Michael Mackie

Steffany Barton: An Angelic Spirit Who Was Forever Sentimental, Compassionate, and Dialed-In

Steffany Barton: An Angelic Spirit Who Was Forever Sentimental, Compassionate, and Dialed-In

Over the years, I’ve written about my medium Steffany Barton countless times—whether in blogs, or online, or even in the occasional bliss-filled social media musing. She was the perfect enigma… Read more

Post-Traumatic Growth—For The Win!

Post-Traumatic Growth—For The Win!

I was today years old when I learned the term “post-traumatic growth.” I was doing a podcast alongside a domestic violence survivor who shared the expression with me. Turns out,… Read more

Fast Facts About Aruba—a.k.a. The Happy Island

Fast Facts About Aruba—a.k.a. The Happy Island

The first time I visited Aruba was on a cruise. The ship docked and a bunch of unwitting tourists milled about for approximately four hours. My second visit was suspiciously… Read more

Forget Oprah—These Are a Few of My Favorite Things!

Forget Oprah—These Are a Few of My Favorite Things!

Moi is a creature of habit. If I find something I like, it quickly goes into my arsenal and stays there for … well, ever. Now, I get it—everything is… Read more

Introverted Extroverts Unite!

Introverted Extroverts Unite!

I started writing this blog at 8:23 p.m. on a Sunday night. For me, that’s revolutionary. In fact, the last time I did such a thing was the 12th of… Read more

45 Additional Stupid Things I’ve Learned Since My Stupid Birthday Last Year

45 Additional Stupid Things I’ve Learned Since My Stupid Birthday Last Year

Photo credit: Nikki Moreno-Whipple Years ago, I learned a shockingly good piece of writing advice. “People love lists,” a middling proofreader once told me. “Doesn’t matter what the headline is—if… Read more

How Get Lost! Came To Fruition

How Get Lost! Came To Fruition

In March of 2022, I found myself at a crossroads. I was gainfully unemployed and contemplating my next move. I dutifully sought the advice of career counselors, psychics, and colleagues… Read more

PRF at Mirabile M.D. Can Be a Gamechanger For Your Hair

PRF at Mirabile M.D. Can Be a Gamechanger For Your Hair

I like to think of myself as hair aware—which sounds infinitely better than, uh, shallow or vain. But when it comes to the mop of hair follicles on top of… Read more

Everything You Didn’t Know You Needed To Know About Lake Charles, Louisiana

Everything You Didn’t Know You Needed To Know About Lake Charles, Louisiana

When the fine folks at Visit Lake Charles called me in December about visiting their fair parish, I thought I’d won the travel writer lottery. Not only have I never… Read more

Why I Need/Deserve/Want a Personalized Weight Loss Program

Why I Need/Deserve/Want a Personalized Weight Loss Program

One time my physician flatly told me, “Mackie, it didn’t take you twelve weeks to gain sixty pounds, you’re not going to lose it in three months.” I looked at… Read more