Joie de vivre

The secret of life is enjoying the passage of time.” — James Taylor, American songwriter Here in the United States of Self-Improvement, daily life can feel like a major project. Watching TV or flipping through magazines, we’re bombarded with ads reminding us that we’re not quite up to standard. We’re too fat or too wrinkled […]

The family columnist

We worry about what a child will become tomorrow, yet we forget that he is someone today.”  ~Stacia Tauscher Relying on our kids to provide column fodder is hardly new. Today there are countless “mommy blogs” and family sites online. But it was fun to reminisce about my own column-writing days in a new Home […]


A dog, I have always said, is prose; a cat is a poem.”  ~Jean Burde We lost a dear friend today. Sixteen years ago, when Nate was a boy, the two of us drove to the Royal Oak Animal Shelter after school. We were “just looking” and had no intention of adopting another cat. But […]

Midlife lessons

“Be on the alert to recognize your prime at whatever time of your life it may occur.” — Muriel Spark Now in assisted living, my mother is battling vascular dementia and heart disease. Watching her decline, I often struggle to find the proverbial wisdom that comes with growing old. Does anyone really look forward to […]

Mommy Wars…again?

The phrase ‘working mother’ is redundant.” — Jane Sellman So, who imagined that we’d be fighting the “mommy wars” … again … after all these years? I’ve been working this month on a brand-new preface for the ebook edition of Writing Home, which my editor will finish converting within the next couple of weeks. In […]

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