An Economic Argument for Social Change

Here in Michigan, with the exception of a handful of cities, you can be evicted from your home for being gay. You may also be fired for the same reason. I find that unacceptable. It’s actually unacceptable for everyone else in the state too, no matter what their political or personal beliefs are, because it’s turning the same people away from living here that we are investing so much time in money to attract.

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Imagining a Michigan Epilogue

I just finished John Irving’s most recent book, In One Person, which was not at all about Michigan, but (unsurprisingly) got me thinking about Michigan all the same. One line in particular did, anyway:

“Perhaps you need to have your world change, your entire world, to understand why anyone would write an epilogue.”

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It’s the Blue Economy, Stupid: A pleasant peninsula looks about itself

A press release came to my inbox a few weeks ago announcing the creation of the Michigan Economic Center at East Lansing’s Prima Civitas with a title that read, “Center plans to build support for investments in distinctive state assets for the coming ‘Green’ and ‘Blue’ economies.”

To which my response was, “Blue economy? Blue economy? That’s genius! A blue economy! We’re Michigan! We should have one of those! Do we have one of those? Can we get one?”

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The Arab Advantage

In 2006, for reasons that take longer than a blog intro to explain, I was boarding a plane in Copenhagen in a state of absolute joy to be going home. It was hard to believe I was really going to make it. Imagine my delight when took my seat right next to a guy who […]

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You’re Not Looking Close Enough

Mike and I were recently visiting my grandmother and various aunts, uncles and cousins in Florida. As my mother’s Pontiac born-and-bred family are wont to do, we decided to have a Michigan-y night, so we ordered pizza and gathered ’round a DVR’d episode of the Smithsonian Channel’s Aerial America featuring Michigan. It’s a cool concept, and […]

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Here’s some Michigan for you

Every week, I am lucky enough to have the same experience – often, multiple times. I’ll hang up the phone after interviewing someone for a story and say to myself, “I can’t believe that person exists and s/he is doing that thing.” It’s absolutely overwhelming. In  a state that seems to only get bad press […]

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