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The following articles have been published in the West Island Blog at www.westislandblog.com.
My column is called: Keeping it Real

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Published on December 11, 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

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 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

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 4, 2017
Published on October 2, 2016

I Run in the Direction of…

I Run in the Direction of…
Back in the day, I would run to clear my mind, listen to some great tunes on my Sony Walkman, and get fit.  I would run in beautiful surroundings for inspiration. I would run because I could. I was so carefree and the world was wonderful and I ran for pure joy.

Flash forward 33 years.  I’m still a runner, but with aching knees that click all the time. My loose running shorts are now ¾ length Epic Run Tight Fit Tights – to hold me together! I need a hat to control the incredible amounts of sweat pouring from this exercising menopausal suffering soaked me. It’s not as pretty, but it still has a PURPOSE!

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Published on September 28, 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
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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 June 26, 2017
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Published on June 12, 2017
Published on February 2, 2016

Un… Measure Measurement

Un… Measure Measurement

The Marathon was the great measurement of the ultimate run. Then the Triathlon was the measurement of the greatest combination athletic event. Now it’s the Ironman Extreme which is the greatest physical measurement and challenge. I wonder what the next great challenge will be or the next great measurement of the human challenge. Maybe it will be an opposite event?

How’s about running so far back in time you go from the present into the past. Let’s call this “The Run-Back in Time Has-been Marathon.”

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Published on May 29, 2017
Published on April 9, 2016

I’ve Yet to Love Him, But I Do

I’ve Yet to Love Him, But I Do

I ask myself this question, how does this person finish our…sandwiches?
It’s nothing you can try to understand; it just is. Where did we meet? How did I know this person before? How does s/he understand what I’m about to say? Why is there so much connection without any connectivity? Is this a soul I’ve known before? It’s got to be more than what it is. But….there’s no known history.

Suzanne's article on The Suburban Magazine May 29th 2015
I’ve Yet to Love Him, But I Do
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Published on May 22, 2017
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Published on April 17, 2017
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Published on April 3, 2017
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Published on March 20, 2017
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Published on March 6, 2017
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Published on February 20, 2017
Published on March 6, 2015