Although the overall economic situation in the U.S. is bleak, in Michigan it is among the worst. Our unemployment rate continues to be the highest in the nation, even though it dropped slightly in April. This was partly due to the availability of seasonal jobs, but we continue to lose jobs at an astounding rate, especially in manufacturing and the auto industry. Today Ford Motor Company announced that it may cut as many as 2,000 workers from its white collar division. This type of headline has become the norm. The state’s housing market has declined significantly, with the rate of foreclosures among the highest in the country. Add to that the sad reality that 1 in 8 households receive food stamps. The situation has escalated beyond crisis mode and something must be done to change it. The above photo shows a very common scene. Numerous buildings stand empty, where businesses once thrived. I shot this during a recent walk in an industrial area close to my neighborhood. Within a radius of just a few blocks, I counted at least half a dozen office buildings like these with “For Sale” signs out front. In other areas, it is much worse.
- This blog started out as a way for me to display and sell my handmade jewelry creations. I have set up shop on Etsy.com, where my shop name is "Dreamin of Beadin". The link to my Etsy store is located on the right hand side of this page. Please check me out!! If jewelry's not your thing, then check out the site anyway ~ there are plenty of talented artists selling lots of cool things there. For your reading pleasure, this blog will serve as a sneak peek into what's going on "behind the scenes" in my world. I love to cook, so there will be plenty of recipes, as well as product reviews and the occasional product giveaway (woo hoo!) I also love to take pictures of anything and everything, and I just bought a new camera, so there will be plenty of photos. And I like wine too, so things could get pretty interesting . . . Thank you for your support of me, Etsy and "all things handmade" :)