Even away from her career as a pediatrician, Anne Stevenson is using her skills to help kids.
After taking a leave of absence from her practice to stay home with her own children, Stevenson became involved as a grant writer with Court Appointed Special Advocates — a group of trained volunteers who act on behalf of children caught up in the justice system because of family matters.
By the time this column is read, my niece, McKenzie, will be Mrs. Loyd. I had forgotten in a short two-year span how the wedding-planning game works. I must say it still is the same. I have tried to be a help to my sister in the planning and dragging of wedding materials.
McKenzie is the quiet storm of the four grandchildren in our family. She is the one you never know what she is thinking unless you ask. So when she announced she had met the man of her dreams, we were shocked and happy. Then the icing was put on the cake when he asked her to be his bride.
City of birth: Deckerville, Mich.
City of residence: Elizabethtown.
Favorite music: Gospel.
Favorite TV shows: Court and “judge” shows, such as “The People’s Court,” which features judge Marilyn Milian, but not “Judge Judy.”
Favorite movies: “300.”
Favorite books: Historical romances.
I admit it. I’m one of those tree huggers who recycles. You know, the ones who chirp they reuse junk mail envelopes to write their grocery lists on so they can tuck their coupons inside.
Well, I don’t exactly do that, but I often feel I’m on a mission to keep things out of the landfill.
Take office paper, for instance. If one side has printing on it, there are 93.5 perfectly good square inches of space on the other side that can be used for handouts, schedules, lists of classes and the like.
Dina Hackert may only have recently stepped into a coaching role in Meade County, but she’s had a long history with the sport of basketball and a heart for ministry.
Hackert is a Meade County High School graduate whose basketball team went to the state tournament during her career. While at Hope College, her team won a NCAA Division III national championship in 1990.
She’s coached at a variety of levels in Michigan, from varsity girls to middle school. Hackert and her husband, Jeff, also are ordained ministers.
Is my present more important than my past? I saw that statement on a Facebook post and it got the wheels of my mind turning.
When I look back at my past, I really don’t think it is that bad, but of course it is my past and I might be too soft on myself.
Yes, my past — like most people who are honest with themselves — is filled with good and bad, highs and lows, secrets, truths, half truths and no truth, joy, pain, happy tears, sad tears and those tears that come for no reason at all.
Cheri Ellis-Reeves of Elizabethtown has found a passion in volunteering and she encourages others to do the same.
She credits teamwork with playing an important role in what she does.
“We all work together here,” the Elizabethtown resident said, as she visited Helping Hand of Hope’s Elizabethtown office.
The organization, which also has an office in Radcliff, offers assistance to those in need. Among other things, Helping Hand of Hope provides food and clothing, financial assistance and job readiness training.