The Kent County Youth Fair is Moving and I am PUMPED for Lowell.

The KCYF is going to move to a bigger, better location and they hope to open by 2020 Fair.
Here is a link to their Press Release on the subject: KCYF is Moving

Bravo says I. 
Many are lamenting the moving of the KCYF - but not me! First, the fact of the matter is that the Fair has outgrown (overgrown?) the space they have currently. That is a good, no that is a GREAT thing. Growing things are healthy things. The Fair is wonderful for a huge variety of reasons and the fact that it is growing is a good sign of health. Our kids were involved and I know firsthand the good that comes from KCYF, so the fact that it has to move from the current space is awesome.

Secondly - we now have the opportunity to realize the dream of Jim Hall and many others. Most times when I cross the bridge and look at the current fairgrounds, I like to envision it as "The Bev & Jim Hall Campground." (Or "Jim & Bev Hall" - I just thought it would be fun to put Bev's name first.) Yessi…

How About We Have a Cancer UNawareness Month? How about a HAM for the world?

First off, let me tell you I was diagnosed and treated for throat cancer in 2013, so I am not talking out of school. You can read about my cancer dance in a book which is for sale here: Otter Was A Beagle-ish Dog. Having danced that dance gives me the latitude to discuss the potential of devoting a month to being more UNaware of cancer.

Actually, this concept will work for pretty much any DISease you want to use to fill in the blank. But my target today is cancer.

All due respect - I really think we are aware of cancer - breast cancer, testicular cancer, skin cancer, cancer cancer and every other cancer. We got it. The disease is out there and whacking people willy nilly.

I work, and will soon live in, Lowell, Michigan,  a small town that has elevated cancer awareness to a new level. Our high school football coach created The Pink Arrow Project, which has done a HUGE amount for folks and families fighting cancer in our little slice of The Mitten. That is why we are the only town of o…

The Theater of Terror

The time is now.  Clarity Goggles to peer though the illusion.  We are played like hooked fish. Spit out the hook.
Publicity tool/comic Whatshername performs a disgusting act of theater. Massive hue and cry. Same shit, different day. Hearken back,  Publicity tool/rocker Whathisname told 44 to suck his machine gun.

Instead of recognizing the Theater we take the hourly/daily leap. With the resulting blood pressure spikes.  (There is an App/Med for that, side effects include.........) Meanwhile the Three Letter Corporate Tools fan the flames. Laughing to the bank.
Outraged by the 8 killed in England? Yes.  Please, Be equally so that bombs kill more Syrian civilians weekly.
Forty Five a double tongued Illusionist? Equally so the Peace Prize Winning Bomber in Chief. All theater. Brought to you by Three Lettered Corporate Shills  selling, selling, selling.

The Truth? All of us are connected. ALL OF US. A little part of us dies when 8 Brits die. Ditto 8 Syrians, 8 Jews, 8 Whomevers.
Spit ou…

Reviews and Comments On "Otter Was A Beagle-ish Dog" book by Cliff Yankovich

As you may have noticed, the back side of the book "Otter Was a Beagle-ish Dog" has some pre-publication reviews that are the product of my imagination. (Yes, Joyce, I know the back cover also has the typo "1980's" which should read 1980s.)

Anyway - folks have been buying and apparently actually READING the book with the end result of some reviews, comments, and practical tips from Actual Readers. 
I am happy to share some of them with you.  The first is a copy of a 100 word review by Ruth that was submitted to Schuler Books, publishers of the book, the rest of them are quoted from my Facebook page, text messages, or spoken communication:
"Otter Was a Beagle-ish Dog is an entertaining collection of musings, from the author's younger days hitchhiking the deserts of Arizona, to an intimate and moving chronicle of the ordeal he underwent fighting throat cancer. Throughout the pages, Cliff's reminiscences of the abiding presence of his beloved dog Otter, an…

Thanks Wayne Dyer - Application of Your Teaching Works

For the past year or so, I have been "studying" the works of Dr Wayne Dyer and a whole bunch of other cool men and women gathered under the umbrella of Louise Hay's fantastic publishing company Hay House. Found Wayne channel surfing by a PBS fundraiser last year, bought a couple books of his at Schuler Books on 28th St in Grand Rapids, from there went to the Hay House website where I jumped in with both feet - gobbling up written material as well as audio and video courses and lectures.

Anyway, one of the consistent mantras of Louise Hay and her crew is that "these teachings are not just things to KNOW, they must be put into PRACTICE". Well, Amen to that.

Back to Wayne, who just happens to be from my favorite state: Michigan. He has a great life story, he passed a couple years ago, and one of his central teachings in contained in the meme below:

This is a great teaching - and it is even greater when you succeed in APPLYING it to your life - which I just did in …

Stuff That Works - A Review of "Everything Has a Beginning" by Cathy LaPointe Blundy and Kathleen Money

Before I go any further, let me tell you that Julie and I have this book by our friends for sale in our store and on our website - which falls under Full Disclosure and Shameless Almost Self-Promotion, right?

Now that we are done with the disclosure part, how about we continue to the good stuff - this is a good book and the quality of the poems of Cathy and the artwork of Kathleen are what prompted us to offer it for sale in our store and web-store. We have know both of these talented ladies for years and when Cathy brought in a copy of her book to show us, we were very happy to ASK HER if we could help share it with people.

This is Cathy, the poet -

Here is Kathleen, the artist - 
I love this book for a bunch of reasons. First and foremost - it is good stuff! Secondly, I know BOTH of these people and they are from my favorite state: Michigan. The book is a great blending of a rookie and a veteran. Cathy is a life long lover of words, but this is her first publication. Kathleen has b…

Why We Need More Women In Office - To Put An End To The Endless Pissing Contests

"A pissing contest, or pissing match, is a game in which participants compete to see who can urinate the highest, the farthest, or the most accurately.[1]Although the practice is often associated with adolescent boys, women have been known to play the game, and there are literary depictions of adults competing in it. Since the 1940s the term has been used as a slangidiomatic phrase describing contests that are "futile or purposeless", especially if waged in a "conspicuously aggressive manner".[2] As a metaphor it is used figuratively to characterise ego-driven battling in a pejorative or facetious manner that is often considered vulgar." Wikipedia

Ever since the election, I have been doing my concerted best to avoid the news. Each day is a new load of crazy in our effort to make America Great Again.

That being said, the Pissing Contest between President Trump and Benevolent Dictator Kim Jong-Un is pretty hard to ignore. Having grown up during the Cold War a…