Halloween’s Cousins

By Marja Rituals of Death in the Era of Hidden Death Western cultures tend to view death as a feared enemy that can be defeated by modern medicine and fancy high-tech machines. The 20th century banished mortality from social life and converted it to a taboo. Death no...

Origin of Halloween in the United States

By Phyllis Similar to Finland, Halloween in America evolved from Samhain, a celebration marking the end of summer and the harvest.  The celebration took place on the evening of October 31, which was New Year’s Eve to the Celts. It was believed the boundaries between...

Halloween Celebrations

By Marcy With the changing colors of  the autumn season, we look forward to one of America’s favorite holidays, Halloween. Celebrated on October 31, Halloween gives our children a chance to pretend they are someone else when they put on a costume and mask to assume a...

Origin of Día de los Muertos

By Martha V. Dia de los Muertos is a Mexican celebration commemorated on November 1st. and 2nd. The first day is for dead children and the second for dead adults. Día de los Muertos has its origin in pre-Hispanic times (before the European colonization). At that time,...

A Perfect Michigan Apple Crisp

Fall is upon us and that means it is apple season. Michigan is a big producer of apples. You will find many different varieties of apples in the stores: Braeburn (great for snacking or baking), McIntosh (a little tart), Cortland (similar to McIntosh but a little...

My Great Grandmother’s History Book

By Robyn When my siblings and I were growing, up my father gave each of us a copy of his mother’s family’s history book. This fascinating book, published in 1901, long before the days of geneology.com, traces the history of the Killam family from the time they arrived...

Driving in the Winter in Ann Arbor

Compiled by Robyn International Neighbors used to publish a Guidebook for International Families called “Living in Ann Arbor”. It was filled with useful information like this about winter driving. We are thinking about updating parts of “Living in...

In Case You Missed It

By Shirley Not even the cold and the rain could keep us away from our September 23rd Gathering at Gallup Park, Maas Shelter. It was wonderful to see so many of our members again. We had newcomers as well as neighbors (experienced members) chatting, mingling and...

Everything You Should Know About Joining IN Groups

By Shirley IN considers September the beginning of a new year (following the school schedule in the USA), but IN groups accept new members year around. Groups are not alike. We are not a school that has to follow a curriculum, which means that each conversation group,...

Anthropology

By Renata I Arrival It was at the start of the sixties—only nobody knew then that they were going to be “The Sixties.” Fidel Castro had recently come into power in Cuba and there was a lot of talk about “exporting the revolution,” which annoyed the United States and...