Elizabeth Scussel

Published November 22, 2011

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — The Rev. Charlene M. Proctor said she is reaching out to show people how to look within themselves to create their own journey to happiness.

After a string of personal hardships, Proctor searched for solace by traveling to Fiji and India to study faith and the divine at Oneness University. She describes her experience as intense and demanding, and from it she learned how to extract and clear out personal suffering.

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Published November 9, 2011

BIRMINGHAM — The halls of The Community House will soon be decked for the holidays for the annual Preview Party, a fundraising kickoff event for the Winter Holiday Gift Show.

On Nov. 14, there will be hors d’oeuvres and early shopping of various local vendors showcasing their unique merchandise, all for a good cause.

“People often think (The Community House) is a banquet and classes facility. But we are actually a charity first,” said Meg Ferron, vice chair of The Community House and co-chair of the Gift Show.

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Published September 21, 2011

Some people may say that wallpaper went out of style years ago, and just the mention of hanging and removing it is enough to drive some people up the wall.

So some local designers have veered from conventional wallpaper placements and have begun introducing it into other parts of the house. It has been placed on cupboard doors, room dividers and lampshades. Some designers are even making an art of it.

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Published August 24, 2011

To some people, writing is work. To others, it may be just a hobby.

But for local writers club members, it’s so much more, and sharing it with people who are on the same page can make it even more enriching.

Christine Purcell, founder of the Midwest Genre Writers and Readers Group, belonged to two other writers groups before launching her own.

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Published August 3, 2011

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It could be many things. It could be the bright lights, the costumes or the smell of the greasepaint and the roar of the crowd, but Sylvan Lake resident Leif Chapman understands that there is magic in the theater.

“It’s hard to put your finger on what it is. Whether it is community theater or Broadway, it gets in your blood,” he said. “People just need to be near it. It’s almost a guarantee that everyone involved in community theater has another job, but they all know the magic is there.”

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Published July 13, 2011

The summer months can bring about many unwelcome threats for people: tornadoes, flooding, bee stings, heatstroke.

But the heat can increase perils for pets, as well.

“Heat is the primary hazard for pets,” said Kevin Hatman, public relations coordinator for the Michigan Humane Society. “People need to provide pets with plenty of shade, shelter and fresh water, especially if they will be outside for any length of time. Keep pets indoors or in a cool, shaded area, especially during very hot days.”

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Published July 6, 2011

Some people collect baseball cards as a hobby. Some people knit. And some people visit garage sales.

Some would say that Eastpointe resident Joy Yaklin has perfected her garage sale hobby. She uses Craigslist to search for specific items and her GPS to map out routes, and she’ll spend the day perusing sales to fulfill orders from her friends, family and co-workers.

“I’ve got everything I need at home,” she said. Yaklin no longer shops for herself. She now hunts bargains for others.

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Published June 22, 2011

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Summer is about more than cookouts, swimming pools and sunshine. It’s also a time when droves of high school and college kids scramble to find a job.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the labor market for the nation’s teenagers has been extremely depressed in recent years. Record low employment rates were set during the past few summers. In fact, the nation’s teen labor markets have been in a steep, nearly continuous decline for the past 11 years.

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Published June 8, 2011

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As the temperatures increase, so does the number of people changing residences.

The month of May marked the beginning of moving season, the experts note. Moving can be stressful enough, they say, but consumers not knowing their rights can make matters worse, possibly resulting in loss of property, money and time.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, more than 37 million Americans move each year. In 2010, the Better Business Bureau received nearly 9,000 complaints against moving companies, a 5 percent increase from 2009.

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