The New York Times reports on the demise of neighborhood nut shops in the Big Apple. Luckily, we're a bit behind the times in Grand Rapids and my two Albertus Koeze & Company stores are hanging on.
I've read that setting your blog aside is a mistake, but I've had a good excuse. December is always a stressful and busy month, but last year was the worst as my father began having some health issues and was diagnosed with cancer just before Christmas. After two months of struggle including surgery at the University of Michigan, he is now enjoying sunny Scottsdale and the excellent care of the Mayo Clinic there.