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According to researchers who have looked at 50 years of data on 160,000 children, spanking not only does not stop unwanted behaviors, but actually gives rise to them

I was spanked as a kid, as I suspect that many folks of my generation were. I don’t fault my father for it. That’s just what people did back then, when I was a kid growing up in the south. And, while we’ve never talked about it, I’m certain that, when my dad was a […]

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Burying Freeda’s ashes

It’s been a few weeks now since Freeda, our 14 year old pit-lab mix, died, and the kids and I decided yesterday morning that the time had come to dig a hole in the back yard near where she liked to lay, build a little wooden box for her ashes, and give her a proper […]

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If you saw anyone acting strangely in downtown Ypsi last night, I think I might know why

The arrow pointed down an alleyway off of Washington Street. Another sign, about 20 yards down the alley, pointed behind a garage, where I assume someone was waiting with various bottles of potion. I was tempted, but I did not give in to my curiosity. I value my life too much.

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Ypsilanti hit and run

I was woken up at a little before 7:00 AM this morning to the sound of an explosion. Linette pushed me out of bed, telling me to check on Clementine. She was sure, given the ferocity of the blast, that a tree had fallen across the back of our house, and she was fearing the […]

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Why’s the internet turning on Jake Croman?

I’m fascinated by the evolution of frontier justice in the digital age. Whenever there’s a story of someone being turned on by the internet, I’m completely captivated. Regardless of whether or not it’s deserved, I just can’t turn away. It’s one thing to watch a story spread like Janet Jackson’s nipple across the internet, but […]

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