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Coping with the Christmas blues?


“Behind the polite smiles and greetings people give you, some are hurting and lonely. We can’t always see people’s pain, but they can always feel our kindness.”~Marc & Angel Hack Life

The winter holidays have arrived. Christmas carols play nonstop, advertisers urge us to keep on shopping, and everyone’s asking, “What are you doing for the holidays?” But what if you’re grieving a death in the family or facing other difficult changes? That’s why I’m revisiting a “Holiday Blues” feature I wrote for Metro Parent a few weeks before the pandemic. It includes advice from a psychologist who specializes in grief and loss. You can read it here.

Photo: 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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