Remembering the Edmund Fitzgerald

Today is the 40th anniversary of the sinking of the SS Edmund Fitzgerald on Lake Superior (November 10, 1975), a tragic event that will forever be etched in Michigan’s memory. Four decades after its demise, the Edmund Fitzgerald continues to capture our imaginations and evoke such intense emotion that even seemingly the most typical family
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The Ultimate Halloween Party Playlist

After spending the 1990s pursuing a career in country music with my band Northern Lights, I decided to change my musical focus to include pop and rock. In 2001, I started the MissUnderstood Band (later the Kristina Austin Band). For the next several years, until I won the Mrs. Michigan United States Pageant in 2006,
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Michigan Tomatoes and How to Enjoy Them (Part Two – Michigan Tomato Salsa Fresca)

After spending a perfectly beautiful summer Sunday morning at the Canton Farmers’ Market, my husband and I came home loaded down with a case of locally grown tomatoes and a ton of kitchen inspiration. The first thing Jason asked me to make with our bounty was my homemade salsa fresca (also known as pico de
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Michigan Tomatoes and How to Enjoy Them (Part One – Michigan Tomato Sandwich)

It’s Michigan tomato season once again and I can’t help but feel excited over this year’s bumper crop of beauties, especially after last summer’s attack of late blight. And after suffering through colorless and tasteless store-bought tomatoes most of the year, it’s especially blissful when locally grown produce hits the stands and my husband and
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Paris, The City of Light Wall Calendar Now Available

I’m very excited to add a new product to my collection of fine art photography wall calendars: Paris, The City of Light. It’s available now in my Cafepress store, just in time for Christmas! To shop my collection of photographic calendars perfect for gift giving, please visit my Cafepress store at

Michigan’s Ghost Towns – Kensington Village

Did you know that beneath the bucolic waters of Kent Lake in the Kensington Metropark once existed a town bristling with life, death, and scandal? This is the story of the Village of Kensington, Michigan. We begin in 1825, when great numbers of easterners, mostly from New York, began migrating to the Great Lakes region
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Winter Gardening: Ornamental Cabbage and Flowering Kale

This is the time of year when it seems that, each time I step outside my door, something else in my gardens has succumbed to the increasing cold. Though I know they’ll return in the spring, I admit that watching my plants and flowers wither away makes me feel a little sad. As my colorful
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Grand River Plank Road Stagecoach Toll House – Hickville Hotel in New Hudson (Lyon Township), Michigan

Here are some photos from my rural exploration today in Lyon Township, Michigan. This is all that remains of the 1840s-era Hickville Hotel and Toll House, located at 53517 Grand River Avenue, New Hudson, on the southwest corner of Grand River and Haas Road. This building is one of the last-standing original stagecoach stops on
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Our Incredible Trip to London and Paris

We’ve just returned from our whirlwind trip to London and Paris.  What a dream come true!!  I took over 1,000 photos and Jason and I came home with incredible memories to last a lifetime.  A real highlight of the trip was the two days we spent with my friend of over 35 years, Eric from Montbéliard, France.  Eric and
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Pure Michigan’s Five Things to Keep in Mind on a Lake Michigan Lighthouse Tour

My photo of Little Sable Point Lighthouse titled “This Little Light of Mine” was featured by Pure Michigan in their new article “Five Things to Keep in Mind on a Lake Michigan Lighthouse Tour”! It’s a great article with some helpful pointers on lighthouse hunting — one of my favorite past times! So excited to
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