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Recentering Detroit, Part 2: The French Connection

Recentering Detroit is a multipart examination of culture of development in the current city, the ongoing crises and the efforts by residents to define their city, not as a relic of the past to be resurrected or “revitalized,” but a place where people live their lives. 1,802 more words


French Food & Film - Happy 315th Detroit - Sat July 23

Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac founded Fort Pontchartrain, later known as “Ville de Troit,” then the City of Detroit — on July 24, 1701, and the continent has never been the same. 186 more words

Unlikely Friendship

Mister Hockey

Gordie Howe
March 31, 1928 – June 10, 2016

If you are from Michigan, and have been involved in hockey in any way, chances are you have a Gordie Howe story.  1,075 more words



Didn’t go to Sunday School. Mary didn’t come, anyway. Mama and I went to the Alhambra and saw Will Rogers in “David Harum” and Anna Sten in “Nana.” Both were great.



I bought a pair of roller skates today–$1.49. Lily and I skated on Boston Blvd from 2-5. Grandma washed my head. Mama took back suit and got a navy blue suit. We bought some chocolate peppermints.

Criminals in the Family

Every family has a skeleton in the closet. In our family, Willard Smith Norvell and Bayard Boyd Norvell fit the bill. They were the sons of my great uncle Edwin Forrest Norvell, who had served in the Civil War, as an aide to General George Armstrong Custer, and Margretta Smith Norvell. 476 more words

American History

When I met your Bumpa...

Disclaimer: I am my Nana’s great granddaughter, typing up everything she says and remembers. These life events happened, but maybe not quite how she says. She has onset Dementia and her memory isn’t as great as it used to be. 560 more words