby, I just moved from Oklahoma to Detroit and nearly every morning on my way to work I stop by the local bakeshop for coffee and a muffin. The other day I noticed the owner put out a big sign that read, ‘Order your paczkis today!’ Can you tell me what a ‘paczki’ is, because I’ve never heard of them, but they sound like they are a big deal around these parts. Thanks, Sally Sooner Dear Sally Sooner, Paczkis sound like they’re a big deal? Try a HUGE deal! The reason … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What’s Love Got To Do With It?

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Dear Crabby, My wife just flipped over the calendar to February and I immediately noticed the 14th square has a big red heart around it. Guess that’s her not-so-subtle way of reminding me that Valentine’s Day is around the corner. I feel like this day has gotten out of hand and men are pressured into making grand (and expensive) overtures of their faithfulness and undying love. What are your thoughts on this holiday? Thanks, Lawrence Lovelorn Dear Lawrence Lovelorn, All this hype … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Does it Matter if the Groundhog Sees his Shadow?

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Dear Crabby, Does it Matter if the Groundhog Sees his Shadow? Thanks, April Spring Dear April Spring, Punxsutawney Phil is just a large rat with a great life. The Groundhog Club’s Inner Circle claim Phil is 100% correct, every time. He’s been doing this weather forecasting thing for almost 130 years and it’s a wonder he can do anything at that age. Most hogs of the ground live seven to eight years. Nevertheless, these people feed Phil something called the “elixir of life,” a … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Why are there so many Michigan License Plates?

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Dear Crabby, Why does Michigan have so many different kinds of License Plates? Sincerely, Art O’Revenue Dear Art O’Revenue, The job of government is to make things more complicated and more confusing; and to generate more money. We had it easy back in the day. The State of Michigan started requiring license plates in 1910. Each year you would go to the Secretary of State, wait in line for hours, and get a new aluminum plate. Well, you’d get two, one for the front and one for … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Should I Fear the 2015 Leap Second?

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Dear Crabby, I heard we get an extra second this year. What is the Leap Second and should I fear it? Please Respond Quickly, Justin Thyme Hello Justin Thyme, Well that doesn’t happen until the end of June this year, but I guess there’s no time like the present. I’m sure you’ve heard of Leap Year – when every four years we have a February 29 – and how we get an extra day. It’s sort of like that, but not as regular. We add a second to our clocks on average every 18 … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Should We Retire Out of State?

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Dear Crabby, I'm so tired of the cold weather, should we retire out of state and leave Michigan? Sincerely, Chilly Willy Dear Chilly Willy, I understand your frustration with our Michigan winters. So far this year it seems to be a repeat of last year, but without the snowfall. Warmer climates can be intoxicating when you’re wearing everything you own and you look like that kid from A Christmas Story. More than half the country will have freezing temperatures this week, so I’m … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, How Can I Keep My Kids Entertained?

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Dear Crabby, Well, the excitement of Christmas is over and the ‘I’m bored’ phase has set in with my kids. Any suggestions on how to keep them entertained in the New Year? Thanks, Louise Loco Dear Louise Loco, Let me guess: your kids were so over their Christmas gifts by the time Monday rolled around. Boy, do I remember that. And at the start of the New Year, it can be hard to come up with fresh ideas for fun that doesn’t include you finding a closet to hide in until Christmas … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Should I Bother to Make Any New Year’s Resolutions?

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Dear Crabby, It’s hard to believe that a week from today it will be another new year. So, I’m wondering if I should make any resolutions. What do you think? What are your thoughts on New Year’s resolutions? Thanks, Nate Nouveau Dear Nate Nouveau, Let me first start by saying you’re fat and lazy. Okay. Now that I’ve got your undivided attention… the problem with many New Year’s resolutions is that people make the same ones year after year along the lines of ‘I’m … [Read more...]