Last weekend, Mary Katherine purchased a copy of this map
for me. I first saw it while shopping with Tommy and Jenna in Grand Haven the
weekend Rosie and Chris were married. I have always loved the lake, but the
thought occurred to me that much of my life has been worked out in the frame of
this map; Chicago suburbs, Wisconsin (including Algoma) and now Lansing.
There are a lot of reasons that Michigan feels like home;
one of them is that when I was younger, I spent a lot of time here with family
and friends. Senior ditch day and post prom were at Warren Dunes, I learned to
drive and to water ski on White Lake near Whitehall while camping at Muskegon
State Park, as well as the countless other trips to the Sister Lakes region
with Chuck Rigali and his family…
Last Sunday was the first Sunday I had off since moving to
Michigan on July 1. Mary Katherine and I drove from Lansing to Whitehall and
down the scenic road to Grand Haven where we shopped, had a lovely meal and
then sat by the Grand River watching the boats go back and forth along the
That brings me to the biggest reason why Michigan feels like
home; Mary Katherine. While some days like last Sunday are more fun than
others, every day with this woman is a delight. I didn’t know it was possible
for two people to live so happily and in harmony with one another and I
certainly did not expect it in my lifetime and yet, here I am in this moment
and it is a good one and I am grateful.
As the Los Angeles Galaxy prepare to honor legend David Beckham with a statue outside the stadium, James Corden and the club assemble an intricate plan to prank David with, annoying fans, a half-hearted highlight reel and a statue that falls incredibly below the mark.