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A song for Nita

Bob Seger appeared on "CBS This Morning" Thursday and talked about the song "You Take Me In" from his new album "Ride Out," written about his wife, Nita, (with the line, "I am in your universe, you are in mine"). He kept it a surprise until they played it in the car one day. "She's driving, and when it came on, she said 'What's this?' I said, 'This is for you.' Halfway through, she goes for the glovebox and the tissues," he said, laughing. Thursday afternoon he taped an interview for Dave Marsh's Sirius XM program, run date to come. Seger's "Ride Out" tour premiers Wednesday in Saginaw.

Celanis, WJR help combat winter hunger

When it comes to giving back to the community, local businessman Tom Celani says it was his father who showed him the way. Celani, the owner of Celani Family Vineyards, Motor City Harley Davidson and Freedom Hill Amphitheatresaid: "Now my wife, Vicki, and I are instilling the same principles in our kids."

To that end, his nonprofit, the Celani Family Foundation, is partnering with WJR 760 (AM) to launch "Hunger Free In The D." The campaign goes through Nov. 24 and will raise funds to provide 10,000 holiday meals which will be distributed by Gleaners Community Food Bank and Capuchin Soup Kitchen. The Celani Family Foundation will match, dollar-for-dollar (up to $100,000), every donation made by the public with the goal of reaching a $200,000 total donation before Thanksgiving. Donors can contribute atHungerFreeInTheD.com

A picture of hope, and a Batman bag

Celebrity photog Linda Solomon is still traveling the country with her Chevrolet-sponsored "Pictures of Hope" project, for which she goes to homeless shelters and gives children cameras with which to take photos expressing their hopes and dreams. Those photos are then turned into greeting cards that are sold to benefit the shelters.

She just got back from Washington where the children were presented with their finished cards. At the party, Solomon was approached by the mother of Dominic, a 5-year-old boy who'd been mentored by a GM executive who came to the shelter with Solomon. "The mother said, 'Is that nice lady coming today, who helped my son?'" Solomon recounts. The exec, it turns out, was Mary Barra, embattled GM CEO. "I said no, she tried, but she couldn't make it this time," Solomon says. "Dominic's mother said she wanted to send her a thank-you note but didn't know where she worked or what her return address was."

It seems Barra sent the boy a big box of presents, including a number of books and a Batman book bag — the latter because the child had confided to her that Batman was his favorite. "She stayed an hour and a half talking about the dreams he was going to photograph. His dream was to help his mother," Solomon said. The photog promised to pass on the boy's thank-yous.

The next Pictures of Hope event in Michigan will be Nov. 21, when cards made from photos taken by children from The Shelter of Flint will be revealed in an event at Patsy Lou Chevrolet in Flint.

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