This week on Points North, we have inspiration for your New Year’s resolutions with stories about fresh starts and big life changes.
Golam Rabbani was a human rights lawyer until he was forced to flee Bangladesh for opposing the government. He and his family made their way to Traverse City by way of New York and Port Huron.
Now, he’s making a leap into the restaurant business. He says friends were constantly asking him to make Indian food and raving about what he cooked.
“That’s a good signal that we can start this type of food business,” ” Rabbani says.
He just opened a new restaurant at the Grand Traverse Mall.
The idea that northern Michigan is a good place to make a fresh start has lots of history. Twenty years ago an anthropologist even came here to study what he called “lifestyle migration.”
That was around the time Doug and Michelle Racich arrived in Northport, in search of a new life. Doug had been a dentist is the suburbs of Chicago but one day decided he could no longer do it.
You can find Doug’s work at leelanauprints.com. Michele is a shiatsu therapist and runs Plum Blossom Tea in Suttons Bay.
They spoke with Larry Mawby, a member of Red Pine Radio. That’s IPR’s community workshop for audio storytelling.
Producers at Red Pine have also been talking with your neighbors about New Year’s resolutions. Brian Iler in Lake Ann told Leslie Hamp that he had stopped making resolutions, because he never kept them. But now he’s back with a big one.
If you have a resolution or a story about a fresh start or big life change, let us know. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.