Michigan’s official rocks are discreet, gray things and disguise themselves as nothing impressive. But once they’ve been polished, or even just wetted down by the lake, they show off their lovely, fossilized-coral designs.
Also know as the Michigan Left. Sure it isn’t always convenient. Yes, it may add a couple extra minutes onto your drive. And sometimes trying to zip between cars to pull into the far lane in order to take the “left” (now right) turn is a form of gambling with your life, but nothing is more excited that riding along with an out-of-stater who doesn’t know how to make the turn. I have fond (terrifying) memories of a certain college friend from Illinois who first tried to turn left where she couldn’t. Then missed the U-turn where she should have turned, and tried to turn in the other lane’s U-turn lane.
My great-grandma lived to be 98 and I think the two reasons for her long life were strong, gritty coffee and her love for euchre. My friend’s family plays euchre for the entirety of every family get-together. They are allotted a quick, 30-minute break when food is on the table, but as soon as everyone is done eating, the dishes are swept away to make way for the cards again.
This turns into an enormous source of stress for those of us who are habitually late or when a storm unexpectedly turns nasty. While scratching a thick layer of ice off the windshield is cold and annoying, it is also cathartic. Take some of that stress out on the ice and work up a sweat.
I hear you, California. You say beaches need oceans. Well, our water isn’t salty, but we have beaches all the same – and we don’t have to worry about sharks or jellyfish.
Is there anything cozier that Grandpa’s White Chicken Chili?
With Michigan’s abundance of apple orchards, an autumn trip to an apple orchard is a necessity for fresh apple cider and a cider donut or twelve.
We prefer it battered in a craft Michigan brew and then fried.
Has a single family get-together happened without someone bringing up the Lions? It doesn’t even matter if they’ve recently won a game – they’re nearly always seen as hopeless. Michiganders are the most loyal fans because it is commonly known and loudly professed that hell will freeze over before the Lions win the Super Bowl.
Don’t even try to compromise and call it “soda pop.” It’s more fun to say “pop.” Try it. Pop, pop, pop!
Browsing among mountains of blueberries and cherries at a Saturday morning farmer’s market is charming, but even better are the roadside produce stands. “Sweet corn 1 mile ahead”. Yes please!
Melatonin is a hormone naturally released by our brains to help us fall asleep. Melatonin supplements can be helpful when that release doesn’t happen at the desired time—jet lag is an obvious example.
Carl Cummings, a paediatrician in Montreal who wrote a paper for the Canadian Paediatric Society entitled “Melatonin for the management of sleep disorders in children and adolescents,” explains that melatonin could be helpful in kids who have chronic insomnia because of a problem with “sleep initiation,” which means the child is going to bed at an appropriate time, but it is taking longer than 30 minutes for him to fall asleep. Often, this issue can be solved with good bedtime routines and parents consistently setting appropriate limits around sleep. But in some cases, these strategies won’t work, which is where melatonin comes in.
What makes melatonin so compelling is that it will help most kids fall asleep. The problem is, it won’t help a kid who is procrastinating bedtime learn good sleep habits, it won’t stop your daughter from waking up with nightmares, it won’t fix your baby’s colic, and it probably won’t stop your kid from hopping out of bed ready to start the day at 4:30 a.m. If you want a real solution to those common kids’ sleep problems, you’ll have to look further than a pill.
From guarding against horrifyingly dry air to what to carry all your stuff around in, here are a few of our travel essentials for your next cold-weather vacation.