Book Review: The Secret Life of Groceries

The Secret Life of Groceries: The Dark Miracle of the American Supermarket - By Benjamin Lorr. Published by Avery Press; 336 pages; September 2020 Reviewed by Chris Wendel In a nutshell: The evolution of the American grocery store experience is explained by detailing the complicated paths food takes getting there...

Making It In Northern Michigan: Padded stirrup covers gain traction

Not every new invention has to be complicated. Based on everyday experience, Boise, Idaho-based urologist Dr. Autumn Bridger identified a simple but persistent problem at her practice: Her patients found exams and medical procedures uncomfortable. In particular, they found cold, metal foot stirrups unwelcoming, which some doctors...

A Broken Link: Early childhood education is ripe for reform

January welcomes the reopening of high schools and, while pandemic precautions remain very important, we can applaud the return of in-person instruction. Parents, teachers and administrators recognize the significant social, emotional and educational benefits kids get from actually being in the classroom. Though the return of...

Innovation in Small Town America

Often people think of innovation in terms of the big inventions that pioneered new industries, like Alexander Graham Bell’s telephone, Thomas Edison’s light bulb and the Wright brothers’ airplane. As a patent attorney, I have seen innovation on many levels, from high-tech inventions at Microsoft to...