Winter 2014: Contributors

Contributors, Winter 2014


Yet another fantastic Michigan BLUE for me to treasure, from the (always) gorgeous cover to ever-interesting and varied contents that are so well-written and illustrated. (Even the ads are a delight.) I love to first thumb backwards through each new issue to get a feel and taste for the enjoyment ahead. Then, weeks later, I make it a habit of passing on a well-read issue to a “deserving” friend to savor the many charms within. It’s a bit like fishing’s “Catch and Release” policy that I call my “Read and Release” program. Your FALL issue may, however, have to remain in home waters for quite a spell. It’s a keeper.

— Richard F. Burns, Chardon, OH

Al ParkerFull-time freelance journalist AL PARKER — a Traverse City-based member of The Freelance Writing Organization-Int’l. — specializes in writing travel, entertainment, sports, health care and business features. His award-winning work has appeared in a variety of newspapers and magazines.



Ken ScottOver two decades, self-taught photographer KEN SCOTT has embraced recognizing the right place at the right time, though not necessarily for the intended image. With multiple scenic, seasonal landscape books to his credit, the Leelanau County resident has found much of inspiration in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (


Ari L. MokdadDetroit-born, Grand Rapids-based freelance writer, dancer and photographer ARI L. MOKDAD — 2013 recipient of the regional AWP Intro Award ( — has published creative and non-fiction works in GVSU’s professional journal “Wake” and student-run “Fishladder.” She enjoys traveling, cooking and playing the violin.


Kim SchneiderA full-time travel writer who lives by Eleanor Roosevelt’s quote — “Do something every day that scares you” — KIM SCHNEIDER often ventures from her Leelanau home. She’s a member of the Midwest Travel Writers Association, which named her Mark Twain Travel Writer of the Year in 2010.



Michigan BLUE welcomes story suggestions from our readers, freelance writers and photographers. Submit ideas via e-mail to For a complete list of our Winter 2014 contributors, please visit our website,

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