I’ve never seen a single episode of ”Dr. Phil,” but I intend to tape the one airing today.
It will feature the family of Connor McCowan, the Okemos kid now serving 20 to 60 years for stabbing to death his sister’s boyfriend, MSU senior Andrew Singler, on Feburary 23, 2013. It was a fascinating case.
The show is on at 4 p.m. today (Monday, 7/14), on WLNS Channel 6.
To read the story, click on the Lansing State Journal photo.
A break in the action
Before and after Lord Huron’s Sterling Heights MoPop Festival performance Saturday, the band’s Michigan guys got to spend some time with their families.
Here front man Benjamin Schneider gets to know young cousin Matthew.
The festival was a blast, and the rain, when it came, was gentle and brief.
Lord Huron’s bus rolled out of Detroit at midnight, bound for Ottawa, Ont., where they’ll perform tonight. Thank God the band now has a professional driver and a bus with bunks.
Off the wagon
As you may know, I loved my station wagons - my Ford, my Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser (like the one in this photo), and my Chevy Caprice Classic.
They could hold nine passengers, a sheet of drywall, an upright string bass, or enough lumber to build a small house. They could pull my boat without breaking a sweat, and their rear-wheel drive made them damn near unstoppable. Their way-back third seats was frosting on the cake.
What’s more, they practically floated down the highway.
They were supplanted, of course, by the inferior mini-van, and now the full-bodied wagons still on the road are few and far between.
My daughter, knowing all too well my affinity for the aircraft carriers with wheels, recently sent me an Atlantic piece about the demise of station wagons. It brought a tear to my eye.
To read it, click on the beauty above.
It’s where you’ll find me
When the kid wanders within a 100 miles of home, I can’t pass up the chance to see him …
Lord Huron will play the MoPop Festival at the Freedom Hill Amphitheatre in Sterlling Heights Saturday,
On another Lord Huron note, the band will be featured, along with Jack White, Nora Jones, and others, on an album about to be released by Beck. The performers will interpret sons written by Beck specifically for this album.
For more details, click on the MoPop poster.
The new reality
In the mid-1990s. the glory days of the Lake Huron salmon fishery, even a rookie big-water angler like me could go out on northern Lake Huron at sunrise on a late July, or early August, morning and, by 9 a.m., return to the harbor with his three-fish limit - 30 pounds, or more, of wild-caught chinook.
Beginning with the new century, the salmon became increasingly harder to find, and smaller. Limits became rare, and 20-pound fish, even rarer.
Read my Michigander column by clicking on my brother and me and our 20-pounder.