“Everything you need to know about life can be learned from a genuine and ongoing attempt to write.” —Dani Shapiro, Still Writing
Since I first learned how to tap the keys on an old Remington manual typewriter, I’ve loved to write. It’s how I make sense of life in general and my own in particular. It’s how I understand myself and the world around me. “The good writer,” wrote Ralph Waldo Emerson, “seems to be writing about himself, but has his eye always on that thread of the universe which runs through himself and all things.” As I write about my own life and share my own stories, I hope you recognize that thread of similarity running between my universe and yours.
I was born and raised in southeastern Michigan, and now live in Northville, an historic little town about 30 miles west of Detroit. I’ve been married for almost four decades (my goodness, where did that time go?). I met my husband when I was 13 and he was 15 - we took piano lessons from the same teacher, and she played matchmaker by pairing us up as duet partners for a recital. Apparently, she was a pretty good “yenta.” We have one son, Brian, who lives in Texas with his wife, Nantana, and our only grandson, Connor.
Besides writing, I’m passionate about my family (which includes my two Shih Tzus, Magic and Molly Mei), reading and music. My home is my sanctuary, and I most content when I’m tucked into a corner of the couch watching the birds at the feeder and listening to soothing music on the stereo. If I’m not at my computer, you’ll likely find me playing the piano, out walking the dogs around our neighborhood, or enjoying a good book with a glass of wine close to hand. I love the sound of the ocean, the smell of fresh coffee, the sun on my face, and wind at my back.
In December 2014, I published my first book, Life In General, a collection of inspirational essays reflecting on my passage into mid-life. I’m an Executive Editor at Modern Creative Life, an ezine dedicate to the celebration of creative pursuits. I work as an accompanist for local choral groups, and also perform with Classical Bells, a professional handbell ensemble.
I am an introvert by nature, yet I still yearn to connect with people in the world around me. I connect with stories. The stories I read. The stories I write.
I look forward to making new connections with you.
In the Works
My One and Only, a memoir about only children – being one, marrying one, raising one. The Ensemble Effect, a novel about a woman whose passion for life is renewed through the experience of singing in a choir.