“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 raising a family while working from home, I set up a makeshift office next to the laundry room in our basement. Luckily, several editors at my local daily paper, The Daily Tribune of Royal Oak, kept me busy writing weekly business profiles, community news, lifestyles features, and arts reviews.
Those assignments led to my regular Sunday “Life Lines” column in The Daily Tribune — a personal-experience column that ran biweekly, then weekly, for nearly 14 years. “Life Lines” won a First Place / Best Local Column award from Michigan Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest — a first for our newspaper at the time.
Early in my freelance career, I also worked for five years 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, the job required traveling throughout the U.S. to review small inns, restaurants and historic sites.
My essay collection, Writing Home, celebrates its 12th anniversary this year. 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.” In its first year of publication, I sold enough copies to donate a few hundred dollars of my proceeds to organizations serving the homeless in my community. Along the way, Writing Home has been honored with several awards, including one from Writer’s Digest and another from Midwest Independent Publishers Assoc.
My features and essays have been published locally 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/gift books, Chicken Soup for the Soul, and many other national publications and anthologies.
Since 2012, I’ve been writing a monthly column on midlife and aging topics for Michigan Prime, a magazine supplement to the Sunday Detroit Free Press.
As Writer-in-Residence for the Royal Oak Public Library, I’ve organized numerous local author programs and conduct free writing workshops for my community.
My photography has been published in Country Gardens, Innsider, The Detroit News Homestyle magazine, Michigan Living, The Detroit Free Press, The Daily Tribune, Observer & Eccentric newspapers, and Rust Belt Rising (anthology). It’s also featured on my daily blog, Something Beautiful Every Day.
- American Society of Journalists and Authors member
- Detroit Working Writers member