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Dead bodies, glitter baths, and pink toilet seats…

Dead bodies, glitter baths, and pink toilet seats…

(Ellen here filling in for Marilyn as she leads a group of WOWees on a Croatian cruise and post-trip to Slovenia (so jealous!!).) I did my stint as a motel maid (that’s what we were called back then) in the summer of 1977. I had just turned 14 and was excited to start...
India, re-visited

India, re-visited

My old journal is in pretty good shape considering what it went through all those many years ago.   Onto the very first page of the pocket-sized 6-ring binder, I printed my name, Saginaw address, and my Metropolitan Life Insurance policy number. The 3×5...
Marilyn’s Michigan Adventure – Continued

Marilyn’s Michigan Adventure – Continued

The story continues . . . My younger brother, Ron, has lived in Japan for 24 years but has made it a point to return to Michigan and California almost every year to expose his daughter, Seiko, (now 17) to her American family and to American culture. I’m tagging...
Going Home … to a place that’s worlds away

Going Home … to a place that’s worlds away

I don’t know when Saginaw hit its peak. Maybe in the 1800s when it was a thriving lumber town. Or maybe the 50s when post-war manufacturing was booming. But it was already on a downward skid when I was growing up there in the 60s. I always remember wishing I’d been...
CTP turns 40

CTP turns 40

My company was founded in 1977. Not by me. (I didn’t get hired by CTP until 1981.) But that makes 2017 our 40th-anniversary year! Whoot, whoot! Cue the confetti! I confess to being a bit of a hoarder, particularly about sentimental or nostalgic things. I have a...
Two Halves of the Same Year

Two Halves of the Same Year

This is the traditional end-of-year post when I get all teary-eyed and write about gratitude. It’s also the time of year when I begin to lay out a photo book for my husband, Scott, called “Our Year in Pictures.” His birthday is on January 9 so...