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  1. Family keeps the worst at bay at the hospital

    Conversation at the hospital where a brother was in surgery wove itself through several hours: One thread of memories latticed into another.

    • 12:25 AM, Jul. 16, 2014

    Entrepreneur brings the tastes of childhood trips to Mexico to Detroit with Alegria Pops

    When Ofelia Saenz decided to start her own food business, she went back to her roots growing up in southwest Detroit. Every other summer, she would travel with her family back to her mother's hometown in Zacatecas, a city renowned for its beauty in the north central part of Mexico.

  2. Michigan, pure and simple, draws in family

    New Yorkers have the Hamptons. Californians have Big Sur. There's Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard, too. But nothing compares to our Great Lakes and the vast beauty and stillness that is up north.

  3. Car shopping goes to the dogs in our family

    My husband and I have just successfully completed the onerous process that is purchasing a vehicle, a feat that could be the subject of a new reality show akin to 'The Amazing Race,' or better yet, 'Survivor.'

    • 11:34 PM, Jul. 1, 2014

    Hooray for 'Halalywood'

    Most people would think a Muslim comedy is an oxymoron. And yet, there are many funny scenes in 'American Sharia,' a new film from native Detroiter and stand-up comic Omar Regan about a black cop newly partnered with a Muslim cop assigned to foil a 'terrorist' plot.

  4. Kick off your shoes with these great beach reads

    Every summer, I ask my family and friends to send me the titles of books they've recently enjoyed. The result is always a diverse, eclectic mix of good reads.

    • 11:00 PM, Jun. 24, 2014

    Family business sees spike in sales after 2-year-old granddaughter stars in commercial

    It's not uncommon for Renee Falahee to be out in public with her two young daughters and have strangers come up and ask: 'Is that the girl from the awning commercial?'

    • 11:32 PM, Jun. 17, 2014

    Head of North End nonprofit working to rebuild a community

    If you looked at the city 10 or even five years ago, you'd be hard pressed to find neighborhoods competing for cutting-edge status. But, Khalilah Burt Gaston has politely thrown down the gauntlet.

  5. Email instantly connects me to my parents' past

    When I first opened up the email, I was suspicious. 'Hi Marney,' it read. 'My name is Kris and I think we are third cousins.' But then when I clicked on the attached pictures, I was floored. Before me, clear as day, were my mother and father.

    • 10:29 PM, Jun. 10, 2014

    Detroit firefighter's book about 38 years on force all too real

    In 2010, when Bob Dombrowski was about to retire after 38 years with the Detroit Fire Department, his fellow firefighters would goad him: 'What are you going to do in your golden years?'

Lifestyle Columnist

Marney Keenan is a lifestyle columnist for She is married with three teenage daughters, two dogs and two cats and lives in house that has been under construction for the last ten years. When she’s not doing laundry, slaving over a hot stove or otherwise putting herself last, she writes columns about family matters and social issues.

Marney's picks

  • Favorite websites other than Huffington Post, Wikipedia, Slate.
  • Favorite columnists to read: Anna Quindlen, Nora Ephron, Thomas Friedman
  • Favorite books (lately): Run by Ann Patchett, Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
  • Hobbies: napping, knitting, finishing last in 10K races, hosting large dinner parties, stealing her daughters' People magazines.

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