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The Gift of Community
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The Gift of Community

by Susan

Over the weekend, I attended one of the most lovely and tender weddings ever. If I’ve been to your wedding and you are offended, I am truly sorry; this really was that special. Plus, I’ve known the bride since she was an angel in heaven, so, you have to give me that. At that wedding, I had the joy of revisiting my past community, circa…

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Jun
2011
The Glass is Always Half Full
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The Glass is Always Half Full

by Susan

I have a new favorite song: Good Life by One Republic. It comes at a time when I should probably have it pumped into my ears 24/7, reminding myself that indeed, this is a good life, and it is. Ask my children, “Is your mom an optimist or a pessimist?” and they will tell you, hands down, “Oh, she sees the best in everything.” The…

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Jun
2011
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Keep Those Plates A Spinnin’

by Susan

Keepin’ Those Plates A Spinnin’ I awoke moments ago from a short nap (doctor’s, friend’s, and husband’s orders), thinking I should make this blog about surviving shingles by Susan Salluce. Has a comedic, rolling-off-the-tongue sound, yes? But I trust that this dark time in my life will all pass like my obsession with headbands that matched my mini-skirts in the 80s. There’s a lot of…

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Jun
2011
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Keepin’ Those Plates A Spinnin’

by Susan

>I awoke moments ago from a short nap (doctor’s, friend’s, and husband’s orders), thinking I should make this blog about surviving shingles by Susan Salluce. Has a comedic, rolling-off-the-tongue sound, yes? But I trust that this dark time in my life will all pass like my obsession with headbands that matched my mini-skirts in the 80s. There’s a lot of pain inside and out right now. Before I…

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Jun
2011
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Me and James Durbin

by Susan

>Doesn’t quite roll of the tongue like Me and Bobby McGee, does it? That’s okay. I think that I learned something about James Durbin from American Idol this past weekend when I saw him at his homecoming and we have something in common. But I’m getting ahead of myself. I thought it would be somewhat of a rite-of-passage-type-memory to let my daughter, who was turning 13, to bring…

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May
2011
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Down-Time…I Asked For It!

by Susan

>Some writers will advise against fitting writing time in amidst laundry loads, exercise routines, picking up children, and the thousands of errands that we women run in a day—all that “stuff” can suck out our creativity and at the end of the day, we are left with minds of jello…sweaty, Sunday afternoon, green potluck jello, no less. I have been looking for the right moment to sit…

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May
2011
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From Adrenalin rushes to Adrenal Support

by Susan

>There was a time, my children think circa, oh, land of the dinosaurs, when I sought out “rushes”…adrenalin rushes. I was bubbly, extroverted 99% of the time, rarely slept, couldn’t wait for the next moment. Of course, now that I have some letters after my name, I also know that I was running from something. At the time, when I was ignorant and fairly unharmed,…

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Apr
2011
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Daffodils in the Burn Pile

by Susan

>Those who know me best know two things: I love to laugh and can be very funny AND I am very melancholic. Perhaps I am my own best medicine or my own worst enemy. What is clear is that my posts have been a bit weepy, but then the world has been that way, hasn’t it? I don’t want to distance my readers by ruminating…

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Mar
2011
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No words…well, a few

by Susan

>There are no words to explain what my brain and heart are holding for Japan. It’s a little like PTSD-ish. I’ve cried, wept, watched too much television, poured over the Internet searching for old friends. Later today I will re-join Facebook. You see, my husband and I once lived in Sendai, Japan for two years. I feel like a part of me has been ripped apart. I…

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Mar
2011
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For one more minute…one more time

by Susan

>Some friends of ours just sold their house and so began the packing frenzy. Somehow this was contagious and launched my family into an afternoon of attacking closets which spread to a ripping apart of the attic. Amidst sneezes, scoffs from the kids, and eye rolls that could’ve won Academy Awards, my husband and I had a come to Jesus meeting. Amongst unused Christmas lights, toddler toys,…

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Feb
2011
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Who’s Teaching Whom?

by Susan

>Never mind if I’m using who or whom correctly; this past couple of weeks our little community has experienced mountains of grief. A grade school principle was shot and killed. Days later, my son’s former teacher, Mrs. Kelleher, died after battling cancer. The sun disappeared giving way to the more typical weather of this region: gray, rainy, freezing. It’s as if God commanded the sky to weep right…

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Feb
2011
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Be Careful Little Eyes What You See…

by Susan

>Picture, if you will, a little girl of three. She’s clothed in a hand-knitted cream colored sweater and matching mini-skirt. Her hair is the color of flax, as thin as the wind. She’s standing in front of a red door, her hand poised as though she’s going to knock. That was our family’s Christmas card circa 1970. I lived in that house (which cost my parents roughly $20,000) for…

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Jan
2011
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Winning is everything…or not

by Susan

>Right now, I have one foot in the competitive, aggressive, exciting, but sadly, often shameful world of high school sports. I also have one foot in the encouraging, also exciting, “Aren’t they darling,” and frankly,  honorable world of junior high sports. It’s a bit schizophrenic, and I have to remind myself each time I transition to the “other world” to adjust, adjust, adjust. Point in case:…

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Jan
2011
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Slowing down the Train

by Susan

>Last week, I had the privilege of accompanying 60 + kids from my daughter’s school to a field trip in San Francisco. The idea was to help our country kids learn about public transportation as well as cooperation and service. As I sat on Amtrak (which, let me say, is hugely underrated), watching acres of land and cities fly by, I couldn’t help but feel that my life was…

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Dec
2010
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Crying at the DMV

by Susan

>I know what you’re thinking…who hasn’t wanted to shed tears at the DMV? Typically, the process of awaiting your turn at the DMV is akin to a root canal without anesthesia. On the upside, I’m never disappointed by the people watching! Someone’s bound to pitch a fit, speak way too loud on their cell phone, scream at a bored child, and bare a mid-section. Hey,…

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Dec
2010
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We missed it…or did we?

by Susan

>While checking the headlines on the Internet a couple of days ago, I read about an amazing meteor shower that was to take place. The day went on, kids, housework, my battle with not writing any more on my new book, dinner, etc. At about 8:00 that night when the boys were out and all was quiet, I remembered the meteor shower and jumped to…

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Nov
2010

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