Is there anything more fun than playing with new art supplies in the fall? I’ve been making big splashes with watercolors while polishing my art journaling techniques for a new workshop I’ll be teaching next month at the Royal Oak Public Library. The class will be held on Tuesday evenings, October 3 and 10, from 7:00 – 8:30pm. Advance registration required. For more details on the workshop and how to register, please click here.
My essay collection, Writing Home, is now available locally at Yellow Door Art Market in Berkley and Paper Trail Books in downtown Royal Oak. For details on how to purchase signed copies of the book directly from me ($20 including shipping), please contact me using the form on this web site. (Used copies are still available from other sellers on Amazon, but I’ve stopped supplying new books to Amazon.)
Written during the years I worked at home while raising my son, the book has been called “a love letter to home and family life.” It includes 93 pieces that were previously published in national magazines and newspaper columns, and has earned several creative non-fiction awards, including one fom Writer’s Digest and another from Midwest Independent Publishers Association.
According to scientists, our sixth sense — otherwise known as intuition — improves with age. In the June issue of Michigan Prime, I discuss how this inner radar can help us make better decisions, avoid danger, and improve our relationships. You’ll find the print edition of the supplement in your Sunday Detroit Free Press, or you can read it online (page 3) here.
As a lifestyles columnist, I’ve been concerned about new research on how social media use impacts our mental health, productivity, and well-being. I’m also watching new developments in social media privacy issues.
Which is part of the reason I decided to start a personal blog, Things that make me happy. I like to think of it as an online journal, a safe place where I can share my creative projects or whatever strikes my interest at the moment — new books I’m reading, political musings, family updates, inspirational quotes, photos of my gardens and places I’m visiting — and anything else I’d share with good friends. (I’ll continue to use Cindy La Ferle’s Home Office strictly as a professional resume and for public writing workshop announcements.)
To view Things that make me happy, please visit here.
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.
Look for the magazine in your Sunday Detroit Free Press this weekend, or click here to read the feature online.
Click here to read an earlier fashion post that includes links to a few of my favorite fashion blogs for women over 50.