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Vote Democratic Straight Party Ticket in Michigan

Hello Democrat voters in Michigan! Don’t forget to vote for Democrats up and down the ticket! Fill that Democratic Party bubble all the way in and move on to the nonpartisan section.

Important Reminder: Voting partisan candidates (Democrat or Republican) after choosing straight ticket will SPOIL YOU BALLOT!

Please reach out with questions about the voting process in Michigan. I am always ready and willing to help.

Endorsed Michigan Democratic Party Candidates

Hello Michigan voters! You can visit https://michigandems.com/vote/ to find statewide and local candidates nominated and/or endorsed by the Michigan Democratic Party. To find out how to vote on local down ballot races not listed, you should call your local democratic club or county party for guidance and endorsements.

Please let me know if you need help navigating the website or locating your local democratic club or county party. I am always willing and ready to help!

Also, please share this post with other Michigan residents!

3 Ways to Vote Easily

Hi there Michigan voters!

Did you know there are 3 ways for you to vote EASILY in Michigan this year? Here’s how:

OPTION 1: Vote Early from Home

  • With a MI driver license or state ID, request your ballot online at http://michigandems.com/onlineavapp and have it mailed to you.
  • You can also download and print an absentee ballot application from http://michigandems.com/avapp and mail it or drop it off to your city/township clerk. Your ballot will be mailed to you.
  • Vote your ballot, sign the envelope, and mail it to your local clerk, or drop it off at their office designated dropbox. Your clerk must receive the ballot by 8 p.m.

OPTION 2: Vote Early at the Clerk’s office (starting September 29, 2022)

  • Go to your city/township clerk’s office, register to vote if you haven’t already, and get an absentee ballot application by 4 p.m. on Monday, November 7th, 2022. Find your clerk’s address and hours at http://michigandems.com/clerk.
  • Fill out the application, give it to the staff and receive your ballot.
  • Vote your ballot, sign the envelope, and submit it as directed by the staff

Voting in Michigan is easy. Do you have a plan to vote? Comment below and tell me all about it. Need help? Let me know.

If you are reading this blog post and you are not a Michigan resident, then please share this information with anyone you know that lives in Michigan and is at least 18 years-old, voting age.

Register to Vote

Hey there Michiganders!

Registering to vote in Michigan gets easier each year thanks to our Secretary of State, Jocelyn Benson! Make sure you and your friends are ready to go when it’s time to vote and select a method to register!

Are you a registered voter in Michigan? If so, then please help a family member, friend, or neighbor get registered. We all know at least 1 person that’s not registered to vote.

Registering to vote in Michigan is quick and easy.

Do you have a plan to vote? Comment below! Need help? Let me know!

If you are reading this blog post and you are not a Michigan resident, then please share this with anyone you know that lives in Michigan and is at least 18 years-old, voting age.

10 Things I Want to see in Year 2018

There are so many things I want to see happen this year.  So that I don’t bore you I narrowed my list down to 10.

10 things I want to see happen in year 2018 are:

  1. Comedians and wannabes ditching Flint water crisis jokes.  They are stale       nowadays.
  2. Clean water in the city of Flint, Michigan for all those who still need it (not everyone’s water was affected).  I also want to see justice served on everyone that is responsible for this monstrosity.
  3. McDonald’s bring back Hi-C Orange.  My children and I rarely go to McDonald’s these days because one of them does not drink pop.  He has always ordered the Hi-C orange flavored drink.
  4. More conversations and less GIFs on social media.  I don’t know how many times I wanted to comment on a post on social media, especially Facebook, but didn’t because all the comments were in GIFs.  I don’t even click on those jokers.
  5. Folks to stop thinking that ALL women of color look up to Meghan Markle.  Not all black women want to be like her.  Especially me.  I have never dreamed of being a princess and I never wanted a fairytale wedding.  I always dreamed of a destination wedding, to get married in Jamaica.  And I did just that.  I got married in Negril, Jamaica in 2000 (I’m divorced now though, lol).  Anyway I’m tired of this nonsense.  Up there acting like we don’t get married or can’t get anyone.
  6. More people to be at peace with themselves.  I often read of people wishing for world peace.  Well, in order to achieve world peace everyone must first be at peace with self.
  7. My oldest child get his driver license.  My son will be 16 in a few months.  I don’t know if it’s just my teenager or not, but for some reason he has not shown an interest in driving.  I have gotten on him several times about it and told him that he is going to learn to drive and get his license.  Usually when I’m on his case about it is when I’m out of pop (I love my Coca-Cola) and too lazy to drive around the corner to the store to buy more.
  8. More people covering their mouths while coughing.  My  number one pet peeve is folks coughing and not covering their mouths.  That is nasty, disrespectful, and unsanitary.  My kids and I were at the farmer’s market one day last year.  We had just opened our cans of pop when a man walked by and sneezed without covering his mouth.  I got mad and did what I always do.  I yelled, “Ugh!  Cover your mouth!”  We threw our drinks away.  I was so upset that my son bought me another Coke.
  9. Donald Trump’s Twitter account permanently closed and deleted.  Enough said.
  10. Myself as a bestselling nonfiction author and motivational speaker.  I will be launching my first book, “Leaving the Hidden Path:  Motivational Guidance for Women of Young Kids Considering Divorce” in a few months.  My original launch date was August of last year, but I had to postpone it due to caring for my son as he fight a life-threatening illness.

As always, thank you for visiting my blog.  Please feel free to add what you would like to see this year in the comment section below.

Pontiac Silverdome Implosion: No Collapse but Still Fun

My oldest child fell asleep before 11:00 p.m. on Saturday night.  He is 15 years-old and it is rare for him to go to bed that early, even on a school night.

My youngest is 11 years-old and he fell asleep before 9 p.m.  My son is fighting osteosarcoma (bone cancer) and was discharged from the hospital Friday afternoon after a week long stay there.  But he wanted in on the action like his big brother.

Yes I am referring to the Pontiac Silverdome Implosion that took place on Sunday, December 3rd in Pontiac, Michigan.  I woke up at 5:30 a.m., got my sons and myself ready, and made the 45 minute road trip to Pontiac to join others in that historic moment.

Selfie taken in Pontiac, Michigan on December 3, 2017. The Pontiac Silverdome is in the background.

There was a designated parking and viewing area for the public so we left home extra early to ensure that we got a parking spot.  Excellent crowd control and there was even free coffee and donuts.

Leaving the boys in my vehicle at first (the youngest stayed inside my SUV the entire time to stay warm and recuperate), I got out to walk around and check out the environment.  It was as if we were at a funeral.  Some people (individuals and families) walked around and socialized with one another.  Others stood and stared at the Silverdome in silence.  There were times when there was complete silence because everyone was staring at the Pontiac Silverdome for the last time.

No one seemed to mind the 34 degree temperature with a wind chill of 28.  That is because we are Michiganders.  We are used to cold weather.

I found a great spot for viewing and tears immediately flowed from my eyes.  My surrounding was peaceful.  All I could hear were footsteps of others walking up to pay their last respects to the former home of the Detroit Lions, Detroit Pistons, and a venue for countless other events.

It was nice to hear stories of who attended the Lions and Pistons games.  Others talked about concerts they attended.  Of course I had to share my story of when my sister and I attended the Jackson Victory Tour in 1984.  She was 14 and I was 12.  I did away with the jheri curl decades ago, but that sequin glove I wore to the concert is still packed away somewhere at my mother’s home.

As expected there was a huge turnout for the implosion of the Pontiac Silverdome.  Not everyone was able to fit into the designated parking lot.  Traffic became backed up on the expressway.  As a matter of fact, traffic literally stopped.  People got out of their vehicles and watched from the expressway.  Like I said, it was as if we were at a funeral.  It was a very emotional moment.

I did not record the first few seconds of the implosion because the blast from the explosives startled me.

Pontiac Silverdome one minute before implosion.

Pontiac Silverdome seconds after explosives were detonated.

The explosives failed to implode the Silverdome on Sunday.  Everyone stood and waited in silence for it to collapse (my tears were flowing heavily) but it wasn’t ready to be taken out just yet!

Although the Silverdome didn’t collapse, my sons and I still had a great time and I am sure everyone else had fun as well.  A man tossed a Nerf football back and forth to his young sons.  I saw a few drones flying around.  News helicopters circled overhead and came to a standstill minutes before implosion.

However there is always that ONE person that has to be a standout.  The guy I parked next to started talking to me before I even turned my engine off.  He said he was trying to get famous and wanted his 15 minutes of fame.  He said he was going to let the top of his truck down, climb up his ladder, and hold up a sign he made.


He told me a chilling story about something he and his friend saw when he was 15 years-old.  The story is too long to type in this blog post, but he said they saw a hand sticking out of a box.  They believe Jimmy Hoffa was in it.

I don’t know if that story was true or not, but he said that is the same story he’s been telling for years and it never changes.  A lot of people stopped and took pictures of that man and his sign.  Some of them even took selfies (I also took one) in front of him.  At times he even had a small gathering at his truck.  They were old schoolers like myself and I joined in on a couple of the discussions.  He held that sign up in the air the entire time.  Maybe his Jimmy Hoffa story is true, maybe it’s not.  But it was a heck of a story and generated a lot of talk.

The Pontiac Silverdome in Pontiac, Michigan was successfully imploded the next day.  I was okay with it because I had bid my farewell the day before, on its’ original implosion date.