Friday, November 8, 2019
In World War II, the Willow Run plant near Ypsilanti, Michigan began hiring and training spunky women who could help in the cause while the young men were off to war. These women, known as Rosie the Riveters, made history and forever changed the roles of women in our society.
Today, the National Rosie the Riveter Society honors these women with memorial rose gardens. I had the great privilege to write about two Rosies here in our town of Saline.
You can read the full story here:
Tuesday, July 23, 2019
Emily McCulloch is a young woman with a passion for helping people.
This Saline student sews blankets for hospitalized children, and hand-delivers many of them with the help of her family. To date, she has given away over 150 custom blankets, bringing hope and comfort to children here in Michigan and beyond. I had the privilege of talking with Emily and her family about their ministry.
To learn more about Emily and Hope Blankets, you can read the story here:
Wednesday, May 29, 2019
I am often blessed with meeting some of the most wonderful people in my small town.
Mary Lindquist is one of those wonderful people. The moment I stepped in to her shop, The Quilting Season, I knew that it was a special place. Mary informed me that the shop and its patrons did some amazing charitable work for the community. The quilters gather together every month to make wonderful pillow cases, dolls, and preemie quilts that are donated to C.S. Mott's Children's Hospital in Ann Arbor.
Mary and her patrons also work with Saline Area Social Services, providing cake mixes and coffee for those in need.
Each August, the shop also holds a craft garage sale, and proceeds from the sale provide backpacks and shoes for children in the area. They also help to pay for sports participation fees (which are pricey!) for those athletes who could not otherwise afford to play.
Mary and her quilting community have such a giving heart.
You can read about it here:
Monday, May 20, 2019
Spring is here! Time to open the windows and let a fresh breeze clear out the house.
Maybe you have looked around the house and thought about spring cleaning. But where to begin?
I spoke with professional home organizer Holly Southerland about how to tidy up. She gave some great tips for bringing calm to the chaos.
Here's a link to the story:
Wednesday, February 20, 2019
All the world's a stage! Everyone should have a chance to perform, if that is their heart's desire.
The Fourth Wall is a mobile theater company that opens the stage to children and adults with special needs. Their motto? Theater is for all abilities! Through interactive games and thoughtful instruction tailored to the actors' needs, The Fourth Wall is allowing these individuals to express themselves in creative and unique ways.
You can read all about it here:
Monday, February 18, 2019
Teen anxiety, sadly, is on the rise. And is it any wonder? The pressures to perform have increased exponentially. Grades, test scores, college exams, college admittance. Add to that the performance pressures of sports, dance, and music. Top it all off with a big dose of social media, and you have a perfect recipe for stress.
The documentary "Angst" explores this topic, with revealing commentary from students who have experienced it, and the parents and professionals who have helped them along the way.
You can read more about it here:
Monday, December 10, 2018
Do you have to travel over the holidays?
If so, I feel your pain.
For more than twelve years, my family lived out-of-state, away from our loved ones. Going home to visit always felt like a major military operation. Kids, luggage, dogs, snacks, traffic, weather. Ugh.
Last year, we moved back to Michigan, closer to our families. We still have a bit of a car ride, but thankfully our days of complicated travel plans have ended.
I wrote about coming home (again) for the holidays last December. You can read the story here:
Safe travels, everyone!