My business partner Debra Grobman and I are very thankful that Cherri Senders, the publisher of Labor411.org, is supporting our efforts to spread the word to buy made in USA whenever possible. Our business associate, USAF vet, Alice Fisher, has been a great consultant and resourceful communications pro to us. Ms. Alice probably will kill me for not asking her to edit this blog entry, but what the heck. Somethings you just want to write without other eyes looking at it first. We owe so much to her for fixing up and working on the Search Engine Optimization of Patriot-Made Audiocasts.
We’ve met so many incredible people over the past year. It’s been truly fascinating. Vishavjit Singh, o f http://www.sikhtoons.com/ by way of old dear college buddy of mine, (SUNY Buffalo State College) Howie Greene who is all grown up now and works as a real estate broker at Level Group, Inc Real Estate and Professor at Kingsborough Community College, in my beloved Brooklyn, NY.
My machtunim—heavy on the ch (hhh) sound like Juan and Julio (it’s a Yiddish word) aka-brothers-in-law have been very supportive of my business ventures and the company that Debra and I formed called Flatlands Avenue Productions, LLC. Kudos to Steve Rich of Ann Arbor for being our “consigliere.” I use that word as a way of acknowledging family, on both sides of my married life–those I got hitched to, those I was born to, and their mutual love of the Godfather series of movies (well, most of them, anyway.) Steve is the attorney who got us incorporated in Michigan and who, also, like
Debra and I, has fallen-in-deep-like for southeast Michigan and Detroit. Although with Steve, it might be more like falling in love with his home of about 20 years.
You know how families are. We talk about everything OTHER than our occupations and businesses because more important matters are upfront in our shared experiences, like elder care, childcare, healthcare and goofy stuff that only family “gets.” Then, one day you drive a guy and his son, (that would be Steve and Ben) back to the airport, and you talk about your fascination with the grit of people you’ve met a long your way, and the way different regions of the country, and even big states, like New York, have different ways of communicating and using language, and well…..That’s where the Detroit area and Michigan link was incubated between my brother-in-law and me. Then I come to find that Debra’s turf in advertising and marketing for radio was Detroit and what was the big- Three automakers. It’s a match! Or, to use another Yiddish word, a Shidduch. Steve has been very generous by not only filing the paperwork and helping with other important details of forming a company, but also by introducing Debra and me to friends, associates and colleagues, who in turn are introducing and sharing their friends, associates and colleagues with us. It’s been wonderful driving around Detroit and Washtenaw County. I’ve got so many stories to share on Patriot-Made Audiocasts. They’ll be rolling out in due time.
By now, you might be wondering, what’s a Flatlands Avenue? It’s a good story. (Yup-it’s all about story telling with us.)
Flatlands Avenue is the one road that, unbeknownst to me when I first met Debra, connects her neighborhood in Brooklyn where she grew up, with the community that I called home before my family moved “out to” Long Island, Canarsie. Even that name makes me smile.
I’m a Grabsteins and Seaview Pool kinda gal.
We’ve also fostered some wonderful friendships in Canada. Thank you Alice Fisher for helping to make our WordPress page for CanadianMade Productions much more organized and interesting than it was. Debra and I have had a love of Canada for so many years before we even met. When we presented Patriot-Made to people we were asked about doing CanadianMade. It was that simple. Debra and I didn’t hesitate because we knew we would find inventors, authors, scientists, artists, musicians and foodies, all Canadians by birth or by choice who contribute so much to the world. Along the way we’ve discovered Canadians, who also love that spirit of collaboration that Detroiters and Michaganers are tapping into to make their state and lives better. As my newest friend, Laura Robinson would say–it’s all one big circle! We could not help but find our niche with CanadianMade.
We’ve got so many more stories to gather, edit, record and push out to all of our friends, family members, and readers of blogs all over the world. It’s going to be, knock wood, toss that salt over the appropriate shoulder, spit away from the wind, a good 2015.
Now, writing, strictly as Rita Rich, I step into the realm of “these views are those of my own.” I do not speak for any of my associates and business partners with this graph.
While we all wish that all of our fortunes would have turned sooner, rather than later, life’s been a heck of a learning experience in ’14. As President Obama might have said, we’ve experienced very many teachable moments. We’ve witnessed wars start, and read about wars expanding-ever so quietly-by the US and its allies. We’ve seen the brilliant flares of terrorist slaughter in the form of v-logs of be-headings; missiles; mortars;and improvised explosive device-driven-carnage. We’ve also seen those in authority who wear uniforms, forget that they do speak a common language with those who wear their sloppy civies. Death, injury, disrespect of people not wearing a badge, or government emblem on their hats, caps and jackets, haunts and hurts me in so many ways. It’s not what my country is about. I want those who are sworn to protect us, as well as enforce the law, to please, please slow down, and listen, before you reach for your bully club, baton, or other taxpayer-funded weapon, or reach for another person’s throat. Listen for a count of ten, to what that person you think is a threat is saying. A full minute is not required. Embrace being “peace keeper.”