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Wild things

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.”  ~Albert Einstein

I’m always tickled when my essays are chosen for new story collections. Released this summer, Jennifer Bove’s Wild with Child: Adventures of Families in the Great Outdoors, includes a piece I wrote about surviving Cub Scout camp when my son was a kid.

Don’t let another summer weekend go by without spending quality time outdoors. Unplug your gadgets for a few days and reconnect with Mother Nature. Pitch a tent, swim in a river, feel the grass on your bare feet, cook dinner on an open fire, and make your own family memories under the stars.  –CL

Throughout my career, I've worked as a book production editor, travel magazine editor, features writer, and weekly newspaper columnist. My award-winning lifestyles features and essays have appeared in many national magazines and anthologies, including Newsweek, Reader's Digest, The Christian Science Monitor, Writer's Digest, Victoria, Better Homes & Gardens, Bella Grace, and more. My weekly Sunday "Life Lines" column ran for 14 years in The Daily Tribune (Royal Oak, MI) and won a First Place (Local Columns) award from the Michigan Press Association. My essay collection, Writing Home, includes 93 previously published columns and essays focusing on parenthood and family life.


  • joanna jenkins

    Congratulations Cindy on having your story included in this book. Very cool.

    Next weekend I’ll be in Ohio with godson and we already have a campfire on the agenda– Hot dogs and s’mores are on the menu. A river walk and a horse show are on the agenda too. Unplugging in the summer is the best!

    Hope you have a great july 4th weekend.
    xo jj

  • Sharon

    When our kids were younger we took them “real” camping ~ tent for sleeping, campfire for cooking, and cards for entertainment. We had such fun! This summer my husband and I are beginning a landscaping project that will go on for years. We sure do sleep good after a day of shoveling, hauling, turning over, and planting. Think of me, Cindy, as you enjoy your beautiful gardens. I will get there someday. Happy July!

  • Mary Ellen

    Congratulations on the reprint! I pulled Writing Home off the shelf and reread your sweet story this morning. I bet you wonder where the years have gone since your son was a little boy!

  • Debra Darvick

    Congratulations, Cindy! I loved that essay. So will Jennifer Bove’s readers. Brava! I’ve been having scoops and scoops of the great outdoors here in Eureka Springs, no camping however…..Nature truly restores us.

  • Joni Golden

    That’s awesome Cindy – congratulations! Thanks for the reminder to unplug, although today, I think I might plug into a book inside, with the air conditioning…

  • Cindy La Ferle

    Thanks so much, everyone — and so good to hear from all of you!

    I hope you’re all having a wonderful summer so far. Sorry I have been out of touch. Our summer here has been off to a rough start, due in part to the death of my father-in-law (see previous post). I’ve also been working a lot of hours (at least one booking per week) as a background extra in films, and haven’t been spending as much time online.

  • Stacy Post

    Congrats, Cindy! Be sure to celebrate!

    We spend a lot of time outside in the summer, unless the humidity is palpable. Bike rides, hiking and picnics. Nothing beats a firefly show at dusk. I try to appreciate it when I can. Great post!

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