Life in the sixties

“This is a new year. A new beginning. And things will change.” — Taylor Swift August is my birthday month — always a time of deep reflection for me. Looking back on the past year, I am amazed at the incredible changes that occurred a few weeks after my 60th birthday. That’s the topic of […]

Collecting beach stones

It takes courage to grow up and be who you really are.” — e.e. cummings For me, the highlight of vacationing on Lake Michigan is the rare chance to collect my wits and a few beach stones.  Adventurous souls will dive into its frigid waves or skim its surface on motor boats and jet skis, […]

What is a “senior” citizen?

Are you officially a “senior” when your first issue of the AARP Bulletin arrives in the mail? Or do you become a senior when you earn your first senior discount at a movie theater or restaurant? And, while we’re at it, when does old age really begin? For the answers, check out my “Life Lines” column […]

Wisdom for graduates

I always pass along good advice. It is the only thing to do with it, since it is never of any use to oneself.” – Oscar Wilde It’s graduation season. The flowering trees are in bloom, everywhere, and suddenly I’m flooded with sweet memories of my son’s baccalaureate ceremonies at Shrine High School (2004) and […]

Memoir night at the library

At the Royal Oak Public Library: It’s All About You: How to Write Your Memoir, Wednesday, July 8, 7:00pm.  Join me for a summer evening discussion about the craft of memoir. Whether you want to write a personal essay for publication or a book for your family legacy, this talk will help you get started. We’ll […]

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