Last Christmas, while volunteering at the Most Holy Trinity Christmas party, Dina Desjardins overheard a young boy sitting on Santa's lap ask for a gift her own two boys, ages 6 and 7, would never even think to put on their list.
Marianne Williamson, the spiritual teacher and best-selling author who made Detroit home for several years in the late '90s, has made a point to come back every year or so, either on a book or speaking tour.
The investigation into the murder of John Cote Dahlinger Jr. of Grand Rapids last month was closely followed for all the reasons any brutal crime would rattle a quiet community.
As a psychiatrist, Dr. William Miles had long been accustomed to patients baring their souls and revealing their inner turmoil. But when the tables turned and tragedy knocked on his door, he was completely lost.
The clearest memories Todd Kelly has of Yusef Shakur were back in the early '80s when the two were growing up in the crosshairs of Young Boys Inc., the notoriously brutal drug gang operating out of northwest Detroit.
Allow me to introduce Gordie, the newest addition to our family that, for many reasons, wasn't going to happen. Not for a while, anyway.
A few months ago, during the restoration of an 1840s farmhouse now owned by the Oakland County Parks Foundation, a historian's treasure was discovered underneath the linoleum floor.
After a year in which, while running, I slipped on ice and suffered a concussion, and tripped on a wire and broke my finger, it was only fitting that I would decide to run a half marathon for the first time ever,
Elyse Hausner, a 53-year-old Kindergarten teacher in New York City, hadn't been able to sit through a movie in a theater in years. 'This is a not a disease that people can see,' she said. 'But it can reduce you to nothingness.'
Marney Keenan is a lifestyle columnist for detnews.com. 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.
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