Slow Roll Detroit, Group Bicycle Ride on Mondays

Slow Roll Detroit, A Group Bicycle Ride every Monday

What it is? Slow Roll Detroit is Michigan’s largest weekly bike ride with over 3,000 riders each week. Roughly, from the beginning of April until the end of October, bicyclists of all ages and skill levels take to the streets of Detroit, most Monday evenings. Everyone is welcome to participate with the slow pace to provide a safe and unique way to see the city and its neighborhoods. While membership is required, it’s inexpensive at only $10.00 to join at the basic level. Sponsors … [Read more...]

Anderson Japanese Gardens in Rockford

Anderson Japanese Gardens - photo by Michael Dwyer

The Start of Beauty Several business trips took John Anderson to Japan in the 1960s. However, a visit to the Portland Japanese Gardens in Oregon inspired him to develop his swampy backyard, along Spring Creek in Rockford, to give Illinois it's own piece of Japan. John employed the assistance of designer Hoichi Kurisu, a master craftsman, and in 1978 construction began on the Anderson Japanese Gardens. Every path, tree, and rock placed in the gardens were done so with exact … [Read more...]

Writing Contest Winners Announced at Social Media Conference at OU

Judith Ralston Ellison Reads her Flash Fiction Entry at the Rochester Writers' Spring Social Media Conference for Writers

First Page The Rochester Writers’ Winter Contest Awards were announced Saturday, April 25, at Oakland University. During the Rochester Writers’ spring conference, winners of the contest that attended could read their entry to the more than 50 people at the event. Cash prizes were awarded for first, second, and third places. First Page of a Novel is the most entered category. Contest judge, Kelly Fordon said, “I was intrigued by the convergence here between what seemed to be … [Read more...]

Register for the Spring Rochester Writers’ Conference

Rochester Writers' Conference

If you missed the Fall Rochester Writers’ Conference at Oakland University last October, you have another chance. this time you'll have a chance to glean insights from some of the area’s best social media and blogging minds. The Spring Conference will be held Saturday, April 25 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Oakland Center on the campus of Oakland University in Rochester, MI. Your day will include workshops, lectures, and panel discussions in Social Media Platforms, Blogging, and Online … [Read more...]

Horsing Around in the Bluegrass

Michael Dwyer and Sonya Julie at the Bluegrass Stakes in Lexington, KY 2014

By Michael Dwyer and Sonya Julie Lexington was Kentucky’s first city and residents were so sure of their role in the new nation that they embraced decadent banquets, dancing, horseracing, and torchlight parades. Bankers, lawyers, and merchants brought an extension of the elite to the city and mingled with the emerging professional class. Exotic travel books were written and visitors were greeted by a new gentry with Old World ways when visiting the “Athens of the West.” The … [Read more...]

The 63rd Annual Detroit Autorama this Weekend

2015 Autorama

Pitched as the America’s Greatest Hot Rod Show, the 63rd Annual Autorama returns to Cobo Hall in Downtown Detroit this weekend. Nearly 1,000 hot rods and customs cars that have been chopped, channeled, dumped and decked will keep all the car buffs busy for hours. The featured vehicles will be five cars from the Fast and Furious movie franchise. “We are delighted to have this amazing collection of movie cars at this year’s Autorama,” said Peter A. Toundas, President of … [Read more...]

Top Travel Destinations for 2015

Zip Line Adventure in Costa Rica

Top Travel Destinations for 2015 Every travel expert, travel website, or major news outlet has published a list of the top travel destinations to consider in 2015. Here are a few of those lists to peruse as you and the family curl up by a fireplace, drink hot chocolate and try to stay warm over the next several days. U.S. News Travel Paris London Barcelona Maui New York City San Francisco Puerto Rico Sydney Rio de Janeiro Bora … [Read more...]

Human Powered Winter Activities in the UP

Michael Dwyer Fat Tire Bikes the Marquette Snow Bike Route

While most places in Michigan have snow on the ground, there is just something about going north to the Upper Peninsula for a true winter escape. Crossing the Mackinac Bridge is always an adventure and when the Great Lakes freeze over, it provides tremendous wintery views. Marquette County is a wonderful option to try many of the human-powered activities that flourish during the colder months of the year. Snow biking, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing are all a soft adventure way to … [Read more...]

Sea Life Comes to Great Lakes

The Turtle Exhibit is the part of the changing exhibits that rotate out once per year - photo by Michael Dwyer

SEA LIFE Comes to Great Lakes Five-thousand new fish flood Great Lakes Crossing The new attraction at the mall is the SEA LIFE Michigan Aquarium. Media had a chance to preview the 35,000-square-feet indoor aquarium before it opens to the public on Thursday, January 29. When the doors open at noon, visitors will be welcomed into a water wonderland of 250 diverse species with more than 5,000 sea creatures altogether. SEA LIFE Michigan is part of the U.K. based Merlin Entertainments. … [Read more...]

My Story of Dealing with the City of Rochester Hills

Rochester Hills Official Logo

As a journalist, I’ve had to report on several issues and topics that arise with local municipalities. From roadwork to city council meetings to elections, news, both positive and negative, keeps journalists working. Sometimes trying to track down the right person in government is tough. Waiting for a return call, getting the interview, checking the facts – can all be an ordeal. Therefore, as a resident, when I had to call the City of Rochester Hills for two reasons this week, I thought … [Read more...]