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. I commuted downtown for five years before deciding to take a chance on freelance writing. Working in a make-shift office near 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 pitched ideas to 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 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 has earned 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 national magazines and regional newspapers. Proceeds from the sale of books from the first printing were donated to organizations serving the homeless in southeast Michigan.

Features, essays, and columns 

I appreciate the ease and convenience of digital publishing -- and you'll find many of my articles and essays online. But I'm still partial to writing for print publications. I enjoy getting beautiful magazines in the mail, and love the scent of printer's ink when I read my Sunday newspaper. 

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, Detroit Public TV's Signal magazine, Metro Times, Michigan BLUEObserver & Eccentric newspapers, and Metro Parent magazine. From 2012 through 2017, I wrote a monthly column on midlife and aging topics for Michigan Prime, a supplement to the Sunday Detroit Free Press.  

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. 

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. 

Professional memberships

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

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