Described as “both a memoir and a handbook for living,” my collection of short essays, Writing Home, is now in its second printing. It highlights the years I worked at home as a family columnist and the lessons I learned while raising my son. 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.
For years I’ve posted inspirational quotes to illustrate my photographs on Facebook. Last month I created a new blog to curate the photos in one place — and to share the daily shots of inspiration with folks who aren’t using Facebook. My goal is to spend less time using social media — and more time working on photography and writing projects.
Purely visual, “Something Beautiful Every Day: A Photo Diary” is an outgrowth of my personal challenge to find beauty and magic in life’s ordinary moments, every single day. With my pocket-sized Nikon in hand, I scout for inspiration all around me — in my kitchen, my garden, my neighborhood, and wherever I travel.
This project dawned on me 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.
As every writer knows, it’s easy to fall into the habit of spending too much time inside your own head — especially if you’re on deadline. Having a visual outlet for creative expression was exactly what I needed, and it’s a practice I continue today. I hope you’ll visit often — or bookmark “Something Beautiful Every Day” for daily inspiration.
“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.
“Despite social media, between two-thirds and three-fourths of Americans believe there is more loneliness in today’s society than there used to be, and feel they have fewer meaningful relationships than they did five years ago.” — Shasta Nelson, Frientimacy: How to Deepen Friendships for Lifelong Health and Happiness.
In “Rebooting the Buddy System” — this month in Michigan Prime — I discuss the benefits of rebuilding our social circles in midlife and beyond.
What began as my usual 575-word monthly column ultimately morphed into a full-length feature based on interviews with friendship experts and responses from dozens of readers in the target audience. Look for Prime in your March 6 (Sunday) Detroit Free Press. Click here and flip to page 5 to read the piece online.
Photo: My neighbor pals at a holiday gathering, December 2015. I’m in the back row, far right (red hair).keep looking »