I'm a nationally published lifestyles journalist and photographer in Michigan. Whether I'm writing an essay or shooting a photo, I focus on the magic of the ordinary moment -- the little things we overlook as we rush through our busy days. I collect quotes that inspire me, and pair them here daily with my own photography. As a nod to my many years of writing Sunday newspaper columns, I also post longer essays and columns on weekends. Thanks for visiting! ~Cindy La Ferle
As a lifestyles columnist, I’ve followed several new studies on how social media use isnegatively impactingour mental health, personal privacy, and relationships. After the 2016 election, I decided to withdraw from social media sites that do more to divide than unite people. As an added bonus, I now have more hours to work on creative projects and to spend with loved ones.
Personal blogging is less intrusive. You have to make an effort to follow anyone's blog posts -- and if you don't subscribe, you remain unaware of the blogger's content. It's always your choice.
I like to think of this blog as a safe space to record new discoveries, my photography, and other things that interest me. One of my favorite projects is sharing my "photo stories," which involves pairing photographs with inspirational quotes that resonate with the images. Many of the quotes I use here were pulled from books I've read, then copied into the blank journals I've kept over the years. Others have been clipped from magazines and other sources. (I check attributions as carefully as possible before posting the quotations -- and apologize for any oversights or errors.) I especially enjoy getting email from readers who have different interpretations of my posts. Sometimes, too, I share my viewpoints about current events -- just as I do with my best friends in my own living room. I understand some readers might be offended by these essays, and I respect their decision to unsubscribe from the blog. I don't keep track of subscribers or followers, nor do I accept advertising. My goal, from the start, simply has been to engage or inspire my friends and family.
Thanks so much for visiting ~
Cindy La Ferle Contact: email@example.com UPDATE ... Several readers asked for permission to share my posts on social media. Social media gadgets were added for their use at the end of each post.