Published May 25, 2016

METRO DETROIT — For some seniors, the idea of leaving their home — the place where they raised their children and built their life — is unthinkable.

For others, the prospect of never again having to worry about shoveling snow, mowing a lawn or fixing a leaky roof is too good an opportunity to pass up.

There’s a right fit for every individual, and Dr. Mike Coury aims to help families find that right fit for their older loved one.

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Published May 18, 2016

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METRO DETROIT — In large part, the days of calling the golf course clubhouse, asking for a tee time and hoping there’s an opening have faded into the past.

For many golfers, the decision of where to go, how much to pay and what time they’re teeing off is now just a few clicks away.

GolfNow was founded in 2001 and has become the leader in discount golf. The service (www.GolfNow.com) is affiliated with the Golf Channel and is a member of the NBC Sports Group.

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Published May 11, 2016

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METRO DETROIT — The average child in the U.S. spends seven hours a day in front of a screen.

This excessive media use can lead to attention problems, school difficulties, sleep and eating disorders, and obesity, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.

So what can you, as a parent or caregiver, do to help minimize your child’s screen time during those school-free months? One option, local experts say, is to have them explore nature. 

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Published May 4, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Undercooked pancakes topped with chunks of strawberries and mounds of whipped cream — with noticeable indents where little fingers dove in for a sample.  

A Mother’s Day brunch doesn’t have to be perfect for it to be Mom’s favorite entrée of the year. But a few pros around metro Detroit have their own secrets to making Mom a meal she’ll love, without a side of antacids.

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Published April 27, 2016

METRO DETROIT — After spending the winter in gridlock traffic, cooped up in a stuffy car, so many Michiganders are eager to trade in four wheels for two and hop on their beloved bicycles.

And now’s the time to pull the pedals out of the garage, because May is National Bike Month, and riding enthusiasts across the country are taking to the streets and trails to promote biking as an active, environmentally friendly pastime.

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Published April 20, 2016

METRO DETROIT — It’s a happy, hopeful day each year when we once again get to pull out our bright spring wardrobe.

But, alas, it’s Michigan. And when the weather doesn’t quite catch up with the calendar, it can be a challenge to make the choice between sundresses and snow boots.

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Published April 13, 2016

METRO DETROIT — According to a 2013 report by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, there could be about 55 million job openings by the year 2020 available to young people entering the workforce.

That sounds like good news, until you read further in that same study to see that it’s likely that our economy will fall short of filling those positions by 5 million workers by 2020.

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Published April 6, 2016

METRO DETROIT — What ales you? Local brewers are answering that question with a cold one.

Ray Sherwood, co-owner of the Utica-based Sherwood Brewing Co., started out about 25 years ago as a home brewer, and he’s still quenching parched throats with his 10-year-old brick-and-mortar business.

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Published March 30, 2016

METRO DETROIT — A while back, a patron at the Baldwin Public Library in Birmingham went to the reference desk to ask a few questions about what the library had to offer besides books.

She was considering canceling her costly cable package and hoped the library might have some entertainment options, like DVDs of movies or TV shows she could borrow. And she was in luck, because Head of Adult Services Maria Williams happened to be behind the desk that day.

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Published March 23, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Confucius once said that the journey of 1,000 miles begins with the first step.

But taking that first step is easier said than done when you’re a person who just plain doesn’t like walking. Or jogging. Or lifting weights.

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Published March 16, 2016

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METRO DETROIT — For some, it’s a rite of passage. For others, a family tradition.

But if your child has special needs, does that mean summer camp is out of the question? 

No, according to local experts, who say summer camp has a lot to offer children who develop differently than their peers.

The Judson Center’s Autism Connections program offers summer programming for children ages 4-21 in Southfield and Royal Oak.

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Published March 9, 2016

METRO DETROIT — There’s nothing like a wreath on the front door to meet your guests with a cheerful greeting.

But for some, Christmastime is the only season the door is treated to any kind of embellishment. And that’s a shame, because there are so many options to choose from when it comes to buying — or even creating — a springtime wreath.

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Published March 2, 2016

Mother Nature hasn’t been her usual crabby self this season. But despite a remarkably mild winter, metro Detroiters are still ready to see some sunshine and beautiful buds in the flower beds.

If that sounds like you, you’re probably ready to get a jump on spring by starting a few seeds indoors. If all goes well, your seedlings will be mature enough to be transported into the ground by the time warmer temperatures make their way to town.

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Published February 17, 2016

METRO DETROIT — They’ve never used a rotary phone, gotten up to change a television channel or lived in a time without Internet access.

The upbringing of a young person in Generation Z — that’s the cohort of kids born after 1995 — seems charmed, to say the least. But are the usual descriptors associated with Gen Zers, like lazy and selfish, really all that fair?

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Published February 10, 2016

METRO DETROIT — It’s fascinating to look at today’s generation of kids. Growing up in the age of technology, the resources available to youngsters these days seem limitless.

But there’s something to be said for today’s generation of seniors. Aging in the age of technology has given seniors access to the services they need to live independently for longer.

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Published February 3, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Jewelry and flowers are always a safe bet for your honey on Valentine’s Day. Well, at least tradition tells us they are.

But on a holiday meant for celebrating lovers, why not get a gift that both of you can enjoy?

That’s what makes sweets so special for Valentine’s Day, according to Jenn Tilton, executive pastry chef at Morning Glory Coffee and Pastries in Grosse Pointe Farms.

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Published January 27, 2016

METRO DETROIT — An engagement is an exciting and overwhelming experience.

Once you’re able to stop staring at that shiny new ring — don’t worry, you can take your time — you look up to realize that everyone around you, from friends and family to magazines and TV shows, is trying to tell you just how to plan the first day of the rest of your life.

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Published January 20, 2016

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METRO DETROIT — Celebrating communities of “faith, knowledge and service,” local Catholic schools will highlight their efforts during National Catholic Schools Week Jan. 31-Feb. 6.

“Each day we have special events planned ... celebrating who we are and why our school is special,” said Julie DeGrez, principal of St. Germaine Catholic School in St. Clair Shores. “We’re able to learn about and practice our faith every single day.

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Published January 13, 2016

METRO DETROIT — The holidays are over, and many of us have already broken in those fancy new devices Santa generously slipped into our stocking.

But what about your old gadget? The laptop, tablet or smartphone you were using had a lot of information stashed inside, and it takes more than a click or a swipe to protect that data from prying eyes once you’ve ditched the device.

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Published December 22, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Sure, there’s no limit to the variety of libations you could treat your guests to this holiday. But it’s a celebration, so we already know what you’re going to choose: Champagne.

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