Making peace after the election

As we gather together for the winter holidays — at office parties and in the homes of our relatives — we’ll all be walking around a huge elephant in the middle of the room. The elephant’s name is Politics. Chances are, a few of your friends, colleagues, and loved ones didn’t vote for the presidential […]

Facebook vacation

Earlier this month, I deactivated my Facebook and Twitter accounts. I’ll continue to post news on this Web site as well as on Instagram and LinkedIn. You’ll also find a new photo and an inspirational quote every morning on my photo diary, Something Beautiful Every Day (see the post below). I’m forfeiting Facebook time to work on new book projects […]

October memories

Sorting through my mom’s papers after she died, I found a copy of this essay, which I wrote after my father’s passing in 1992. First published in the October 1998 edition of Mary Engelbreit’s Home Companion, it’s also included in my book, Writing Home. Lately I’ve been thinking of these lines from Anne Mary Lawler’s poem about the […]

Support on the breast cancer journey

In my October column for Michigan Prime, the focus is on Sharing & Caring, a patient-driven breast cancer support group that meets at William Beaumont Hospital. In recent years, I’ve had the privilege of leading journaling workshops for this group of survivors — and their courage always inspires me. To read the column, please flip […]

A progress report: My year-long creative challenge is halfway complete

It’s hard to believe that Something Beautiful Every Day — my year-long “creative challenge” — has reached the halfway mark this month. So far, I’ve posted 189 original photos with quotations, and the new blog has logged more than 31,000 page visits from viewers in 10 countries since it went live in April. I appreciate […]

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