Moments and experiences define us. Sometimes we’re fortunate enough to be given life reminders about what’s really important, what’s deep-seated in everyone’s human core, and to enjoy the great surprises of a particular time, place and circumstance.

I had a significant birthday in March. As part of the celebration, I had the pleasure of visiting the country of Morocco, a country that has left a lasting and eye-opening impression on me. This included its wonderful people, fascinating culture, and especially the group with whom I had the pleasure of discovering it.

John Bonkoske is a Bridgman city council member. He is also the president of the Chamber of Greater Bridgman and Growth Alliance and a former healthcare cost-management executive. Email: