Where to read me this week

Ladies, if you’ve ever wondered if your wardrobe is aging you, don’t miss the May 11 issue of Michigan Prime featuring Cindy Papasian of Leon & Lulu. You’ll find my column on age-appropriate dressing in the magazine (in today’s Sunday Detroit News and Free Press) or in the online edition here. On another topic: Do you feel drained […]

Becoming a mother-in-law

From the moment she posed for those first high school prom photos on our front porch 10 years ago, I knew Andrea was perfect for my only son, Nate. Yet I felt a subtle shift in our relationship when the two exchanged wedding vows last fall. Even in the happiest circumstances, after all, the family […]

Fragile Season

This Lenten essay, written during my first year of empty nesting, was originally published in the anthology, Literary Mama: Reading for the Maternally Inclined (2005; Seal Press).  Spring is just a few weeks away, yet the barren landscape outside my office window looks more like the moon than southeast Michigan. Mounds of brittle, gray snow flank […]

On turning 60

You are only young once, but you can stay immature indefinitely.” — Ogden Nash Holy smoke: 2014 is the year I turn 60! But I’ve still got a few months to start collecting candles for my birthday cake (make it a cheesecake, please). Meanwhile, I’m reflecting on what it means to mature — and watching […]

Help for new caregivers

If you do a good job for others, you heal yourself at the same time.” — Dietrich Bonhoeffer Until my mother was officially diagnosed with vascular dementia in 2009, I wasn’t sure how to deal with her changing behavior. And I didn’t know where to turn, at first, to get the help we’d both need […]

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