Rising Sun

First day of master swim. Dawn arrived thick, warm already, hardly any breeze. The sky was grayish-blue. The lane lines formed, we entered the water wordlessly, pushed off from the edge of the pool to swim a length and back and again. By the end of the hour, the sun glowed diamond-brilliant, its rays glistening on the near horizon. Last… Read more →


Turning 45

The numbers keep climbing, and as my father says, “It’s better than the alternative.” I’m growing older. That’s a good thing, right? And as the numbers click higher each year, and I blow out candles and make wishes for health, happiness and love, I feel like I’m racing to a finish line lurking somewhere out there but I don’t know… Read more →

Attractive couple outdoors on a coffee break.

Two Sides of a Coin

As I sat on the hard wooden bench of the family court this week, awaiting resolution of my own issue, I watched the machinations of the people sitting before the judge. Their arguments, their pleas, their cries for help or for hatred or for recognition. One case featured a man with an attorney and his ex-wife representing herself. The judge… Read more →

The entrance to the Detroit Waldorf School

Why We Teach Music

  Late-day sun slanted into the high windows of the old school building. Detroit Waldorf. Indian Village. June 3, 2016. It was the third night of school programs, recitals, finishes, for my children. My husband, parents, and I sat on hard wooden folding seats in the auditorium as the third, fourth, fifth grades and then the middle-schoolers, walked in wearing… Read more →

Putting all his might into shooting the puck at the Hockey Hall of Fame. It's harder than it looks.

Three Perfect Days

  It began on a sultry, quiet morning, with fishermen at the river catching slick bass in the slanting sunrise light. Three days of hugs and I love you, of walking hand in hand, of exploring and lounging on a hotel bed, of swimming boisterously and calmly both in the hotel pool, of dipping fingers in the cold dawn waters of… Read more →