2018-04-26 / Life in Leelanau

Talk of the County

Having a conversation with Margaret Hall


MARGARET HALL developed a love for traveling by doing road trips with her mother as a child and has shared that passion with her three children: Madeline, Fred, and Amelia. Each of them studied abroad for one year while attending Suttons Bay High School. MARGARET HALL developed a love for traveling by doing road trips with her mother as a child and has shared that passion with her three children: Madeline, Fred, and Amelia. Each of them studied abroad for one year while attending Suttons Bay High School. Name: Margaret Hall

Town or township of residence: Suttons Bay

Resident since: My husband and I moved our family here in 2000 from Tokyo Japan, where Steve had been working as a dentist in the Navy.

Age and birthplace: I was born in Pittsburgh, Pa. and in my mind I’m about 34 years old.

Occupation: Nurse practitioner and provider for medical oncology inpatient services at Munson Hospital

Marital status: I’ve been happily married since 1994.

You live in Leelanau County because: During my first weekend at CMU, a friend brought me up to Traverse City for the first time and I instantly knew that I wanted to come back here someday to raise a family. Steve has connections to northern Michigan so it worked out that he also wanted to live and work in this area.

Last good movie you saw: I honestly haven’t watched any movies recently.

Last good book you read: “The Death and Life of the Great Lakes,” by Dan Egan. It’s a really phenomenal telling of the history of the waterways and how they have evolved over the years.

If you could trade places with one person for one day, it would be: Mother Teresa because she always demonstrated such strong compassion and humility.

Things important to you that you’ve accomplished so far: Raising a family with my husband, completing my Master of Science and nursing at Michigan State, competing as a heptathlete at CMU, and traveling extensively throughout the United States as well as backpacking in Europe.

What you hope to be doing in 10 years: I hope to be alive and happy and contributing to the good in the world. Although I plan on continuing to travel, I’d still like to live in Leelanau County.

Things you lose sleep over: I sleep pretty well.

If you could change one thing in Leelanau County it would be: The public transportation system. I think it would be ideal for Michigan to have a train system similar to the ones in Europe.

Favorite dessert: Anything with Matcha (a type of green tea) or Mochi, a Japanese rice cake.

Are you a coffee drinker? Yes, I take mine slightly blonde.

Favorite place in Leelanau County: South Manitou Island, although I’ve only been there a couple of times. I love how you can see the remnants of its past inhabitants and get this sense that you’ve traveled really far away while still being in Leelanau.

If you had more time you would: I would visit with amazing friends that I don’t get to see.

The words that best describe you are: Compassionate, resilient, resourceful, and adventurous. I don’t think that I’m afraid to die but am terrified to not live.

Northwestern Michigan College student Kelsey Pease of Suttons Bay provides our “Talk of the County” to readers each week, and welcomes suggestions. She may be reached at kelsey@leelanaunews.com.

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