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  1. Domestic abuse now at 'epidemic' levels

    Domestic abuse cases rarely make headlines unless you're somebody famous like NFL player Ray Rice, or, as in the case of the recent arrest of Assistant Wayne County Prosecutor Robert Stevens, in a position of power.

    • 8:02 AM, Sep. 12, 2014

    Compassion missing in dismissal of gay teacher

    For so many reasons, and on so many levels, it's hard not to be passionate about Barb Webb, the gay Marian High School teacher who was terminated a couple weeks ago after the administration learned she was pregnant.

    • 10:03 PM, Sep. 9, 2014

    Love repairs St. Clair Shores tent wedding almost ruined by storm

    Water may not have turned into wine, but the Davidson family of Sterling Heights still insist Jesus intervened when disaster threatened a dream wedding for a very deserving bride on Saturday.

  2. Catching a morning cup of joe with Joe Biden

    During impromptu coffee shop stop by Vice President Joe Biden, I promptly ambushed him with an exuberant, 'Honored to meet you, sir.' And then it got even crazier — for me.

    • 10:18 AM, Sep. 4, 2014

    Where is Theresa? Warren woman's family clings to hope as search stretches nearly 12 weeks

    Theresa DeKeyzer of Warren has been missing since the early morning hours of June 16. The last person to see her alive was boyfriend Scott Wobbe of Westland, who said he dropped her off four blocks from her home near Nine Mile and Van Dyke, a move that did not win him any fans.

  3. Ice Bucket Challenge has us put up or shut up

    I guess it was only a matter of time before the chain reaction of a do-good movement came under attack by naysayers. The otherwise heart-warming Ice Bucket Challenge is under siege.

    • 12:09 AM, Aug. 27, 2014

    Illness that blinds, saps hearing bravely battled by child from Michigan

    NBC Nightly News correspondent Peter Alexander was sitting at the Diuble family kitchen table in Manchester a couple months ago watching 11-year-old Lilly's eyes 'dart around to see me and her ears strain to catch the conversation around her.'

  4. House really all about the lives of its family

    It took some time before I drive past 1720 Dorchester. As often you tell yourself, 'It's just a house, it's just a house,' the emotional frame of reference does not easily correlate.

  5. Family keeps the worst at bay at the hospital

    Conversation at the hospital where a brother was in surgery wove itself through several hours: One thread of memories latticed into another.

    • 12:25 AM, Jul. 16, 2014

    Entrepreneur brings the tastes of childhood trips to Mexico to Detroit with Alegria Pops

    When Ofelia Saenz decided to start her own food business, she went back to her roots growing up in southwest Detroit. Every other summer, she would travel with her family back to her mother's hometown in Zacatecas, a city renowned for its beauty in the north central part of Mexico.

Lifestyle Columnist

Marney Keenan is a lifestyle columnist for She is married with three teenage daughters, two dogs and two cats and lives in house that has been under construction for the last ten years. When she’s not doing laundry, slaving over a hot stove or otherwise putting herself last, she writes columns about family matters and social issues.

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  • Favorite websites other than Huffington Post, Wikipedia, Slate.
  • Favorite columnists to read: Anna Quindlen, Nora Ephron, Thomas Friedman
  • Favorite books (lately): Run by Ann Patchett, Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
  • Hobbies: napping, knitting, finishing last in 10K races, hosting large dinner parties, stealing her daughters' People magazines.

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