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in Grief & Support Articles

I Will Remember You

by Susan

If you are a parent, think back to the moments your newborn entered the world: she strained to open her eyes. You were awestruck, delighted. If you are like most parents, a spouse, friend, or partner photographed each moment; every coo, each grin, movement, cry, swaddle. You witnessed a miracle and you have the photographs to show for it. But what about those parents who…

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Jan
2012
in Grief & Support Articles

Help! My Oreo Filling is Getting Smooshed Out! – A Caregiver’s Plight

by Susan

It’s Monday morning. That phrase, alone, says enough. In the middle of the night your seven-year-old begins throwing up. Meeting you in the kitchen, with a slight glare and a stiff, sarcastic smile, are the words of your teen, “Thanks for having my uniform clean for the game today.” Ugh. Sigh. At 9:10, you stagger into your 9:00 meeting after finding a neighbor who promises to…

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Jan
2012
in Life

Silent Nights (and mornings)

by Susan

Random fact about me: I don’t sleep well. This is the writer’s curse and blessing. Late nights= chances to catch up on emails, brainstorming on a chapter, edits, Tweets, Facebooking, marketing. Early mornings= the same. The curse: fatigue, exhaustion, sloppy writing, a headache at 2:00 in the afternoon. But in this busy world of me, Susan, a parent and writer, where the world seems to…

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Dec
2011
in Life

Christmas Meditations

by Susan

Did you know that there are 385 things pulling at your attention during the holiday season according to a poll that I made up inside my head? But seriously, doesn’t it feel that way? Let’s run down a few of the 385 things to do: 1. Put up Christmas lights around the house (unless, that is, you have an extra $300.00 to hire someone.) 2….

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Dec
2011
in Short Stories

Knew He’d Be Next

by Susan

I knew he’d be the next person in our family to kill himself. I know…there’s so much wrong with those thirteen words for a sixteen-year-old, but I can’t even go there right now. Five minutes ago, my mom was doing her Saturday manic rant when we aren’t filling every second with something productive. “Tell me you’re not on that damn computer again, Lauren. We’re leaving…

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Dec
2011
in Short Stories

The Veil

by Susan

The sound of rain rushing through the gutters jolts me from my sleep. I peer at my alarm clock; five minutes before the day begins. Remember Marina’s cupcakes in the garage fridge; remind Kellen to pack his basketball shoes; John needs me to swing by the bank before I pick up the kids. An ordinary day filled with dozens of activities performed by an ordinary…

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Dec
2011
in Life

My Own Lesson in Gratitude

by Susan

Blog Tour de Force is officially over. When I was invited to this amazing, charitable blog-hop by Teri Giuliani Long, author of In Leah’s Wake, I had NO idea what I was getting into. 14 hours at the computer on day one: what?! Typing, retyping, answering comment after comment. My arms set afire from typing. 12 hours in, I sent emails without the attached copy…

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Nov
2011
Hurray for our Troops and Tour de Troops
in Causes, Collaboration

Hurray for our Troops and Tour de Troops

by Susan

Welcome to Blog Tour de Troops. You should have joined me from Tracy Rozzlynn’s Blog.  The next stop on the tour will be at Alison DeLuca’s… 11-11-11 through 11-14-11 50 authors. Anyone is invited to comment on each of these 50 blogs. Everyone who makes a comment gets that author’s ebook. WHAT! Too good to be true? Wait…it gets better. For every book that is…

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Nov
2011
in Life

Neglecting My Babies

by Susan

I went away this past weekend for some R&R, writing inspiration, and marketing for my book, Out of Breath I returned in time to photograph my teen son on his way to his homecoming dance: handsome, a man on the outside, but still evident that he’s a boy around the edges. My tired body finally draped across the couch where I caught up with family,…

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Oct
2011
in Life

Change is in the Air

by Susan

It is officially fall. Oak leaves are drifting down onto my driveway, and creating a natural cover across my pool. I witnessed the first turn of a leaf from green to a hue of yellow. I do love fall. But this is not the change of which I speak. Rather, there is a change that is happening in my family. One I prayed for. Perhaps…

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Oct
2011
in Life

What I’ve Learned About Me; Oh…And Out of Breath is Out!

by Susan

Out of Breath is out! I should be screaming from the rooftops, right? I did some celebrating, don’t get me wrong, and I will get to that. Now, I am nothing if not transparent. You can take the girl out of the counseling field, but you can’t take the counseling field out of the girl, so to speak. And so, all of my neurosis have…

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Sep
2011
in Interview

An interview with a new author: Susan Salluce

by Susan

The cover’s been designed. The word doc version is being converted to an ePub. It’s very quiet and still. Too quiet. Too still. Yes, I could be working on my next novel, No Ordinary Girl (and I have written a few pages this week). But my heart is still with bereaved parents Alyssa and Seth, and their therapist Katherine, and officer Greg Wallace who was…

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Aug
2011
in Interview

As promised…a peek at Out of Breath

by Susan

My novel, Out of Breath, is uploaded to my server, Bookbaby.com. What does this mean? It means I get to practice patience, stillness, calming my breathing. I bring to mind every lovely person who read a page, critiqued, gave me a shake of the head, or fist pump, and especially, a word such as, ‘beautifully written…you moved me.’ Finally, I get to reflect on a three year adventure of trusting…

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Aug
2011
in Life

Back to School Blues

by Susan

Lately, I am immersed in the music of my teen years. To be specific: Stevie Nicks. Back then, I had no idea what her lyrics really meant when she was pouring her heart out in “Landslide” and “After the Glitter Fades,” but I get it now. I can only guess, but I’m pretty sure Stevie was roughly my age at that time, watching her babies…

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Aug
2011
in Life

Playing in the Sandbox

by Susan

I am currently at the coast with (brace yourself) six teenagers. Five are boys. Yes, you can smell the testosterone and yes, the food bill will require a small loan. My daughter has gotten lumped into “hanging out with” or “come on boys” for years now. She rolls with their crass humor, arm punches, and more than occasional, oh…how shall I say this delicately?…unwanted odorous…

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Jul
2011
in Life

Water is Thicker Than Blood

by Susan

Just hours ago, I returned from a week-long trip with a combination of my family. As we walked down the beach, I imagined God looking down at the rainbow of color, size, and age. The youngest was 11, the oldest 85 and the rest fit the bell curve with me smack in the middle. Chinese, Italian, Polish, Dutch, and Greek, yet all a member of one family. How could…

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Jul
2011

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