GOVERNOR GRETCHEN WHITMER - ELEVATING THE WOMEN OF MICHIGAN It’s been a year since we featured Michigan’s Governor, Gretchen Whitmer, on our May 2021 cover. A few weeks ago, our Managing Editor, Marji Wisniewski, sat down with the Governor again to discuss the current issues and future plans that affect the women of our state. This interview is also available via video link on our social media and website. WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP Marji: Here at The Brick, we are passionate about celebrating women, lifting them up, and sharing their stories. How are you elevating the women of Michigan? Governor Whitmer: First, I appreciate [...]
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Show Up with Your Pup: Ann Arbor Dog-Friendly Adventures By Destination Ann Arbor Originally posted July 27th, 2021 on Destination Ann Arbor's Blog Whether you’re taking a hike, walking through the park, lounging in the hotel, or relaxing on the patio, having your doggy pal by your side always improves the experience. Use our suggestions below to help plan the perfect dog-friendly getaway in the Ann Arbor area. Ann Arbor has some fantastic pet-friendly accommodations. The Graduate Ann Arbor takes it up a notch by providing specialized door tags, dog bowls, dog treats, and tons of cuddles from the staff! The door tags [...]
National Physical Fitness & Sports Month Adrianne Madias May is a month for movement! Last year, President Biden proclaimed the month of May as National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. We all know that physical activity is good for our health, but did you know that it also improves our mental well-being? Exercise reduces stress, relieves symptoms of anxiety and depression, and improves memory. This is made possible with endorphins, which are neurotransmitters that are released by the brain to alleviate pain and promote pleasure. Knee Pulls at the Barre (Benefit areas: abs, heart) Find a railing, countertop, or stable surface. Stand [...]
Miso Asparagus Soup In Michigan, we have to wait so long for our gardens to come back to life! Asparagus is one of the first green things that pop out of the dormant soil. Because our state is the top grower of this nutritious crop, local farmers’ markets are flush with the locally-grown green stalks. You can definitely taste the difference when you purchase directly from farmers at the Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti Farmers’ Markets. This salad is an example of something you can make in bulk and serve for lunches all week long. Buckwheat in its purest form is high in [...]
By Maria Sylvester, MSW, CPC “She is clothed in strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future.” ~Unknown Midlife has me living as though there will never be enough time! I have a new wildness to my spirit, and a fire in my belly. I’m in eager anticipation for all the chapters I’ve yet to live. My midlife mojo is definitely fierce and feisty. I’m embracing each and every dance step already mastered, letting these guide me gracefully forward. If you are here reading this, I’m guessing you get it. You know this period in life can be experienced from [...]
Monica Brancheau When my children were babies, I thought that was one of the hardest and most joyful experiences I’ve ever had. When my children were toddlers, I thought that was one of the most nail-biting and adventurous experiences I’ve ever had. When my children were elementary-school-age, I thought that was one of the busiest and most fun experiences I’ve ever had. Then…something happened. Nobody talks about it, nobody warns you about it, no one posts about it. You learn about it on your own because it hits you like a ton of bricks. Children suddenly become mini-adults trapped in ever-changing [...]