Elizabeth (Liz) McClellan

                        Our Beloved "Dr. Wordsmith's"

      Passion for Poetry


Dear Fellow Jungaleers,

   I think we all knew Liz's journalistic talents as Editor-in-Chief of our school newspaper, The Jungaleer, (my demanding and tough boss as Assistant Sports Editor) but how many of us knew she is quite an accomplished poet?

After she shared a few of her poems with me, I asked if she would allow me to post some of these literary gems to our Hobbies & Passions section. Of course she said NO, but after a difficult and contensious negotiation, she finally agreed, in exchange for me being on time to our monthly luncheons ....and RSVP'ing in a timely fashion. (Damn Liz, I think you're still mad because I missed so many of your deadlines with my sports stories.)

So, sit back and enjoy a few of Liz's wonderful and thoughtful disambiguations....(her what?...yup, I had to look it up too)

Pete


 
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Carol (Schumacher) Scott's Passion: Art

 

 

Artist Statement

 

 

 

            ”The greatest poetry arises from mysterious found objects and chance encounters.”              

                                                            author unknown

 

            When I read the above statement, it was a eureka moment.  For me the quote captures the essence of what inspires and compels me to make art.  I'll come upon a strange object or

material ......often something most would consider a discard.....and some quality it possesses will attract me.  Sooner or later that quality  will appear in a drawing, assemblage, or sculpture.                      

 

            The challenge and the pleasure is to elevate and celebrate the ordinary and, at times, mysterious objects which cross my path.

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                            Carol Scott - 2008         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Biography:                                                   

 

Born: 

Detroit, Michigan        

Education:

            BA Speech Pathology, MichiganStateUniversity

            MS Speech Pathology, VanderbiltUniversity

            Museum of Fine Arts-Houston Glassell School of Art - 1997 - present                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                       
Our classmate Carol Schumacher Scott: The Artist
Our classmate Carol Schumacher Scott: The Artist
Title: Migration.... in progress
Title: Migration.... in progress
Title: Migration
Title: Migration
Title: In Memory of the African Diaspora
Title: In Memory of the African Diaspora
Title: Drop by Drop
Title: Drop by Drop
Title: Homage to Victor Hugo
Title: Homage to Victor Hugo
TItle:  I'd Rather Make Art than Dinner
TItle: I'd Rather Make Art than Dinner
Title: Ultimate Re-Purpose
Title: Ultimate Re-Purpose
Title: Please Return
Title: Please Return
Title: Yin and Yang  (tire fragment and ink)
Title: Yin and Yang (tire fragment and ink)
Title: I'm Still Here and I'm Celebrating
Title: I'm Still Here and I'm Celebrating
Title: Shipwreck
Title: Shipwreck
Untitled: (cellophane, wire, mirrors)
Untitled: (cellophane, wire, mirrors)
Title:  Cave Ballroom
Title: Cave Ballroom
Untitled monoprint...made with the (tire) treads dipped in house paint.
Untitled monoprint...made with the (tire) treads dipped in house paint.
Title:  Bubble Life
Title: Bubble Life
Title:  Redressed
Title: Redressed
Title: Remembering Ingenue Moments
Title: Remembering Ingenue Moments
Title: Wheels & Tires Installation
Title: Wheels & Tires Installation
Title: Power Dressing
Title: Power Dressing






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Lois Kingshill Kohler's Passion :   THE DETROIT RED WINGS

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Judy (Chapman) Monette's Passion

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Naida's New Found Passion

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Wayne Simonson's Passion
 


Classmate Wayne Simonson passion is restoring Chrysler cars. He has a fantastic collection of Chrysler Collection Autos....the earliest is a 1937 Chrysler Airflow. He is currently working on a 1964 Chrysler 300K Factory 4 speed convertible.

Visit Wayne's Classmate Profile page for more information about Wayne's outstanding passion.

I wonder which of those beautiful cars Wayne will be driving to the reunion?
 

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Liz Prechtel McClellan' Passion...

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I am Elizabeth McClellan of Just Justice – an organization whose sole purpose is to secure the passage of a Wrongful Imprisonment Compensation Act.  There was legislation in the 2010 session that had the support of the State Bar Association, the Prosecuting Attorneys’ Association of Michigan, as well as the office of the Michigan Attorney General.  It was passed out of the House Judiciary Committee in Lansing on November 10, 2010 but due to time constraints went no further, was never brought to the floor of the full House or the Senate 

This legislation has been reintroduced.  Senate Bill 0061 and House Bill 4171 are awaiting consideration.

We believe that fair compensation legislation is a moral imperative that will hold the state of Michigan responsible for errors in the judicial system which cause innocent persons to be wrongfully convicted and unjustly imprisoned for crimes they did not commit. The emotional effects alone are devastating, reputations and relationships destroyed, years of potential income lost. 

When a person who was guilty as charged serves his sentence and is released he (or she) is eligible for a Prisoner Re-entry Initiative; a program whereby job skills are updated or relearned, assistance is provided in finding work and housing, medical care (both physical and emotional) is made available.  The innocent person wrongly convicted and incarcerated receives absolutely nothing – not even so much as an apology.

Imagine - if you can - waking up each morning behind the steel bars of a prison cell and your first thought each day, every day, all day, is “I didn’t do it.  I am innocent!”

Imagine further that when someone finally believes you and exoneration brings release, you walk out of prison into a world you may not even recognize.  Technology has left you behind, children have grown and family has moved on.  Where will you live, how will you live?

At present at least 27 states and the federal government have compensation legislation to at least partially address those questions and others.  The great state of Michigan is not among them.  We have before us the opportunity to remedy this situation.  Compensation would provide innocent persons the ability to continue their lives.  They can never get those lost years back but with the fair compensation provided for in a Wrongful Imprisonment Compensation Act they should be able to move on.  We are in a position to encourage, perhaps even mandate, the passage of such legislation.

 

Just Justice asks only that you contact your legislators, both Representatives and Senators, especially the Judiciary Committee, chairmen and members alike.  Lansing addresses and phone numbers for 2011, as well as the bills themselves, are available electronically when you contact us at the email address above. They are also on the State of Michigan website.

 

Please tell those legislators that you too understand and support the need for fair and just compensation, that a Wrongful Imprisonment Compensation Act must be part of Michigan law.  Innocent Michigan citizens must be treated with fairness and dignity.  Would you expect anything less?

 

Thank you for your interest, for your time and concern.

 

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Our purpose and mission is educational and not political

The sole purpose of Just Justice is to educate Michigan voters’ about the need for Bi-Partisan support for SB 0061/0060 and House Bill HB 4171/4170, also known as the “Wrongful Imprisonment Compensation Act”. We ask you to contact your State Senator and Representative to let her or him know that you support these bills and would like them to support them also.

Our purpose: 

ü            IS NOT to obtain reparation for “mistreated” inmates;

ü            IS NOT about prison reform;

ü            IS NOT about any other cause no matter how worthy it might be!

These companion acts would compensate persons found “Actually innocent”, “Exonerated”, or whose convictions were “Vacated” by the Courts using DNA or other incontrovertible evidence after they have spent years in prison for crimes they did not commit.

The lives and reputations of these persons have been devastated as a result of being wrongfully convicted and imprisoned for a crime or crimes they did not commit. Twenty-seven other states and the Federal Government have seen fit to pass such legislation, isn’t it time for the great state of Michigan to do so?

We ask you to preferably write a “snail” mail letter in support of these bills to your State Representative and Senator to let them know you support these bills which we believe are a moral imperative. (an actual letter carries ten times more weight than phone calls or emails). In addition we suggest that you also email and phone your Senator and Representative’s office to reinforce your support.

         If you would like to receive updates, “Reply” to this message at “Just_Justice_Zero@Yahoo.com”.  Please forward this email to your friends, family, and associates who are Michigan voters to let them know of your support and to encourage them to contact their Representatives and Senators.

Thanks for your interest!                                                                                 

 

To date, Just Justice has conducted informational forums at the following locations and we plan to conduct as many more as possible.

 

  1. Birmingham Unitarian Church Birmingham Michigan    March 21, 20/10
  2. Fraser Public Library – Fraser Michigan                           May 19, 2010
  3. Lansing Unitarian Church, Lansing Michigan                 June 20, 2010
  4. Private home meeting in Lansing, Michigan                    August 4, 2010
  5. St. Mark’s Catholic Church, Warren Michigan                 Sept. 20, 2010

 

Marquette Michigan

  1. Messiah Lutheran Church, Coffee Hour                         January 16, 2011
  2. St. Mark’s Lutheran Church,  Coffee Hour                      January 16, 2011
  3. St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, NMU Campus Ministry      January 16, 2011
  4. St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Shalom evening service   January 16, 2011

 

  1. Christ Lutheran Church, Warren, Michigan         February 13, 2011

 

 

While in the Upper Peninsula in January we also spoke with Steven Lindberg, State Representative for Marquette and Tom Casperson, State Senator for the entire U.P. both of whom subsequently “signed on” as co-sponsors of the current Wrongful Imprisonment Compensation Act, SB 0061/0060 and HB 4171/4


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Darrel Morley's Passion

My interest, hobbies, and passion are all one and the same. IF it has wheels, engines, propellers, or wings I’m in.

My Dad was a millwright so it only seemed natural that I would be interested in anything motorized. My first car was a 47 Plymouth which I was customized during summer break 0f 59 .  Currently I am building a tribute  47 that will be that car of my High school  days  :only “cooler”.  What followed from that first vehicle was a parade of cars, race cars,  boats, but no planes (yet).

 I was lucky enough to have a career that included all of the above. I studied Industrial Design at Wayne State University. After graduation I was hired as an automotive stylist for Chrysler Corporation.(how cool was that). I mean it didn’t get any better, love cars, get paid to draw them all day. Of course it involved much more than that but I had the good fortune to enjoy a 32 year run in the field I was intensely passionate about.

 As an extension of my passion for cars I needed to amp it up. So I turned to motor racing. I raced in many different classes but Sports Racers were my fav. The picture included here is of my first Sports Racer. There were other racers, but this one was the most memorable.

Now, I’m into the street scene with cool rides.  I currently have 3 of my own with my wife owning a 63 Avanti  and my Father-in –law owning a  32 Dodge (included in pics). I look at these cars as dynamic works of art from an era that was simpler, less complicated, and oh by the way, a lot of fun.

 

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Hey, Jungaleers...We have a new addition to our Hobbies & Passions page. Stop by if you enjoy disambiguations.