Metro Detroit

Play ball!

Just a quick reminder about the softball game tomorrow (Thursday) vs. DTE. First pitch 5:45 p.m. at Fletcher Field. Pregame dinner of hot dogs, chips and water bottles. If you can get there early with a rake to help prep the diamond, that would be greatly appreciated. Thanks to about 10 gallons of Roundup, 99 … Continue Reading →

Weekly planner

The arrangements for Grace Filarski, the old-neighborhood stalward who died Friday, are as follows: Visitiation from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. Mass at St. Thecla Catholic Church (20740 Nunnely, Clinton Township, MI).  Also, our softball game against DTE at Fletcher Field is Thursday at 5:45 p.m. My wife and I pecked away at clearing the baseball … Continue Reading →

RIP Grace Filarski

Legend has it that the house on the southeast corner of Mt. Olivet and Gilbo stood alone in the old neighborhood long before Henry Ford’s assembly-line concept, the mass migration to Detroit and the post-World War II housing boom. It’s been said that the waterway — Conner Creek — that currently runs under the neighborhood … Continue Reading →

Bad attitude made better

Sometimes when I go back to the old neighborhood, it kills my spirit. Instead of feeling like I’m part of the solution, I just feel overwhelmed, pissed off and even hopeless. I had one of those “WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED TO THIS PLACE AND WHY AM I HERE?!” moments last night. My wife, Shannon, and … Continue Reading →

Running through the cemetery

Mt. Olivet Cemetery will play host to its 6th Annual Sunrise Run and Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, July 14, at 8 a.m. Registration will begin at 7 a.m. for the 5K and 10K runs, and the 1.5-mile fun walk. Proceeds will benefit Make-A-Wish Foundation of Michigan. Back in the day, many of us learned how … Continue Reading →

Pecking away

After procrastinating for years, I’ve finally started to peck away at a chronicle of this wonderful Detroit story. Here’s my prelude: I’m not a do-gooder by nature. In fact, there was a time I was so self-absorbed and career-driven that I moved my family of five, plus two dogs and two cats, to New York … Continue Reading →

A new path?

It was like magnet to steel, young boy to mud puddle, Lindsay Lohan to trouble. I was drawn to the east side of Lakeshore Drive during my walk today, closer to the choppy waters of Lake St. Clair and the lush green grass path alongside it, where the footing is less stable but the view … Continue Reading →

RIP to our 'monster chaser'

I’ve spent most of the past two decades as a sportswriter and editor, using hyperbole to describe athletes … overusing — no, totally misusing — words like superstars, heroes, icons in stories about game-winning homers, touchdown runs, half-court shots. Well, my oldest son, Louis, just graduated from middle school tonight with a report card that … Continue Reading →