There are two reasons I always look forward to our June issue of CAWLM. First, we are hopefully out of the possibility of a morning frost and well into the warm summer weather. Second, it’s fun to flip the magazine on its head and focus on the men in our lives.
As women, we are multi-dimensional. We have layers and depend on and take care of so many individuals including our sons, husbands, brothers, fathers, grandfathers and friends. It makes sense that we focus a little on how much these amazing men make a difference in how we process the world.
I’ve determined that in most cases, I think very differently than our male counterparts. Obviously, it’s important that we view the world through varied lenses. But sometimes it makes life a bit more challenging too. I’ve perfected the confused head tilt that shows that I either can’t understand the point or perspective or I’m evaluating what to say next.
With my husband or my sons, it is more of a communication gap that I struggle with. They are bright, loving men, but when it comes to giving the facts, it may take a few minutes to wrestle the information from them. I find myself requesting that they feel free to “use their words” anytime in the conversational process. O.K., in fairness, depending on the subject, they may have a hard time getting a word into our discussion.
Mark McDaniel, our cover story, will not hesitate to use his words when explaining the amazing work Cinnaire, a community development finance organization, does to help the region. In fact, he can get downright emotional when he gives examples of how projects supported by Cinnaire make a difference in people’s lives – including veterans.
Not only does he do great work through the organization that he founded, but he also gives his time, talent and treasure to charitable organizations in Lansing that mean something to him. He is also lucky enough to be married to a great woman, Mary McDaniel, who supports him and also does great work in her own right. We are certainly fortunate to have them in our community.
I’m not sure if either of them golf, but I would like to invite everyone to our annual golf outing, the CAWLM Lady Classic. It will be held on Sept. 8 at Hawk Hollow Golf Course in Bath. This event has been near and dear to my heart. We always support a charity and this year we are benefiting the Lansing Women’s Center. It’s a great day, for a great cause. There’s no pressure even for our first time golfers. Go to cawlm.com to sign up.
Have a great start to summer. Please post your fun, summer pictures on our Facebook page and tell our readers what you’re doing to make it the best summer ever.
Play hard and stay cool this summer, Tiffany Dowling, Publisher