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Jim's Jottings

Things have changed since 1875

There's never enough time for many of us to find the records and stuff that we promised ourselves we'd never forget. However, in doing some current looking I found stuff I think you'll enjoy....more >>

Jim's Jottings

Tips and fun from the 2015 Old Farmer's Almanac

Do inspectors who don't find flaws in cars until after somebody buys them, and are recalled later, ever get fired? A Cardiac Specialist suggests drinking a glass of water before going to bed to avoid heart attacks....more >>

Jim's Jottings

Michigan taxes, roads, railways and Prop. 1

I've pretty much accepted Governor Snyder to lead our state. Since he was elected to lead Michigan in 2010, and having survived his Nerd nick name it's time to re-read some of his actions....more >>

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Helter and Skelter

In my youth, I could look at a person wearing earrings and know they were female. Today, not so. I don't know what Governor Snyder meant in his state of the state message that Michigan was "structurally unemployed" and "We need relentless positive action....more >>

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Call your healthcare provider

Being on the second nine of life, I'm extremely aware of the most repeated advice in all medication guides: "Call your heathcare provider." If it's a symptom, your self diagnosis conclusions, passing comment by a stranger or something in a political cartoon that gave you pause, call your healthcare provider....more >>

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Cracking concrete and bad roads. Why?

On January 4 my interest in flawed and cracking concrete was aroused by a front (full) page newspaper article. Since then, I've read more articles about cracking concrete, and watched a 3-hour tv show on the subject....more >>

Jim's Jottings

Depression thinking, clowns and computers

This will be another Jim's Jottings probably not worth remembering. In fact I can't think of any memorable ones I've written since starting them in 1955. 1 was born in 1926, soon after the beginning of THE GREAT depression....more >>

Jim's Jottings

Playing the back nine

(where did the years go?)

This is in no way golf related, but I am going to write about the "back nine" of life. Which, arouses questions like: How did I get here so fast? Where did the years go and where did my youth go? Time has a way of moving quickly and catching you unaware of the passing years....more >>

Jim's Jottings

My first job(s), asparagus to news

From Thursday, May 28, 1970 Bud Guest, WJR's Sunny Side of the Streeter, got me to thinking the other day about jobs I've had. I couldn't top the number mentioned by a printer in Lapeer, but it was fun recalling some of the ways I've earned coin....more >>

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Big Jim Admits: Mistakes I have made

This is a best of Jim's Jottings, that was first published on November 26, 1970. Please enjoy! * * * Through my nearly two decades of newspaper work I have made some mistakes that have been real beauties....more >>
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