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Happy Trails to You, Until We Meet Again

By Jeffrey Markowitz / Detroit

Hello Friends,

With the sudden departure of the digital magazine, The Insider, I want to thank everyone who enjoyed reading my articles. It was quite a surprise to see how many of you responded to my stories in such a positive way. It gave me an amazing feeling that I had never experienced before. It was a total shock to my system that I had a hidden talent. What Andi saw in my first article convinced me I had something going on upstairs. I was able to express my feelings in a genuine way and tell it like it was. I’m grateful to all of you who read the articles and could identify with them. It was truly a wonderful revelation! Thanks again readers, it was a lot of fun. Hope to connect in the near future.


Hello Andi,

What a pleasure it has been collaborating with you! I always wanted to write about my Oak Park experiences and you provided an avenue. It all started when my wife Judi said to me, “Jeffrey, stop watching the idiot box and do something with your brain.” I had no choice, I was between a rock and a hard place–in other words, a vice! Thank you so much for helping me to turn on the light! You opened my eyes! I was amazed how easy it became to express my thoughts and tell a story. I could personalize it in a natural way and readers found a connection. Writing for the magazine was truly an enlightening moment in my life. Good luck with your future endeavors!

All the best,

The Mouse

Jeff Markowitz


After a 30-year career in construction management, building commercial and residential jobs, Jeffrey has turned to his passion–cooking. He is the master of the grill and has been nicknamed Chef Jeff by his family. Jeffrey also started a small catering business. Nothing makes him happier than satisfying his customers.

Jeffrey enjoys sports and has spent 60+ years playing golf. Competing with friends, playing the course and, most of all, keeping his head in the game for all 18 holes has been gratifying — even if he’s far away from par. He is also the husband of Judi Markowitz, who writes the Dateline Detroit column for The Insider. They have four adult children and seven grandchildren who keep them on their toes. Oh yeah, let’s not forget George, their Bernese Mountain granddog. Jeffrey’s life is full, and he is happy.



Jul 25, 2023

Another well-written article Jeffrey! Yes you do have a real “knack” for sharing authentic stories! It has been so much fun reading them! I hope you find another avenue to continue bringing smiles to the faces of others through your writing! Shirley

Jul 26, 2023
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Hey Shirl,

Thank you for reading my articles and your positive reviews. I appreciate your input, it means a lot to me.

The Mouse

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