NOVI, MI (December 11, 2014) – Fox Run resident Arnetta Whitehouse, a writer, first got involved with the Unity in the Community group when she joined her neighbors to put pins noting their countries of ancestry on a large world map in the retirement community's clubhouse. She proudly placed her pin on Germany.
Since then she has participated in a holiday Cookie Exchange project whose theme said, "Like most cookie recipe ingredients, we are all basically the same." And she has used, and continues to use, her writing and volunteerism to connect people with one another and nature.
Unity in the Community's mission is to cultivate an environment where people embrace, accept, value and celebrate the unique qualities of each individual. Whitehouse would not have it any other way.
"We promote an atmosphere that encourages equality and mutual respect," said Whitehouse, who worked in the tax planning business prior to moving from her home in Farmington Hills to Fox Run more than four years ago. She, her husband and her father live in the same apartment, along with their two cats.
Whitehouse enjoys the sharing of ethnic cuisines and the celebration of diverse cultures at Fox Run. A German dance troupe and Mexican Lindo Folk Lore Dancing performances – and the glorious dance of butterflies outside her apartment – have served to be her muses as she has reincarnated herself in the past few years with newfound creativity.
She writes monthly columns for Fox Runs newsletter and is now exploring web-based outlets for her Henry David Thoreau-esque essays on eclectic subject matter such as "The Mourning Dove," "Trees and Shrubs," and Pond Life." She researches extensively, always thematically aligning her writing with "unity."
"Every life – human and animal – is precious and is a reason to celebrate," said Whitehouse, who leads the Creative Writer's Group at Fox Run. "I want do what I can to make a positive difference and always do something worthwhile."
She would say more, but her actions speak more effectively. Besides, there is a Native American Flute Music concert in the offing and far too many frogs, ducks, geese, and foxes yet to be heard from through her writing.