Rack ‘Em Up!

Did you know that Michigan and the Midwest both have a long history involving pool tables and the game of pool? The first-ever match with admission tickets sold was played in 1859 in Detroit at Fireman’s Hall. The winner, Michael Phelan, defeated Jim Seereiter and won $15,000.

Restoring the Monarchs

The golden amber tone of monarch butterfly wings is one of the highlights of Michigan summers. Many of us enjoy watching their distinctive flight as they flutter through the sky, looking for the perfect landing spot. Unfortunately, these jewel-colored beauties have been in decline. In just two decades, the population has dropped to an estimated 3.6% of what it once was. The Michigan population went from 384 million in 1996 to just 14 million in 2013. 

Just Like Grandma Used to Make

Grandma knew what she was doing when she picked up her knitting needles, canned a batch of tomatoes, or baked a loaf of crusty bread. Not only are these activities from simpler times known to reduce stress and provide comfort, they are also gratifying as they yield something created with your own hands.

Curl Up with a Podcast

Recently, though, some are steering away from traditional hard or softcover books and finding entertainment, education, and enlightenment elsewhere ― from podcasts. According to PodcastHosting.org, as of October 2021, over 2,000,000 podcasts and over 48 million episodes are available to consumers.

Healthy Holiday Greenery

There is a full assortment of indoor flowers and plants available to enhance holiday cheer with their natural beauty during the winter months. Fortunately, the special warmth their presence brings to your home doesn’t have to end once the decorations are packed away. Here are some tips and tricks to help keep your festive plants healthy during the holiday season and well into the new year.


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