Telling Stories. That is one of the things that make us human. Not only the fact that we can use words to communicate, but that we can use these words to share ideas, emotions, and memories. 

When we share our stories we are participating in a timeless tradition of passing on our culture and passing on the essence of who we are as people.

When we tell our stories we connect the past to the present to prepare the future.

When we tell our stories we connect the past to the present to prepare the future.

I remember my father talking about his father piling the youngest of his many children in the back of one of their cars, maybe it was the ’38 Ford, and placing a wooden plank across the floor in the back so my father could sleep as his father drove through the night to go visit relatives on one of the few vacations they were able to take. 

I remember my mother talking about waiting hours to get across the Straits of Mackinac as they had to wait for the ferry to get them across. The children sang songs and ran around the parking lot playing tag as they waited for the ferry to get them across. Don’t forget, the bridge did not open until November, 1957! Hey, Happy 60th Birthday Mackinac Bridge!

Maybe this summer, when you are with friends and family, why not spend some time telling those stories about your favorite travel memories. I think this is how we use the past to lay a strong foundation for the future. 

Michigan Trivia #1

  1. When did construction on the Mackinac Bridge begin?
  2. What university is celebrating its 200th birthday this year?
  3. What was Bob Seger’s first national top 20 single?
  4. What was the name of the first “stadium” the Detroit Tiger’s played?
  5. Where would you go to get your picture taken on the Rosa Parks Bus?
  6. What metal was first mined in Calumet?
  7. What is the oldest fish hatchery in Michigan? 


Answers:1. May 7, 1954. 2. University of Michigan 3. “Ramblin’, Gamblin’ Man” 4. Bennett Park 5. The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn   6. Copper (Cu on the periodic table for our super science friends!) 7. Harrietta  State Fish  Hatchery (opened in 1901)


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