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“Rally your support troops as needed. It can feel really cathartic to vent to someone you value, and who values you, if only to keep things in perspective. Your real friends will be there to remind you that you’re amazing — so keep them close.” Joanna McClanahan, Scary Mommy

Sunflowers at Brys Estate Winery / Cindy La Ferle


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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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