“From the Publisher” – December 2015


December-Cover-2015Dear Readers,

The Holiday Season is here!

This year-end issue sure looks like Christmas – packed with great reading, local happenings, and a pretty cool local gift guide. As the snow starts to fall, it’s a perfect time to relax with your My City Magazine.

If you’re like me, this time of year makes me realize how fortunate I am, and want to give more to those who are less fortunate, maybe just down on their luck. MCM writer, Cheryl Dennison, reached out to local charities to get their “Wish List” (p.8) – there are many ways you can help. Also check out the “My Community” piece about Culture Shock – a project of Glenn and Essence Wilson, who are giving kids and families opportunities to experience local culture. As I’m very involved in Flint’s Cultural Center, I’m amazed at how often I have conversations about how lucky we are to have a strong and well-financed Cultural Center – only to hear someone say, “I never knew!”

We get so much feedback about our “My Story” features – be sure to read “A Clean, Second Chance” (p. 20). Lisa Briggs wrote this piece about a former drug addict who struggled to get clean, and is now giving back to the community that helped him do it. So inspiring. And in the “My Day” spot is ABC12’s Chief Meteorologist, J.R. Kirtek, (City’s Choice Award Winner!), who let us see what his typical day is like. (Yes, we asked him if we’ll have a white Christmas …)

Our “My Flashback” subject is The Whiting; most of us have special memories of experiences there, and some of you shared them with us. Check out our “My Can’t Miss List” that includes some great holiday shows coming up at The Whiting. We had Christmas on our minds this month, with special “spirits” (p.34), Nutcracker (how ‘bout this cover?), and a “Shop Local” gift guide (p.52-71). Lots and lots of smiling faces in this issue, too … MCM is there at all the local happenings.

In closing my last letter of 2015, I’m thankful to have a great family, good health and success. I ask that you include in your prayers those here and around the world who are struggling through horrible times. All of the hatred will leave many unfortunate people to suffer for years to come. Find ways to fight the hatred and give of yourselves this holiday season; philanthropy doesn’t have to come in the form of dollars donated, but can be something as simple as a smile.

I wish you all the happiest of holidays!

vince3 Vince Lorraine, Publisher & Editor in Chief vince@mycitymag.com

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