Writing your family legacy

Who doesn’t wish their grandparents had bequeathed a large box of old love letters, diaries, journals, and photographs to fill the gaps in our family history? Our life stories are the most valuable legacies we can leave our loved ones. In this month’s Michigan Prime, I offer a few tips on how to start recording your […]

Dropping our masks

The season of the witch is here, with haunting Halloween decorations popping up on lawns and in stores everywhere. It’s my favorite holiday — and my favorite time of year. Just for fun, my October Michigan Prime column explains why baby boomers love to dress up for Halloween — and what our costume choices might […]

The homecoming dance

This column was originally published in The Daily Tribune on September 21, 2003, when my son Nate was a senior at Shrine Catholic High School. It’s also included my memoir collection, Writing Home. This week, Nate celebrated his third year of marriage to Andrea, the young woman mentioned in this column. From baptism to bar […]

Remembering my mother

It has been one long year since my mother died. On the first anniversary of her death, September 13, I am reposting the eulogy I wrote for her. In loving memory of Carlesta (Geisel) Gullion, the following was read at her memorial service on September 16, 2014. When you’re deep in the trenches of caring for […]

When it’s time to land the helicopter

More than ever, experts agree that helicopter parenting — or over-parenting — is resulting in serious problems for young adults. Are we raising a generation of “boomerang” kids? Why are so many young people afraid of taking risks? And why do today’s parents dread the empty nest?  In my newest column for Michigan Prime, I […]

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