Mike Ellerkamp

What Goes Around, Comes Around

My mother was fond of pithy platitudes. Two of her favorites were, “What goes around, comes around” and “Better be good to people on your way up; you might need them on your way back down.” Or, as my writing colleague Mike Ellerkamp likes to say, “Reciprocity works.”  So convinced is he of the value of the Golden Rule approach to life, he wrote a book about it: The Simple Little Rule: The Golden Rule Rediscovered.” I […]

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Better Dementia Care Options

Though we do not yet have a cure for dementia, Joanna LaFleur is determined to find a better way to care for people suffering from this affliction.  Owner of Memory Care group home in Michigan, Joanna sees two glaring problems with our typical memory care approach. First, she maintains, “We do not hire enough staff to adequately care for this population. Nor do we adequately train the staff that do work in facilities that care […]

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Let’s Talk About Mental Health

Let’s talk about mental health and illnesses. Seriously, let’s talk. Mental health issues run rampant in society, resulting in all sorts of problems and heart aches. One of the biggest problems society faces is that that we don’t understand mental illness.  This leads to inadequate levels of support, both for people struggling with these conditions, and their families who struggle along with them. We still experience too much shame and ignorance around mental health problems. […]

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Twelve Generations After the Mayflower

I met Beth Splaine last summer at the writer’s retreat where I was working on Mayflower Chronicles: The Tale of Two Cultures. Each evening we read portions of our work, so she was aware of my efforts to retell this famous story as a historical novel, with special emphasis on the perspective of the Natives and women. As a result of that event, I signed a contract with Green Writers Press to publish the book. […]

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Rethinking Valentine’s Day

“Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.”  ― William Shakespeare, All’s Well That Ends Well. I’ve come to be wary of Valentine’s Day. I like the idea of giving – more accurately the idea of receiving chocolate on this day. I like flowers, but I appreciate them more when still growing in a garden. I don’t mind the cards, but frankly, I’d rather skip the cards and enjoy the shade of a tree that […]

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