Oakland County College Series: Cranbrook Academy of Art


Cranbrook Academy of Art, located in Bloomfield Hills, is one of the nation’s leading graduate schools of art, architecture, and design. It has been home to some of the world’s most renowned artists and features a world-class museum devoted exclusively to modern and contemporary art, architecture, and design. Cranbrook Academy of Art is like no other program in the United States and is based on the idea that Artists-in-Residence, their families, and students live and work in close proximity. Each year, just 75 students are invited to study and live on the landmark Saarinen-designed campus. Continue reading

Rose Oaks on the Dawn of December



“Everyone needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and places to pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.” – John Muir
Rose Oaks County Park is that kind of place.


An early morning walk through this 640 acre protected wildland in the northwest corner of Oakland County at the dawn of December offers rich rewards, reaching beyond the obvious benefits of healthy hiking and fresh air. Solitude, natural beauty, and a chance to embrace silence without distractions are three of them. The radiant glow of morning sunlight on trees enriches forest stillness, and warms the human spirit.

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Is Your Home Holiday Ready?

Happy little kids in matching red and green striped pajamas decorate Christmas tree in beautiful living room with traditional fire place. Children opening presents on Xmas eve.

The Holidays are a magical time. Decorating the house, picking out the perfect Christmas tree, and spending time with friends and loved ones all add joy to this special time of year. Take time to double check decorations and ensure that you’ve taken proper precautions to prevent fire and emergencies inside, and outside the home. Whether the house is all ready for the Holidays, or there’s still plenty to do, use these tips to make sure your home and family stay safe. Continue reading

Oakland County College Series: Oakland University


Oakland University, located in both Auburn Hills and Rochester Hills, is known as a student-centered, doctoral research institution with a global perspective. With a list of academic options that’s constantly growing, they currently offer more than 130 undergraduate degrees and more than 135 graduate degree and certificate programs. Oakland University has plenty to offer its over 20,000 currently enrolled students. When they aren’t busy conducting research, gaining global perspectives, competing in Division I athletics, leading student organizations, or performing on stage, there’s a sprawling campus to enjoy. Continue reading

West Bloomfield Woods: Natural, Wild and Free



“Like winds and sunsets, wild things were taken for granted until progress began to do away with them. Now we face the question whether a still higher ‘standard of living’ is worth its cost in things natural, wild and free.” Aldo Leopold, 1948. His words hold equally true today for those that cherish the West Bloomfield Woods Nature Preserve, a 162 acre, heavily wooded natural gem nestled between hills and palatial homes in highly developed, suburban West Bloomfield Township. The heron rookery that drew so much attention and praise in the 1990s is gone, and now exists just in old photos and memories. Jennifer Tucker, the new Executive Director of West Bloomfield Parks and Recreation, is correct when she states, “The West Bloomfield Woods Nature Preserve is our own little bit of Up North right here in West Bloomfield. We are very lucky to have a place that our patrons can get active in and enjoy right here in their community.” Thousands would agree with her. Continue reading