For Pete’s Take: No More Snow

Written by Pete Ruffing. Posted in Columns, For Pete's Take

Who’s ready spring? Can I see a show of hands? Coming off one of the coldest and snowiest winters in Michigan’s history, I bet I would see a lot of hands. Ready to trade in your snow shovel for a rake? Your snow blower for the lawn mower? I bet you forgot what your lawn looks like. How about we trade in the Polar Vortex for a Solar Vortex? The first day of spring was a few weeks ago, most of us thought it would never get here. With the arrival of spring, we can turn to warmer thoughts and Read more [...]

For Pete’s Take: A Man’s Place

Written by Pete Ruffing. Posted in Columns, For Pete's Take

Mom had her kitchen and Dad had his grill. Outside of the holidays and those rare occasions when Mom went to her friend’s for bridge club, Dad rarely ventured into the kitchen to prepare a meal. Grab a beer from the fridge, yes. Make a meal that’s waiting for his family’s arrival, no. That’s one of those socio-economic trends most sited, men went to work and women stayed home with the kids. Those days are long gone with career-oriented women in the workforce for decades. Having Dad in Read more [...]

For Pete’s Take: Olympic Dreams

Written by Pete Ruffing. Posted in Columns, For Pete's Take

This February, an event that happens every four years is about to begin again. I’m not referring to taking my wife out to a movie in an actual theater, I’m speaking of the Winter Olympics that takes place in Sochi, Russia. Twenty-five hundred athletes, representing 86 countries, will compete in close to 100 events over a two week period. Many of the events are thrilling and glamorous like downhill skiing and figure skating to name just a few. But the sport that I get excited about, and can Read more [...]

For Pete’s Sake: Resolutions

Written by Pete Ruffing. Posted in Columns, For Pete's Take

Yup, it’s that time of year when our thoughts turn from the visions of sugar plums dancing in our heads to the reality of them sitting on our waistline. So begins the list of New Year’s Resolutions most of us started mentally last month after the second ham sandwich and third mug of eggnog. The origin of making New Year’s resolutions dates back to the ancient Babylonians who made promises at the start of each year that they would return borrowed objects and pay their debts. I bet you were Read more [...]

For Pete’s Take: Shop Till You…

Written by Pete Ruffing. Posted in Columns, For Pete's Take

The ending to the original saying is drop. Shop until you drop. That is not the case these days and hasn’t been since Al Gore invented the Internet and retailers populated it with websites we can go broke on. When I was a kid my Christmas started with the arrival of the Sears catalog. Yes, I’m that old. The joy of combing through the Big Book - as it was referred to then - and circling what I wanted Santa to bring was always a highlight of my holiday season. Finding out that Santa only brought Read more [...]

For Pete’s Take: Pete’s Peeves

Written by Pete Ruffing. Posted in Columns, For Pete's Take

We all have them, the “peeves” that is. Those little annoyances or irritations that we let get under our skin and bug us. So here’s my first (soon to be annual) summary of things that drive me crazy. See if any of these make your list too? Morning commuters who treat the stretch of 496 from Trowbridge Road to Capitol Avenue like it’s the back stretch of a NASCAR racetrack. Seriously, are you all in that big a hurry to get to work? If you attacked your work like you attack that stretch Read more [...]

For Pete’s Take: Mixing Metaphors

Written by Pete Ruffing. Posted in Columns, For Pete's Take

There’s lots of things our “significant others” bring to our relationships that make us smile and glad they’re in our life. For me, it’s the little things Brenda does that make me smile. The way she wages a one woman “war against the bugs eating her roses.” Or, how she sings when she mows our lawn. I call it Karaoke lawn mowing, but whatever it is, she and Rihanna get our lawn done in no time. The list goes on but the single most endearing, charming and downright funniest thing my Read more [...]

For Pete’s Take: She Means Business

Written by Pete Ruffing. Posted in Columns, For Pete's Take

When I look back at all the women who have “meant business” in my life it’s a long and illustrious list. I’m not talking business as in the running a business or managing people business. I mean the “kid you better straighten up” business. As in —“no funny business.” Here is short list of some of the “Business Women” who impacted my life in some small way. I have to start with my Grandma Loretta. One hundred percent Irish, she was born, raised and lived her entire life surrounded Read more [...]

For Pete’s Take: Call me Gramps

Written by Pete Ruffing. Posted in Columns, For Pete's Take

Yes, I took another step in the game of “life events” when I became a Grandfather on April 9. My daughter Riley brought into this world a beautiful 7 lb. boy named Dax. Mom and Grandson are both doing well; it’s Gramps who had some issues. It started when we first learned of Riley’s pregnancy. Besides the joy of the moment upon learning the happy news, a few days later another realization arrived. This one came as we drove into work one morning and my wife looked at me and called me Grandpa. Read more [...]

For Pete’s Take: The Road

Written by Pete Ruffing. Posted in Columns, For Pete's Take

Summertime in Michigan means different things to different people. For some it’s traveling to their cottage, relaxing in a hammock and forgetting the world they left behind. Others prefer getting more close to nature and they pitch a tent in one of the many beautiful campgrounds that dot our state. Still others prefer the amenities of home without having to make the bed and choose a hotel or world class resort to kick back in. Whatever your choice, you can’t go wrong in Michigan. Growing up Read more [...]

For Pete’s Take: Flowers & Baseball Fields

Written by Pete Ruffing. Posted in Columns, For Pete's Take

Finally summer has arrived! Here in Michigan we look forward to summer because for many of us it means one thing: Winter is truly over. (For the most part anyway, the night before I wrote this column temps went down to freezing). Around my house, my wife and I have a different definition of summer fun. One definition involves recreation and the other perspiration. You’ve probably guessed whose definitions are whose? See, my wife loves to garden, and I do mean garden. I don’t really fault Read more [...]

For Pete’s Take: It’s a Siri Conspiracy

Written by Pete Ruffing. Posted in Columns, For Pete's Take

“Siri,” a Norwegian woman’s name for “beautiful woman who leads you to victory.” I would change that to: “Siri,” the woman on your iPhone who can badly interpret your phrases and commands.” I’m sure some of you have experienced it for yourselves? Trying to be a safe and responsible driver I use the voice command to send or answer a text message from my wife. This is how it plays out: Her text: “What do you want for dinner tonight?” Siri: “How about the crap left from Read more [...]

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