“Do you know what the secret of life is?” asks Curly, the grizzled cowboy played by Jack Palance in the movie "City Slickers."
Then, he holds up a finger. “This.”
“Your finger?” asks Mitch. In the throes of a mid-life crisis, Mitch (Billy Crystal) and his buddies came out West to sort things out.
“One thing. Just one thing,” answers Curly. “You stick to that and the rest don’t mean s-t.”
“But, what is the ‘one thing’?”
Curly smiles, saying, “That’s what you have to find out.”
Lorrie Shaw | ContributorI can't emphasize enough the role that our better understanding of the overall needs of our companion animals plays today in helping them live better. Advances in veterinary care, better education of pet owners in understanding what makes for a healthy pet and even strides in understanding animal behavior have had a hand in that.
But what it really comes down to, according to a recent study by Banfield Pet Hospital, is the human factor.
The State of Pet Health 2013 Report fleshed out some interesting findings, including how far both dogs and cats have come in recent years in terms if their longevity, how advances and availability of specific kinds of preventative care have influenced the change — even pinning down in which geographic regions they have a higher quality of health and life.
The most compelling conclusion is that spaying and neutering pets plays a huge role in extending their healthy years.
Whitmore Lake High School students traveled to the Motor City to step abord the Detroit Princess riverboat for their 2013 prom Saturday night, May 11. Senior student Kelley O' Neill captured these images as they sailed along the Detroit River.About Kelley: After high school I will be attending College for Creative Studies and majoring in photography. After college my dream job would be working for National Geographic or LIFE as a photojournalist. Traveling the world while helping people and taking pictures would be my dream.
Courtesy Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation
Officials have said the proposed $12 million Eastside Recreation Center will move forward as planned on the Water Street site, despite recent discussions to possibly move the location further back on the property or to a completely different location in the city.
"City staff have gotten a very strong negative reaction to the process," said City Manager Ralph Lange last week during a meeting. "In addition to this, we have literally another million hanging on a string which is the border-to-border trail... We’re in full support of this project and the border-to-border to trail."
The former Freeman School on Dixboro Lane in Superior Township has not been used by the Ann Arbor Public Schools since about 1984, but district officials say the property brings in more revenue by renting, as opposed to selling.
Bona Sera Cafe in Ypsilanti has opened a new outdoor cafe that will be open for use during the spring and summer months.
Owner Annette Weathers said the cafe was put up Friday morning, ahead of The Color Run event on Saturday.
Summer is the season for school capital improvements projects, and the Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education last week approved the first of its scheduled improvements for when school lets out.
A small group of local businesses and government agencies stand to lose out on millions of dollars as the process of paying out jailed landlord David Kircher’s assets unfolds.
Kircher was caught pumping raw sewage from Ypsilanti Township's Eastern Highlands apartment complex into the Huron River in 2004 and started serving a five-year prison sentence in 2008.
Frustrated with the bone-jarring condition of North Territorial Road in northeastern Washtenaw County, residents who live along the busy country thoroughfare have taken matters into their own hands.
In this case, Phillips is referring to his Native American heritage, and to his latest album, "Walking in the Green Corn," released last autumn. On that disc, Phillips explores that heritage, as well as Native American history, culture, lore and beliefs.
"My songs are always a document of where I’m at in my life at a given time - where my heart and mind is being pulled," says Phillips, who comes to The Ark on Friday. "I grew up with an awareness of my heritage, but in recent years I’ve been increasingly fascinated with Native culture and what that means today. There are a number of Native American artists who make films, music, and write, and I can’t help but feel a kindred sensibility."
Photo by David WidmayerFans of Lucy Maud Montgomery's "Anne of Green Gables" might want to check out Ann Arbor Civic Theatre's Junior Theatre stage adaptation of the classic children's novel.
Here is the daily Los Angeles Times crossword puzzle for May 13: 20130513pzdxl-a.pdf
This week, let's look at Stayman in its simplest form and in its extensions.
Interestingly, Stayman was not invented by Sam Stayman, but by his then bridge partner, George Rapee. But Stayman wrote the first article published on the convention, and his name stuck. (It was independently devised by Jack Marx from England.)
DEAR DOCTOR K:
I yawn a lot. My friend said this is a sign my brain isn't getting enough oxygen. Is that true?
Adapted from a recent online discussion.
My boyfriend of a year and a half and I are breaking up. Our fights have turned into WWIII, and he was tired of my being upset because I caught him lying to me a half-dozen times.
The kicker is that none of the lies were deal-breaker issues or worthy of the brawls they caused. He feels like the lies might keep a fight at bay, and I feel like lying over insignificant matters just adds fuel to my fire.
We have a great time outside of the fighting. We've been talking about dating more casually in hopes that a little space + no relationship title (equal sign) less pressure and accountability to each other. We want to keep spending time together but without the commitment. Is this a terrible idea? I love him and I'd like to find a way to move forward with this man.
-- Lover Not a Fighter