As I turn 60

I’m still trying to wrap my mind around the fact that several of my friends turned 60 last year.  At birthday parties large and small, they raised their glasses to six eventful decades. Some recalled pivotal moments and milestones of our youth: Kennedy’s assassination … the Beatles’ American debut on The Ed Sullivan Show… Neil […]

Back to the garden

A garden is always a series of losses set against a few triumphs, like life itself.”  ~May Sarton I’m taking time off to work in the garden, so I’ll leave you with one of my gardening essays. This one was published in Victoria magazine, March 2010. I’ll be back next week after a few more trips to […]

Mrs. Lindbergh’s gift

It is not merely the trivial which clutters our lives but the important as well.” — Anne Morrow Lindbergh Visiting southwest Florida several years ago, I finally made a pilgrimage to the tiny island of Captiva.  With our only child away at college then, it was the first time my husband and I had returned […]

Prime magazine

Be on the alert to recognize your prime at whatever time of your life it may occur.”  ~Muriel Spark A supplement to The Detroit News and Free Press, Michigan Prime (formerly Michigan Senior Living) has a new title and design. I’ve been writing a personal column for the magazine since June of last year, fulfilling […]

Coping with parent loss during the holidays

They live forever in your broken heart….And you come through. It’s like having a broken leg that never heals perfectly—that still hurts when the weather gets cold, but you learn to dance with the limp.” — Anne Lamott I‘m on holiday break for the next week, so I’ll continue to repost seasonal pieces. This one […]

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