Professional bio and publications

After earning my degree in English/Journalism from Michigan State University, I landed my first publishing job at Gale Research Company in Detroit in the late 1970s. I commuted downtown for five years before deciding to take a chance on freelance writing. Setting up a home office next to the laundry room in our basement, I started building my portfolio with clips from several local newspapers, including The Daily Tribune of Royal Oak and the Detroit Free Press Sunday Magazine. Soon after, I approached the editors of national magazines and was thrilled when I sold my first essay to Country Gardens, one of my favorite shelter publications. 

My regular newspaper assignments also opened the door to my Sunday "Life Lines" in The Daily Tribune -- a personal experience column that ran biweekly, then weekly, for 14 years. "Life Lines" won First Place in Best Local Columns from the Michigan Press Association's Better Newspaper Contest -- a first for our daily newspaper at that time.

During my early years of freelancing, I also worked as editor-in-chief of Innsider, an award-winning national travel magazine focusing on historic country inns and B&Bs. In addition to assigning stories for the magazine, I traveled throughout the U.S. to review small inns, restaurants, and historic sites. 

About my book

Writing Home was written during the years I worked from home while raising my son. It has been honored with several awards, including one from Writer's Digest and another from Midwest Independent Publishers Association. The late Detroit News columnist and author, George Cantor, wrote a piece about the book after spending a day visiting my favorite hometown haunts with me. Cantor described Writing Home as "a love letter to home and family life." The collection includes 93 pieces that were previously published in a wide range of national magazines and regional newspapers.

Features, essays, and columns 

I'm a longtime member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors  and the National Society of Newspaper Columnists.

My lifestyles features and personal-experience essays  have been published regionally in the Cleveland Plain Dealer Sunday Magazine, the Detroit Free Press Sunday Magazine, The Detroit News, Metro Times, Metro Parent, Michigan BLUEObserver & Eccentric newspapers, and many other newspapers. 

My national publication credits include The Christian SciencMonitor, Better Homes & Gardens' Country Gardens, Victoria, Cloth-Paper-Scissors Magazine, Mary Engelbreit's Home Companion, Guideposts, Literary Mama, Ideals, Tea Time, Reader's Digest, Writer's Digest, the McDougal Littel Literary series, and several literary anthologies. From 2012 through 2017, I wrote a monthly column on midlife and aging topics for Michigan Prime, a special supplement to the Sunday Detroit Free Press. 

In addition to writing for a variety of lifestyle publications, I coach creative writing classes and workshops. I've been invited to present programs at several regional writing conferences. I believe everyone has stories to share, and it's always a privilege to help new writers discover their own voices and encourage their writing skills. As the first Writer-in-Residence for the Royal Oak Public Library, I've organized numerous local author programs and conducted a variety of writing workshops for my community. 

About my photography

My images have appeared in Country Gardens, Innsider, Michigan Living, The Detroit News Homestyle Magazine, The Detroit Free Press, The Daily Tribune, Your Home & Lifestyle magazine, Observer & Eccentric newspapers, and Rust Belt Rising. 

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