Emily Bauman For State House

Emily Bauman, a Westland resident is running for State House District 16.

Age: 53
Party affiliation: Republican Party
Family:Bill, husband and 3 children, 20, 12, 9
Occupation:Business & Life Coach & business owner, 7 years. Previously, owner of landscape design firm and sales & management positions in various industries: telecommunications, medical, dental, & retail.
Previous elected experience:Though I have not held an office, I served as campaign manager on a Congressional campaign
Family members in government:My brother is a police officer in Texas and retired from the Air Force. My father was a 1st Lieutenant in the US Army.
Campaign website: https://www.emilybauman.com/

The single most pressing issue facing our state is _______, and this is what I intend to do about it.
The single most pressing issue for our state is rebuilding the economy, while not sacrificing health. Both can be and need to be rebuilt, quickly. I intend take active engagement in open discussion and negotiations that will support ways for businesses to reopen safely. I will also support the constitutional rights of the people of Michigan and trust that they will make the best decisions for themselves and their families and their community–I will support them by helping provide the education needed for them to make healthy and safe decisions.

What are the critical differences between you and the other candidates seeking this post?
The critical differences are that the people I will serve can trust that I will do what I say I will do and I am a person who takes action. An elected office is a privilege and the State Representative office a 2-year job, not a seat to take up and collect taxpayer money. I understand business, having been a business owner for nearly 20 years, and I understand having much and having little. I understand what it takes to raise a family and make the sacrifices needed for others before myself. I believe to serve the people you must be able to relate and I have life experiences and relationships that will provide me a grounding as well as an understanding that you can only have through years. As a State Representative, I will work for the people of my district and the state of Michigan from day 1, and not only when it is time for re-election.

What accomplishments in your past would you cite as evidence you can handle this job?
The main accomplishments are that of being a business owner, mother and wife of 24 years. I have also worked in corporate America and many various industries, giving me an understanding and perspective you can’t have without the experiences. I understand the value of hard work and even working harder and feeling like you are gaining little and then pushing and persevering through anyway. Plus, my work and accomplishments with nonprofits in fundraising, strategic planning and board governance sets me apart and is a great precursor to serving people in an elected office.

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Finding Joy And Peace In The Kitchen With Emily Hutchinson

“Cookies are my life.”

That quote could be attributed to any one of us, but this week, those words were uttered by none other than the cookie queen herself, Emily Hutchinson. 

On today’s episode of the L.A. Weekly Podcast, host and Publisher Brian Calle, along with Food Editor Michele Steuven, chats with Emily about all things baking. 

Emily has built a brand around her expertise in creating and decorating cookies, as both a bestselling author of Creative Cookie Decorating and a regular on Hallmark’s Home and Family, including a seat as a judge on Hallmark Drama’s Christmas Cookie Matchup. Her YouTube channel has over 3 million views, and her Instagram – cleverly titled “@the_hutch_oven” – has a loyal following of 113K. 

Most of us, even cake-hating Brian, like cookies. But how does someone turn a beloved dessert into a career?

“It started when I was little – way back when I was five – my grandma taught me how to bake in the kitchen,” reminisces Emily. “It was just so special and so fun and I caught on so fast. Being in the kitchen was like my place, we baked for everything – all sorts of desserts, breads, pies, she was the most incredible baker ever. She actually passed away when I was about 12 and so baking was really hard for me after she passed away and I put it on the back burner.”

Emily grew into adulthood, fell in love, and married her husband Mike. Soon after they welcome their daughter Reese and son Nick, who were elated to become big siblings to little Jennifer Louise, lovingly nicknamed Jenny Lou. Tragically, Jenny Lou passed away from SIDS before three months of age.

“It was beyond imaginable,” shares Emily, in a heartfelt interview with our hosts. “Every parent’s worst nightmare, beyond imaginable. It was devastatingly painful. I was really broken for a really really long time. Some friends noticed how bad my husband and I were struggling and invited my husband and I to church. And our lives started to change.”

In an effort to find peace and healing, Emily found herself back in the warm embrace of the kitchen once again. 

“I started to bake again, I felt so much joy,” she remembers. “I started making buttercream frosted cookie tutorials and people received them like a beautiful gift and started to learn from my videos, and that was so special to me.”

As Emily continued to post, her views shot up and her popularity grew. With a natural knack for teaching, she compiled all her lessons into a book that would become an instant hit: Creative Cookie Decorating.

If her grandma hadn’t had that love and patience with her while teaching, she wouldn’t be the baker she is today. She passes that down to her kids, her followers, and anyone who needs to find the joy and peace she once lost herself. 

Her biggest advice for trying things out in the kitchen?

“Always do it

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Wuthering Heights: House that inspired Emily Bronte classic for sale

Ponden Hall

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image captionPonden Hall has traditionally been identified with the Lintons’ home Thrushcross Grange in Wuthering Heights

A house thought to be the inspiration for Emily Bronte when writing 19th century classic Wuthering Heights is on sale for more than £1m.

Ponden Hall, in Stanbury, West Yorkshire, dates back to 1541 and played host to Bronte and her family during their childhood.

Several features of the property are said to have inspired her work.

In 2014, it was converted into a bed and breakfast which is currently run by owners Steve Brown and Julie Akhurst.

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image captionIt is also believed to have inspired Anne Brontë’s novel, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

Sisters Emily and Anne, who began writing as children along with their sibling Charlotte, first came across Ponden Hall during the Crow Hill Bog Burst, a mudslide that occurred following heavy rainfall in September 1824.

While this was the girls’ first encounter with Ponden, they continued to visit, with the house providing inspiration for both Wuthering Heights and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall.

The library at Ponden, considered one of the finest in West Yorkshire and which boasted a Shakespeare first portfolio, was particularly appealing to the Brontes, who would often stop by to use it.

The Bronte sisters

  • Charlotte, Emily and Anne Bronte were 19th Century novelists who formed one of the world’s most famous literary families
  • Often left alone together in their isolated Haworth home, all three sisters began to write stories at an early age
  • Charlotte’s Jane Eyre and Emily’s Wuthering Heights are hailed as British classics. Anne’s The Tenant of Wildfell Hall was a bestseller
  • Tragedy struck the family when Emily and Anne both died of tuberculosis within six months of each other between 1848 and 1849. It also killed their brother, Branwell
  • Charlotte continued to write and later married, but she too was killed by the disease in March 1855

Mr Brown said it was a request from a Bronte enthusiast to stay over in the old library that prompted the couple to turn Ponden into a bed and breakfast.

The couple moved into the property in 1998 and undertook extensive restoration work.

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image captionThe house, which overlooks Ponden Reservoir, is a Grade II listed building

The main guest bedroom features a small, single-paned window within a wooden, panelled box bed which bears similarities to the window that appears in Wuthering Heights.

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Ms Akhurst said: “This is the room in the old end of the house which has a tiny window in it which inspired Emily to write the story of Cathy’s ghost.

“There is the scene in which Mr Lockwood is asleep in the bed and he has a nightmare where he believes the ghost of Cathy is coming through the window to get him.”

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