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An early spring break

“Life is made up of small pleasures. 
Happiness is made up of those tiny successes.” 
~Norman Lear

Cindy La Ferle

It doesn’t happen as often as I’d like, but once in a while my work gets published in a magazine without much effort on my part. Late last year, for instance, I received an unexpected letter and a contract from an editor at Ideals magazine, requesting my permission to reprint a piece from my book, Writing Home.

This week, two advance copies of Ideals Springtime 2018 arrived in the mail — a promising start for my new year. My essay in this issue is about a surprise gift (a box of ducklings) I received one Easter when I was a kid.

Ideals is a soft-bound anthology of stories and poems by a variety of nationally published authors. Owned by Guideposts and known for its wholesome family content, the magazine was launched in 1944 and has published seasonal editions ever since. (Several of my essays from Writing Home have been selected for publication in previous editions.)

The new issue will be available at Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million,,, and other retail stores. ~Cindy La Ferle

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.


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