Gardening for the soul

A garden is always a series of losses set against a few triumphs, like life itself.”  ~May Sarton I’m taking a week off to work in the garden, so I’ll leave you with one of my gardening essays. This one was published in Victoria magazine, March 2010. I’ll be back next week after a few […]

Life is a beach

It’s hard for me to put into words why I like the beach so much. Everything about it is renewing for me, almost like therapy…Beach Therapy.”  —Amy Dykens I took this photo from our porch at LeBear resort in Glen Arbor, overlooking Lake Michigan, earlier this week. I’ve been lucky enough to visit many gorgeous […]

Facebook: Why I’m back

When we change the way we communicate, we change society.” — Clay Shirky My husband was the first to deliver the happy news: Two of our son’s best friends from high school had announced their wedding engagements on Facebook last week — within a few short days of each other. As the family reporter, I’m […]

Write your life

Everything in life is writable if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.” — Sylvia Plath Whether you want to write a book-length memoir for your family or a short personal essay for publication, you need to master the basic rules of […]

Anna gets her cake

“The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself.”– Anna Quindlen I was in awe of Anna Quindlen’s writing when I started reading her syndicated New York Times column, “Life in the Thirties.” Her highly personal yet carefully crafted reflections on being […]

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