Dear Crabby, What’s All the Hype About ‘Hamilton?’

Dear Crabby, Lately, my newsfeed has been filled with people geeking out over Hamilton the musical. Since all the theatres are closed, I can’t figure out what all the fuss is about. Do you have any clue? Thanks, K. George Will Dear K. George Will, I know we’ve all been sheltering at home these past few months, but it sounds like you’ve also been sheltering under a rock. First, a little background for those of you who slept through American history. Good old Alexander Hamilton is … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Do You Know the History Behind Father’s Day?

Dear Crabby, I know the history of how and why we celebrate Mother’s Day, but is there a story behind Father’s Day? While moms are very important, I sometimes feel we dads get overlooked. Thanks! Luke S. Dear Luke S., Great question! As you said, moms are very, very important people (I gotta stay on Mrs. Crabby’s good side). But as you also said, sometimes we dad get overlooked. I have often felt like stores spend big bucks for their Mother’s Day advertising and then treat Father’s … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, How Can I Entertain My Kids This Summer?

Dear Crabby, Every summer I brace for the chorus of “We’re bored!” from my children. But since they’ve been home the last three months with online schooling, I feel extra pressure this year. Do you have any suggestions? Thanks, Serenity Now Dear Serenity Now, I have been waiting for someone to ask me this question. It seems like I get a frazzled parent such as yourself every two years or so wondering what can be done to keep the kids from becoming one with the sofa. In the past, … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Where Can I Go Swimming?

Dear Crabby, Not to be too overdramatic, but is it safe to go swimming this summer? And if so, where? Thanks! Amy Island Dear Amy Island, Duunnn dunnn... duuuunnnn duun. Sorry. As soon as I read your question all I could think of was the movie Jaws. If anyone reading this doesn’t know what I’m talking about, you may not be the target audience for my column. Or perhaps you’ve led a sheltered life. Either way, I suggest you go ahead and watch it. Better yet, read the book by Peter … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Where’s All the Road Construction?

Dear Crabby, Before life as we knew it came to a grinding halt, there was road construction everywhere. Nowadays, I occasionally see a patch crew. It seems with less traffic that now would be the perfect time to get the bulk of the road work completed. Is it not considered ‘essential?’ What am I missing here? Thanks! Arnold Autobahn Dear Arnold Autobahn, You make an excellent observation. It seems like only yesterday, that I was musing whether or not the construction in our state … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Where Are the Community Gardens?

Dear Crabby, Does Rochester Hills have any community gardens? It seems like with what is happening in the world right now, they sure would come in handy as the victory gardens did during the World Wars. Thanks! George Greenthumbs Dear Mr. Greenthumbs, I remember victory gardens! Let me tell you, it was quite the sight to see all these mini gardens sprout up all over the urban landscape of Detroit. Up until then, the only ‘gardens’ I’d seen where when we traveled to Oakland county … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Is the Easter Bunny an Essential Employee?

Dear Crabby, Ever since this pandemic started, our lives (and everyone else) have been turned upside down. In the midst of getting everything together to homeschool (!), I just looked at the calendar and realized this Sunday is Easter! Can we still have Easter or is now the time I fess up to the kids that my husband and I are the Easter Bunny? Thanks! Josephine Cottontail Dear Josephine Cottontail, Ahh, yes. Right about now your inbox and Facebook feed should be flooded with ads for … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Do the Girl Scout Still Sell Cookies?

Dear Crabby, Years ago my daughter sold Girl Scout cookies. We would have so many boxes, our house smelled like Thin Mints for months! But nowadays I feel like I hardly see them out selling cookies. Do you know if they’re still selling them and where I can buy them? Thanks! Tina Mints Dear Tina Mints, I hear what you’re saying, but you can trust me and my expanding waistline when I say the Girls Scouts absolutely still sell cookies. But like most everything else in our society, … [Read more...]

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

Dear Crabby, My neighbor and I were commiserating the other day about the impending onslaught of campaign commercials coming our way as the elections draw closer. But she caught me off guard when she asked about the deadline for registering to vote. When is that again? Thanks! Fran Forgetful Dear Fran Forgetful, Great question! Just to get all the information out in the open, Michiganders will be voting three times this year. First up is the Presidential Primary on March 10, … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Is the Census Still Relevant?

Dear Crabby, I keep seeing reminders regarding the upcoming 2020 census. Do people really still take part in this? I guess I’ve never really understood why it was so important to participate. Can you help me out? Thanks! Noah Nombre Dear Noah Nombre, The short answer is yes. People really do still take part in the census. It’s almost as old as the United States itself. The first census was taken on August 2, 1790. And before you ask, the answer is no. No, I wasn’t around to answer … [Read more...]