Welcome! I'm a nationally published journalist and photographer. I focus on the magic of ordinary moments we overlook as we rush through our busy days. In addition to my weekend columns and essays, this blog showcases my photography paired with daily inspirational quotes. Many of the photos were taken around my home, or in favorite spots in Michigan, my home state. Social media sharing options are located below each post. ~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. One of my favorite projects is sharing my "photo stories," which involves pairing my photographs with 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 created this blog to share something personal with my friends, family, and column readers -- not to build a platform or a following. 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. Many readers have asked for permission to share my posts on social media, so I've added social media gadgets at the end of each post.