Be Here Now in 5-4-3-2-1

I once had a friend who broke her arm at the beginning of summer. Her doctor ordered her to take the next six weeks off from work. She spent those weeks deliciously as she cared for her home, made stuff, and connected with friends and family. As those weeks ended, I remember her saying how she wished she could break […]

Remembering Dr. Seuss (and all the wonderful tales he told)

For as long as I can remember, reading has always been a favorite hobby of mine. Whether it was the countless fiction adventure books I read as a kid, or the fantasy novels I devoured as a teen, or the sports magazines and action novels that I indulge in now as a young adult…reading has been a constant source of […]

What makes a place great?

A s the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce builds upon its talent strategies in 2020, it’s imperative that we support initiatives that keep that talent here. And one way we can do that is by asking, “What makes a place great?” According to the nonprofit organization Project for Public Spaces, it helps for a destination to have at least […]

Not out of the woods yet

It seems like it’s always a struggle to get through February but now that we have, and March is coming in like a lamb (Yay!!) I feel like February is a distant and distasteful memory which need not be thought of for at least another year. If the forecast holds, it looks like we’re in for a muddy slushy time, […]

A skilled workforce essential to economic development in Flint & Genesee

In two weeks, the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce will convene for our annual meeting at the Holiday Inn Flint- Grand Blanc to highlight our accomplishments in 2019 and set the stage for the year ahead. The Chamber staff puts in a lot of work and long hours to pull it all together, and it’s certainly one of my […]

Southern hospitality is a nice change of pace

When I left on vacation to Gulf Shores, Alabama two weeks ago, I was looking forward to some warm weather, sunshine and a relaxing getaway. I’m happy to say I found all of that, but I also discovered what people mean when they talk about ‘southern hospitality.’ We noticed the change in atmosphere not long into our first day in […]

Moving day finally arrived

After originally planning to move from Bay City to a place closer to work last August, I’m at last writing this column from my new home in Davison Township. I grew to like this area while covering the city, then the township, but I never liked the hourlong commute and was dreading the drive during the winter months. So far, […]

Civic engagement can open doors for youth

When it comes to afterschool programs, it’s no secret that the demand exceeds the supply—by a lot. For every student in a Michigan afterschool program, three more are waiting to get in. It’s with this in mind that afterschool supporters from throughout the state are convening in Lansing today for “Afterschool Day at the Capitol.” There, they will urge legislators […]

Death a reminder to live

One look at my recent calendar will tell you that my weeks have been punctuated by funerals. Perhaps this is reflective of what it means to be a person of a certain age. Surely, it is not how anyone wishes to spend their days. And yet, we are given a gift when we rub shoulders with death. Sometimes, in the […]

Time out! Can we stop debating the halftime show?

I didn’t watch the Superbowl halftime show, so curiosity forced me to look it up on Youtube. Based on Monday’s social media feeding frenzy, I expected to see something thoroughly lascivious, bordering on pornographic. Now that I’ve seen it, I have to ask, what’s all the fuss about? The show did not meet the threshold of appealing to prurient interests. […]

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