Category Archives: Ann Arbor

In spite of it all, there really is stuff to be thankful for

The world we live in is harsh and ugly at times. And it’s easy to give in to despair. This, sadly, is doubly true for those of us, like me, who expend a good deal of their time and energy trying to avoid the grasp of depression, even in the best of times. It’s hard […]

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No Indictment in Ferguson… Local protests planned for Tuesday

As expected, the St. Louis County grand jury that we’ve all been waiting to hear from these past several weeks has decided not to indict Darren Wilson, the white police officer who shot an killed Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, in Ferguson, Missouri this summer, setting in motion weeks of tense protest that would […]

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My day in the Ann Arbor drunk tank… with chest pains

I spent all day yesterday, and much of today, at the University of Michigan hospital. I’d gone in at about 10:00 AM on Saturday with chest pains, and, after putting me through the standard battery of tests, the folks in charge told me that I’d need to stay the night and talk with someone from […]

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Mr. Quintron to demo the Drum Buddy in Ann Arbor this afternoon

I know it’s short notice, but Mr. Quintron, the inventor of the Drum Buddy, and my former Bulb Records label-mate, will be at the Ann Arbor downtown library at 1:00 this afternoon, all the way from New Orleans, to give a special, all-ages demonstration of how the Drum Buddy “uses oscillators, a coffee can and […]

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Talking mental illness, stigma, suicide and personalized treatment options with John Greden, executive director of the U-M Depression Center

In the immediately aftermath of Robin Williams’ death, there was a great deal of talk in the press about suicide, depression, and the fact that the two, all too often, go hand in hand. As someone who not only suffers from OCD and depression, but who has also lost several members of his family to […]

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