Forget Amazon: Here’s how to buy my book

Something screwy is going on with Amazon. This week, after receiving yet another new purchase order for my book of personal essays, Writing Home, it dawned on me that I haven’t received any payments from Amazon for the books I’ve sold in more than a year — including Kindle and paperback editions. Where the heck is my money?!

My attempts to resolve this issue with Amazon have been unsuccessful, impersonal, and frustrating. Therefore, I will no longer fulfill new orders for the book on Amazon. (You can purchase used copies of Writing Home on Amazon, since these are sold by independent sellers.)

I still have a few new copies of Writing Home in storage, but the title will be out of print when these are sold. Until then, I will continue to supply books to local shops such as Yellow Door Art Market, and I will fulfill orders by mail. For details on how to purchase signed copies of the book directly from me ($20 including shipping), contact me using the form on this web site.

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.”  It includes 93 pieces that were previously published in national magazines and newspaper columns, and has earned several creative non-fiction awards, including one fom Writer’s Digest and another from Midwest Independent Publishers Association.

 

In praise of good behavior

DSCN0851In a bookstore last month, I stumbled on the new gift edition of Dale Carnegie’s motivational classic, How to Win Friends and Influence People. It prompted a sweet memory of my late father — and inspired a column on the topic of our nation’s lack of civility. Look for it in the March issue of Michigan Prime this weekend in your Sunday Detroit Free Press — or click here to read it online, page 3. 

Fierce after 50

Like most mature women I know, I have an uneasy relationship with mirrors in department store fitting rooms. While trying on clothes, I scrutinize my body like a roadmap, noting the topography of my lifelong journey. I can still spot traces of post-delivery stretch marks and joint replacement scars, not to mention those newly acquired age spots that can’t quite pass as freckles. But that’s OK.

Last week, I heard Cat Stevens’ “Miles from Nowhere” on my car radio. The tune was a favorite of mine in high school, but its lyrics resonate even more now:

     Lord my body, it’s been a good friend / But I won’t need it when I reach the end.

unnamed-1Throughout six decades, my body has been a very good friend indeed. It has endured years of dancing classes, playground accidents, and skinned knees. It was hit by a car; it gave birth to one spectacular son. It has survived blood transfusions, several bouts of skin cancer, and two hip replacements. 

I was in much better shape in my twenties, yet I constantly compared myself to other women. In those days — and even on good days — I believed I fell short of our culture’s impossibly high standards of fitness and beauty. Thankfully, maturity broadens and reshapes our view of physical perfection (and not just our backsides). 

On the road to aging well, it also helps to have a few inspiring role models to light the way. While researching pro-aging topics for my monthly columns in Michigan Prime, I’ve happily discovered a whole new world of female fashion bloggers who are rocking their late forties, fifties, sixties, seventies, eighties, and beyond. I’ve only scratched the surface, but here is a short list of my favorites:

Advanced Style

Brenda Kinsel

Fabulous after 40 

FASHION SHOULD BE FUN

The Middle Page

More than turquoise by Jamie Lewinger

Style at a certain age

Stylish Paradox

Susan after 60

Tamara Beardsley

THAT’S NOT MY AGE

Une femme d’un certain age

DSCN0029No matter how old we are, those of us who love fashion want to see ourselves mirrored in magazine spreads, ad campaigns, and fashion catalogs. We want to see clothing modeled on women close to our own age — in all shapes and sizes. Despite the fact that our demographic wields considerable spending power, we’re consistently overlooked by most fashion editors and advertisers. 

That’s why I’m grateful for mature fashion bloggers. Flaunting beauty, courage, and confidence, they remind all of us that we, too, can be women of style as well as substance.

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Top photo: That’s me with my husband, Doug, both in our sixties. We’re posing for HAP’s Balanced Living magazine — our first cover shot.  

Finding your muse in midlife

DSCN7049No matter how old you are, it’s never too late to learn how to paint, draw, knit, write, or play a musical instrument. Or maybe you’re dreaming of dusting off a talent you’ve neglected while raising a family or pursuing a career?

New studies show that getting creative could be a key to aging well. To read more about this topic, check out my column in the September issue of Michigan Prime, delivered this weekend with your Sunday Detroit Free Press. Or click here to read the column (page 3) in the online edition.

Writing Home column collection

front cover dec 3Described as “both a memoir and a handbook for living,” this collection of my most popular published essays and columns, Writing Home, is now in its second printing. Awarded several prizes for creative nonfiction, the book is for everyone who has ever attempted to combine work, parenthood, and homemaking. Detroit-area readers can purchase copies at Yellow Door Art Market in Berkley.

The Kindle version is also available on Amazon.