The Great Pumpkin Staging Ground

The Great Pumpkin Staging Ground

If Charlie Brown lived in Commerce I'm sure he'd be waiting for the Great Pumpkin here. 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

Attitude Is All I Got!

I don't enjoy gambling, not at the casinos and not in life. If I decide to do something, I ensure all the odds are in my favor through careful planning. When I signed up for the Commerce 5k run I thought it was a realistic goal for me. Up until 2007, I hadn't run since 6th grade. I began running in 1 minute intervals and within the year was running 3-4 miles a two to three times a week. I LOVED it. The post-run emotional high is unmatched by anything else in my life. I contemplated the Continue reading

Sneak Peek of the WLN 2010 Band Show

Sneak Peek of the WLN 2010 Band Show

Here are the first videos of the new Walled Lake Northern Marching Band show for 2010. They were taken the first and last day of camp. It will be exciting to see the upcoming changes as they perform throughout the season in full uniform. Continue reading

What kind of spider is this?

What kind of spider is this?

What kind of spider is this?, originally uploaded by cletch. Pat Williams 248-842-5527 CyberCletch LLC Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry Jennifer messaged me through Facebook and suggested it might be a Garden Orb Weaver Spider Continue reading

After the Storm

After the Storm

This was taken off my deck in July 2010 after an electrical storm. The eerie glow in the air drew me outside - the sky was this color for a short time before the sunset. Continue reading

Overhead Signal Light Work Commerce Twp

Overhead Signal Light Work Commerce Twp

Overhead Signal Light Work Commerce Twp, originally uploaded by cletch. Working on the traffic lights at Commerce Rd and Carroll Lake Rd. Continue reading

Friday night dinner

Friday night dinner

Friday night dinner, originally uploaded by cletch. Love the patio dining at a Matter of Taste. Thank you Naomi for a wonderful birthday dinner! Pat Williams 248-842-5527 CyberCletch LLC Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry Continue reading

The Pot Of Gold at the End of the Razor

The Pot Of Gold at the End of the Razor

Would you shave your head to show solidarity with kids fighting cancer? I learned about St. Baldrick's through one of my networking meetings. Emily Macbeth began supporting the cause after losing her child to cancer. She is organizing a fundraising event to be held at the Uptown Grill on Maple Road in Commerce. (If you haven't been to the Uptown Grill, you're missing out! Everything is excellent and they have live music regularly.) You can visit the St. Baldrick's Uptown Grill event page Continue reading

Having Trouble Saying “No” to Your Kids?

Having Trouble Saying “No” to Your Kids?

As parents our first instinct is to give our children everything they need, but we have trouble drawing the line at giving them everything they want. Learning to say no to your children is an important part of their development; it keeps them safe, teaches them gratitude, it even shows them how to self-regulate their own behavior. It's obvious in young children when parents have difficulty setting boundaries. As children get older, and more adept at reasoning (or arguing!), it only becomes Continue reading

Should Independent Thinking be a Punishable Crime?

Should Independent Thinking be a Punishable Crime?

Earlier this week I received the following email from the high school my children attend: A disciplinary action has been assigned to "Name". The offense was Improper Use of Dist Technolog. This offense happened on 01/04/2010. The staff member who referred your student was "Name" The action taken was Before/After School Detention. "Name" must serve the action on 01/04/2010. If you have any questions, please contact me. Our goal, through progressive discipline, is to change Continue reading

Up On The Housetop by WLN Symphony Band

Up On The Housetop by WLN Symphony Band

A little Christmas music to celebrate Santa's arrival tonight! Up On The Housetop is performed by the Walled Lake Northern Symphony Band at their Winter Concert on 12-10-09. Have a wonderful day tomorrow, I hope it's full of love and music! Video: I knew this song as "Up On The Rooftop" but my son corrected me saying it's "Up On The Housetop," I wonder if it's an American-British thing again. Anyway, here's the words as I remember them, so you can sing along: Up on the Continue reading

WLN Philharmonia Strings Performing a Christmas Medley

WLN Philharmonia Strings Performing a Christmas Medley

Walled Lake Northern High School's Philharmonia Strings performs a medley of carols including Carol of the Bells and Greensleeves. Continue reading

WLN Symphony Band Performing Toboggan Ride

Here is the Walled Lake Northern High School's String Ensemble performing Toboggan Ride during their Winter Concert on 12-10-09. Continue reading

The Polar Express by WLN Wind Ensemble

The Polar Express by WLN Wind Ensemble

Here is the Walled Lake Northern High School's Symphony Orchestra performing The Polar Express during their Winter Concert on 12-10-09. Continue reading

30 Days of Thanks – Day 18

30 Days of Thanks – Day 18

Today I am thankful for my Flip Mino HD. I've used it to get video testimonials from a few clients on the real estate side of my business but I LOVE to use it to capture the Marching Band performances in a way that my camera can't - with sound and movement. After all isn't that what a Marching Band is all about? For a sample of the Flip and to see the last 2009 Walled Lake Northern Marching Band performance of 2009, watch the series of videos below. The high school marching band closed the Continue reading

30 Days of Thanks – Day 16

Last night I took my youngest to an information session on Walled Lake Percussion. It's a group that consists of members of all three Walled Lake high school's music programs. I had no idea this group even existed locally until my son announced he wanted to be a part of it. The kids from Western, Central and Northern, under the direction of Nick Pourcho try out for 2 levels of Winter Drumline. Below is a video of last year's performance of WLP World performance: Now that I know Continue reading

Homecoming Fashion Show at WLN

Homecoming Fashion Show at WLN

I was a little surprised when my son told me he was participating in the high school fashion show, modeling wasn't something I thought he was interested in. The fashion show is raises funds - I assume for the homecoming dance or prom - and provides entertainment for the audience and kids involved. I'm sure it took a lot of time and coordination on the part of the organizer and participants; it was a lot of fun to watch. If you have a facebook account you can see how the students Continue reading

H1N1: How Accurate is the Information?

H1N1: How Accurate is the Information?

We've all been hearing the hype about the recent Swine Flu (H1N1). What we hear most about are the deaths and hospitalizations. Yes they're scary. I remember when I had my unplanned C-section and was given a consent form to sign listing the mortality rates, it was terrifying! Instead, I focused on all the mother's who had given birth and NOT died. Perhaps we need to do the same for those afflicted with the H1N1 virus. There are many people who have had the flu and survived. There are Continue reading