Aging well,  Seasons,  Writing and creativity workshops


“It is when we are in transition that we are most completely alive.” – William Bridges

September is a month of transitions. A new school year begins; summer activities wind down. As the light changes and temperatures drop, we prepare our homes and gardens for winter. We begin to stock the pantry with everything we need for cool-weather comfort recipes.

In my “Aging with Grace & Courage” workshop last night, a woman remarked about the bittersweet aspects of autumn. She feels a little sad when fall comes, she said, even though she appreciates the beauty of the season. I knew exactly what she meant. A reminder of our own aging, late September prepares us for the changes ahead. If we fully embrace each season of our lives — from youth to seniority — we will be richer for it. ~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.

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