The View from the Crow’s Nest

I recently attended my first, large public event in 14 months. It seemed strange at first but it was largely outdoors—a car show in Florida. People were mingling and laughing. Sometimes within six feet of each other. Without masks. Whoa, weird. But also, wonderful. I...

Balancing Act: How to end disproportionate job loss for women

In December 2020, the United States lost 140,000 jobs. Women accounted for 100% of the lost jobs. Diving deeper into the government jobs report, women actually lost 156,000 jobs while men gained 16,000 new jobs in December (resulting a net loss of 140,000 jobs). When the...

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...