My personal blog, Things that make me happy, is up and running now. I like to think of it as an online journal, a place where I can share anything that strikes my interest — books I’m reading, a pair of cool shoes, the perfect shade of lipstick, photos of my gardens, places I travel — and anything else I’d share with good friends. The new blog is a sequel to my first photo blog, Something Beautiful Every Day, which concluded this year. To view and subscribe to my new blog, please visit here.
Accessories at the Studio Sandra clothing boutique, Royal Oak. Photo by Cindy La Ferle
Here in Detroit, there’s no shortage of stylish, creative women. In the May issue of Michigan Prime, I return to the topic of discovering and celebrating our individual style — despite the fact that most fashion magazines still overlook women over 50. For this story, I interviewed several local women of style, including Sandra Rome, the owner of Studio Sandra, a tres-chic boutique in Royal Oak.
“I’ve never met many of my best friends. I’ve read them, as if all their words were letters meant for me. You have no idea who’s waiting for your work. Don’t leave them friendless.” ~Martha Beck
There was a time — before I used a computer — when I wrote my columns and essays in my journals, and later typed them into manuscripts for my editors. Even today, when I’m feeling stuck or blocked, I start scribbling random thoughts in a notebook.
If you live in the Detroit area, please join me at the Royal Oak Public Library next week for “Write Where You Are,” an evening workshop on how to use journaling prompts to jumpstart your memoirs and personal essays. The prompts will help you recall valuable life lessons and experiences that can be used as material for your memoirs, blog posts, or personal essays.
When and where: April 24, 2017, 7pm in the Royal Oak Public Library Friends Auditorium. This program is free to the public, but space is limited. Please phone the Royal Oak Public Library (248-246-3700) to reserve your space. Copies of my book, WritingHome, will be sold after the workshop at a special discount.
My garden photography is featured in the Spring 2017 Gardening Issue of Your Home & Lifestyle Magazine, a publication for real estate professionals and their clients. The article (by Jeanine Matlow) talks about how I’ve “decorated” my garden beds with outdoor ornaments I’ve collected or received as gifts over the years. I’m thrilled to see my photo blog mentioned in this lovely article, too.