Work Writing Like a Job

Want to Write? Work it Like a Job. For as long as I can remember, I’ve been inspired to write. From morning till night I have always had a constant stream of letters, headlines, dialogue, jokes and book ideas running through my head. Trouble is, that’s where most of...

Swim Safe in Lake Michigan

Swimming Safe in Lake Michigan HGTV Beachfront Bargain Hunt is a guilty pleasure with early morning coffee. The still blue saltwater of their tropical locations looks so pretty, but I know I’d be disappointed. The air is no doubt warm, and the water, warmer. But you...

Finishing Shoulder Season

Taking the Book Out of the Oven As difficult as it was to find the first few words of the book Shoulder Season, it was even more difficult to know when to stop writing. To set down the writing of Shoulder Season and call it done. The book writing process is a new one...

The Renovation of Kerby Lodge

The Renovation of Kerby Lodge Would you paint Kerby Lodge if it were yours—and your parents weren’t around to tell you what to do? Would you walk away from the dark wood paneling, and the solid wood beams that mark the many rustic northern lodges in Michigan,...

Why a Lake Michigan Lodge Story?

Why a Lake Michigan Lodge Story? I write about the tourist lodges and resort towns of the Great Lakes because there is no place like them on earth, and I love them. A bit of history: Back in the early 1800s, the population of Michigan exploded tenfold as the auto...