Saturday, May 27, 2017

Cash reward for missing dog

Koda - Photo by Gerardo Garza
Koda (pictured right) is a male Siberian Husky who has been missing since April 12. He is two years old, has black and white coloring, brown and blue eyes, and was last seen wearing a black and gray harness. Koda is missing from the area around Plainview and W. Warren Ave.

Koda's owner, Gerardo Garza, is offering a cash reward for his safe return.

If anyone knows anything about Koda's current location, please reach out to Gerardo Garza. His phone number is (313) 648-9380 and his email is Ggarza1997 [at] Gmail [dot] com.

Please feel free to share this information.

House explodes in Detroit



A vacant house in the Warrendale neighborhood exploded early this morning; no injuries were reported. The house was on Evergreen, between Whitlock and W. Warren Ave. in Detroit.

This explosion happened at approximately 3 a.m. this morning. According to sources within the Detroit Police Department, the explosion was caused by gas lines that were left open after someone stole the furnace from this vacant home.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Stay sober this Memorial Day weekend

Tequila - Photo by Miguel Prado
Here comes the summer drinking season—Memorial Day, June graduations and weddings, Fourth of July, the beach, and barbecues!

What could go wrong?

Plenty, if you don’t have a plan for getting through the summer sober.

In Alcoholics Anonymous, we call the period from Thanksgiving through Christmas and New Year the "Bermuda Triangle" of sobriety—many alkies come in, but not all make it through.

If anything, summer is more dangerous for people in recovery, because there are so many social cues to drink.

What’s a recovering alkie or addict to do?

Here’s some kitchen-tested advice that gets passed along the Twelve Step meetings as holiday periods approach.

No. 1: Have an exit strategy.

Even before you get to the event, whether it’s a barbecue, a wedding, or holiday party, have a plan for leaving as soon as you feel uncomfortable. When everybody’s drinking, the pace of conversation and behavior, in general, seems to suddenly accelerate.

This is an extremely uncomfortable moment for people newly in recovery, and sometimes for people who have been clean and sober a long time.

When that moment arises, you want to have a plan for leaving. Did you come in your own car? Can you call an Uber or a cab? Will public transportation work? Or can you just walk out of there? Determine your exit strategy even before you enter. Don’t stick around once the drinking heats up. You won’t be missed. Everyone else will be too drunk to remember whether you stayed or left.

No. 2: Get a drink.

As soon as you get to the event, go to the bar or beverage area and get yourself a soft drink or juice—and carry it with you everywhere. People are far less likely to offer you a drink, or force a drink on you if you’re already holding a drink.

If people ask you what you’re drinking, tell the truth. The more insistent they get that you should be drinking, the more likely it is that they need a program, too.

If you put your drink down, even for a microsecond, it’s no longer your drink. Go back to the bar or beverage area and get a new one. That’s because alkies have this very slick trick of switching out their beverage "accidentally on purpose."

"I thought it was my Coke!" we exclaim pitifully. "How could I have known that it was actually someone else’s rum and Coke?"

It doesn’t even matter if you are maintaining visual contact with the drink—once it hits the table, it’s no longer yours. Go back and get a fresh one.

No. 3: Remain anonymous.

You don’t have to tell people that you are now sober in Alcoholics Anonymous or clean in another Twelve Step program. It’s nobody’s business. Sometimes, the newly sober tend to "overshare" with people in our lives. You are not in a Twelve Step meeting when you are at a party featuring alcohol (or other substances). You are out in the big, bad world, where no one cares that you are clean.

You do not owe anyone an explanation for your choice not to drink. Your sobriety is, in fact, none of their business. You do not need to share that vital information with anyone. Remember that the last name of every Twelve Step program is "Anonymous."

No. 4: Stay home.

There is no law that says that newly clean and sober people must test their sobriety or abstinence at every family or social event that comes along. If you’re feeling shaky about your recovery, don’t tempt fate. We love to do it, but ultimately, it could be a self-defeating choice.

If you feel that a particular event may be too much of a test for your recovery, make up an excuse and go to a meeting instead. Give your own sobriety a chance.
So there you have it—four ways to stay clean and sober through the often treacherous summer holiday season. Come Labor Day, you’ll be sober as a judge…instead of having to appear in front of one!

Publisher's note: This guest commentary is presented by New York Times bestselling author Michael Graubart has published Sober Dad: The Manual for Perfectly Imperfect Parenting (Hazelden).

A brief historical note

Historia Anglorum by an unknown artist
British Library (circa 1250)
The English historian Henry of Huntingdon (1088 - 1157) wrote one of the earliest histories of the British Isles, a book entitled Historia Anglorum, which was published circa 1129.

My brothers and I have been researching our family history for several months now. Building on the work of others in my family, we have traced parts of my family tree back more than 1,000 years.

It was this research into my ancestry that led me to Henry of Huntingdon and his opus.

In Historia Anglorum, the historian had a few choice words to describe my 29th great grandfather John Marshal (c.1105 - 1165). The chronicler referred to this minor nobleman, who happened to be one of my ancestors, as "that child of hell and the root of all evil."

So, you see, my dear readers, one must conclude that I am no ordinary troublemaker in Detroit. Instead, I come from a long line of troublemakers - including "that child of hell and the root of all evil."

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Children's book fair comes to Rouge Park

Children listening to a story - Joint Base San Antonio
A children's book fair will come to Rouge Park in Detroit on Saturday, June 3. This event will happen in the Brennan Pool Pavillion (map available here) from 11 am - 4 pm.

This Celebration of Children's Literature is presented by the Pearl SMART Network. It is sponsored by the Friends of Rouge Park, the University of Detroit-Mercy, and others.

Free children's books will be available during this event. There will also be food, music, games, and more.

Families from across Detroit are invited to attend this event.

Monday, May 22, 2017

A prayer for Manchester

Manchester, England, Photo from Wikicommons
As I watch the evening news and see the reports of people killed and injured at an Ariana Grande concert, my heart aches for the people of Manchester, England this evening.

May all of the angels and saints in Heaven join in welcoming home those 22 souls who had to leave this world before their time. May the families and loved ones that they were forced to leave behind know comfort and peace during this troubling hour.

May Saint George the Dragon Slayer and Martyr, Patron Saint of all England, watch over and guide those affected by this horrific act of terrorism. May God's eternal blessing be upon those who are opening their hearts and homes to help others during the darkest night that many will ever know.

Amen.

Volunteers needed to help Detroiters avoid foreclosure

Home in Warrendale - Photo by Frank Nemecek
Each year thousands of Detroit residents face property tax foreclosure. The United Community Housing Coalition (UCHC) will conduct door-to-door outreach for those Detroit residents facing foreclosure to direct them to resources, payment plans, and counseling services designed to save their home.

We are asking for volunteers to join UCHC and commit to five hours of door to door canvassing to help at risk Detroiters save their home. UCHC will provide all volunteers with training to be able to go out and canvas according to their own schedules.

Previous canvassing experience is preferred, but not required to volunteer. Interested candidates should email Michele Oberholtzer at moberholtzer@uchcdetroit.org by May 26 to sign up.

For more information on UCHC, please visit http://www.uchcdetroit.org/.