Jan 26 2007
By Mike Ingels (email@example.com)
The world has been very good to me.
My name is Michael Ingels. I was born and raised in Monroe, MI and it has always been a touchstone for me. If you take a look above, you’ll see me with my beautiful wife, Kathy. She grew up on a dairy farm in Wisconsin and has values to match. She’s the greatest thing that has ever happened to me.
I have a sister, Michelle, who works in downtown Monroe for the County. My brother, Francis, lives in Seattle and works for Microsoft. I can split my extended family into Belgian/non-Belgian halves. The Belgians are the Ingels. The other half is composed of Hoffmans, Tibais, Ebys and a half-dozen other names. I am probably related to half of Monroe County.
My dad is also named Michael. And I love him dearly. He’s 69 years old and is in the process of painting portraits of everyone we know. My dad has, at various times been an electrician, monk, businessman, auto repairman and Catholic Deacon. I guess you could say that I’m the son of a preacherman.
My dad is one of the reasons that I stay connected to Monroe. After my mom, Shirley, passed away in 2000 because of uterine cancer, the whole family had to pull together. My siblings and I began to take a much greater interest in my father’s life. Since he lives in Monroe, I take semi-regular trips back and forth between my home in Adrian to my dad’s house on Bates Lane. I think I know him better now than I ever have and it’s a real joy.
In the past, I’ve lived in the Michigan cities of Ann Arbor, Manchester, Onsted and Tecumseh. And I’ve also lived in Aurora, IL and Appleton, WI. I currently teach English and Social Studies for Addison Community Schools on the corner of Jackson, Hillsdale and Lenawee Counties. My life tends to spread across vast distances.
I am interested in a lot of things. I love hiking and the outdoors. I love second-hand shopping. I love politics and reading. I tend to church hop within the Catholic faith. And I love taking part in online communities.
If you need to get ahold of me, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
That’s enough about me.