The Suburban Newspaper

The Suburban Newspaper

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

Never Enough Time

Never Enough Time

My daughter insisted I watch the series, “Sharp Objects”. I watched it with her. We didn’t move for hours. We sat on the couch, watching this very disturbing series. It took us two days to finish the series and at the end we were worn out from… too much watching. Was I entertained? Yes. Would I do this again? No! What I enjoyed most was all the time I got to spent with my daughter. I would have preferred to be walking, dining, and seeing a live show instead, but being with her anytime is priceless.

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Published on October 13, 2019

I’m Old(er)

I’m Old(er)

I used to run for fun. Always, for tirelessly very long lengths of time. Up and down hills and on all types of terrain. In rain, wind, sun, heat, snow, it didn’t matter. Now, I’m particular about the terrain, temperature, and distance. Why? Because my knees ache from the surface or the climate or the distance. Again, because I’m older and I’ve been running for over 30 years. My knees don’t like running, but my head and heart love it.

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Published on October 10, 2019
Published on August 12, 2018

Little Hopes & Happies

Little Hopes & Happies

In the most unlikely place, at the base of my outdoor staircase along the paved driveway, was this beautiful flower. It was growing in a tiny spec of earth between wood and pavement. It found the will to grow and be.  Good Morning Sue!

A couple of days later on my morning walk, I quickly looked for the flower. The flower blossom was gone.  The little plant was still there, but the blossom had finished and another was on the rise.  My continued thought was I’m glad I captured the photo when I did.  In life, beauty does not last forever.

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Published on September 29, 2019
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Published on September 9, 2019
Published on August 3, 2018

My Celebrity Crush

My Celebrity Crush

I started watching the videos on a super cold night last winter. Then I began to follow the Instagram page. Now I am totally following the storyline of what is going on in the Chef’s world. You might be asking why I am doing this. Doesn’t this seem child-like?
This is in no way child’s play. The Chef is a character, which has the ability to change the world for the better.

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Published on September 15, 2019

Red Pen People

Red Pen People

In grade 6, my teacher Miss Chess used a green pen. She found red was too bold and offensive. She would do her corrections in a soft green ink. I liked that a lot. It was soothing for a person like me, who made a tremendous amount of spelling errors. It’s easier to look at a paper filled with green ink corrections than redly inked marks. After a great year of learning with Miss Chess, I decided green ink was the way to go when I played school with my friends. Now as a university instructor, I still correct in green ink and pencil.

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Published on September 1, 2019
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Published on August 18, 2019
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Published on August 12, 2019
Published on July 3, 2018

Journaling, Meditation and Wonderings

Journaling, Meditation and Wonderings

All my emotions, secrets, and deepest thoughts and passions are expressed in my journals. All the times I wanted to get my furious anger out, I wrote it down. All the times I wanted to scream and cry and tear the world apart, I wrote it down. All the times I cheered from unbridled joy, I wrote it down. I wrote my heart out on paper. If my journal wasn’t enough, I climbed to the top of a mountain and screamed my lungs out! Then… I wrote that down, too!

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Published on August 4, 2019

What is Real Beauty?

What is Real Beauty?

The air was cool at 4:30 a.m. We were told to pick the fruits which looked colour filled and unripe. We were told to only eat the fruits which were ripe, but not to eat too many. If we ate too many, our best friend would be the toilet!
Around 5:00-5:30 a.m., the sun began to rise. By 6:30 a.m. we were already hot. So were the fruits. My goal was to climb to the top of the apricot tree and pick the fruits which were hot on the sunny side and cool on the shaded side. I succeeded each morning – so yummy!

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Published on August 29, 2019
Published on May 20, 2018
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Published on July 21, 2019
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Published on July 15, 2019
Published on March 25, 2018

Very slow, verrrrrrrry slowwwww

Very slow, verrrrrrrry slowwwww

Naturally, I’m already on a slower speed than the rest of the world. In truth, this annoys people who know me very well. I have a tendency to get lost in the moments. I putter, think, wait, watch, listen, contemplate, and daydream, a lot. You remember, the kid the teacher always told to stop daydreaming. As a student, I preferred to sit next to the classroom window. Frequently, I gazed outward, wondering, thinking, pondering, and then alerted to stop daydreaming. I wasn’t daydreaming, I was creating!  Pink Floyd The Wall, “Hey! Teachers! Leave them kids alone!

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Published on July 8, 2019
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Published on July 1, 2019
Published on April 22, 2018

Queen of The Canoe

Queen of The Canoe

Now that I am older, I have a renewed appreciation for life. I am questioning the perspectives of more senior people. Some of my questions are, how did I get here so fast, what needs to be done, will I have any regrets, and what is most important now?  Usually, I ask these questions to my greatest mentor. My mother Noonie. These are the questions I pose to her when we are in the middle of Lake Monroe in our red canoe. At least once a year we venture off into our canoe. We paddle to the middle of the lake and I ask divine questions, get her perspective, and listen intently.

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Published on June 23, 2019

A Sense of Accomplishment

A Sense of Accomplishment

On the last night of my course, after the last student has left the classroom, I sit there for about 10 minutes alone.  It’s done.  Ten weeks of lectures, lessons, planning, correcting, assignments, research, etc.  It’s all done. The students have left the classroom.  At this time, I sit and reflect on what has taken place.  I breathe and allow my mind to wonder and contemplate. I hope my students received the learning they wanted.  I question myself, did I do the best I can do?   Now, it’s time to pack up the final materials from the semester, close the lights and leave the classroom.  Sue… Elvis has left the building.

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Published on June 17, 2019
Published on April 8, 2018

The 2019 Spring Series – Do What You Love & Love What You Do – Part Five

The 2019 Spring Series – Do What You Love & Love What You Do – Part Five

In Part Five, we learn about Michelle Asterino who is a tremendous real estate agent in Scottsdale Arizona, Sharon Bishin who is the best person to speak to if you’re looking for work, and Dr. Perri Young who explains her profession with brilliant love and care. Highlighted are interesting challenges, insights, and passions each women share. I hope you enjoy this final feature of the 2019 Spring Series.  I truly enjoyed creating it for you!

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Published on June 9, 2019

Bill 21: Numbers turned upside down

Bill 21: Numbers turned upside down

Published! Letter to the Editor in The Suburban Newspaper.
— Bottom line, Miss Macdonald was the most fantastic, innovative, friendly, wonderful, amazing, informative teacher. And the fact that she wore a big catholic cross around her neck each day she taught us, made no fricken difference to anyone in the classroom. So, I really don’t know what the big deal is now! Seriously 45 years later!! Bill 21 is a waste of everyone’s time and money!

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Published on June 5, 2019
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Published on May 28, 2019
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Published on May 13, 2019