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Detroit People–Past and Present–Who Made a Difference

Detroit is an American city that deserves far more respect than it gets. In 2013 the city had to declare bankruptcy.  Kevyn Orr, a bankruptcy... continue »

Why Carved Pumpkins are a Symbol of Halloween

The tradition of carving faces into vegetables or fruits dates to the Celts. Many centuries ago as the summer harvest came to an end, the... continue »

Halloween Mischief Night Preceded Trick or Treating

Mischief-making became part of Hallow’s Eve (October 30) in the late 1800s. Then, as now, young people looked for ways to pull pranks. The ideas... continue »

Halloween Costumes and How They Came About

Who will be first to ring your doorbell on Halloween? A ghost, a witch, a pumpkin with arms, or Minnie Mouse or a Super Mario... continue »

Countdown to Halloween

We are less than a week away from Halloween so over the next few days I'll be sharing with you the stories behind the holiday... continue »

The Crusaders Who Campaigned for Car Safety

In late 2012 the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released the results of a new seat belt survey. While there are statistical variations by region... continue »

Where Were You on September 11?

Is there any American who doesn't approach September 11th with a feeling of sadness and the thought of, "What will I do? How will I... continue »

Four Thoughts for the Fourth of July

We all consider July Fourth to be “our nation’s birthday,” but given the number of steps it took to be a free country, it’s good... continue »

Memorial Day: Remembering All Who Have Served, Including Military Dogs

Memorial Day, initially known as Decoration Day, began shortly after the Civil War in the... continue »

What Happened on Terminal Island, Why It Matters and What is at Risk

"If a place doesn't exist, it's hard to tell the story," says Adrian Scott Fine, director of Advocacy for the Los Angeles Conservancy, as we toured Terminal... continue »

Hattie Carnegie (1880-1956), Successful Fashion Entrepreneur

 Made elegant clothing available to wealthy American women  Pioneered concept of head-to-hem stores  Made the Carnegie Look the rage for fashion-conscious women Henrietta Kanengeiser was... continue »

Traveling West in 1854: The Story of an 11-Year-Old Girl and Her Family

We often read stories of families traveling west by wagon train. However, recently I was introduced to a reminiscence of a woman’s childhood journey to... continue »