Dear Crabby, Does My HOA Get a Say in My Christmas Display?

Dear Crabby, Recently, I moved into a new neighborhood and since we’ve had some pretty mild winter weather I decided to put up my outside decorations. I’m in the middle of trying to figure out what goes where when this guy saunters up and informs me that some of my decorations may not be Homeowners Association (HOA) approved. Does the HOA really have the right to dictate how I decorate? Thanks, Fred Frost Dear Fred Frost, I’m guessing you’ve never lived in an HOA-controlled area … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Who Will Win the World Series?

Dear Crabby, I know you’re a huge baseball fan—particularly The Detroit Tigers. Even though they aren’t competing in the World Series, I wondered if you had any predictions on which team will win: the Houston Astros or the Washington Nationals. Thanks! Ace Fireman Dear Ace Fireman, You are absolutely correct that I am a baseball fanatic. Ahhh. The crack of the bat. It’s one of my favorite springtime sounds. And I do love the Tigers. In fact, I wrote about who my favorite Tiger is a … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Do You Watch Scary Movies?

Dear Crabby, Every October, the Freeform channel does ’31 Nights of Halloween.’ The movies shown are pretty tame: The Addams Family, Ghostbusters, Hocus Pocus, you get the idea. Do you watch Halloween movies? And if you do are they the really scary ones like Nightmare on Elm Street? Thanks! Gwen Gothic Dear Gwen Gothic, Last year a reader asked what I thought about haunted houses. I told this person that I find daily life scary enough and I don’t need to fork over my hard-earned … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What Was Your Favorite School Subject?

Dear Crabby, With most schools back in session, I began thinking about my school days. And it got me wondering what was your favorite school subject, and did you have a favorite or influential teacher? Thanks, Just Curious Dear Just Curious, Now given that I am such a talented writer, some of you are probably expecting me to say my favorite subject was English and you would be dead wrong. Oh, how I hated English class. We had to read sappy poetry and all that dopey Shakespeare. The … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Are Bees Our Friends or Foes?

Dear Crabby, The only thing more annoying than construction in the summertime is all the bees! I’ve always loathed those pesky things and yet they seem to be everywhere. And I’m not just talking physically everywhere, but also in the news and on social media. Recently there was even a National Honeybee Day. So, my question is when did bees become so popular and why should I care? Thanks! Bea Pollen Dear Bea Pollen, To bee quite honest (get it?) the only bee I care for is the one … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Has Hollywood Run Out of Original Ideas?

Dear Crabby, When I was watching the Tony Awards®, I noticed a number of the musicals are based off movies. For example, “Mean Girls,” “Pretty Woman,” and “Tootsie.” That got me thinking about how it seems recently there are more and more remakes happening in TV and movies. It seems to be everywhere. So, are the folks in Hollywood just lazy or have they run out of original ideas? Thanks! Chanel Changer Dear Chanel Changer, I was asked something similar last year and at the time I … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Do People Still Give Graduation Gifts?

Dear Crabby, Just the other day I went to my mailbox and was besieged with at least a half dozen graduation announcement/open house invitations. It’s been ages since I went to one of these things. Do people still give gifts? And what is preferred - money or an actual gift? Thanks! Alice Alumna Dear Alice Alumna, Ah, yes. I remember those days when all your valuable summer weekends were occupied with schlepping from one potato salad-filled party to another. Now that I think of it, … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Will All This Construction Ever End?

Dear Crabby, I know we Michiganders have complained about construction in the past, but seriously. So far it seems like this is the worst it has been in years. Am I right? It feels like it will never end. Please tell me I’m wrong. Thanks! Patience Paver Dear Patience Paver, I hate to be the bearer of bad news… who am I kidding – I love it! The construction will eventually end, but until that time driving around is going to feel like getting a tooth pulled without the aid of … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Should Parents Help Their Kids Get Into College?

Dear Crabby, I’m sure by now you’ve heard about the college admissions bribery scandal (aka Operation Varsity Blues). It seems like the wealthy and influential have been doing some variation of this for decades, so why is it a big deal now? And what lengths would you go to get your kids into college? Can’t wait to hear what you think! Thanks, Cal Berkeley Dear Mr. Berkeley, You’d have to been living under a rock to not know about this. At first I was so confused when our daughter … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Can You Put a Price on Nostalgia?

Dear Crabby, The other day I walked into Target and felt like I entered a time machine. Before me were scrunchies, banana clips, Caboodles and pretty much everything my teenage self coveted back in the ‘90s. So, it got me thinking: with everything old becoming new again, is any of my stuff valuable? Thanks! Sonja Sentimental Dear Sonja Sentimental, I have no clue what a scrunchie is, but it sounds a bit like some sort of torture device women use to improve their appearance. Ya know. … [Read more...]