Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Green Teens



Environmentalism is a big concern for today's young people. They hear a LOT about it at school and in social media. Some local youth have decided to form a group called Green Teens to help raise awareness and encourage others to become better stewards of this beautiful home we call Earth. I spoke with the teens, their library advisor, and an expert on plastics and recycling.
You can see the story here:

https://annarborfamily.com/tweens/saline-teens-go-green/

Sunday, June 28, 2020

Mom On The Run



Have you ever sat down for coffee with someone for the first time and instantly connected? Before you know it, you are laughing and hugging your good byes with someone who was a stranger just an hour ago.

Rhonda Fields is one of those people! I loved this young mom's sense of humor and energy!

As the local executive director of Girls on the Run, she is a positive example for what girls can do when they put their minds to it!

Here's a link to my interview with Rhonda Fields:

https://annarborfamily.com/parent-profile/mom-on-the-run/

Friday, November 8, 2019

Rosie the Riveters!



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:

http://www.thesalinepost.com/community-news/rosie-riveters-honored-rose-garden-mill-pond-manor




Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Hope Blankets



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:

https://annarborfamily.com/tweens/stitched-with-hope/


Wednesday, May 29, 2019

The Quilting Season


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:

https://annarborfamily.com/parent-profile/bringing-hope-to-hospital-stays/

Monday, May 20, 2019

Spring Cleaning (with the help of a professional!)


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:

https://annarborfamily.com/online/sparking-joy-with-spring-cleaning/

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Theater For All


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:

https://annarborfamily.com/music/theater-for-all-abilities/