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LTYM Metro Detroit welcomes Lemongrass Spa

by angela on March 28, 2017

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We are offering a ticket package that includes two tickets to the Listen To Your Mother Metro Detroit show and a Lemongrass Spa product bundle. The ticket package, valued at around $70, is available now for $50. Support an amazing local business, see an amazing show, and get some amazing new skin care products — all for $50!

I remember my first makeup products. Tinkerbell nail polishes that peeled off in sheets and perfume that likely smelled like a child’s idea of flowers. Little eyeshadows in bright blue shades that barely tinted skin when touched. The “recital makeup” my mom kept in an unreachable drawer, lest I attempt red lips and rouged cheeks on my own.

I loved all of it.

One of my Listen to Your Mother readings talked about how differently my mother and I approach many parts of life, our skin and makeup routines being one of them. (Hint: She doesn’t have one of either.) She taught me about washing my face, of course. Her approach came from a hygienic standpoint, not one that celebrated the calming ritual of self-care.

My own daughter revels in makeup and lotions, perfumes and nail polishes. She chose a bright yellow stack of washcloths and face towels for the kids’ bathroom, and she questions what the different products littering my bathroom  — and her own — do.

I want her to feel comfortable dipping her fingers and toes into the world of skin care products and makeup samples. I mean that literally, which means I seek out products containing safe and natural ingredients. Even if she’s still too young for a real “skin care routine,” I want her to see and touch options that don’t contain countless ingredients she can’t pronounce. I don’t want those things on her young skin — and I shouldn’t want them on my own (not-so-young) skin either.

Lemongrass Spa offers products I’m comfortable putting on my own skin — and products I don’t mind if my daughters experiments with. Some of the ingredients include:

  • Organically grown, steam distilled pure essential oils such as lavender, tea tree, peppermint, spearmint, sandalwood & lemongrass
  • Natural colorants such as beet juice powder and carrot juice
  • Therapeutic and hydrating aloe vera, shea butter, mango butter, olive oil, jojoba oil, olive butter, apricot kernel oil and almond oil for healthier skin
  • Fruit extracts such as pomegranate, raspberry seed and cucumber
  • Sugar, oatmeal, Dead Sea salt and other ingredients that are so natural you could eat them!

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Perhaps more importantly, the company is committed to NOT including certain ingredients. They also proudly wear the Beauty without Bunnnies logo, which signifies their status as a cruelty-free program. (My animal-obsessed daughter definitely supports that part of the company!)

I learned about Lemongrass Spa from Mary Brown, a small business owner and a mother who’s committed to surrounding herself with natural, safe products. As a strong supporter of the Listen to Your Mother Metro Detroit show, Mary generously offered a bundle of some of her personal favorites from Lemongrass Spa.

The Limited Edition Detoxifying Charcoal Face Trio Set lets you try three refreshing charcoal skincare products. Activated charcoal is known to clarify pores by acting as a magnet that removes dirt, oil and impurities, and one of the best parts about it is that it’s recommended for all skin types. Whether you’re dealing with dry winter skin, sensitive skin, oily skin, or some combination of all three, activated charcoal will make you fall in love with how your skin feels.

We’re offering a ticket package featuring the Lemongrass Spa Detoxifying Charcoal Face Trio Set and 2 tickets to Listen to Your Mother Metro Detroit. The ticket package is valued at around $70, and we’re offering it for $50. Please contact us by email at to purchase the package, which is available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

For more information about Lemongrass Spa or to purchase additional products, contact:

Mary E. Brown, Independent Consultant
Lemongrass Spa

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Introducing Ruth Ebenstein

by angela on March 27, 2017

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Ruth Ebenstein is an American-Israeli writer, public speaker, historian and peace/health activist who loves to laugh a lot—and heartily. Born in California and reared in Michigan, she moved to Jerusalem days after she graduated from Northwestern University’s journalism school. She’s lived there ever since. This year, she is living with her husband and three sons in Ann Arbor, Michigan, while her husband, a cognitive neuroscientist, is on sabbatical at the University of Michigan. Ruth completed an M.A, in German history magna cum laude from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Ruth has published essays and articles on both sides of the Atlantic and won two first-place Simon Rockower awards, sponsored by the American Jewish Press Association. One was for an essay that ran in Tablet about her Israeli-Palestinian breast cancer support group’s trip to Sarajevo to meet other survivors who support each other across religious, cultural and ethnic lines. Through the group, Ruth, an Orthodox Jew, befriended Ibtisam Erekat, a devout MusliPalestinian woman whom she now calls sister. Ruth has written about this friendship for The Atlantic and is the author of the forthcoming memoir, Bosom Buddies: How breast cancer fostered an unexpected friendship across the Israeli-Palestinian divide. Ruth’s story has been covered by the BBC, NPR, Alhurra TV, the German-language Brigitte Woman, Bosnian media, and numerous American newspapers and radio stations.

Inspired to share the story of this cross-cultural friendship, Ruth started a career in public speaking in 2014. She has presented to more than 50 organizations: churches, synagogues, schools, Muslim groups, medical conferences, interfaith groups, women’s groups, Hadassah, Israel Bonds, business breakfasts, Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, Jewish Federation. In December 2015, Ruth and Ibtisam presented together at the U.S. Department of State, and Ruth will be speaking there again in June 2017. She has had numerous speaking tours across the US. Ruth recently joined the Triage Cancer’s Speakers Bureau. Ruth’s story has been covered by BBC TV (translated into Spanish, Arabic, Persian, and Portuguese) and BBC Radio, NPR, The AtlanticAlhurra TV, Brigitte Woman, and many other media outlets. These links, and others, can be found on her website,

Her uplifting message: you can turn something bad into something good.

Join us Sunday, April 30, to hear Ruth and the rest of the LTYM Metro Detroit 2017 cast share their stories. Tickets are on sale now on Live Nation or at the box office at Saint Andrew’s Hall. 

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Welcome back a LTYM Metro Detroit returning local sponsor: Little Bird Soul

March 22, 2017

Little Bird Soul, founded by Amanda Kirksey, creates handmade mala beads out of wooden and semi-precious gemstones. Amanda Kirksey is the kind of person who supports her friends, big time. Sick and need soup? She’ll make it just like you need it or like it (vegan, gluten free, etc.) and bring it to your doorstep. Feeling down and uninspired? She’ll send you a quote that’s perfect for your moment and tell you she’s there if you need to talk. Have a storytelling show and need a sponsor? She’s there for you then too. She has graciously sponsored our show for the last three years. Her kind, authentic, generous spirit makes her the perfect person to own a business that spreads positivity and kindness. Her motto is “Spreading peace and kindness, one strand at a time.” Kirksey makes and sells handcrafted mala beads and simple, high-vibrational jewelry. She makes them out of wooden beads, […]

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Alumni Reflections: Melissa St. Pierre

March 16, 2017

Join us on April 30 at St. Andrew’s Hall for our last LTYM Metro Detroit show! Doors open at 2:00 and the show starts at 3:00. Tickets available now. Meet Melissa St. Pierre, LTYM Metro Detroit 2016 alumna 1. What was your favorite part of being a Listen To Your Mother Detroit cast member? My favorite part of being a LTYM Detroit cast member has been the friendships that I’ve made. I felt instantly connected to other women that just “got” me. 2. What scared you the most? As someone that doesn’t get on stage often, I was the most scared to read and share my writing on such an important Detroit stage and share my vulnerability with other people. I am thankful for the other cast members for the support and the encouragement to say ‘go for it.’ 3. How did being a part of LTYM Detroit impact your life — professionally […]

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LTYM Metro Detroit 2017: Meet the cast!

February 10, 2017

Storytellers make auditions one of our favorite parts of Listen to Your Mother. They also make it one of the most difficult, because even some of the stories that resonate with us the most don’t fit with our show. Every year, we talk about how we could hold people in the theater for hours and just let the stories flow from the stage. Every year, we listen and ruminate and piece together a show we know you’ll adore, all the while being so grateful for those other stories we’ve heard, the ones that will hopefully find a home somewhere else — on another stage or on another page. This year’s cast will bring you an afternoon of unforgettable stories, and we can’t wait to see you at St. Andrew’s Hall on April 30. Don’t forget: We have early bird pricing of $10 during February! Use the code “storiesmatter” for your $10 tickets!   Introducing […]

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