• Autumn,  Change,  Halloween


    “There is nothing permanent except change.” ~Heraclitus, Greek philosopher As much as I love Michigan’s dynamic four seasons, I’m not quite ready for autumn — which officially started yesterday. A neighbor’s maple tree is already starting to turn red, and the temperature suddenly dipped low enough to call for sweaters and boots. But I’m still running around in sandals and summer cotton tops. I don’t avoid change, but tend to follow rituals and routines. I patronize the same favorite restaurants, favor the same pair of jeans (though I have a drawerful of others), and brew a pot of coffee at the same time every morning. You too? Last week I…

  • Arts & crafts,  Autumn,  Change,  Motivation,  Nature,  Personal growth

    Creative cycles

    “For a seed to achieve its greatest expression, it must come completely undone. The shell cracks. Its insides come out and everything changes. To someone who doesn’t understand growth, it would look like complete destruction.” ~Cynthia Occelli Nature often reminds us that growth and creativity are preceded by change — or “complete destruction” — especially in the fall. Here in the Midwest, some of our trees are just starting to drop their leaves and seeds, and soon will stage a brilliant color show before shedding completely. Likewise, the best way through a creative road block is to remove something that’s getting in the way. Sometimes I have to “undo” a…

  • Aging well,  Autumn,  Personal growth,  Writing and creativity workshops

    New fall writing workshops

    “Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.” ~Henry Ford I’m excited about several new workshops I’ll be teaching at two local libraries this fall. The first is described below, and other workshops will be announced on this blog as we get closer to the dates. ~REGISTRATION FOR THIS WORKSHOP IS NOW CLOSED~ AGING GRACEFULLY: A JOURNALING WORKSHOP September 21 — 6:30-7:30p.m. — Blair Memorial Library Clawson Phone: 248-588-5500 Personal journaling provides many therapeutic benefits. In particular, writing about our goals, worries, and experiences can help us navigate the challenges…

  • Autumn,  Halloween,  Where I'm published

    My Halloween story in Bella Grace

    Bella Grace has been a sanity saver throughout the pandemic. It’s the first magazine I reach for when I want to calm down, escape the hard news, and tune out the white noise around me. I often refer to it as a grown-up picture book, with dreamy images that never fail to transport me to another place and time.  So, you can imagine how thrilled I was to get my work published in the Autumn 2021 issue. My essay, “I’ve Never Outgrown the Magic of Halloween,” is featured in a four-page spread with evocative photography by Melanie DeFazio and Lexia Frank. I’ve never been more pleased with the presentation of my…