For years I’ve posted inspirational quotes to illustrate my photographs on Facebook. Earlier this year, I created a new blog to curate the photos in one place. It was featured this month in the Homestyle magazine of The Detroit News.
Purely visual, “Something Beautiful Every Day: A Photo Diary” is an outgrowth of my personal challenge to find beauty and magic in ordinary moments — every single day of the year.
The seed for this project was planted four years ago after my son Nate gave me a Nikon COOLPIX camera for Christmas. At the time, I was spending week after week in hospitals and nursing centers with my mother, who was battling vascular dementia and other health crises. At the day’s end, I’d find comfort shooting still life photos with my camera, then pairing them with inspirational quotes I’d collected.
Having a visual outlet for creative expression was exactly what I needed, and it’s a practice I continue today.
What I enjoy most about this project is that it inspires me to look outside myself. In the past, too much time on social media left me feeling empty. Something felt terribly wrong about posting “selfies” on Facebook. Today, I’m scouting for the simple pleasures hidden in ordinary moments — and I feel whole again.
I hope you’ll subscribe to “Something Beautiful Every Day” for daily inspiration.
Once you’ve opened the blog’s main page, click on the “Subscribe” symbol near the top right corner. You can receive daily updates via email or RSS feed.
If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably read or watched a few scary news stories about unusual heartbeats, headaches, skin rashes, memory lapses, or other frightening symptoms that made you doubt your own health, sanity or longevity. In my latest Michigan Prime column, I talk about the increase in health-related worries as we age — and what we can do to calm them. To read the column online, click here and flip to page 3
Described as “both a memoir and a handbook for living,” this collection of my most popular published essays and columns, Writing Home, is now in its second printing. Awarded several prizes for creative nonfiction, the book is for everyone who has ever attempted to combine work, parenthood, and homemaking. Detroit-area readers can purchase copies at Yellow Door Art Market in Berkley.
The Kindle version is also available on Amazon.
For women of certain age, the folding of More magazine last month was a major disappointment, but not a big surprise. Few magazine editors know how to meet our needs or cater to our interests these days — and fewer advertisers represent us fairly. That’s my topic this month in Michigan Prime, delivered with your Sunday Detroit Free Press this weekend. To read the column online, please click here and flip to page 4.
“But she wasn’t around, and that’s the thing when your parents die: You feel like instead of going in to every fight with backup, you are going into every fight alone.” ― Mitch Albom, For One More Day
No matter how old you are, losing a parent is a difficult rite of passage. In the April issue of Michigan Prime, I talk about facing life changes in midlife after your last parent dies. Look for the magazine in your Sunday Detroit Free Press this weekend. Click here to read “The Last Goodbye” in the online edition, on page 4.keep looking »