About Cindy La Ferle

Covering a wide range of life-affirming topics, from living creatively to aging gracefully, my award-winning features and essays have appeared in many national magazines and anthologies, including Reader's Digest, The Christian Science Monitor, Writer's Digest, Victoria, Better Homes & Gardens, Literary Mama, and more. I've worked as a reference book production editor, travel magazine editor, features writer, and weekly newspaper columnist. Now in its second printing, Writing Home is my award-winning collection of published columns and essays focusing on motherhood and family life. Southeast Michigan readers will find my personal essays in Michigan Prime, delivered on Sundays with The Detroit Free Press.

My essay collection

Writing Home ($16.95) is sold in retail locations in southeast Michigan, including The Yellow Door Art Market in Berkley. Now in its second printing, the book includes 93 short pieces I wrote while raising my son and working from home as a journalist. All pieces included were previously published in national magazines and newspapers. The book has earned several awards, including one from Writer’s Digest and another from Midwest Independent Publishers Association. Young parents and empty nesters alike will relate to this collection of real-life family stories.

The Art of Collecting Beach Stones

Cindy La Ferle

Michigan BLUE recently redesigned its website, making it easier for readers to catch up on issues they’ve missed. Whether you’re a Michigan resident or wish you could be one, this gorgeous magazine will inspire you to explore the beauty of our Great Lakes State. I’ve enjoyed my working relationship with BLUE for several years. The Summer 2018 issue contains a reflective essay I wrote on midlife and aging, which was inspired one morning while I was collecting beach stones on the shores of Lake Michigan. You can read it here. 

Up close and personal

If you’ve followed my Sunday “Life Lines” columns in The Daily Tribune and Michigan Prime (in the Sunday Detroit Free Press), you might enjoy my personal blog. Featuring my photography, inspirational quotes, discoveries, and weekend columns, Things that make me happy is updated almost daily. I started the blog after I deactivated my Facebook account, and use it in lieu of other social media in addition to LinkedIn. Subscribe to the blog and you’ll get daily inspirational posts in your email.

My Tribune column on the closing of Niki’s in Royal Oak

It feels a little bit like old times, seeing my byline with a column in the Sunday Daily Tribune today. To read the new piece I wrote about the closing of my favorite neighborhood diner — and why we need our local family restaurants — please click here.