I’m a fan of thriving downtown business districts, so I like to support and promoteÂ Small Business Saturday — on November 28 this year. To show my appreciation for the independent merchants in my community, I make it a tradition to buy holiday presents and hostess gifts from my favorite shops on this special day.Â With its terrific selection of handcrafted Michigan gifts, the Yellow Door Art Market in downtown Berkley is just one example. I’m also proud of the fact that they’ve carried my book, Writing Home, along with several other titles by popular Michigan authors, for several years. I hope you’ll keep it mind when you’re shopping this weekend.
Who doesn’t wish their grandparents had bequeathed a large box of old love letters, diaries, journals, and photographs to fill the gaps in our family history?Â Our life stories are the most valuable legacies we can leave our loved ones. In this month’s Michigan Prime, I offer a few tips on how to start recording your own family stories — where to look for them, how to get them organized, how to use photos and objects to trigger memories, and more. The story also includes a sidebar on where to take my memoir writing classes this fall. (Or visit the “Workshops” section on this site.)Â Flip to page 4 to read my column in the online edition.
Artwork shown: “Dad’s Younger Brother” by Douglas La Ferle