“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 my columns and essays were written by hand in my journals, then typed into manuscripts for my editors. Even today, when I’m feeling stuck or blocked, the best way out is through 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. We’ll focus on self-exploration with simple journaling prompts that will help you recall valuable life lessons and experiences that can be used later 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.
Spring is here, and our thoughts naturally turn to refreshing our homes and gardens — and maybe starting a new decorating project. In the April issue of Michigan Prime, I trace the bittersweet evolution of my grown son’s former bedroom, and how it reflected the changes in our family life over the years. If you’re an empty nester, you’ll relate to this piece. Look for the magazine this weekend in your Sunday Detroit Free Press or turn to page 3 to read my column in the online edition.
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.
In a bookstore last month, I stumbled on the new gift edition of Dale Carnegie’s motivational classic, How to Win Friends and Influence People. It prompted a sweet memory of my late father — and inspired a column on the topic of our nation’s lack of civility. Look for it in the March issue of Michigan Prime this weekend in your Sunday Detroit Free Press — or click here to read it online, page 3.