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Inspiration found... 

Normally for the September-October issue of Pointe Magazine, I would be writing and getting excited about our upcoming three-week vacation at the Marriott’s Grande Vista Resort in Orlando. We’ve been making this trip every year for more than a decade, maybe two. But probably not this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

We called the resort. The restaurants are open for take-out only. The pools are open but with socially distanced chairs, tables and umbrellas. Guests are required to wear masks when outside their rooms, in the lobby, at the bars or Marketplace store. Like at restaurants, masks can be removed when the family group is safely seated in a socially distanced location, such as at the table by the pool where we normally take our lunch. Not sure how masks in the pool will work out. Golf as a single would be fine with me.

It is hard to make the call. Should we go or should we stay? Problem is Florida’s not doing so well on the COVID scale. Michigan is all-but cured compared to the Sunshine State. Also, schools will have already been in full swing for several weeks by the time we get to Orlando. And teens work — guess where? — in restaurants that prepare take-out food!

We usually add a handful of days on each end of our Orlando stay with visits to The Villages, probably the world’s largest senior community up the Florida Turnpike from Orlando. Sure, they closed down the nightly live entertainment in the town squares, which we really look forward to, but we understand the mature residents there are bringing their own boom boxes to the squares and line-dancing the night away anyway — many revelers not wearing masks. So we’re not sure a stop at “America’s Friendliest Hometown” would be a good idea.

Lastly, I would usually end this column — after encouraging all our readers to patronize our many loyal advertisers and businesses, without whom this magazine would not be possible — by saying, “See you around the Pointe when we get back!” During the pandemic, though, I may not see you at all — even if we stay home! Looking forward to getting back to normal!
— John

... in a pandemic 

From start to finish, production on the September-October issue has provided abundant inspiration. In otherwise dark times, I’ve been blinded by the light of these creators: one of music, one of photography, others of gardening and community.

My first assignment was on rock legend Suzi Quatro and the newly released documentary about her life, Suzi Q. When I emailed her publicist to (hopefully) arrange an interview, I heard from Suzi Quatro herself. She responded to the request with an emphatic yes — “as a Grosse Pointe girl through and through.”

What followed was a stirring hour-long video chat, where from her garden in England, Suzi managed to call to arms the artist in me. She shared in personal anecdotes creativity’s force in her life and the authenticity found in it. A shining example of how the greatest thing you can give the world is your unapologetic self.

I wholeheartedly recommend the documentary, in which Suzi pays homage to Grosse Pointe and Detroit. Along with a detailed account of her life, music, acting and books, the film explores the ways in which being true to herself gave others permission to do the same.

Shortly after speaking to Suzi, I interviewed documentary photographer Amy Sacka, whose sole mission — to create a life of meaning — brought her to the fullest and happiest she has ever been at (nearly) 45. Her path was a winding one, the journey and her landing place both unexpected. The celebration of Detroit and the Midwest in her photography would make anyone grateful to call this place home. The unconventional way in which she found contentment is worthy of a book.

Then there was Rachelle Koester and her Certified Wildlife Habitat. And Pointe Senior Marty Peters and his ability to craft meaningful, diverse community gatherings (more on that in an upcoming issue!). In a time that feels like the Great Pause, I have been spoiled with stories of boundless creativity.

My cup now overflowing, I look forward to a few days’ lull — and whatever artistic inclinations they may bring. I hope you find the same.
— Lauren


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