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There’s no place like home –

A former professional softball player, Mike Gouin once lived and breathed the game. But his key players—his family—are what always kept him grounded By Courtney Conover – Softball is a game that’s not for the meek. And it’s a game that brings the noise. Mike Gouin knows all...
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A new wave of Dads

The rise of “the mommy blog” coincided with the pregnancy of my first child. There I was, back in the summer of 2011: Hot, swollen, and semi-terrified of impending motherhood. But there was another part of me that was equally ecstatic for what was to come. So, I did what came...
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Favazza is putting his own spin on something we can all get behind: Pizza Here’s why a G.Faz slice just might be “The best pizza you’ve had in a long time.”

By Courtney Conover – Slice by slice, George Favazza, a life-long resident of Wayne, is wowing palates all over Metro Detroit. With a delectable menu of pies with names like Fazzy Cheese Pizza, Pepper-Faz-a-Ronni!, Meat-Z-Pizza, Super-Z, and Faz-A-Laua, it’s quite easy to...
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What mothers really want this Mother’s Day

The cards are sweet. The flowers are charming. And who in their right mind would decline a Sunday brunch of pastries, pancakes, coffee, and, perhaps, a mimosa (or two)? Not me. Sign me up. But, as a mother, I have to admit that I want more—but not in the way you might think. I’m...
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Things people with tidy homes do daily

Things people with tidy homes do every day April is upon us, so you know what that means: In these parts we may still have a good month—at least—before we can consistently spend time outdoors sans long sleeves (or worse yet, long johns). But we can somewhat soften that blow by...
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Designer Wearhouse, the store generations have grown up loving, celebrates 40 years of keeping fashion fresh

By Courtney Conover – At the age of 45, my memory isn’t horrible, but it’s been better. If I didn’t write it down, I would be liable of forgetting that I had signed up to bring the paper plates for my son’s Detroit Tigers opening day party at school, for example. There are...
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Wayne Business and Professional Women looks back on 92 years of service and success – and embraces what’s to come.

By Courtney Conover – Wife. Mother. Sister. Daughter. The roles of women in our society today are varying and wide-ranging. Still, it is not at all uncommon for women to be thought of—at least initially—within the confines of the roles above. And there’s a good reason for...
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The Grandma’s advice that broke the internet

When you swipe open your cell phone to kill time as you nuke last night’s leftovers, you never know what you might find. Our phones can often serve as the gateway to wisdom we didn’t know we needed. That was me a couple of mornings ago, sitting at the kitchen table....
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Staying Power – What are the keys to lasting love and a strong marriage? According to one Wayne couple, it’s commitment, honesty, and putting the other person first

By Courtney Conover – Marriage, for the most part, exists as an idyllic social construct in our society. Sure, stereotypes like the husband who ignores his wife’s honey-do list, the wife who shops too much, and the mother-in-law who can’t stop meddling make for convenient...
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WWJ Newsradio 950’s midday anchor Brooke Allen is a wife, mother, and unabashed optimist. Here, she shares her approach to remaining hopeful about the future.

By Courtney Conover – Brooke Allen is a woman who knows what she likes—and it includes connecting with Metro Detroit listeners every weekday. And drinking coffee. Lots and lots of coffee. A graduate of Wayne Memorial High School’s class of 1988, Allen went on to study...