• Last year I cheered on the exciting, but ultimately unsuccessful  Triple Crown quest of an improbable thoroughbred champion named California  Chrome*– dubbed the “people’s horse” by his Michigan owners in tribute to their working class roots and the horse’s modest breeding tag.  On the first Saturday of June this year, I celebrated my birthday with […]

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  • I grew up a in a working class, ethnic, mostly Catholic neighborhood on Detroit’s east side at a time when young girls were not expected to question their elders or have dreams beyond marriage. I quickly identified with the struggles of the heroine in Gloria Nixon-John’s new novel (also named  Gloria), Learning from Lady Chatterly.  […]

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  • Spring is a time of renewal – and whether you look to nature, the arts or sports, it’s a time to get inspired and re-energized in your personal and professional  life.  If you watched the Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club, it was a reminder that a new generation is always ready to take […]

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  • I have often lectured  on the power of teams in shaping one’s career – and I recently completed a dream team assignment over the holidays with the Honors College at Wayne State University –revamping and preparing a research website for launch.  I was a graduate of Monteith College at WSU, but after that small experimental […]

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  • Since I returned to my hometown Detroit area a few years ago, I’ve fallen in love with the Chrysler 200, first introduced to me by my brother Bill, who retired from Chrysler Engineering, the second generation to work there after my Dad.  So it made me especially proud that Chrysler brightened the Super Bowl each […]

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