The Suburban Newspaper

The Suburban Newspaper

The following articles have been published in The Suburban Newspaper at www.thesuburban.com.
My Column is called: Living in the Now

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Published on December 3, 2017

Food For The Soul

Food For The Soul
If it’s actually food, it could possibly be CHOCOLATE.  It could even be ICE CREAM.  Perhaps any kind of CHEESE on deliciously fresh BREAD.

This is not actual ‘food’ that I am talking about.  I’m referring to the food which fills your soul.  Although food can do this in many ways, I’m dipping deeper down into the bowels of our soul and mind.  The space that makes you breath deeper and dream.

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Published on November 27, 2017
Published on November 13, 2016

Simply Positive

Simply Positive

You’ve got to get up every morning with a smile on your face
And show the world all the love in your heart

The people gonna treat you better
You’re gonna find, yes you will
That you’re beautiful as you feel
Perhaps Carole King said it best in her song ‘Beautiful’. Her words are the encouragement to start every morning with a smile on your face. I start my morning with thanks to G-d for giving me this day to live. I’m simply blessed with the opportunity to write this article. Nothing is taken for granted. Nothing!

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Published on November 19, 2017

I Won’t Grow Up

I Won’t Grow Up

I remember riding my bike and listening to Steely Dan on the radio:
Are you reelin’ in the years
Stowin’ away the time
Are you gatherin’ up the tears
Have you had enough of mine
Just riding my bike in the sun and listening to the radio. Simply, simple.
So how does one ward off the pending gloom that surrounds adulthood? How do we reclaim reelin’ in the years?
My suggestion…”Screw Maturity”. That’s right, don’t grow up. Stay immature and child-like.
How does one stay immature? Embrace childhood happiness and simple joys.

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Published on November 13, 2017
Published on October 30, 2016
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Published on November 5, 2017
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Published on October 30, 2017
Published on October 16, 2016

Don’t Listen to the Mustn’ts, Shouldn’ts, and Can’ts

Don’t Listen to the Mustn’ts, Shouldn’ts, and Can’ts

I really wanted to be a smart person. It seemed that the smart kids got a lot of respect in school and I wanted that. Although I tried hard to be a smart kid, I couldn’t break into the regular learning groups in elementary school. But…I was a really good athlete, so that helped along the way. I couldn’t spell, but I could run super fast!

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Published on October 16, 2017
Published on August 11, 2016

See Beyond the Sight

See Beyond the Sight

At the end of one of my creative writing workshops, a student got up from her chair, stretched and said, “Ahhhhhh! That felt like I was meditating!” Her comment took me by surprise! This was the first time a student compared my creative writing workshop to meditating.
At first, I thought I must have bored the student so much they went off into a meditative state. In this regard, I suppose my class was terribly boring and drastically needing some excitement. I felt concerned. But…

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Published on October 8, 2017

Actively Listening to Life

Actively Listening to Life
Once I entered the graduate program at Concordia, Dr. Schmid did a good job of quickly putting me in my place. He had a way of saying the truth without hurting anyone. So, here I was all bushy tailed and excited to conquer my graduate studies.

Reality set in when I nearly bombed my first graduate course‎. He said, “Under-grads think they know everything. Grads think they know quite a bit. It’s the Profs who realize that we hardly know anything.” Now, I was starting to smarten up and listen better.

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Published on October 2, 2017
Published on August 31, 2016
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Published on September 24, 2017
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Published on September 10, 2017
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Published on September 6, 2017
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Published on September 4, 2017
Published on October 2, 2016

Back to Schooooooolllllllaaaa

Back to Schooooooolllllllaaaa

September is the month of “rebirthed learning”. I’m sure most school aged children will not agree with that statement. No doubt they are rolling their eyes and fighting off the first day of school. My hope is when children are finished their formal studies; they will still embark on the wonderful learning opportunities presented to them especially during this time of year. Maybe you would be interested in learning Mandarin, Italian, French, Spanish, Hebrew, etc.? Would you be interested in learning how to dance ballet, tap, ballroom, line, etc.? Perhaps you would like to learn karate?  The freedom to choose is endless!

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Published on August 27, 2017

The shoes I want, but can’t have

The shoes I want, but can’t have

A sensible shoe is the direction I seem to be going towards.  I can’t believe I wrote that.  My aching back and knees are now the forces behind which shoes are best suited for me.  My heart is telling me to wear those gorgeous gladiator knee length; multi-buckled flat sexy sandals (see the picture).  My back and knees are telling me that a little heal is needed as well as some arch support.  That sounds so “retirement plan” and I’m nowhere near retiring.  I’m just getting started…aren’t I?

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Published on August 7, 2017
Published on July 9, 2016

Loving the Fog

Loving the Fog

The “To Do” list is very long and needs my attention. I’ve got a lot of stuff to do… But… I don’t care. I’m pleasantly in a fog. A glorious fog that rolled into my life. The same kind of dense fog you might wake up to along the coast of Maine. The billows of damp mist that rolls onto the coastline. The kind that feels cold, wet and humid. The kind of fog that immediately curls my untamed mane and dampens my skin.

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Published on August 6, 2017
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Published on July 25, 2017
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Published on July 24, 2017
Published on July 2, 2016

Oh, to be like a chala roll

Oh, to be like a chala roll
That’s when I witnessed her awful, disrespectful behavior. Lady Number 48 started to ask for her foods with such words as, “Gimmie…, or,  I want…,  or,  Get me…, or, That, that
Then she used sentences like, “I don’t want that if it’s not fresh. I said I wanted this, not that. Don’t bother, that’s gross, Gimmie more of that nowGet me something else now.”
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Published on July 10, 2017
Published on June 14, 2016
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Published on July 9, 2017