The Meaning of Home

The Meaning of Home

At first look, it appears obvious that we can see what is happening in our current housing market. People are losing or selling their homes and moving onto other abodes. Whether it's by choice or necessity, homeowners are adapting because they have to. What's not apparent is the hidden tsunami of emotion that hits us as we come face to face with redefining what home means. In my grandparent's life, they expected to save and purchase a home they would stay in for years. They'd raise their Continue reading

Ridin’ Detroit

Ridin’ Detroit

When traveling, one of may favorite things to do is to bike an area. I've seen several places on two self-propelled wheels. Vancouver's Stanley Park & Granville Island, Ontario's Pelee Island, Michigan's Mackinac Island, St. Croix in the US Virgin Islands and now, closer to home, Detroit's Dequindre Cut. I highly recommend all the tours because each is completely different. We started off with a walk along the Riverfront and a quick walking tour of the Renaissance Center. The Detroit Continue reading

Dangerous Regression

Dangerous Regression

As I sat working in the Family Room today, the two story room was filled with echoes of mischievous giggles and footsteps running up and downstairs, slamming doors, followed by hollers between cohorts. I was immediately transported back to having two active boys and my mother's instincts kicked in. I knew I had to go check on these two, only instead of two elementary school boys, I was dealing with my 17 year old son and his 19 year old friend. What were they up to? They'd pulled the old Continue reading

A Most Unusual Playmate

A Most Unusual Playmate

My favorite time to get out in the kayak is on a still early evening while the sun is 3/4 finished it's daily journey across the sky. Tonight, I decided to explore the small waterways branching off the main lake for the first time this season. As I pointed the front of my kayak into a calm canal, I was startled by a turtle splashing the surface to escape my impending paddle. Three ducks were swimming along ahead of me. As I caught up to them, two quickly disappeared. The third, obviously Continue reading

I Thought You Were a Real Estate Agent

I Thought You Were a Real Estate Agent

I have been trying to gather votes for a contest that will cover many of my costs for a conference in Vegas. The Accelerate Live Workshops are for people who run companies offering virtual support. As many of you know, I have managed CyberCletch LLC, Your Marketing Management Team for over a decade now. When I moved to Michigan, several circumstances collided and I began to sell real estate. I loved working with my clients, got rave reviews, and became very busy. So busy, I had to make Continue reading

Happy Mother’s Day (Take 2)

Happy Mother’s Day (Take 2)

ahhhh Mother's Day. With girls you seem to get pretty pictures and breakfast in bed. You never quite know what you're going to get with boys. Earlier today I wrote about wonderful past presents from my sons but thought I should share this year's surprises. My eldest appeared with some yummy dark chocolate and a heartfelt card. My youngest appeared with a snake. Both made me smile. ahhhh Mother's Day. Continue reading

10 Life Lessons Learned From World of Warcraft

10 Life Lessons Learned From World of Warcraft

I can hear my oldest calling me a "geek" and I can see my youngest shaking his head in belief, but here it goes anyway... There's always another battle to be fought. You need to regenerate your mana. No matter how many times you heal certain people, they're going to blame their squishiness on you. If you don't cooperate, you'll never get the epic gear. Sometimes it's good to slow down and just celebrate. Persevere through your mistakes and you will be Continue reading

The Busy Woman’s Update

The Busy Woman’s Update

In About this site, I wrote, "Real Home Sense is the hub for my life activities. Everything radiates from here." My plan was to summarize the "BIG" things that were happening in my life through links to my other blogs, but I haven't been very good at getting the updates done. Just like my "button-a-day" Flickr project and my Fotog Friday post, it fell by the wayside. The problem with being an inherent explorer, with a perpetual curiosity, is constantly keeping 20 balls in the air. Continue reading

Our Fine Four Fendered Friend!

Our Fine Four Fendered Friend!

I haven't had the pleasure of attending a Walled Lake School District theatrical production before last night. As is typical with most parents, as soon as their child signs up to be involved, presence is voluntarily obligatory. I was excited to hear my son play with the orchestra accompanying the actors singing in Walled Lake Northern's production of CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG. Once again I was impressed with the quality of Walled Lake Schools Performing Arts Department. I found myself Continue reading

I Am Here. #NowRevolutionBook

I Am Here. #NowRevolutionBook

I used to collect old books. I revered them, the older the better. They were like wise ancestors deserving of respect, so I never, ever wrote in them. No highlighting, no margin notes... just the appreciation of a personal note on the inside cover of gifted books. Recently, I was offered the honor of reviewing the Now Revolution Book by Jay Baer and Amber Naslund. They sent me two copies, one to read and one to give away. I had planned to give away both... until I cracked my copy and Continue reading

10 Famous Films Made in Michigan

10 Famous Films Made in Michigan

The local film industry seems to be picking up steam or perhaps I've just found where to get the information. I've faithfully been watching Detroit 1-8-7 on Tuesdays or on Hulu if I miss it (which is more often than not). UK's The Telegraph recently ran an article titled Ten famous films shot in Michigan. They are as follows: Up in the Air: George Clooney 2009 American Beauty: Kevin Spacey 1999 Gran Torino: Clint Eastwood 2008 Die Hard 2: Bruce Willis 1990 Beverly Hills Cop: Continue reading

Detroit Rocks!

Detroit Rocks!

Reader's Digest recently published a picture slideshow called 9 Surprising Reasons Why Detroit Rocks as part of their Travel the World series. Here is a summary of their list: (Visit here to see the images and the reasons for their selections.) The Heidelberg Project The Cass Corridor The Westin Book Cadillac Detroit Mexicantown’s Restaurants and Supermercados The Eastern Market Detroit on Wheels (or Feet) Artists’ Studios Motown (and Other Musical Attractions) The Quest Continue reading

Metropolitan Youth Symphony

Metropolitan Youth Symphony

Did you know there is an opportunity for your child to play music in addition to the school programs? I had the opportunity to see the Metropolitan Youth Symphony perform recently. I was surprised at the level of music these young people were playing! Junior Strings Orchestra - grades 1 to 5 String Orchestra - grades 5 to 9 Concert Orchestra - grades 9 to 12 Symphony Orchestra - grades 10 to 12 Their next concert is February 6th at the Ford Community and Continue reading

The Memory Tomb

The Memory Tomb

As life gets busier and our brain gets full, we think we remember everything until something jogs a long forgotten experience. This happened to me when I photographed my childhood button collection. Many brought back memories that transported my mind back to previous years. I didn't just recall an experience, I remembered who I was at the time I wore or bought it. Old songs often do the same thing. Time travel without the DeLorean. When experiencing an amazing event, you think you'll never Continue reading

5 Favorite Christmas Santa Sites

5 Favorite Christmas Santa Sites

Here are my favorite Christmas season sites. Some are from when my children were little, others are recent sites that entertained me. Portable North Pole message from Santa is a new favorite. Fill in a few details for your toddler, child or special someone and santa talks to them directly. There are also videos of Santa's secret village. NorthPole.com is a simple but fun site for young children where they can read stories, or have them read aloud. Parents can print out a "Good Deeds Continue reading

Walled Lake Holiday Collage Concert on Videos Part 1

I had the extreme pleasure of attending the Walled Lake Consolidated Schools Holiday Collage Concert at Walled Lake Northern last Saturday night. We were lucky to get tickets for one of the three - not to be missed - sold out shows. While watching 1200 students perform, I sat in amazement of the organization and production skills that went into a show of that magnitude. Below are videos 1 and 2 from Interval 1 of the evenings performances... Performances by the Women's Chorus and Continue reading

Stephen Clark Got Me Watching the News Again

Stephen Clark Got Me Watching the News Again

In Canada, I watched the news daily. If I wanted to know what was going on in the world, I'd turn on CBC and watch. It never occurred to me that news could be one-sided, or sensationalized, it always seemed to be told from a position of neutrality. I moved to Columbus, Ohio in 1999 and turned on the news to become familiarized with the area. I was surprised; the local news reminded me more of watching soap operas. Announcers kept viewers hanging on as long as possible with breadcrumb Continue reading

Walled Lake Northern Marching Band MSBOA Performance

Walled Lake Northern Marching Band MSBOA Performance

WLNMB nailed their performance last night at the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association Festival. They played and marched beautifully in synch, definitely worthy of their Division 1 rating. The festival was held at Waterford Kettering High School on 10/12/10. The band performs their 2010 show, "Songs you Might Hear with your iPod on Shuffle" which includes Mr. Roboto (Styx), Pump It (Black Eyed Peas) What a Fool Believes (Doobie Brothers), The Hand That Feeds (Nine Inch Nails). Continue reading

My First Video Blog Post!

My First Video Blog Post!

Spurred on by David Burch's 10 Reasons You Should Post Your Video Today while at WordCamp Detroit, I've created my first video blog post. I talk about being thankful (Canadian Thanksgiving), TEDxDetroit, WordCamp Detroit, 140 Character Conference Detroit, and the 10/10/10 campaign to stop child trafficking. David Burch's 10 Reasons You Should Post Your Video Today You obviously have a reason to do video if you bought all that equipment. 80% of success is just showing up. Success Continue reading

Button a Day Project

Button a Day Project

Everyone collects something. For my friend Barb it's hippos, my grandmother collected owls, my mother collects coins - and anything else the shopping network tells her she needs. I have collected things on and off through the years, but I didn't consider myself a true collector of anything - unless friends count. The other day my son came to me and mentioned a long forgotten folly of mine. Buttons. I knew I saved them for "one day." The day when I was a grown up and could create a Continue reading