2017-05-18 / Life in Leelanau

Talk of the County

Having a conversation with Marie Walker


MARIE WALKER of Bingham Township is an attorney and mediator with an office in downtown Suttons Bay. She and her husband also own Innisfaire and West Bay Photo Booth. MARIE WALKER of Bingham Township is an attorney and mediator with an office in downtown Suttons Bay. She and her husband also own Innisfaire and West Bay Photo Booth. Name: Marie Walker

Town or township of residence: Bingham Township.

Resident since: 2003

Age and birthplace: 59, born in Grosse Pointe.

Occupation: I am a social-worker-turned-attorney-andmediator. My office is in downtown Suttons Bay. My husband and I also have two other businesses: Innisfaire, which is a Bed and Breakfast, and West Bay Photo Booth.

Marital Status: Married to Ted Livernois.

You live in Leelanau County because: We fell in love with it.

Last good movie you saw: The last movie I saw was “A Dog’s Purpose,” a thoughtful and inspired tear-jerker, which I highly recommend. The author of the story is a man named W. Bruce Cameron, whom I came to know because he wrote a book called “Repo Madness,” which takes place in northern Michigan. There are some scenes in Leelanau County, and one of the characters is “Lisa Marie Walker,” which is my daughter’s name.

Last good book you read: Of late: Robert Bailey, “The Professor: McMurtrue and Drake.”

If you could trade places with one person for one day, it would be: Dorothy Parker, the writer.

Things important to you that you’ve accomplished so far: Being a good citizen.

What you hope to be doing in 10 years: Exactly what I’m doing now, except maybe caring for my future grandchildren on occasion.

Things you lose sleep over: I can always sleep.

If you could change one thing in Leelanau County it would be: People who pass on the shoulder and honk at me when I’m trying to turn into my driveway.

Favorite dessert: Chocolate mousse.

Are you a coffee drinker? Yes, absolutely. One of my two favorite beverages.

Favorite place in Leelanau County: The Cove.

If you had more time you would: Reconcile my checkbook, dust the house, weed the gardens, bake bread, dot the I’s and cross the T’s, write the great American novel.

The words that best describe you are: Positive, optimistic, energetic, hard-working, righteous (but not self-righteous), conscientious, independent.

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