Photo by Anna Earl on Unsplash By Marilyn Pellini I have a theory that if we all gave a few hours per week to our immediate neighborhood and community, we would be living in a much happier, safer, and more perfect world. Pulling together and getting to know each other better would make us kinder and more responsive to those around us, their needs, and to our precious environment. I used to head our Village Improvement Society, whose main focus was beautification. Every spring, we put a blurb in the local newspaper announcing Clean-up Day, one of our permanent projects. We [...]
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By Marji Wisniewski In my pre-interview research of Barbara Niess-May, I visited the SafeHouse Center website. After looking around a bit, I noticed a bar at the top of the page that read, “Click this bar to quickly exit.” I knew at that moment that I had to do my absolute best to tell the story of SafeHouse for our community and the survivors. Through my time spent with Barbara, a life-long supporter to the community of survivors, I learned that SafeHouse equals Hope. The Silence It’s kept me up most nights during the Stay Home, Stay Safe order here in [...]
Photo by Tiffany Edison By Tiffany Edison I remember the day I got hooked — on golf. It was a picturesque morning, early enough that a fine dew had settled over the entire course with the sun just starting to rise. I was by myself. As I often do, when enjoying a solitary round, I teed up a second ball and watched it fly off the clubface, somehow ending up a bit further than my original drive. I was officially addicted. If you play golf, then you probably remember how you got started. Maybe your dad took you along from time [...]
Photo on Unsplash By Liz Crowe Hello and happy Shelter-in-Place Day Number…who knows? As I sit and ponder the relative importance of talking about rosé wines at this particular moment in the world’s history, I’m feeling both stir-crazy and anxious. But you know what? At the same time, I also believe that things will improve, so both while everything is nuts and after, you owe it to yourself to learn a thing or three about the “other wine” — that is to say, not red, not white, but pink. Let’s start with a few basics. Firstly, rosé is not a grape. It’s [...]
Photo by Clarke Sanders on Unsplash By Kellie Mox People across the globe are increasing their focus on the environment, and rightly so. The change in global climate patterns, referred to as climate change, is concerning. Mother Earth is home to plants, animals, and of course, humans; but it’s also a living, breathing being in and of itself. It, as much as any of us, deserves to be cared for and nurtured so that it can heal and flourish. Many of us take care of the planet by some combination of limiting single-use plastics, avoiding factory-farmed meat, gardening and composting, carpooling, recycling, [...]
Photo of Elena Garcia-Shroder By Jen DeGregorio When my now 12-year-old son Adam was just five years old, I took him to see the stage production of Pinoccio at the Riverside Arts Center in Ypsilanti. It was our first time attending a live show together, and I wasn’t sure if he’d be able to sit still through the two-hour performance. 30 minutes into the show, I glanced over at him. His mouth was open, eyes wide, and he was fully entranced. As we walked out of the theater, my shy little boy looked at me and said, “Mom, I want to [...]