How to stop the worry machine

Posted on June 9, 2016
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DSCN9320If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably read or watched a few scary news stories about unusual heartbeats, headaches, skin rashes, memory lapses, or other frightening symptoms that made you doubt your own health, sanity or longevity. In my latest Michigan Prime column, I talk about the increase in health-related worries as we age — and what we can do to calm them. To read the column online, click here and flip to page 3.

Writing Home column collection

Posted on May 11, 2016
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front cover dec 3Described as “both a memoir and a handbook for living,” this collection of my most popular published essays and columns, Writing Home, is now in its second printing. Awarded several prizes for creative nonfiction, the book is for everyone who has ever attempted to combine work, parenthood, and homemaking. Detroit-area readers can purchase copies at Yellow Door Art Market in Berkley.

The Kindle version is also available on Amazon.

Why More Wasn’t Enough

Posted on May 6, 2016
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MoreMagApril206CoverFor women of certain age, the folding of More magazine last month was a major disappointment, but not a big surprise. Few magazine editors know how to meet our needs or cater to our interests these days — and fewer advertisers represent us fairly. That’s my topic this month in Michigan Prime, delivered with your Sunday Detroit Free Press this weekend. To read the column online, please click here and flip to page 4.

The last goodbye

Posted on April 1, 2016
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“But she wasn’t around, and that’s the thing when your parents die: You feel like instead of going in to every fight with backup, you are going into every fight alone.” Mitch Albom, For One More Day

No matter how old you are, losing a parent is a difficult rite of passage. In the April issue of Michigan Prime, I talk about facing life changes in midlife after your last parent dies. Look for the magazine in your Sunday Detroit Free Press this weekend. Click here to read “The Last Goodbye” in the online edition, on page 4.

Mastering midlife friendship

Posted on March 4, 2016
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“Despite social media, between two-thirds and three-fourths of Americans believe there is more loneliness in today’s society than there used to be, and feel they have fewer meaningful relationships than they did five years ago.” — Shasta Nelson, Frientimacy: How to Deepen Friendships for Lifelong Health and Happiness. 

DSCN8647 (1)In “Rebooting the Buddy System” — this month in Michigan Prime — I discuss the benefits of rebuilding our social circles in midlife and beyond.

What began as my usual 575-word monthly column ultimately morphed into a full-length feature based on interviews with friendship experts and responses from dozens of readers in the target audience. Look for Prime in your March 6 (Sunday) Detroit Free Press. Click here and flip to page 5 to read the piece online.

Photo: My neighbor pals at a holiday gathering, December 2015. I’m in the back row, far right (red hair).

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