One of the best things about sharing each other's stories is how we can learn from each other.
And especially as Michigan has weathered the Great Recession, so many people in our state have had to face challenging periods, times when money was tight when you dreaded finding another past-due notice in the mailbox or phone call from a creditor.
Then factor in the challenges of being a single parent trying to raise a family and stretch a dollar.
That's the story Mardi Jo Link shares in her new book: "Bootstrapper: A Memoir. From Broke to Badass on a Northern Michigan Farm," published by Knopf.