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Mommologues Event To Benefit LACASA

MOMMO 2014 group compJoin us for a heart-warming evening as some of Livingston County’s most respected writers and performers gather to present Mommologues: Musings on Motherhood. All proceeds from the May 6, 2015, event will benefit LACASA Center.

poetry micThis pre-Mother’s Day event celebrates the trials, tribulations and momentous moments of motherhood. Listen as contributors read poetry, essays and vignettes specially created for this event.

Readers who will share pieces they’ve written on motherhood include acclaimed storyteller Jeff Doyle; award-winning writers Buddy Moorehouse and Maria Stuart; The Great Foodini — aka Rene Chodkowski; and journalist blogger Mona Shand.

“We all know what an important role moms play in our community and in our society, and we want to celebrate that experience and give it a voice,” said Mona Shand, one of the show’s co-producers. “The Mommologues is an attempt put into words some of the things we’ve learned from our moms and as parents ourselves.”

“Mommologues” is produced by Shand and Maria Stuart. Sponsors of the event include The Livingston Post, and Christina Maria Photo & Design.


Come for an enjoyable evening of humor, insights and inspiration

Wednesday, May 6, 2015      7 p.m.     Opera House, Downtown Howell   

Tickets $20 per person        Light refreshments served

All ticket proceeds benefit abused children and victims of interpersonal violence at LACASA Center 

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Main Presenters

Renee Chodkowski, aka The Great Foodini, is Livingston County’s patron saint of foodies. She presents entertaining classes and events for adults and children, and is a popular speaker in Livingston County and beyond. Renee has cooked for Gordon Ramsay and lived to tell about it! You can hear her on Livingston County’s Own 93.5, WHMI, with Mike & Jon on Friday mornings, where she shares her Foodini magic.
Pat Convery is best known as president of the Howell Area Chamber of Commerce. Between her family and her job, she has discovered she has material for lots of stories.
Jeff Doyle is the founder of the Scary Story Festival, now in its eighth year. He has appeared at the Northlands Storytelling Conference and the Michigan Storytelling Festival, won a Moth storytelling competition, and recently became a Story Slam teller at the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, TN.
Buddy Moorehouse of Gregory is Vice President of Communications for the Michigan Association of Public School Academies, as well as an award-winning documentary filmmaker. For many years, he was an editor at the Livingston County Daily Press & Argus. He and his wife, Kathy, have four children: Chelsie, Cameron, Amelia and Lottie.
Mona Shand is a broadcast journalist and writer who has worked across multiple platforms, including television, radio, and online. She is currently the Michigan producer and correspondent for Public News Service, a statewide news distribution service. Her blog on family life has been featured in several national publications, including Parenting and Mamapedia, and she is a frequent contributor to WDIV’s “Mom Panel.” She and her husband and 3 children live in Brighton. Read more at
Maria Stuart owns The Livingston Post ( and her own communications business ( For years, she was an editor at the Livingston County Daily Press & Argus, where she wrote a weekly column on a wide variety of subjects, and won some cool awards. She lives in Howell with her husband, Michael, and teenage son, Will.


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