Fragile Season

Throwback Thursday …. This piece was first published in Literary Mama in 2005, my first year as an empty nester. Spring is just a few weeks away, yet the barren landscape outside my office window looks more like the moon than southeast Michigan. Mounds of brittle, gray snow flank the curb, and the sidewalk shimmers […]

How to write a memoir

This article was originally published in Michigan Prime, in November 2015. Your memoir may be the most valuable treasure you leave for your loved ones. Here’s how to get started… I’ll never forget a certain elderly gentleman who showed up at one of the first memoir writing classes I taught at a local senior center, […]

Traveling light in the new year

While packing clothes for a short vacation late last month, I realized (once again) that I have way too many drawers and closets in dire need of weeding out. January, the month of renewal and change, feels like the right time to dig in and start pitching. At the same time, I have a lot […]

Writing Home for Christmas

Need a last-minute, affordable gift this Christmas?* My essay collection, Writing Home, is available on Amazon or can be purchased locally (in Berkley, MI) at the Yellow Door Art Market, where you’ll find lots of Michigan-made gifts and books. Now in its 2nd edition, Writing Home won several awards for creative nonfiction, including one from Writer’s […]

No-regrets caregiving guide

In the November issue of AARP magazine, editor Robert Love saluted the 39.8 million Americans who currently provide unpaid care to an adult, dubbing them both “noble” and selfless. During the last six years of my mother’s life, I inherited the task of managing her long battle with vascular dementia. Had you asked me then, I […]

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