When it’s time to land the helicopter

More than ever, experts agree that helicopter parenting — or over-parenting — is resulting in serious problems for young adults. Are we raising a generation of “boomerang” kids? Why are so many young people afraid of taking risks? And why do today’s parents dread the empty nest?  In my newest column for Michigan Prime, I […]

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 […]

Selling my mother’s house

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  rite of passage that many of us face after our last parent dies. Look for the print edition in the April 6 edition of […]

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