“I prefer to explore the most intimate moments, the smaller, crystallized details we all hinge our lives on.” ~Rita Dove
My journalism career began in 1984 when I left a job in reference book publishing to take a chance on freelance writing. With the goal of seeing my byline in my favorite newsstand magazines, I set up an office next to the laundry room in our basement. Luckily, several editors at my local daily paper, The Daily Tribune of Royal Oak, helped me build a portfolio of weekly profiles, community news, lifestyles features, and arts reviews.
Those assignments led to my Sunday “Life Lines” in The Daily Tribune — a personal-experience column that ran biweekly, then weekly, for 14 years. “Life Lines” won a First Place for Best Local Column award from Michigan Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest — a first for our newspaper at that time.
Meanwhile, I also worked as editor in chief of Innsider, a national travel magazine focusing on historic country inns and B&Bs. In addition to assigning stories for the magazine, I traveled throughout the U.S. to review small inns, restaurants and historic sites.
About my book
My essay and collection, Writing Home, was written during the years I worked at home while raising my son. The book has been called “a love letter to home and family life,” and includes 93 pieces that were previously published in national magazines and newspapers. Writing Home has been honored with several awards, including one fom Writer’s Digest and another from Midwest Independent Publishers Association.
Magazines, anthologies, and more
My features and essays have been published regionally in the Sunday Detroit Free Press, The Daily Oakland Press, The Detroit News, The Metro Times, Michigan BLUE, Observer & Eccentric Newspapers, as well as in national publications including The Christian Science Monitor, Mary Engelbreit’s Home Companion, Better Homes & Gardens’ Country Gardens, Reader’s Digest, Victoria, Literary Mama, Guideposts publications, and several anthologies. From 2012 through 2017, I wrote a monthly personal column on aging topics, including caring for a parent with dementia, for Michigan Prime, a supplement to the Sunday Detroit Free Press.
As the first Writer-in-Residence for the Royal Oak Public Library, I’ve organized numerous local author programs and conducted free writing workshops for my community.
About my photography
My photography has been published in Country Gardens, Innsider, The Detroit News Homestyle magazine, Michigan Living, The Detroit Free Press, The Daily Tribune, Your Home & Lifestyle Magazine, Observer & Eccentric newspapers, and Rust Belt Rising (anthology). An interactive portfolio of my images can be viewed on Something Beautiful Every Day.
- American Society of Journalists and Authors member
Local readers: Writing Home is available at Yellow Door Art Market in downtown Berkley and Paper Trail Books in downtown Royal Oak.