Peanut butter and jelly. Milk and cookies. Love and marriage. Rock and roll. Spaghetti and meatballs. Chips and salsa. Cheese and crackers. Tom Izzo and basketball. Some things were just made to go together. Individually, each thing is fine, but together they become something even better. (I just realized most of my examples are food—it must be getting close to lunchtime).
And then there are those things that seem diametrically opposed. Fire and ice. Oil and water. Cats and dogs. Democrats and Republicans. Michigan and Michigan State. (Or maybe this week it’s more like Michigan State and Ohio State). Either way, these things just don’t really go together.
Or do they?
A campfire on an icy night is beautiful. With the addition of just an egg and a mix, oil and water can make delicious brownies. My Facebook feed is often filled with adorable pictures of cats and dogs cuddling. Occasionally politicians do work together across the aisles.
And believe it or not, though rivals in the sports arena, Michigan and Michigan State actually do a lot of great work together. In the academic realm, there’s a lot of respect and collaboration. Many people might not even know that UM, MSU and Wayne State are part of the University Research Corridor that aims to transform, strengthen and diversify the state’s economy.