Our Michigan Dock Diving Adventure

Our one-year-old Labrador Retriever, Finnlee, had her first swim lessons this past spring at Sit, Stay, Swim in Garden City, Michigan and was already doing a perfect water retrieve at her second session. She then spent the summer at the lake perfecting her technique and becoming a remarkably strong swimmer. Finnlee is truly a natural
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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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Miss Wauseon Homecoming Queen – Ohio Festival Royalty

Since 1934, a Homecoming festival has taken place each summer in the small northwestern Ohio town of Wauseon.  This year not only commemorates the 80th anniversary of the Wauseon, Ohio Homecoming, but it also marks the 30th anniversary of my year as Miss Wauseon Homecoming 1984. The Wauseon Homecoming Queen contest was my very first
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Our Michigan Dog Sledding Adventure!

My husband and I have just returned from our Valentine’s Day adventure: we mushed a team of sled dogs! Check one item off the Bucket List! We’ve been trying to do this for a couple of winters now and something always seems to get in the way. But this was our year! Despite an early
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2011 Super Bowl XLV: Eminem and Chrysler’s “Imported From Detroit” Commercial

I admit it, I don’t really watch the Super Bowl for the football. My interest revolves mainly around the preshow and half-time entertainment … and the commercials. So, football aside, here is my take on the game: Eminem and Chrysler’s “Imported From Detroit” commercial wins the “Best Super Bowl Ad Award” hands down. We born
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2009 Canton Salute to Service at the Village Theater at Cherry Hill

Tonight, I had the honor of performing in the 2009 Canton Salute to Service Veterans’ Day Show at the Village Theater at Cherry Hill in Canton, Michigan.  Here’s a little information about the show from the official press release: Below are video clips of my performances.  Thanks to everyone whose hard work makes this annual event possible!

Iron Brigade Insignia Logo

This is probably my favorite graphic design project, inspired by the monuments on the Gettysburg battlefield after my visit there during the 145th anniversary of the battle on July 1 – 3, 2008. During the American Civil War, the Iron Brigade of the West, also known as the Black Hat Brigade for the dress Hardee
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Music to Love – “Gettysburg” by the Brandos

Check out this 1987 release from the Brandos titled, “Gettysburg”. I LOVE this song! David Kincaid, lead singer and guitarist of the Brandos and the song’s co-writer, visited Gettysburg as a young man and discovered that his ancestor, James McCormack Kincaid of the 63rd Pennsylvania, fought and died there. He was so moved that he
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Holy Toledo! UT Rockets 13, U of M Wolverines 10

Three cheers for my alma mater. The University of Toledo Rockets beat the University of Michigan Wolverines in the Big House today 13 – 10. Hold your clichés. Those who have had the pleasure of spending a good deal of time in Toledo, Ohio (especially UT alumni) know better. This just gives me one more
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Mrs. Michigan United States 2006!

Tonight was the night that a lifelong dream came true for me as I was crowned Mrs. Michigan United States 2006! At long last, I’ll have the opportunity to represent my state at a national pageant. The Mrs. Michigan United States Pageant took place in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Wearing the banner of Mrs. Wayne County,
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