My garden photography is featured in the Spring 2017 Gardening Issue of Your Home & Lifestyle Magazine, a publication for real estate professionals and their clients. The article (by Detroit design journalist Jeanine Matlow) talks about how I’ve “decorated” my garden beds with outdoor ornaments I’ve collected over the years. I’m thrilled to see my photo blog mentioned in this lovely article, too.
Few things are more rewarding than reaching a creative goal.
My photo blog, Something Beautiful Every Day, began last spring as a personal challenge to share something positive every day for one year. Looking for an escape from our nation’s brutal political climate, I decided to spend part of my day putting something lovely, or thought-provoking, out into the world. So I started carrying my camera everywhere — and not just for writing assignments.
I scouted for beauty in my neighbors’ gardens, the local farmer’s market, my kitchen drawers, my bookshelves, my husband’s art studio — and everywhere I traveled. Then I posted my images with a meaningful quotation every morning.
The project, which has been featured in several lifestyle magazines, will end on March 23. After a short break, I plan to start another photo blog, or I might put a new spin on Something Beautiful Every Day. Meanwhile, I’m back to those writing deadlines!
Written during the years I worked at home while raising my son, Writing Home has been called “a love letter to home and family life.” Some of the columns first appeared in the Sunday Daily Tribune and The Christian Science Monitor, while others were published in national magazines including Reader’s Digest, Better Homes & Gardens, Mary Engelbreit’s Home Companion, and several popular anthologies.
I’m especially proud of the fact that — within the first year of publication — I sold enough copies to donate a few hundred dollars of my proceeds to organizations serving the homeless in my community. Along the way, Writing Home has been honored with several awards, too, including one from Writer’s Digest and another from Midwest Independent Publishers Assoc. But the real rewards, for me, come from the readers who tell me how much they’ve enjoyed the book over the years. Thanks to you, dear readers, it continues to sell in local stores and workshops. I have pulled the title from Amazon, though you can purchase used copies there.
Local shoppers: Writing Home is always in stock at the Yellow Door Art Market in downtown Berkley — an absolutely wonderful shop specializing in Michigan-made art and products.
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 candidate of your choice. Can you remain cordial and keep the peace? That’s the topic of my column in the December issue of Michigan Prime, delivered this Sunday with your Detroit News and Free Press. Flip to page six to read the column in the online edition.