• Superstar David Bowie’s tragic death this month took me back to the 1969 Apollo 11 moon landing, the year I graduated from college and was launching my journalism and marketing career in Michigan.  “Space Oddity” was released as a single in July, the same month that the American astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin made […]

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  • Note:  This blog on sharing traditional family recipes for New Year’s was written in 2010 when I was still living in Brooklyn, but the only update is that I now serve Hoppin’ John to family and friends in Michigan! The holidays are a time when entertaining should be considered more than just a yearly obligation […]

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  • I grew up in a working class family in a vibrant neighborhood in northeast Detroit .  I took it for granted  that my parents would live long, healthy lives, since my grandparents on both sides—maternal and paternal– lived well into their 80s–and one grandfather lived to be 94.  They were farmers and lived in the […]

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  • They called James Brown “the hardest working man in show business.”  Now an Alabama journalist and friend of mine who has written more than 50,000 news stories in his career has been dubbed “the hardest working man in the news business” by reporter John Archibard in the Birmingham News this month. I was delighted to […]

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  • “I have had a wonderful life…and I am placing my fate in God’s hands,” former President Jimmy Carter told the nation at a press conference on a steamy August day in the south.  Already an honored senior statesman thanks to his direction of the Carter Center – which is renowned the world over for its […]

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