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Good news trumps bad

I feel awash in the wake of national news that highlights leadership that seems out of touch with what everyday people need and want.  On a local level, a family traveling home from vacation found their home reduced to twigs. It was as if the Big Bad Wolf blew their home away. Can you imagine? The explosion damaged more than 50 other homes. Some became uninhabitable. One family’s landlord refused to refund their security deposit, leaving them homeless. Heartless? Then the best of us rose to the surface. The local radio station, the Mayor, Salvation Army, McDonald’s, and people throughout…

A job that Cuts the Mustard!

If I were an Oscar Mayer Weiner, Everyone would be in Love with me. If you’re driving around the Weiner Mobile, that’s exactly what happens.  Everyone is in love with you. That’s what Christian Blatner told me. “My favorite part of ‘hauling buns’ on the ‘Hot Dog Highways’ of American are the amazing reactions,” said Blatner. “people’s faces light up when we merge on to the highway or pass a car on the road. We never see anyone that’s unhappy to see us – we may not be a ‘lamborg-wienie’ or a ‘wienie-bago’ but how could you not smile when you see…

Come meet Paul Rausch: Music Teacher

I’m one of those people who could be a career students.  I loved school from the very first day of kindergarten.  I looked forward to homework. And tests were something I took to prove to myself I knew what was important. Of course I loved my teachers.  Well, most of them. There were a few bad apples. My life has almost always revolved around the school calendar.  I married a teacher, then we had children. After that I went back to school (twice.) I have teachers as family and teachers as friends.  My son is a teacher and so are…

Special Olympics and Cop on Top

Police Officers once called this event “Cop on Top.”    Maybe that’s why they changed the name to “Cop on a Rooftop.” CoCo takes a day off of work and volunteers at the local Dunkin’ Donuts with her friend, Kathy.  Did you know that the first International Special Olympics took place in Illinois?  Did you know that police departments around the state help support Special Olympics to the tune of $2.3 million?  Read more about Cop of a Roof Top by clicking here. That’s CoCo and her friend, Kathy in the photo.     Related articles Cops Get On Donut…

Distinguished Alumni in the House!

One of the best things about being a photojournalist is that I get to meet all kinds of interesting people.  Last week I covered three people who followed their passion, forged their own path, and graduated from college as “non-traditional students.”  For those of you who don’t know, “non-traditional” usually applies to students who started, or went back to school, long after high school.  I appreciate that path, since I graduated from SVSU (Go Cardinals) after I had four children, and I got my Master degree after I had at least four grandchildren. This week, join me in saying congratulations to…

1,000 Words Worth 2017-15

Each Friday,  To find out more click here. My commute via Chicago’s Green-Line L train inspired this post, “Scenes from the train.”   Eleanor slipped through the doors just as the robotic voice announce, “Doors are closing.”  She looked around for a place to sit in the packed train car.  Not near someone over-cologned; not near the man-spread, not near that lady with a cat in her baby carriage. She found just the right nesting spot: between the professional-looking man in his mid-twenties, and the mildly obese woman in a suede jacket.  Definitely a student. Seven stops.  That’s all.  Eleanor…

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