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Cousoumeh! Steel pan concert.

Have you gotten a chance to listen and see a Steelpan band?  If not, please find one and take a few minutes to close your eyes and listen.  Here. I met the inspirational, Matthew Potts back in February.  See those red drum-looking things?  Do they look a bit familiar?  He and Ronald Matthews made them from 55-gallon drums.  The two met in April at the Great Lakes Steel Pan Festival that Matt created a couple of years ago.  The two decided they’d find a way to bring the steel pan orchestra, from Trinidad and Tobago.  By August, mission accomplished. Did…

Citizenship is bipartisan

This morning I said to Loved-One, “Due to Trump, good things are happening.” “Like what?” he replied through a fog of sleep.  It was 5:00, afterall. “Well, Congress is taking steps to curb Executive Orders,” I said.  “That began a downward spiral with GWB, and got worse with Obama.” “True.” “And Congress is finally realizing who their boss is.  Not the President, but us.”  Loved-One is not a morning person, so I had the bully pulpit. “And a whole lot of citizens realize it’s up to us to let our Congressmen know what we want and need.” That made me…

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…

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