Lessenberry may be best known locally as the author of the sometimes snarky “Politics and Prejudices” column in the Metro Times, and as Michigan Radio’s essayist and senior political analyst. But he is also a lifelong animal lover who always has had collie dogs, tropical fish, and a colony of guinea pigs. (“Don’t ask,” he pleads.) He first visited Sasha Farm (page 72) in 2005. “I was struck by the essential goodness of the place,” he says. “I am sort of a hypocrite here. I am not a vegan or even a vegetarian, but what Dorothy Davies and Monte Jackson are doing here helps restore your faith in human nature.” Lessenberry teaches journalism at Wayne State University and is the Toledo Blade’s ombudsman and writing coach.
Terry Parris Jr.
In his stories for Hour Detroit and other publications, Parris has reported about the city of Hamtramck, but he turns to writing about barns in the picturesque countryside of Michigan in this issue (page 83). Interestingly enough, he says, there are goats in both locations. Parris studied journalism at Wayne State University and is a staff writer for The Citizen, Hamtramck’s weekly paper. His work can also be found in the pages — or Web pages — of Model D, Metromode, and Concentrate. In his article on barns, Parris visited several, ranging in age from brand-new to about 100 years old. “My car is still dirty,” from the trek, he says. “And I think the suspension is shot, but it was worth it. Some of these barns are quietly beautiful.”
Lewinski’s photographs will no doubt capture the hearts of readers this month with his images of Sasha Farm, just outside of Manchester (page 72). “Shooting on a farm during spring thaw is very wet and difficult,” he says. “My most important piece of equipment was my rubber boots.” A Detroit native, Lewinski attended Wayne State University and the Hallmark Institute of Photography in Turners Falls, Mass. “I enjoyed interacting with the animals,” he says about the farm. With the story’s publication, he hopes readers “see it in their hearts to make a generous donation.” Lewinski is a regular contributor to Hour Detroit, Detroit Home, DBusiness, Real Detroit Weekly, and is the managing photographer for concentratemedia.com.
A Ferndale-based freelance photographer, Maconochie is a regular contributor for Hour Detroit, and shot the décor feature in this issue (page 96). “This house had good karma from the start,” he says. “Just pulling into the driveway was inspiring, and as I met the family and learned of all the great people involved in the project, I understood why,” he says. His award-winning work has been featured in Vanity Fair and on the cover of Interior Design magazine. Maconochie’s architecture photo essay that was featured in the October 2007 issue of Hour Detroit is one of three finalists in the City Regional Magazine Awards competition that will take place later this month.