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Repurpose one of your favorite savory ingredients for a cake that's simple yet sophisticated

One of the most attractive aspects of making a cake with oil rather than butter is the way it expedites the mixing process: There's no waiting for butter to come to room temperature and then beating it with sugar before you even start to add the rest of the ingredients. The batter is ready to go into the oven in 5 minutes flat, and the cake comes out just 40 minutes later.

Read More Sunday, March 7, 2021 Movie Review: Sylvie’s Love

Nnamdi Asomugha as Robert Halloway and Tessa Thompson as Sylvie.

Photo Courtesy of Amazon Studios

Read More Sunday, March 7, 2021
Pet World: Adopter says she was told her dog 'did not bark'

By Cathy M. Rosenthal

Dear Cathy,

I adopted a 10-year-old Chihuahua mix earlier this year. I was told she "did not bark." When she first arrived, she did not bark very much, but now she doesn't stop. We live on a somewhat busy street. She barks at everything and everyone. I have tried using noise spray cans, telling her to be quiet, shaking cans of coins and anti-bark machines. I had the opportunity to move into a senior housing complex but refused because one of their rules is no barking dogs.

Read More Sunday, March 7, 2021
The Plant Professionals: Praying for a new plant that will light up a special location?

The Marantaceae are a family of plants often referred to as ‘prayer-plants’. Interestingly, these plants move throughout a 24-hour period, with the leaves rising in the evening and lowering during the day. Resembling prayer hands, they were so aptly named for their expression of foliage folding together at night.

Photo by Karolina Grabowska

Read More Sunday, March 7, 2021
Interpersonal Edge: Leave victimhood behind

By Dr. Daneen Skube
Tribune Content Agency

Q: I've been trying to put out a million fires since the pandemic began and have no gas in my tank. I feel so guilty when people ask me to help and I don't pitch in. But, I'm not sleeping or eating well, and working ridiculous hours. How can I say no without feeling guilty?

Read More Sunday, March 7, 2021
Social Security Questions & Answers

Is your teenager looking for a job? Can’t find their Social Security card? Find the answer in this article.

Photo by Andrea Piacquadio

By Vonda Van Til, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist

Read More Sunday, March 7, 2021
Obituary for Samuel Wilson Mills

Samuel Wilson Mills, a gifted poet who enthralled audiences for four decades, passed away Friday, January 29, 2021 at Seasons Hospice in Detroit, age 65. He was born on Sept. 11, 1955 in Mt. Clemens to M. Virginia and Jewell Mills, both public school teachers.

Read More Wednesday, March 3, 2021
Local Woman Takes on Hollywood

“Amanda Brewer (third from the right) currently works as an assistant on the “Dad Stop Embarrassing Me” show starring Jamie Foxx (third from the left.)

Read More Sunday, February 28, 2021
Travel Goals After the Pandemic: Couple to Open RV Resort in Alabama

Time Away RV Resort Contact information:

Nathan and Alicia Lawson
160 Summer Dale Lane Lincoln, Alabama 35096

Facebook -  Time Away RV Resort

Courtesy photo

Read More Saturday, February 27, 2021
Panic attack isn't life-threatening, but can be frightening experience

By Tribune Content Agency 

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: After going to the emergency department for what I thought was a heart attack, the doctor told me there were no issues with my heart and that my symptoms were likely from a panic attack. How can I tell the difference, and how can I prevent future panic attacks?

Read More Saturday, February 27, 2021
Flashback: 2011 Excuse me, are you listening?

Rina Risper, President & Publisher of The New Citizens Press (Pandemic photo 2020)

Read More Saturday, February 27, 2021
The Plant Professionals: Amaryllis

By Kathy Valentine

The most common winter flowering tropical bulb  is the Amaryllis. You might have picked one up in a garden center or grocery store. You might have received one as a gift.

Read More Saturday, February 27, 2021
Interpersonal Edge: Fixing the trauma caused by 2020

By Dr. Daneen Skube
Tribune Content Agency

Q: As I go into 2021 I don't know whether to duck or look forward to a better experience. I want to be optimistic but feel like I've got Post-Traumatic Syndrome Disorder (PTSD) from 2020. Is it possible for a global crisis to give you PTSD as an adult and if so how are you suggesting your clients cope with the emotional trauma?

Read More Saturday, February 27, 2021
Lighting Up Lansing - One Smile at a Time

Natalia Villafana - Alpizar formerly of Lansing, Michigan, now lives in Tampa, Florida. She was the owner of Natalia's Hair Braiding Salon.

Read More Saturday, February 27, 2021 Movie Review: Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Viola Davis and Chadwick Boseman in his last film before his death on August 28, 2020.

Read More Saturday, February 27, 2021
Your newborn and their Social Security number

Photo by Tubarones Photography

By Vonda Van Til, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist

Getting your newborn a Social Security number is important for their future.  If your child is born in a hospital, the easiest way to apply for a Social Security number is right at the hospital. 

Read More Saturday, February 27, 2021
Halibut puttanesca adds big flavor to mild fish fillets

A mixture of Kalamata olives and capers add pops of savory saltiness to the sauce.

Read More Saturday, February 27, 2021
If you were exposed to water from the Flint Water Treatment Plant between April 25, 2014 and November 16, 2020, your rights may be affected by a $641 million settlement


The deadline to register for the Settlement is March 29, 2021.
To learn more, visit

This notice explains a class action settlement in the Flint Water Cases.  The notice applies to you if at any time during the period April 25, 2014 to November 16, 2020 ("Exposure Period"):

Read More Friday, February 26, 2021
Just Plain Selfish Highlights Krisi Hudson


By Kris Walker

Although it is a practice of mine to celebrate Black women 365 days of the year, I stand with the rest of the U.S, as we take these 28 days in February especially to highlight and bring awareness to amazing women doing positive things in the world.

Read More Thursday, February 18, 2021
Lansing Artist Introduces Children to Adverse Impact of Bullying in Colorful Picture Book

In ‘Does This Make You a Bully,’ author Julian Van Dyke teaches kids about how their words and actions affect their peers using whimsical rhymes and stuffed-animal characters

Read More Monday, February 15, 2021

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