Lessons from Independence Day 2017

Lessons from Independence Day 2017

We have a hard and fast rule in our family: Don’t embarrass each other, especially in front of other people.   This has worked well for us through the years.  Our teen-aged children can rest easy when we are together in public, or when they have their friends over to our home, knowing that we are

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Do Yourself a Favor this Week

Do Yourself a Favor this Week

With one week to go before we elect a new president, the best thing that we can do as Americans is simple: take somebody who isn’t going to vote like you out for a good cup of coffee and enjoy something about life other than politics together.  Heck, you can even talk about the election

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Saying Good-Bye to Maxx

Saying Good-Bye to Maxx

Today I am letting go of a good friend, Maxx.  While I prayed and waited for this day to come, I find myself with a lump in my heart.  I picked Maxx up off the lot in 2005, the first new car I ever bought, a gray Chevy Malibu with a hatchback.  Maxx has taken

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A Jonathan in My Life

A Jonathan in My Life

I had breakfast recently with a friend of about 20 years or so.  We work in the same field, although we have always been on different teams.  We both want to make Detroit a better place for children, and have—at times—argued vehemently on differing ways to achieve that.  Being a different color as well as different gender has caused unintended ripples too.  But like good friends in game of pick-up basketball against each other, we have played hard on the court while laughing as we walked off of it. Over breakfast, I explained the challenge of finishing up the edits of my book and building a social media platform, which I had avoided since the invention of the Internet. “You need a good website,” she said.  I flinched inside, embarrassed that such an obvious solution eluded me. “I know,” I said, “But I don’t have the time to figure out how to build a good one or the money to pay somebody who can.” “That’s not a problem,” she said.  “I can help you with that.”  And right there at the restaurant she pulled out a check to cover the cost of a new website for me. My chin started to quiver

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