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November is Native American Heritage Month

 Utes--Chief Sevara [i.e., Severo] and family

Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, Detroit Publishing Company Collection, [reproduction number, e.g., LC-D4-10865]
Read More Monday, November 16, 2015
Detouring Domestic Violence: Oasis Family Center Acts as a Mediator for Victims


By Deborah M. Walker
October was domestic violence awareness month. To shine light on the hidden and often ignored problem Oasis Family Center in Lansing hosted an open house on Friday October, 24 2014 to bring awareness to the public and share resources with the community.
Read More Monday, November 16, 2015
Five Young Adult Books for Native American Indian Heritage Month

  To celebrate Native American Indian Heritage Month at the Capital Area District Libraries, we’ve compiled a list of five great young-adult books whose protagonists are shaping how teens see identity create their futures.  

Read More Monday, November 16, 2015
Celebrate Astronomy Day

Astronomy Day is celebrated twice a year, once in spring and once in the fall. In the spring, the holiday is held on the Saturday closest to the first quarter Moon between the months of April and May, while in the fall (autumn) it occurs on a Saturday closest to the quarter moon between September and October.
Read More Sunday, November 15, 2015


Grand Rapids’ annual pre-holiday event, the Grand Rapids International Wine, Beer and Food Festival is set for Thursday, November 19 (5-10pm); Friday, November 20 (4pm-10pm) and Saturday, November 21 (Noon-10pm) at DeVos Place in downtown Grand Rapids located at 303 Monroe Avenue NW.   It is the largest wine festival in Michigan.
Read More Sunday, November 15, 2015
Local Man Makes Reaching For the Stars Easier


By TNCP Staff
The cosmos is always changing and delighting us.   Amateur astronomer, Rod Bisher, has been instrumental in exposing everyday people the science of exploring of the universe. 
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Read More Sunday, November 15, 2015
Opinion: Dear Black Men, Black Women Aren't "Angry" They're Frustrated


The subject of the stereotypical “angry black woman”  has made some wonder why this belief even exists.
Read More Sunday, November 15, 2015
Milk Means More Recipe: Sweet Potato Biscuits


• 2/3 cup cooked, mashed sweet potato
• 1/2 cup whole milk
• 1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
Read More Sunday, November 15, 2015
Movie Review: The Martian


Studio:     20th Century Fox (2 hr. 14 min.)
Plot:     An astronaut presumed dead on Mars struggles to survive as he finds a way to signal to Earth that he is alive.
Cast:     Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Kristen Wiig Donald Glover 
Rating:     PG-13
Bottom Line:     **1/2
Read More Sunday, November 15, 2015
TAX SOLUTIONS: IRS Secret Account Tax Scheme


By A.J. Gross
The IRS has a secret account for all U.S. citizens.  There is money in the secret account accessible to taxpayers.  By filing Form 1099-OID, taxpayers can gain access to their own secret account. 
Read More Sunday, November 15, 2015
FINANCIAL FOCUS: Talking to Your Aging Parents About Their Finances


Presented by Sara Frank-Hepfer
Each day between 2011 and 2030, 10,000 baby boomers will celebrate their 65th birthdays. As the boomers grow older, their middle-aged children may find themselves in a challenging situation: providing financial assistance to their parents as well as their own kids. 
Read More Sunday, November 15, 2015
Aggressive Child Behavior Part I: Fighting in School and at Home

 By James Lehman, MSW

Does your child always seem to get in trouble for fighting? You’ve tried talking to him, but the aggressive behavior hasn’t stopped—he still roughhouses with his siblings at home to the point of injury, brawls with kids on the bus and gets into fistfights at school. In part 1 of this two-part series on aggressive child and teen behavior, James Lehman explains why kids get into fights in the first place—and tells you the three basic types of fighting that you need to address as a parent.
Read More Sunday, November 15, 2015
Interpersonal Edge: Make sure workplace jerk doesn’t


By Dr. Daneen Skube
Tribune Content Agency
  Q. I have a guy at work that everyone agrees is rude, arrogant and hostile. I am the opposite. He has made it clear to our team that he doesn’t like me. The weird thing is that people always throw me under the bus and blame me about the conflict. Why do people favor the people who act badly and not support the person who is nice? And how do I deal with this?
Read More Sunday, November 15, 2015
Jill on Money: Best financial advice comes with the F-word


  The Financial Planning Association (FPA) had its national conference recently, and it could have been presented by the F-word - that is, “fiduciary.” The weekend brought together 2,000 certified financial planners, all of whom adhere to the fiduciary standard. That standard of care requires that financial professionals put the interests of clients first.
Read More Sunday, November 15, 2015
The Kid’s Doctor: Helmet use helps prevent ATV injuries


Whatever your views, parental supervision and helmet use is one way to help prevent serious injuries.  By Brad Sauter/

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Find a Little Bit of Paris in the Greater Lansing Area

  By TNCP Staff

Gaëlle Cassin-Ross had her son, Sagan, in August of 2014.   While on maternity leave, she only spoke to her child in French.  She stated that she wanted her son to have a good start in life, so she took six months off to spend time nurturing him.  
Read More Sunday, November 01, 2015
Rudeness and Disrespect: How Kids Try to "Defuse" It


By James Lehman, MSW
“I was just kidding! Can’t you take a joke?” If your child gives you this excuse after he’s said or done something rude, it might leave you feeling frustrated and unsure of how to handle the situation. Later, you might question yourself when he says, “But I didn’t mean it that way.” In this article, James Lehman explains why disrespect and inappropriate behavior are really nothing to laugh at—no matter what the excuse.
Read More Sunday, November 01, 2015
Excuse me, are you listening? 14-21


Dear Readers,
Some things only happen once, like becoming a grandmother for the first time.  The sound of my son Gianni’s voice, telling me that Claire is in labor will forever be etched in my mind.  
Read More Sunday, November 01, 2015
Travel: Europe far from the madding crowd

 Long lines at the Louvre are usually avoidable, if you purchase tickets in advance, buy a Paris Museum Pass or enter through the underground mall instead of the grand glass pyramid. 

CREDIT: Dominic Arizona Bonuccelli, Rick Steves' Europe.
Read More Sunday, November 01, 2015

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