Bill Joyner's Friday Musings
Friday Musings

12.19.14 Year end edition. Published Tuesday and Friday. But I'm done for the year.
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Read next week: Nothing. Too busy eating Christmas ham, baking cookies to leave for Santa Claus, reading books that I expect to get for Christmas, enjoying son Paul of Santa Monica fame, indulging at Zingerman's, sleeping in until 4:00 each morning, seeing one movie a day.
January 5: who the typewriter will miss the most in 2015, who were those indispensable in 2014, the start of a series on the Livonia Mayoral platform for 2015, and New Year's Resolutions.
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Musings along the road to the new year

I think I grew the beard in the wrong season. It would be perfect right about now. I think I got my holidays mixed up. Santa in April?
Son Paul of Santa Monica fame is on his end of year travel. Denver last week to work on the new start up EZ-PZ. This week to Nashville to see his grandparents, Paul and Dorothy Hennis. Up to New York to visit friends. Arriving in Livonia Christmas Eve. Then off to North Carolina to visit his mother in her new home state. Eventually arriving back in Los Angeles for a couple of days before
Joyner at WEstin Hotel
The typewriter taking a tour of the Westin when it was first built at Detroit Metro Airport. When it was a work in progress. Just like Livonia--a work in progress
heading back to Denver the first week in January. I'm tired typing this.
New Year's Resolution: A work in progress but here is the start. Continue working on building a better Livonia. Taking the foundation provided by our founders and building an infrastructure complete with cultural excellence, volunteer encouragement, citizen engagement and openness to creative ideas.
O'Malley's Bar & Grill has an EXCLUSIVE
announcement only for their Facebook fans.
Christmas Music Bash featuring Karen Newman! Join them December 21st with doors opening at 6 pm and Karen going on around 8 pm.

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the restaurant or at the door before the event. A portion of your food and drink bill will go to support the Livonia Community Foundation.

Merry Christmas to my Christian friends, Happy Hanukkah to friends who are Jewish, Happy Kwanzaa to those who celebrate the season and first fruits, to all my friends let me leave you with the words of Charles Dickens:

"I have always thought of Christmas time, when it has come round, as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable time; the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys."

Pictures of the week.A slice of life in and around Livonia
at Livonia's Sacred Heart Conference Center was a huge success with two sell out brunches.

Becky Noffsinger Kennedy wrote on Facebook that lunch with Santa was an "incredible event! Thanks for helping me get into the holiday spirit. The kids had so much fun singing & dancing & Santa was perfect."

Even the typewriter can get into the spirit. Three pictures of the Musings Estate, home to the typewriter, before the cookie plates are put out for Santa on Christmas Eve.

You gotta love a slice of Livonia. It's our hometown after all. So much to offer while defining our community.
Typewriter 1950's
The typewriter loves reader feedback.
Melissa O'Neil: Our silent auction was very successful and between the monetary donations and the donations of goods/services we now have enough money for the uniform purchase! We couldn't be happier!

The Churchill Marching Band would like to thank you for your help in getting the word out about our silent auction.

Thanks for all you do!
Livonia Youth Symphony of Michigan Concert December 21st
If anyone is looking for an affordable concert to attend, Livonia Youth Symphony Orchestra will be having their concert Sunday, December 21st, 3 pm at Weber Performing Arts Center, at Thurston High School.

It's a great way to slow down and enjoy the music and the holiday. They have a young composer, Joey Miller, 6th grade from Webster Elementary School in Livonia, who has composed an original score for this concert called Winter Snow.

The typewriter did a double take on that last sentence. Joey Miller, 6th grade from Webster Elementary School composed an original score. Wow! Way to go. I could barely write an English composition in 6th grade.

This will be the second time that Livonia Youth Symphony Orchestras of Michigan will be playing one of his compositions. Tickets are $7 Adult, $5 Children, and $3 Senior Citizens.
Members of Sauk Trail Questers #573 with the furniture they had reupholstered for the
Simmons / Hill house.
Another reason you gotta love Livonia and for sure you gotta love Greenmead Village.
Thank you Sauk Trail Questers
Angels Above Baby Gowns. Wow!

The typewriter traveled up the block to Greenmead Village for an attic sale last month. No agenda. Just wanted to look.

The parking lot was packed and the vendors filled the inside of the Blue House.

The one display that had me smiling was staffed by Linda Trewin and Dawn Lafferty. Collecting wedding gowns to be transformed into christening gowns for infants that never make it home from the hospital.
I have two gowns hanging in my closet. Mom's wedding dress from 1946 and her gown from my wedding in 1971. Not wanting to throw them out and not knowing what to do with them I now had a solution.
Trewin even said that if it was an older dress, like from the 1940's they might even display it at Greenmead before it is transformed.
Wow. The smile on my face got bigger.
They have over 1140 Facebook members and an active group that meets weekly at the studio. They also have several home bound seamstresses that make many gowns for them.

Dawn Lafferty, writing on Facebook describes one donation of a wedding gown like this: "I met one of the nicest couples today, Mike and Ashley and their daughter Agnes. They came from Davisburg to drop off her wedding gown. When she shopped for her wedding gown she looked for a gown that she knew we would be able to use to make angel gowns. I am hoping that we will be able to make at least 15 angel gowns from her dress."

Wow. That smile just keeps getting bigger.

And they don't receive only local donations of wedding gowns. "We received two beautiful wedding gowns today in the mail. Thank you Pat from Janesville, Wisconsin and Danielle from Grand Rapids Michigan."

This picture is of the four angels who turned my head and who every time I think of their work make me smile. And yes, the smile just keeps on getting bigger.
Phoenix Theatres To Add Plush Reclining Seats--
let the countdown begin
Phoenix Digital
The most comfortable seating for a movie anywhere in the state of Michigan -- right here in hometown Livonia. You gotta love Livonia and for sure you gotta love the Phoenix Theatre.
Welcome to Livonia
Taiwanese Chamber of Commerce
Annual Christmas Gala held in Livonia at our hometown Marriott Hotel
County Commissioner Richard LeBlanc, honorary member of the Taiwanese Chamber of Commerce,
joins in with the celebration in Livonia.
Chili Cook Off this January 10

A dad's only chili cook off is planned for Saturday, January 10th, 2015 at Livonia Franklin High School from 11:30 am - 4:00 pm. All entrants must be male and current PTA members.
Entry fee is $10 per chili recipe (please bring chili in a crockpot, ready to eat.)

The Kiwanis Club of Livonia Early Risers has teamed up with the Livonia PTSA Council to add some spice to this event!

"The Kiwanis will donate $500 to the school library of the student whose parent or guardian wins the chili cook-off," said Kathi Withun, Board Secretary.

The winning dad will take home a dad's prize package, a $500 library grant for their favorite Livonia Public School and bragging rights for the next 365 days!

Only dads may enter the contest, but EVERYONE is invited to come and enjoy a day filled with food, music and laughter. We'll have hot dogs, snacks and plenty of chili to taste. At the very least, come meet our celebrity judges including Fox 2 News weather man and LPS graduate Derek Kevra!

For more information, contact Robb Drzewiecki at or your school's PTA president.


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