The life-changing magic of chucking it

Posted on January 2, 2017
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BeginThe start of a new year is the perfect time to de-clutter our lives, whether we’re cleaning closets or ditching toxic habits and relationships. In the January 2017 issue of Michigan Prime, I discuss what we can learn from our millennial kids about being less attached to all the stuff we’ve accumulated over the years. You might be inspired to clear out your own attic! Click here and flip to page 3 to read the column.

Wishing you all a happy new year!


Making peace after the election

Posted on December 2, 2016
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As we gather together for the winter holidays — at office parties and in the homes of our relatives — we’ll all be walking around a huge elephant in the middle of the room. The elephant’s name is Politics.

Chances are, a few of your friends, colleagues, and loved ones didn’t vote for the presidential candidate of your choice. Can you remain cordial and keep the peace? That’s the topic of my column in the December issue of Michigan Prime, delivered this Sunday with your Detroit News and Free Press. Flip to page six to read the column in the online edition.

Facebook vacation

Posted on November 18, 2016
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dscn4116Earlier this month, I deactivated my Facebook and Twitter accounts. I’ll continue to post news on this Web site as well as on Instagram and LinkedIn. You’ll also find a new photo and an inspirational quote every morning on my photo diary, Something Beautiful Every Day (see the post below).

I’m forfeiting Facebook time to work on new book projects in addition to my newspaper columns. And speaking of breaks from Facebook, I ran across this insightful piece on 

Happy Thanksgiving to all!


Comfort in stressful times

Posted on November 10, 2016
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DSCN7825If you’re struggling to find peace in the aftermath of the presidential election, you’re not alone.

Several months ago, when I needed relief from divisive news headlines, I launched Something Beautiful Every Day, a daily blog that features my own photography and uplifting quotes from famous (and not-so-famous) authors.

You won’t find partisan politics on “Something Beautiful.” What you will find are photos of my gardens, things I’ve collected, and discoveries I’ve made on my travels. Each daily photo is paired with an inspirational  or literary quote that will lift your spirit, motivate your creativity, or get you thinking.

Version 2If you haven’t had a chance to explore this online photo diary, I hope you’ll visit soon. And if you opt to subscribe to “Something Beautiful Every Day, you’ll receive a daily inspirational post from me each morning. You can subscribe on the site, or I can sign you up if you email me at usingSomething Beautiful subscribeas the subject heading.

The stories in a name

Posted on November 7, 2016
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Though I have few regrets in my life — and I count my blessings daily — I am sorry I didn’t keep my maiden name or use it professionally when I married my husband 36 years ago. How much are we giving up when we stop using our own names? It’s a dilemma married women face, even now, and I touch on the issue in Michigan Prime this month. To read the column online, click here and flip to page 3.

Artwork by Cindy La Ferle

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