About Me

Gracious Living Day by DayI try to approach each day with grace.

I have many people I love and care about. But I also live in an unpredictable and fickle world. There is not much that I can control in life except my responses to the challenges that come my way.

So I try, every day, to make the best of the canvas that is presented to me.

My family and I have been living in Ann Arbor, MI for over twenty six years.

I was born and grew up in Belgrade, Yugoslavia.

When I was twelve years old, my parents, sister and I moved to Germany, then immigrated to New York City two years later.

I have always lived between worlds – between Europe and America; between Serbian folklore traditions and sense of history and an American liberal arts education; between being an immigrant and an outsider and being an integral part of American society.

I have a family.

Jeff and Liliana                                                                                               My husband Jeff and I

My husband Jeff and I have been married for 33 years.

My oldest son Mike is an international and human rights lawyer. He writes a blog (adviseanddissent.org) that tries to broaden and diversify the public debate on human rights issues.

Mike traveling in South America                                                                      Mike traveling in South America

My daughter Nena is attending the MFA program in creative writing at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa.

My youngest son Sam is starting his third year of college at the University of Michigan, majoring in Environmental Science.

Nena and Sam                                                                              Nena and Sam

My sister Branka and her husband Joe (who is also my husband’s brother) lived with us for two years while Joe completed a graduate degree in education. Now, Joe is done with school, has a wonderful job as a director of a college bookstore and they have moved back into their own house.

Their son Sasha just started second year of law school.

Their daughter Nicole graduated from college and is starting a career in teaching.

My sister's family: Nicole, Branka, Joe and Sasha                                                My sister’s family: Nicole, Branka, Joe and Sasha

My husband Jeff and I recently sold the house that we lived in for almost twenty years and bought a smaller home in a lovely old neighborhood. We are currently renovating the smaller house and making it our own.

We are off on a whole new adventure. I hope to share some of my thoughts, stories and experiences with my readers. Please join me.

Disclosure Statement

  • All content on this blog is for informational purposes only.
  • While all attempt is made to make information provided on this site timely and accurate, any claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service upon which you intend to base a purchase decision should be verified by you directly with the manufacturer, provider or party in question.
  • Proprietor of this blog makes no  guarantees as to the accuracy or completeness of information on this site or on blogs encountered by following links on this site.
  • Proprietor of this blog will not be liable for any errors or omissions in the information provided, nor for the scope of this information.
  • Proprietor of this blog will not be liable for any losses, injuries, or damages from the display or use of information provided.
Share and Enjoy:
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • StumbleUpon
  • del.icio.us
  • Digg

{ 28 comments… read them below or add one }

Djordje Radanov January 4, 2013 at 2:34 am

I do have some materials (pictures, etc.) about Vizic, Fruska Gora, Vojvodina, and would be more than happy to share it with you. If you are interested.
I am visiting sometimes your blog and enjoy myself positive energy you put in.
Keep going…..
All the best to you and the families (Yours & Brankica).
Djordje , Elizabeta, Bosko


Liliana January 4, 2013 at 6:25 am

Dragi Djorje,
Srecna Nova Godina! Mnogo mi je drago da si se javio i nadam se da ste svi dobro i zdravi. Bila bih presrcna kad bi mi poslao slike od Vizica, uvek ih trazim. Mnogo ti hvala.
Javi se kad imas vremena, volim da cujem o vama. Mi smo svi dobro, uvek u velikim poslovima.
Mnogo pozdrava tebi, Elizabeti i Bosku od Ljilje


SeemaS July 15, 2012 at 8:22 pm

Hi Liliana, I found your link at the end of a post on breast cancer where you said what I know to be true too. You can be in the pink of health, eating well, exercising, living a passionate life with no risk factors, and still get bc. I am going to post your blog on http://www.PinkRunway.com ‘s Facebook wall. It is wonderful to read and it is wonderful to “meet” you. Huge hugs – Seema


Liliana July 16, 2012 at 6:51 am

Dear Seema,
thank you for your kind words. Cancer is a treacherous, sneaky disease, and the more people know about it the better. I have always tried to be brutally honest about my own experience with breast cancer because that is what I crave from others.

Thank you for posting my blog on PinkRunway.com. I have never been to this site, but intend to visit now.

Please visit again.
Best wishes to you,


Leisa Jakob January 2, 2012 at 7:20 pm

Hey Lilliana!

Happy New Year! love your site….wish you ALL the best for 2012. I am looking for good and POSITIVE things in 2012. Moving my skincare business in the next couple of weeks, so have been very busy between setting up new place and RCC. God Bless.



shawn April 14, 2011 at 9:34 am

Hola Liliana!
I just want to thank you for your wonderful stories. You write so beautifully and it amazes me because i know that english is not your first language.
I always look forward to your entries… they are gems!
Best regards,

desde mexico


Liliana April 14, 2011 at 9:48 am

Thank you, Shawn.
I am always surprised by how much power we each have to make someone happy.
Your kind words have made my day!

Hugs to you,


Deanna Hagopian October 21, 2010 at 6:46 pm

Hi Liliana!

It was such a pleasure meeting you in New York. I just read some of your blog and I love your writing! Thank you for sharing it with me 🙂

I hope you have a wonderful weekend filled with more adventures to write about.


Liliana October 22, 2010 at 7:03 am

Thanks, Deanna. I greatly enjoyed meeting you and wish you all the best in your endeavors. Best, Liliana


jane October 19, 2010 at 3:14 pm

Hello Liliana,
It was a pleasure meeting you at the GAIN conference. I’ve read back several pages into your blog and enjoyed every post. I will be sure to touch back regularly, especially when I need a little pick-me-up. Thanks for being you.


Liliana October 19, 2010 at 3:27 pm

Hi Jane,
it was a pleasure meeting you as well.
I greatly enjoyed the GAIN conference. Despite my post about the business of NY streets, I love the city and was sorry to leave.

Thanks for your kind words about my blog. Please keep in touch.


Pri October 3, 2010 at 8:58 pm

Hi Liliana,
Remember EMU art History classes? I used to sit next to you . Here I am reading your blog! It is so well written and inspiring!
take care and best wishes


Liliana October 4, 2010 at 7:05 am

My goodness, it is a small world! I am amazed that you remember me. I hope you are well. Best to you, Liliana


Carol Brock October 1, 2010 at 8:48 am

Dear Liliana,
I read your comment’s on the New York Times website about the salt water. And so I took the link in your comments.

I can’t believe you are from Canton! I am from Wayne and some of my best friends are still in Canton. We left Michigan (unfortunately) and moved to Indiana in 1981, but we come back as often as we can. I graduated from EMU and so did my son, He is married and lives right at 94 and Ann Arbor Saline with his wife and children; he is in law school at the University of Toledo and drives there every day. I have two other children, both in college, one at Purdue and one at the Community College here in Lafayette. I work at Purdue and so my son gets a tuition cut which is really nice.

I have been reading your blog and your writing is very good and inspiring. I wish you the very best and will continue to read in the future.

Have a great weekend!



Liliana October 1, 2010 at 9:10 am

Carol, it is a small world indeed!
My oldest son is in law school as well, on the East Coast.
Take care and keep in touch.
Best of luck to you and to your family.


Ron July 7, 2010 at 2:49 pm

Thnx for supporting Holland on “huffingtonpost.com”!!!
Greetings from a hot and sweaty (not always raining here) Holland…


Liliana July 7, 2010 at 3:29 pm

My pleasure. I love Holland. I have family in Utrecht and have spent many childhood summers there. I hope Holland wins the championship. Best of luck!


Jack Hilton, M.S., R.D. March 26, 2010 at 11:02 am

Regarding your comment about diabetes in China. The American lifestyle has been the idol of the world. People want our food, lazychair, television etc… The bad thing is, once they start living our lifestyle they get our diseases, heart disease, cancer, diabetes…

According to The China Study by T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D. (and son), rural China has had very low rates of heart disease, cancer and diabetes. Rural Chinese according to the book, ate the equivalent of one (1) ounce of meat a day. Their main source of protein was from vegetable sources such as tofu and beans. There diets were very low in fat and high in fruits, vegetables and rice.

Bottom line – live like an American and die like an American.



Liliana March 26, 2010 at 11:46 am

I have read The China Study and was very impressed by its persuasive arguments and undeniable proof.

I completely agree with your conclusions. I have seen the same kinds of changes happen in Europe over the years. It’s sad and unsustainable – the lifestyle and its outcome.

Best to you.


Sue March 24, 2010 at 6:23 pm

I very much enjoyed reading your entries & viewing your photos. You seem to keep your chin up & go with the flow. I appreciate your practical advice along with your gracious living. Thank you for sharing this.
I cried about Silver, what a beauty!
Is that your painting of the 2 girls? It is lovely in any case.
I hope to check in when possible to read your blog & look forward to it.
Take Care,


Liliana March 25, 2010 at 6:59 am

Sue, it makes me very happy to know that I have friends out there whom I am not even acquainted with. Thank you reading my musings, and taking the time to comment. It means a lot not to be writing into the void.

I did not paint the picture of the two girls. Some photos I take, some I combine from different sources. This one is a detail of an impressionist painting. I thought it went well with the meaning of the posting.

We all miss Silver very much. We were lucky to have her presence in our family for 14 years. Very best to you, Liliana


Conner March 18, 2010 at 3:43 pm

Hi Liliana,

I just wanted to say how much I like your blog – discovered it by chance in one of the comments to Thomas Goetz’s blog post about cancer prevention (I agree with you – his article is spot-on; I was shocked by the many hostlie responses).

I haven’t been as sick as you, but I had cervical ‘carcinoma in situ’ 10 years ago which gave me an almighty scare and I’ve been very conscious of the importance of lifestyle-cancer-prevention ever since. I am a nutritionist & health writer, and last week I launched the Anti-Cancer Challenge (http://anticancerchallenge.blogspot.com), a one-year programme of diet, exercise and rest that I’ve put together with the aim of boosting my immune system. I am inviting others to take part in the Challenge – in case you or any of your readers are interested! Even if you don’t have the time to join in, I’d love to hear what you think!

Thanks again for your inspiring posts.

All best, Conner


Liliana March 19, 2010 at 7:43 am

Hello Conner,
I am very interested in your experiment in healthily living and would like to hear more details about it. I like your blog as well, and would love to link to it. Best of luck to you.


Conner March 24, 2010 at 10:08 am

Dear Liliana,

Thank you SO much for your kind message on my blog that I found just now – it feels so good to know that my endeavours may be of some use to some people!

Yes, I’d appreciate it if you popped a link to my page on your lovely blog, and feel free to puiblish progress reports! (My posts will hopefully become less ‘dry’ and theoretical once I’ve got all the introductory stuff out of the day – you know, defining what exercise I’ll do, which foods I’ll eat and how I plan to get more sleep… All due to be posted in the next few days.)

I’d also be grateful if you shared any of *your* tips and thoughts on exercise, nutrition, rest and joy of living with my little community – the more the merrier! Meanwhile, I’ll add a link to your blog onto mine.

I look forward to being in touch more regularly!

All best wishes,


sean March 16, 2010 at 1:35 pm

Just read your comment on the NY Times’ article “Night Lights, Blankets and Lullabies” and went to your site (our daughter is four months old and we’re about to consider transitioning our sleeping arrangements). In about five minutes, I was moved, informed, amused, and challenged. This is one of those rare blogs that really moves beyond the “online diary” concept.

VERY pleased to have discovered this site and I look forward to reading it regularly!



Liliana March 16, 2010 at 2:53 pm

Sean, thanks for your kind words. Best of luck to you with your little girl. I hope she is a good sleeper, and if not, be patient, she’ll get there. It seems like yesterday that my daughter, Nena, was four months old. She is 21 now, and about to graduate from collage. I treasure every second (with her and my boys) that we had together. What more can one ask from life?


Laura Donaldson February 18, 2010 at 11:11 am


I found your link via your congratulations to Shaun White on NPRs website. Your grace was obvious and compelled me to check out your website. To my delight, I was not dissapointed with your thoughts and sincere entries.

In particular, a chord was struck by your Valentine’s entry. What a loving gesture from your dear husband. Thank you for sharing the experience. More important, is your willingness to volunteer the your innermost feelings surrounding a breast cancer diagnosis. It made me think about my sister, Alane, who is also a breast cancer survivor.

Alane has a blog called Wild Onions at http://wildonions.blogspot.com/
Coincidentally, she is an artist like you! You may find her entries uplifting and inspiring. Regardless, all the best to you. Many blessings for a continued beautiful life.



Liliana February 18, 2010 at 11:38 am

thanks for your kind comment. I will look at your sister’s blog. My very best to you both.


Leave a Comment