ER Doc, former U-M linebacker talks about sports concussions

10 Apr



Beaumont Health System‘s Emergency Room Physician Chris Hutchinson spoke at the University of Michigan Alumni Club. More than 50 alumni attended the event at a hospital off-site conference room in Troy, Mich. Hutchinson enlightened the crowd about concussions in sports. As an NCAA All-American as well as the Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year at the University of Michigan, Hutchinson understands the topic professionally and personally.

He informed the crowd about the dangers of concussions, the long-standing effects and recognizing the systems. He cited the wise adage about playing sports after a head injury, “When in doubt, sit them out.” Thankfully, there are new protocols about returning to play.

One interesting tidbit is that the first person to bring awareness to this topic was President Teddy Roosevelt. (Check out the link on “How Teddy Roosevelt Saved Football” by the History Channel.)

Dr. Hutchinson’s speech was well received, interesting and informative. Although I’m not a U-M alumnus, my one reaction is: Go Blue.


The No-Show 5K

4 Apr




I just received a clever fundraising invitation in the mail. It’s for the “No-Show 5K Run.” As the invitation states, this non-event raises funds for the Bottomless Toy Chest, which provides crafts and activities for pediatric cancer patients in Michigan hospitals. You don’t have to show up, and you don’t have to run or walk with hundreds of people. You just can feel great by donating to these hospitals who help children with cancer — Beaumont Children’s Hospital, Children’s Hospital of Michigan, C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, Helen De Vos Children’s Hospital, St. John Van Elslander Cancer Center and Sparrow Hospital.

I just might not show up!


Kimye Obssessed

30 Mar





With all the hype, I purchased the April issue of Vogue with Kim Karadashian and Kanye West on the cover. Frankly, it’s fabulous. The beautiful photography is by Annie Leibovitz, and there’s even some behind-the-scenes photos.  I just love this one in Paris. The photos with baby North are adorable.



But not to be overlooked is the incredible fashion shoot by Mikael Jansson on the beach. Just look at this stunning photo below.


Also, in the magazine there are articles on the Deborah Jones, the new ambassador to Libya, who certainly has a difficult job.  There are plenty of celebrities like Kate Upton and Emily Blunt included.

I enjoyed the tips about being fashionable in the sun with protective clothing like rashguards.

So, weigh in. . are you going to read and/or buy Vogue this month?


The Right Fit

27 Mar





Men step aside. This posting is about bras. Today I got fitted for a bra by an expert from Wacoal. I attended a girls night out party at Saks Fifth Avenue. My girlfriend, Adrienne Ruby Fink, hosted the event. At a recent charity benefit, Adrienne bid on this “just for girls” soiree.

Well, I can’t  remember  the last time I got fitted for a bra, and wow what a difference. As the Wacoal representative Jan Taylor explained, “The girls look perky when you have the right fit.” She did a superb job in making me look good. “The most important thing is having the bra complement the figure,” she noted. Taylor also said that the band of the bra should be secure around the rib cage. Wacoal’s most popular bra is the one above — the awareness bra.

Wacoal is participating in a terrific event — Fit for the Cure where they will donate dollars for breast cancer research.

Try one on!


Introducing Baby Boobala

23 Mar


There’s a great product out for nursing moms created by Motowner Jackie Layne. It’s Baby Boobala, a nursing cover-up that’s chic and comfy. Currently this must-have nursing mom accessory is sold at Bella Belli and Lee Specialty, both in the Detroit area.

Check it out!

Mascot Gathering

12 Mar


Some of Motown’s favorite mascots helped Beau the Bear celebrate his 5th birthday. Beau is the mascot of Beaumont Children’s Hospital.

Hooper (Detroit Pistons), Little Caesar (Pizza), Champ (Detroit Sports Commission) Rocky Raven (Royal Oak High School) Nessie (St. Andrew’s Society)  and some furry friends from the Detroit Zoo all took part in the festivities.

Hooper (lower photos) high fives me and did cartwheels and flips to everyone’s amazement.  The children were all smiles!

Here are some wonderful clips from the party.

Do you have a favorite mascot?

Plant Power

9 Mar

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“Food is medicine,” says Joel Kahn M.D. I recently heard this cardiologist at a lunch and learn for Beaumont Health System employees. The most potent medicine is not always found in the pharmacy, but in your refrigerator. Fruits and vegetables are key to a healthy diet. His book, The Holistic Heart, offers many tips and secrets to treat and prevent heart disease.   His message was inspiring, informative and humorous at times. According to Dr. Kahn, “Don’t buy your food where you buy gas!”

Personalized Baby Gifts

1 Mar


Looking for a unique baby gift? Check out this site —

From book ends to rocking chairs to chests to wall plaques, you can create a one-of-a-kind gift. Everett’s family is a diehard Detroit Tigers fan, and these colorful book ends add personality to his nursery.

And Madeline can reach new heights with her monogrammed step stool.


These furniture designs, created by a Motown Mom, can also be seen on the Facebook page — Bret’s Wishes Painted Furniture.

Detroit had the Artic Edge at Sochi

24 Feb


Kudos to Motowners Meryl Davis and Charlie White (above) who captured the gold medal in ice dancing at the  2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. These two have been skating for years together. Currently, they train at the Artic Edge in Canton Mich. The Artic Edge also is the site where Scott Moir and Tessa Virtue train — the duo who won the silver medal in ice skating.

Congrats to all ice dancers around world who look elegant and are a delight to watch!


Kate Wears Detroit Dress

17 Feb

The Duchess of Cambridge opens The ICAP Art Room at Northolt High SchoolPhoto: James Whatling/Splash News

The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, recently wore a blue fitted dress.   The dress is named the Detroit dress and is from LK Bennett, a London clothier with many stores in the U. S. Kate always looks stunning. There is a site chronicling her fashions — and you can see her wearing this dress in many photos.

The Detroit Free Press reported this as well and noted that the dress sells for $395. The dress from the LK Bennett website is below.

In this instance, the color is truly royal blue!Detroit Notch Collar Fitted Dress

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