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In Another Lifetime – A Love Letter to Five Great Detroit Women

I have become fascinated with the women in the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame and especially the women who have a Detroit connection either through birth, living in the city or working in the city. Though they have departed, the more I learn about them, the more they grow closer to my heart.  I have […]

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How to Take a Cheap (but Elegant) “Staycation” in Detroit

Fall is spectacular in Michigan, and Detroit is a cornucopia of fun. So you know those articles in the travel sections entitled “Three Days in Chicago”, “Three Days in L.A.” etc.? I decided Detroit needed one. There may be a few already written but I wanted to do my own version and early fall is […]

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Here’s How a Woman Talks Damn Straight

I have read with riveting interest the rave reviews for Michelle Obama’s Democratic National Convention speech delivered Tuesday night in Charlotte, North Carolina. I caught a buffered version of her speech via YouTube, then read the transcript via the Detroit Free Press. While the speech was efficient and delivered very well, I did not quite […]

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My Baby Fever is Running High

“When are you going to have a baby?” became my grandmother’s common refrain when I saw her. Family gatherings turned into inquisitions about starting my own family with promises of unlimited babysitting support. I would smile patiently and answer noncommittally that I would have a baby eventually. My grandmother started buying me rabbit objects – […]

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10 Shortcuts to Falling in Love with Detroit

Nearly four years ago, my husband and I left the Detroit suburbs and made the move to the city. The kids were out of the house and we wanted to experience the diverse aspects of this intriguing urban setting. We consider it an adventure and were intent on committing to Detroit in a variety of […]

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Keeping it Real with ‘These People’

Recently I was walking downtown near Campus Martius. There was a warmth in the air and I was feeling great, having just left the hearty sisterhood of a meeting. Suddenly, a man approached me and asked me for money. He was wearing a hooded sweatshirt, grungy and his speech slurred, but I wasn’t really […]

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Secrets of Our Fabulously Frugal Family

I hated disposable diapers – the cost and the waste. Imagine how ecstatic I was when I discovered that my baby and I LOVE cloth diapers. I was skeptical because it did seem like a lot of extra work – figuring out how to put them on and washing – especially dealing with the baby […]

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“That’s a Very Beautiful Baby,” the Homeless Man Said

“That’s a very beautiful baby,” the homeless man who sits on a ledge at a corner near my residence uttered as we walked by. I see him on a regular basis sometimes passing him on my way and seeing him again in that same spot hours later when I return. On this especially warm day, […]

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Adriana Pavon Wants to Help Your Career In Fashion

I grew-up in Mexico City in a family with sparse resources – some call it poor. My two sisters and I shared the workload within the household. I was cooking by the time I was 10. My parents, who worked very hard for little pay, encouraged us to make our own toys and games and […]

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Survivors of Sexual Assault: Learn to Heal

NOTE: Take Back the Night was a fabulous, meaningful event on April 13, 2012. But not to worry if you missed it! Want to pursue healing? Well, then, heck, contact Detroit’s Sexual Assault Services for Holistic Healing and Awareness (SASHA) But also read Kalimah’s important story below … I am a survivor of rape during […]

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