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Published January 7, 2015

METRO DETROIT — In the fall of 2012, Michelle Bonsu was stopped in her tracks when she glanced in the mirror and did not recognize her reflection.

The native Detroiter — who recently moved to Chicago — said she felt lost in the shuffle because she didn’t set enough time aside for herself.

The wife and mother of four said she now recognizes herself after losing 30 pounds and gaining her life back.

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Published January 7, 2015

Feeling blue?

A person’s emotions can be directly affected by the colors expressed in a room, according to Dr. Howard Belkin, a psychiatrist affiliated with William Beaumont Hospital.

And although Belkin could not reference related studies, anecdotally, he said, people are responsive to their environment in ways that cannot necessarily be measured.

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Published January 5, 2015

Although the Christmas presents have been opened and a new year has started, it still isn’t too late to buy a few important items to keep in your vehicle during the cold winter months.

According to Susan Hiltz, public affairs director at AAA Michigan, winter is no time to get complacent, even if temperatures weren’t so frigid in December. She recommended that drivers remember to check some important parts of their cars as well as supplies.

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Published December 29, 2014

As gas prices drop below $2.50 a gallon, a fresh wave of optimism is fueling representatives’ hopes for the 2015 North American International Auto Show, which will return to Detroit in January.

The auto show will first preview its automaker and supplier exhibits to the media Jan. 12-13. Then the public show will begin Jan. 17 and last until Jan. 25.

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Published December 24, 2014

METRO DETROIT — Grief is like a rollercoaster. And the best way to handle it is to get swept up in the ride.

That’s one way Ron Gries likes to describe it. The Bloomfield Township man lost his wife to illness in 1997, when he was 60. Since then, he’s become a volunteer for Hospice of Michigan (HOM), and made a ministry of counseling survivors on grief management. He’s even authored a book on the subject — “Through Death to Life.”

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Published December 24, 2014

Cars move on wheels instead of skis or ice skates, so safe driving tips are essential when navigating through metro Detroit this winter.

Shellie Simmons, co-owner of Alpine Driving School in Southfield, said one of the simplest things a driver can do to avoid a crash is slow down.

“You have to reduce your speed whenever there is any type of adverse weather conditions,” she said.

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Published December 17, 2014

Shoppers who are fine-tuning their gift-giving ideas for the holiday season may want to consider the drivers in their lives.

Bill Griffin, owner of Griffin’s Neighborhood Auto Clinic in Farmington Hills, said his business offers a VIP voucher for $79.95 that covers more than $500 worth of services and discounts.

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Published December 17, 2014

With Christmas just days away, design experts want you to make the most out of your guest bedroom for visitors to enjoy this holiday season.

Christine Jackson, owner of Birmingham-based bedding store Scandia Home, who designs and makes decorations, said making guests feel pampered is one of many great ways to welcome them in holiday style.

“If you have people coming in and they’ve been traveling, by the time your guests get to you, it is nice to have a room that will facilitate a good night’s sleep,” she said.

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Published December 17, 2014

Whether it’s festive food or tree trimming traditions, many families practice their own holiday habits — the sure-fire signs that yuletide greetings are right around the corner.

For some people, these memories come in the form of Christmas villages — pint-sized  portrayals of peaceful villages, complete with residents, stores and homes.

The Christmas village tradition is something Cindy Roback understands well.

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Published December 10, 2014

’Tis the season for travel and merriment, but road safety experts are spreading the word that drivers need to be responsible during the holidays.

Susan Hiltz, public affairs director for AAA Michigan, said lower gas prices, which have hovered below $3 per gallon recently, could affect people’s driving decisions in the coming weeks.

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Published December 10, 2014

METRO DETROIT — Sometimes when you give a little, you can even get a little in return.

This holiday season, lots of nonprofit organizations around town are selling gift items — from cozy wool socks to teddy bears, stationery and more — with proceeds going to benefit the work they do throughout the year to make our communities a better place.

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Published December 10, 2014

METRO DETROIT — Somewhere among the glittering ornaments, the elegant tapers and the crystal champagne flutes, there’s a place for holiday revelry that’s a bit less — formal.

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Published December 10, 2014

This month’s Looking Back photo showcases the Roseville Fire Department’s then-new fire engine circa 1926, which was kept at the Dodge Brothers dealership on Gratiot. The firefighters pictured are Arthur Pickler, an unidentified person, Charles Pickler, William Noble, an unidentified person, Ed Pulaski, John Fessler, an unidentified person and an unidentified person.

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Published December 3, 2014

METRO DETROIT — Many things can go wrong inside a house.

One of the scarier potential problems is carbon monoxide. It consists of one carbon atom and one oxygen atom, and is also known as CO.

Carbon monoxide causes fear because people don’t know it’s around in the first place. It is a colorless, tasteless and odorless gas that poses toxic effects when it goes undetected. The gas becomes prevalent in areas when fuel doesn’t burn as intended.

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Published December 3, 2014

SOUTHFIELD — For those who celebrate Christmas, December is a magical month when we haul out the holly and carefully unwrap each ornament, painstakingly untangle our Christmas lights and, if we decide on a live tree, spend hours in the cold to find the perfect one. 

A Christmas tree may be the symbol of the season, but if you forget to take proper care of it, you could be cleaning that symbol’s needles out of your carpet for months.

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Published December 3, 2014

Sure, you can hear holiday tunes at the mall or on your car stereo, but if you really want to relax, unwind and get caught up in the holiday spirit, there’s nothing like a live show to chase seasonal stresses away.

From concerts to plays, audiences have plenty of options locally that are sure to dazzle little tykes and seniors alike.

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Published November 25, 2014

Fresh Cranberry Chutney
By chef Jim Oppat


• 1/2 cup dried apricots, or other dried fruit
• 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
• 1/2 cup golden raisins
• 1 cup water
• 3 cups fresh cranberries
• 1 diced fresh apple
• 1 teaspoon lemon rind
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Published November 19, 2014

Tips for a perfect pie

From the culinary experts at Achatz Pie Co. and Crust Baking Co.

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Published November 19, 2014

Shop local retailers
In 2013, the Macomb County Department of Planning and Economic Development created a database of approximately 1,600 independent retailers throughout the county. It can be searched by category of merchandise or location. Visit www.makemacombyourhome.com/shoplocal.
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Published November 12, 2014

METRO DETROIT — The chill of the season is in the air, but we’re still a few weeks off from the feasting frenzy of the holidays. It’s a culinary condition that calls for something comforting, quick and still nutritious — you guessed it, soup.

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