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What am I Thankful for?

    With the semester coming to a close, stress and anxiety are at an all time high for most college students. Several final exams, papers and projects all need to be done, and students are scrambling. However, the Christmas season is among us! It is in this time of great stress and pressure that you need to take a step back and breathe. Think of all the things that you are thankful for… It just may be a good “pick me up” and help you power through the final days of the semester! Here are a few things that I am thankful for:

  • Family


  • Friends

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  • God


  • Alpha Phi


  • Coffee & Green Tea


  • Yoga


  • Baby snuggles from the Baby Bulldog Center


  • Fuzzy socks


  • Comfy sweaters


  • Christmas candles


I am truly blessed and very thankful for my experiences and opportunities up to this point in my life. 

- Julia Torey 



20 life lessons in 20 years.

A friend recently told me, "Kyle I am almost 20." My response was simple. Stop wishing for the next event in your life to happen so that you can appreciate what you have right in front of you. Even though life is passing quickly, it is teaching us important lessons to remember along the way. Don't take anything for granted, love the people around you as much as you can and remember that adversity will happen. We are young and we need to enjoy every aspect life has to offer. Realize that we are not old yet, so live in the moment and live life to the fullest in order to stay true to who you are. 

1. Laughter cures everything. 


2. Embrace change.  

Change is inevitable. We need to accept change in every aspect while still making the most out of every situation. Every one of us was put on this Earth for a distinct purpose, so go out and discover it. 

3. Accept failure.

Life is similar to a roller coaster. You will have ups followed by many downs. It is important to accept failure, learn from your mistakes, and use the negative in life to make it a positive one. 

4. Live in the moment

5. Appreciate what you have. 

You might not always have the things you currently do, so it is important to not take anything or anyone for granted. Everyone always says to count your blessings and not your problems. What seems like a bad day to you, could be nothing in comparison to someone else. Be sure to count your blessings twice.

6. It doesn't matter how good of a singer you are, sing as loud as possible. 

7. Exercise and eat right, but a cheat day is also good. 

8. Life's too short to not take chances. 

9. It's okay to not have life figured out. 

I promise you that no one has their entire life figured out at age twenty. If someone seems like it, they are probably just faking it until they make it. Remember that we are young, so go out into the World and experience new things, take chances, and find what your true passion may be. 

10. Take school seriously. 

Your grades do matter and anyone who claims otherwise is lying. Push yourself to succeed in the classroom because it can only benefit you in the long run. 

11. Crying doesn't make you weak. It shows you care. 

12. Take Pictures

"The best part about pictures is even when the people in the photo change, the memory it contains never will." 

13. Tell your parents thank you. 

Everyone deserves an honest and sincere thank you every once in a while.

Thank you mom and dad for everything you have done for me and continue to do. I would not be the person I am today without your endless love and support.

14. Write. 


15. Don't lose sight of who you are. 

Don't waste your time trying to be someone you are not. Stay true to yourself no matter what. Your friends and family will love you for who you are.

16. If you want something, work for it.

Nothing worth having comes easy.

17. Keep your inner child alive. 

18. Have fun. 

Stop stressing about useless things and don't worry about what you can't change. Have some fun and live a little!

19. Spend time with the people you love. 

20. Remember to live. You're only twenty. 

I am only twenty, but I am reminding myself to live to the fullest. Through my experiences, I have learned numerous useful lessons along the way. I am both excited and nervous to discover what the future holds.

- Kyle 

It's a "Mom" Thing

Its a "mom" thing. Have you ever heard that saying? There are certain things that moms do that only they can pull off. Or certain things happen just because their your mom. I like to believe that my mom is super hero. You know that TV show, Supergirl? Well that is my mom. Mother of five, wife of a football coach, full time educational counselor, part time chauffeur, nightly chef, daily maid, #1 fan and so much more. A sufficient thank you to my mom can't make up for everything she has done for me over my short 20 years of life. Being two hours away, I miss my mom... a lot. I look forward to our weekly phone calls and catching up. I miss walking in from practice and getting a hug simultaneously asking how my day was. I miss home cooked meals and the daily advice I would receive. Growing older I realize how lucky I truly am to have a mom like her. So next time your own mom calls, don't ignore the call or push her aside. Sit down and enjoy talking with your mom, because you never know how long you will get the chance to do it again. Here is a short list of why moms are the true wonder woman of the world. 

1. She is the one who brought you into this world... She can also take you out. 

Lets be honest, carrying us around for nine months is not good on the back. The morning sickness and pains we give before we're even born, I am sure were not fun either. Just say thank you and apologize. 

2. Mom is always right. 

If you ever need advice or don't know the answer to a problem, mom usually knows the answer through her psychic super power. I don't understand it either. 

3. She will be brutally honest with you. 

If you mess up or if you're in the wrong, she will tell you straight up. There is no beating around the bush or sugar coating it, Mom will tell you wether its your fault or not. 

4. She is the one soft spot in your golden armor. 

You may act tough, and act like the big strong man but theres something about a mother's voice that brings you back to reality and is your achilles heel. I will admit that my mom is the one person who can make me break down and let it all out. Its some sort of trance or spell they put on us at a really young age or something. 

5. She is your biggest fan.

No one will cheer louder, get more frustrated, or attend more games than mom. From mid-game snacks, to sitting through weekend tournaments, she is there supporting unconditionally. A thank you cannot suffice. 

6. She won't judge you. 

She most likely will not agree with half the stupid stuff that you do, but she will never judge you because of it. She will tell you what she thinks but ultimately will do her best to guide you and assist in what ever decision you make in your life. 


7. Her cooking. 

I know I am biased, but my mom is the best chef I know. There are so many dinners that she makes than nothing can compare to. She has that special touch that just make it soothing and tasteful. 

8. She deals with your dad everyday.

My mom not only deals with my younger siblings, but she puts up with my dad day after day. He thinks he is a comedian but is actually a kid himself, making it one more person my mom has to look after. 

9. She will love you unconditionally. 

No matter how big your mistake or how high your achievement, the love your mom has for you will never change. She loves you unconditionally and always will. 

10. One day, she may not be there for you to call. 

No matter how lucky we are, we never know what God has planned. Never take time with your mother for granted. Love her with all you have and enjoy every moment spent together. 

Thank you mom. I love you. 

- Kyle Bell

10 Reasons why everyone should visit their County Fair

I have spent my last 19 years going to the Lenawee County Fair and have been a member of 4-H for the past 10. What exactly is 4-H? 4-H is one of the nation’s largest youth development organizations that I am privileged to be a part of for one more year. Going to the fair is an unbelievable experience and everyone should take a day out of their summer to visit their county fair. I hear way too many of my peers at college tell me they have never been to a fair, so here are some reasons why everyone should pay a visit to a fair this summer.

1) Fair Food

Hot Dogs, Cotton Candy, Carmel Apples, Elephant Ears, and many more! The fair has a variety of different foods that can be very delicious.

 2) Grandstand Events

Every fair tends to have a grandstand. At the grandstand there are large events including tractor pulls, rodeos, the figure 8, demolition derby’s and concerts take place making the fair a very exciting atmosphere.


3) 4-H Animals

The main reason that most people visit the fair is to see all the different kinds of animals. Pigs, horses, beef steers, chickens, sheep, and many more! These animals are the projects of many young individuals that raise them for many months. They will compete against others to try and win the grand champion.

My cousin with his grand champion steer

My cousin with his grand champion steer


4) Midway Rides

Spending the day on the midway can be an awesome time at the fair. Whether it’s taking a trip on the Ferris wheel or checking out the bumper cars, the midway is a great place to add some excitement to your day. 


5) Carnival Games

The fair contains many carnival games that anybody can take a shot at. If you’re lucky enough to win, you usually end up going home with a prize! Personally, I like all of the basketball games.


6) Ice Cream

After spending the day riding some rides, there is no better way to cool down than having some ice cream. The fair I attend has my personal favorite, a place called the Frosty Cow. They contain some of the best shakes for a reasonable price!


7) Bandshell Events

You can never go wrong with free entertainment! The bandshell consists of acts such as musicians, comedians, dancers, and many more! After a long day of waking throughout the fair, it is a great place to take some time to relax.


8) 4-H Projects

4-H members work hard all year to get their project as best as they can so they can take home a blue ribbon or a grand champion. When visiting the fair be sure to check out the interesting projects that the 4-H individuals put their hard work and dedication into, including things like photography, art, wood work, animals and many more.

9) Show Days

Show day is an important day for anyone who takes a 4-H animal to the fair. This is the day that 4-H members show off their animal and compete against other individuals to try and take home the grand champion prize!

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10) Family Time

There is no better place to have some quality family time than at the fair! There is so many events and activities that the fair has to offer which makes it an enjoyable experience for all!

Thanks for reading!

Dakota Suiter














What I'd love to tell my dog back home

Dear Ruby:

The day I left for college was the same day that you turned 6 months old. As I bent down to bid you farewell, your gaze locked with mine. Your tail was still sweeping the ground gently, but your head was cocked, and a sheen of confusion tinted your innocent brown eyes. It was as if you were asking me, “Mommy? Why do you look so sad?”

The image of your naivety cut me like a knife, searing my most tender memories. I could already anticipate the scar that would throb in the dead of long nights, provoked by a conscience made all too uneasy.

You were always my baby. From the moment I cradled you out of your birth home in the countryside, I saw you every day—in person and without exception. There was no precedent to my coming absence, and only I could foresee it. You would learn of it from wistful nights and disappointed dawns, but you would never truly know why.

I imagine that your burning anticipations died down to a simmer, only to be reawakened by my occasional visit—and then left to dim again. With this assumption in mind, I can only hope that you have not interpreted my chronic absence as a punishment. In reality, I left to become a better person—one who would be worthy of your wholehearted admiration.

Still, my purpose does not ease the facts. When you were greeting trick-or-treaters, romping through heavy snow, and eating your birthday ice cream—all firsts for you—I was absent. Certainly, I followed these adventures through the screen of my phone, but you are not aware of that. You only know that I was not there to see you grow up—and for that, I am so sorry.

It is unfair that you gain so little out of knowing me, when I glean the world from knowing you. You are joy incarnate. When I face my looking-glass self, fissured by craters of self-doubt and loathing, I can just close my eyes and recall your image. Your ignorant bliss makes me whole again, and I feel welcomed within my flesh once more. You are my inspiration.

As such, I think of you every day. Whenever I call my mother, I invariably ask about you within the first half a minute, and request pictures of you before the conversation’s end. When she tells me that you recognize my voice over the crackle of the phone, my heart becomes a phoenix rising (even though I know that she is likely just assuaging my ego).

Most dogs have a gleeful soul, but it is your history that sets you apart. I could never replace the 3-month-old pup that would wake me up and then fall asleep beside me, the 4-month-old pup that would try to eat wild mushrooms and tar shavings, the 5-month-old pup that would play with me in a toddler’s pool, the 6-month-old pup that I left behind—no one could ever replace you.

Thus, I will always come home. A week or a month may pass, but, at some point, I will come home. You will place your front paws on top of the iron-wrought fence, and I will place my forehead against yours, and your tail will wag with a quiet violence, and I will remind you once more: you are my sunshine, my only sunshine, you make me happy, when skies are grey…

I tell you each time I see you, but it is a shame that you will never be able to grasp how much I love you. Your existence itself validates me, and I thank you for that. The idea that someone’s love for anyone—let alone me—could be so full of passion, and yet so free of judgement, is beyond my comprehension. I do not understand you, but I trust you—and you alone.

Love Always,

Mom (Michelle Siegel)

AC Commencement flowers donated to local assisted living homes

The Adrian community continually promotes the success of Adrian College—its members attend our events, enroll in our programs, and collaborate with us in a variety of ways. This year’s Commencement was no exception. Noting the synergistic nature of these efforts, it was Cynthia Beaubien who decided to give back.

Cindy is the Assistant to President for Events & Special Projects (and the Director of Stewardship) at Adrian College. From this title alone, one can assume that she contributed a great amount to the success of the ceremony.

Through her efforts, she became quite familiar with the event’s set-up—especially with the striking sea of flowers that was used to beautify the graduation proceedings. Initially, there were no plans for the flowers, meaning that mass disposal was all but guaranteed.

“There are so many beautiful flowers,” said Cindy, “and it seemed like a shame to just use them for a few hours.”

It would be a waste—and, in her eyes, a missed opportunity.

That’s why she called upon Helen Miller, the owner of Flowers & Such, Inc. After Commencement, the staff of the aforementioned business repossessed the flowers. These blooms were then painstakingly placed into small vases and delivered individually to residents at Provincial House, Lynwood Manor, and Lenawee Medical.

The elderly residents were not expecting the surprise. Later, an employee at one of the establishments texted Cindy, writing, “[t]hanks so much for your flowers. So many of the residents are talking about how beautiful the flowers are. Goes great with the sunny day and lifted their spirits.”

“It’s always nice to make someone smile,” Cindy said, “and a lot of residents probably don’t receive flowers.”

Helen Miller of Flowers & Such, Inc. helps with re-purposing her flowers on a regular basis. Donations of small vases are welcomed. For information on how to contact the establishment, visit the Flowers & Such website.