Lessons from an estate sale

In this month’s Michigan PRIME, I talk about selling my late mother’s beloved home and the difficult process of sorting through a parent’s belongings for an estate sale. It’s an emotional ┬árite of passage that many of us face after our last parent dies. Look for the print edition in the April 6 edition of […]

A fragile season

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 with black ice. Only diehard neighbors stick to their evening jogging routines. Spring is just a mirage. On the liturgical […]

Simple living is complicated

Browsing through a stack of women’s magazines in a waiting room recently, I counted no less than half a dozen features outlining how to “banish clutter” or “simplify and organize” everything that’s muddled in my chaotic household. One article suggested that dumping the contents of my junk drawers would enhance my self-esteem. Another promised I’d […]

A valentine to old love

The divorce rate may be rising again, but I didn’t have to look far to find many happy couples to interview about their long-running marriages. And last month, when I asked Facebook friends to share the secrets of keeping an old love new, I received more responses than I had room to quote in a […]

What I did on my staycation

The flu bug hit me with a double-whammy at Christmas, rebounding as a respiratory infection on New Year’s Day. Out of courtesy to the public, I cancelled social plans and stayed home during my weeks of recovery. It took getting sick to remind me that I hadn’t taken a moment to sit quietly since my […]

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