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Posts by Lynne Konstantin

Michael Aram at work, creating “perfectly imperfect” organic-inspired pieces, which he calls a reflection of our humanity. This one is a giant golden feather that he is holding up and hammering with a rubber or wooden hammer.

Handcrafted

A look behind the inspiration of designer Michael Aram — who is heading to Macy’s Somerset. Lynne Konstantin Arts & Life Editor Michael Aram’s heritage runs deep inside him. “Food, language, religious traditions, a sense of family — and also a sense of being ‘different’ — all contributed to my cultural identity,” he says. The…

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Gifts That Give To Beaumont Children’s

A Roundup of great gifts that benefit Beaumont Children’s, a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. Beaumont Children’s is the only Children’s Miracle Network Hospital in Southeast Michigan. Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMNH) is a nonprofit organization that relies on the generosity of others to support its children’s programs. Most of the donations are raised one dollar at…

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A place setting and the dinner table at Michele Saulson's house with small pumpkins, grapes, and candles.

Home For The Holiday

Franklin designer Michele Saulson welcomes us to her lush, modern Thanksgiving table. Lynne Konstantin Arts & Life Editor | Brett Mountain Photographer Michele Saulson doesn’t just love beautiful things. She loves to make things beautiful — and she has a gift for it. She has even made a few businesses out of it. Armed with…

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Camp Kramer’s wooden menorah still stands after the surrounding camp burned down.

Beloved Jewish Camps Destroyed by Woolsey Fire

By Lynne Konstanin The massive Woolsey Fire that has ravaged Malibu, Thousand Oaks and other nearby areas of California have also devastated the Jewish community. Three beloved Jewish camps — the Wilshire Boulevard Temple Camps, the Shalom Institute in Malibu and Ilan Ramon Day School in Agoura Hills — have been mostly destroyed. “There’s a…

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Dear Mrs. Blume: We Can’t Wait For Margaret

After half a century of fighting off Hollywood offers, beloved children’s and tweens’ author Judy Blume has finally agreed to a movie version of Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret. Blume’s books were the friends that girls would turn to when they couldn’t talk to their moms — she knew all of their secrets.…

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Happy Chanukah, Harry!

Serious fans of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series might recall that in the book Order of the Phoenix, the character Sirius Black parodies a Christmas song, “God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen” (“God Rest Ye, Merry Hippogriffs”). Readers in Israel, however, who may not be as familiar with the traditional holiday song, read something else. “Most…

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Shirt Box Co-Owner Rod Brown Dies Suddenly

Rodney M. Brown of Farmington Hills passed away unexpectedly of a heart attack on Oct. 12. He was 51. Brown started working at the Shirt Box, now in Farmington Hills, when he was 16. The store was founded by Ron Elkus in 1981; the two soon developed a close friendship. After college, Brown practiced law…

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WWII Resistance Fighter Dies At 93

Sarah Shainwald was 16 when German forces took over her hometown in eastern Poland and began killing Jews in the town of Luboml in 1941. Her family fled to nearby forests and survived the freezing winter before joining a band of Soviet resistance fighters who targeted Nazis troops by blowing up trains, ambushing convoys and…

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