Leaders, This is Our Time

"How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world." – Anne Frank In my early twenties, I was sure I was going to be a Russian Orthodox priest. I even earned my master’s degree in theology from Saint...

Innovation in Small Town America

Often people think of innovation in terms of the big inventions that pioneered new industries, like Alexander Graham Bell’s telephone, Thomas Edison’s light bulb and the Wright brothers’ airplane. As a patent attorney, I have seen innovation on many levels, from high-tech inventions at Microsoft to...

Take a Stand TC: Enable essential workers to vote

I was raised a Milliken Republican. Most of us in TC supported our hometown governor. I learned from his words that honesty, fairness and representing all people, including those who did not vote for you, was of utmost importance. Attending Central Grade School, we were taught...

Dig the Well Before You Are Thirsty

One of the joys of 2020 has been driving my mom around. She is 85 and since the weather turned warm enough, I have been taking her on long drives on Old Mission Peninsula and throughout Leelanau Country in vintage cars with broad bench seats...

The Power of Connection

Northern Michigan business owners won’t let COVID-19 take them down. While it's true the crisis is impacting the small business economy in ways we never could have anticipated, many of our local businesses have learned to stay agile and stay connected to their customers during the...

Triple Whammy: Three post-COVID-19 issues to consider

The global COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted business as usual for nearly all, especially in the areas of service workers, work from home options and racial inequalities. Service worker shortage. Many services organizations cannot find labor to fill jobs. This was a problem last year, but it...

Letting Go of Normal

I have the honor of owning a 1915 Ford Model T that was delivered new that year to its first owner in Traverse City. It is painted black (the only color Ford offered back then) and it has the last of the brass radiators that...

Heroes Don’t Wear Capes

Heroes don’t wear capes, they wear scrubs, business suits, dresses, overalls, khakis and blue jeans. As the COVID-19 virus moves across the world and spreads in the Grand Traverse region, I am witnessing our community rising with heart, determination and collaboration to meet this immense challenge. As...