CommunityYPSILANTI: Depot Town ushers in holiday season

YPSILANTI: Depot Town ushers in holiday season

A few years ago, I conducted an interview while on the assignment to cover a Christmas Tree lighting celebration recently. Here’s the Exclusive Interview that made my day:


Three-year-old Judah came out with his parents to celebrate. After posing with Santa, I asked him for an interview about his experience –to which he made his demands clear: he would answer my questions outside. Once, outside he sat on the bench and gazed at the tree across the street.

 Q. So, what was your favorite part about tonight’s celebration?

A. “Every part,” said Judah.

Q. Every part?
A. “Yes. Every part was my favorite part –the songs, like Jingle Bells..the tree, Santa. Every part.”

Q. What other things have you done to get ready for Christmas?
A. We decorated at home.

Q. So you helped decorate the tree?
A. Yes, But, we didn’t just decorate the tree; we decorated all over. But, our tree is way smaller.

Q. Sounds like you have had a good day?
A. I have. 

Merry Christmas,

LeslieYPSILANTI: Depot Town ushers in holiday season – Ypsilanti Courier – Heritage Newspapers

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Leslie discovered the power of the pen in the third grade after her family moved to a new school district. Writing became a way to sort out her new surroundings and escape to fantasy landscapes. That child, and voice, has matured into a poet, writer, blogger, journalist, online content creator and editor. Leslie is a social entrepreneur with a demonstrated commitment to community. She is an active community member in Washtenaw County (Michigan) with expertise in social media marketing and content management systems, volunteer coordination and writing and 19 years of experience in the areas of online community management, training, leadership development, and social networking. She is interested in facilitating connection with both community residents and businesses. Through this work, the economy of the community is improved and the organizations are financially successful. Her main mode of advocacy and online community, however, is through writing.

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