Dear Crabby, When Did Everyone Become an Independent Consultant?

Dear Crabby, These days when I open my Facebook page, I am inundated with invites to either a virtual or a physical party for whatever the latest direct sales phenomenon is. I want to support my friends, but if I buy something from each person, I’ll go broke! Any thoughts on how to handle the situation? Thanks, Missy Dependent, Dear Miss Dependent, Are these independent consultants anything like the ladies I remember growing up that sold Tupperware and Avon? I don’t think my mom ever … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Where Did All These Clowns Come From?

Dear Crabby, Is it just me or is it every time I turn on the news, there’s another clown incident? It’s creepy. I mean, what’s the point? Thanks, Phil Payaso Dear Mr. Payaso, When I first read your question, I thought you meant the other clowns on the nightly news. Ya know, the presidential candidates—ha! But after I reread the question, I figured out what you’re referring to. All those people dressing up like clowns and scaring people all over the country. And I don’t think there … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Is It Too Early for Christmas?

Dear Crabby, I love fall. Living in Michigan, I think it’s the best season to experience and our last hurrah before the dreaded ‘s’ stuff starts falling. But it seems like as soon as Labor Day was over and the school routine started up again, I was hearing whispers of Christmas. Now I’m no Scrooge, but isn’t it too early to be talking about putting up trees and playing holiday music non-stop?  Thanks, Suzie Salem Dear Suzie Salem, Yes! It’s absolutely too soon to be yapping about … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Have you Been to the Renaissance Festival?

Dear Crabby, You gave away tickets to it, but I was wondering if you have ever been to the Michigan Renaissance Festival? Sincerely, Interested Princess   Dear Princess, First of all, I would like to thank everyone who sent in a question for a chance to win tickets to the Michigan Renaissance Festival. I think we've done this for the last three years. Although, I have to wonder why my wonderful sage-like advice needs an incentive at all. My editor passes along a question each … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What’s Your Favorite Season?

Dear Crabby, What's Your Favorite Season? Sincerely, Autumn Taker   Dear Autumn, Your name says it all - the season I like best is Fall. We are blessed to have four wonderful seasons in Michigan - granted, Winter lasts too long - but the Autumn is the best. While I hate to see summer end, the fall months bring so many good things our way. Football. Fortunately, we have good collage teams to supplement our lacking of a professional football team, unless you want to count the … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Have you ever Missed a Deadline?

Dear Crabby, I'm a New Freelance Writer and I'm Wondering, Have you ever Missed a Deadline? Sincerely, Fred Lance   Funny you should ask. I missed my last deadline and pulled your question out of the proverbial hat serendipitously. I normally don't use such a hefty vocabulary, but I feel the need to impress my editor to keep my job. Labor Day Weekend was a lot of work – pun intended – as it is every year. Then we had another big weekend planned – kids, grandkids – with lots of … [Read more...]

Win Michigan Renaissance Festival Tickets

Want a chance to win Michigan Renaissance Festival Tickets? Ask Dear Crabby a question this month by emailing him at … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Is Sitting During the National Anthem Un-American?

Dear Crabby, I’m sure by now you’ve heard about San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s refusal to stand for the national anthem because as he put it, “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.” Do you think not standing for the national anthem is un-American? Thanks, Paulina Paz Dear Ms. Paz, Yes, it is un-American. If you don’t stand for the national anthem you’re a horrible person who should vacate … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Why Do People Dislike Pit Bulls?

Dear Crabby, I’ve been following the story of Diggy the dog in The Oakland Press and whether or not his owners should be allowed to keep him because there is a ban on pit bulls in Waterford. Why does it seem like there is no love for this breed? Thanks, Greg Growler Dear Mr. Growler, Good gracious. Are people still yammering on about this? I think the first time I gave my two cents on this issue was four years ago! In case your memory is as flighty as mine, let me summarize what I … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Will I-75 Be Finished in Our Lifetime?

Dear Crabby, Just when you think Michigan’s orange barrel season might be tapering off – boom! The big I-75 project starts. Do you really think it will take as long as they’re saying? If so, I may need to move. Thanks, Bob Bitumen Dear Bob Bitumen, First, I think it’s hilarious that you believe orange barrel season ever ends in this state. I’m pretty sure somewhere there is still some road being worked on dating back to when Michigan became a state in 1837. Second, I definitely … [Read more...]