About me

My name is Mimi and I’m a former advertising exec who bailed out in favor of my health, sanity and self-respect. That said, I still had several fun years à la Mad Men, but enough was enough. Everything after that was a career dénouement, and now I have finally started to do what I envisioned myself doing at age 7, which is to write. I think this is a good argument for the cosmic wisdom of children under age 8.

I grew up in southwest Michigan, right on the lake, where it is beautiful in the spring, summer and fall, but winter makes you want to get an Airstream and head south.  I come from good Wisconsin-Iowa stock and love the soft rolling hills of the Midwest where humidity is my friend.

Some of my first essays are about the small town I grew up in, others are topics that interest or infuriate me.  Hope you enjoy them and feel free to contact me with any comments.


28 Responses to About me

  1. Jeanne says:


    I enjoy your ‘voice’ and look forward to reading more. I think you’ll be publisjing short stories some day …

    I can picture you at the Newberry..I’m a bit envious you have close access to such a cool place!

    Take care,


  2. Mimi says:

    Thanks Jeanne. Don’t get too jealous. It tooke me two hours to get downtown the first week of class. chicago rush hours are ugly. There are great online classes too. I’ve taken a couple.

  3. Adele Alvarado says:

    MimiMimiMimiMimi, I’m enjoying your posts! Glad to see you’re still writing and taking classes. I haven’t in a while (except for writing a new stand up set), but if I get inspired I’ll send it along. Hope you’re well. Adele

  4. I happened upon your blog and enjoyed it tremendously. I belive because you description of your dad reminds me of mine as well. He no longer lives close by and reading your blog brought back some fond memories for this Philly girl. Thanks for sharing I guess all dads really are the same:) I am now following your blog and wish you continued success.

  5. MissMeddle says:

    Hi, Mimi. My first time here and I’ll be back!
    Cheers 🙂

  6. Mimi,
    Had to check out your blog after the enticing lead on Freshly Pressed. I went to the About page before reading the post and I’m impressed. I come from good Wisconsin stock that, for whatever reason, ended up in Eastern Oregon, of all god-forsaken places. I really enjoy your blogging style. I’ll be back often. (P.S. I’m plotting my next big switch too, but I’m not as young nor as daring as I once was…the daring ran off when the children showed up.)

  7. I really enjoyed your dad post, nicely written! I like that you’re crafting your next big move. Wonderful and daring, I’ll be back to read more of your posts!

  8. davmills46 says:

    This is first experience with your blog, I really enjoyed it. I was reminded of my own father and my old self. I will be back.

  9. claywatkins says:

    I enjoy reading your posts and appreciate your point if view. Keep it up! I also wanted to let you know I have nominated you for the Liebster Award. i hope you have a great day and I am sure you enjoyed your Spring Break!

  10. J T Weaver says:

    Reading your blog has inspired me to continue writing, so I’ve nominated you for a Very Inspiring Blogger Award!
    The rules for receiving this award are:
    1. Display the award logo on your blog.
    2. Link back to the person who nominated you.
    3. State 7 things about yourself.
    4. Nominate 15 other bloggers for this award and link to them.
    5. Notify those bloggers of the nomination and the award’s requirements.

  11. Valarie says:

    I have really enjoyed reading what you have here. It has been very inspiring and interesting. I pray God will bless you as you continue on your Journey.

  12. limseemin says:

    Hey, I have nominated you for an award. Do check up my blog for more info
    Cheers ^ – ^

  13. ugoagadauyah says:

    Mimi, thanks for your comments on my book. I appreciate. Your lake country sounds so beautiful in spring/summer. Wish I can exchange your winter for the heat here sometimes, not always though. I like your blogging style. Will keep in touch.

  14. J T Weaver says:

    I have nominated you for the Word Press Family Award. Stop by and check it out.

  15. NS says:

    I just read this, “…and now I have finally started to do what I envisioned myself doing at age 7. Writing.” We have something huge in common. Only in my case my writer dream gained momentum when I was barely ten. Then it almost died a slow brutal death of many years only to be revived again, twenty years down the road. Life is just great 😀

  16. Anonymous says:

    Glad to have found this. Inspires me to scratch out some verbiage. Well done, Mimi!

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