Success was in the wind

Austin Roy has a deep love and appreciation for the outdoors. His family recognized Austin’s love for the outdoors early on and extended their arm of knowledge and provided opportunity. Austin is wise beyond his years. His father, Paul, credits the whole family for...

A traditional Thanksgiving

As most post WWII American parents, Mom and Dad celebrated Thanksgiving Day with extended family—first and second cousins, aunts and uncles from O’Brien and McCoy clans. The folk at Mom’s table primarily came from Dad’s people who moved from Kentucky to Detroit for...

The redemptive voice of music

As a young mother, I anticipated laundry day like a little vacation. After my husband and our three girls walked out the side door for work and school, I heaved a sigh and finished breakfast dishes in silence–listened to that still, small voice. I ran up and down two...

Maybe it’s not as bad as we think

A few years ago, when I was flying home after being in Vietnam for more than a year, I took the opportunity to binge-watch the in-flight movies like everyone else does. Eventually I touched my screen to choose “La La Land,” which I had not yet seen. I distinctly...

Culinary comforts and companionship

An email from Joyce popped up on my computer screen. As she respects my workday, I supposed the subject important. “Would you have a few minutes available for a short conversation this evening? I want to ask you about the Cook farm dairy,” she wrote. Well, Joyce knows...

One nation, under God, indivisible

The election is over. Finally! Looks like Joe Biden will be the 46th President of the United States on January 20. More than half of the record number of voters chose him and he won the electoral votes of nearly half the states. Many of Donald Trump’s supporters, and...