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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…

Pause, Breathe, and Take Stock: 2017-19

If you follow my posts, you know that my brother had bypass surgery.  He’s home and recovering remarkably well.  Besides the genetic and emotional link to my brother, he’s almost the same age as Loved-One.  A pragmatic Wrestler #2 said, Well, if a man makes it through their sixties, he has a good chance of living a long life.  (Gee thanks, for the encouraging look at the next generation, son.) Can I start by saying I’m lucky to have people that tell it like it is? Here’s a few more things worth celebrating:  A mostly overcast weekend that prodded me…

1,000 Words worth: 2017-18

Each Friday,  To find out more click here. Marianne felt her heart as heavy in her chest as the sun looked in the sky.  She shielded her eyes and looked one last time at what she was leaving behind. “I shimmied up that pole when I was just ten,” she said. “My brother bet me a Baby Ruth I couldn’t do it.” “You never were one to back down from a challenge.” Marion threaded his fingers between hers, pulling her around and facing her east. “It’s behind you now.” “I rang the bell at the top.” Marianne loosed his grip and…

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…

Pause, Breathe, and Take Stock: 2017-18

This past week, my kids treated me to a wonderful Mother’s Day, I attended a branding and marketing class, and my brother got admitted to the hospital for bypass.  Yes, it was one of those muddled weeks. My brother Loren just turned the big “6-0” in April.  Last week he felt pain in his chest, called the doctor and told him  to get right to the hospital.  Responsible man that he is, he finished his meeting. (He had important information to share, in case he didn’t come back.) next he drove himself to the hospitals.  After a successful surgery, he’s…

1,000 Words Worth: 2017-17

Each Friday,  To find out more click here. Dane is a street artist.  He calls himself an Anthropological Artists. Sure his art isn’t getting much attention yet, but wait until they see this masterpiece.  He works from 1:00 a.m. until just before rush hour to finish it. Dane slips on his tie and sports jacket, clicks his brush case into the briefcase he borrowed from Jack, pushes the record button, and situates his cell phone in his breast pocket in just the way he practiced. For sure Chicago commuters will take notice of his meticulous re-creation of paint chips, rust and…

Hey, That Stings!

You probably know by now that I care about the environment; I love science.  I’ve got a thing for bugs: the kind with legs and the kind you can only see with a microscope. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services the Rusty Patched Bumble Bee on the endangered list earlier this year.  They  estimate that “The economic value of pollination services provided by native insects (mostly bees) is estimated at $3 billion per year in the United States.” Bumble bees are among the most important pollinators of crops and almost the only pollinators of tomatoes. As much as I want…

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