Driving past comfort

Move out of your comfort zone. You can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward or scared or uncomfortable when you try something new.” — Brian Tracy Working as a film extra since last fall, I’ve rarely had to drive beyond metro Detroit for a booking. Which is a good thing, since my […]

Back, sort of …

“There’s nothing half so pleasant as coming home again.” — Margaret Elizabeth Sangster Last Sunday, Doug and I drove across the state for a film shoot in Grand Rapids, then clocked nearly 60 hours of work, Monday through Friday.  Totally pooped but satisfied with our “film fix,” we drove to our summer place in St. […]

Last days of summer

Ah summer, what power you have to make us suffer and like it.” — Russell Baker I’m booked for a five-day gig as a background extra this week, so I’m rerunning a favorite end-of-summer column that ran in The Daily Tribune in 2004.  Speaking of columns and summer breaks, I’ll resume blogging regularly at the […]

Book discussion, Royal Oak

And that’s what this whole thing is all about. Calling home. Instinctively.” — Kelly Corrigan, The Middle Place As much as I enjoy a good novel, my first love has always been the memoir. When a talented writer spins a life-altering experience into a heartfelt work of creative nonfiction, I usually can’t put it down. […]

Another birthday

Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul.” — Samuel Ullman My birthday rolled around again this week. As I do annually during the first week of August, I take stock of everything that’s happened over the past year. I ask myself where I’ve fallen short or succeeded — but […]

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