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

Back to Schooooolllllllaaa

Back to Schooooolllllllaaa

Now, I have butterflies of excitement in my stomach. I love this time of year. So many things will happen in the following days which gets me giddy. Firstly, the nights start to get cooler. That’s my number one thrill as I’m not a summer person. I’m sure many people are rolling their eyes at that statement. I love cool weather and enjoy wearing a light scarf around my neck. So my season of autumn is upon us.

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Published on September 7, 2021
Published on August 27, 2018
Published on August 27, 2017

Creativity Takes Time

Creativity Takes Time

Ms. MacDonald understood the creativity process. She was the first teacher to embrace my day dreaming as a method for gathering creativity. I didn’t disturb the classroom; I just watched the world move while we sat still. I was honing my creativity skills. Since that day in Grade 7, I have always used the window as a means to foster creative ideas.

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Published on August 29, 2021

Take Me On

Take Me On

For me, the greatest year was 1985. I had just graduated from McGill University with a Bachelor of Education degree. I was going to be a teacher (who couldn’t spell). My hair was permed and big. The fashion was oversized everything with shoulder pads to accentuate the even bigger oversized look. Computers were an up and coming tool which people were starting to use. I loved my Apple IIC computer because it helped me spell better.

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Published on August 25, 2021

Show & Tell

Show & Tell

Miss Chess knew exactly what to do to break the nervous ice. She asked every student to bring something for Show & Tell the next day. The only request she had was it must include words. It could be a sign, a book, even a menu. It just needed to contain words.
As soon as the first school day ended, I ran home and zipped through my children’s book library.
Which book? Which story? Which poem? Which words? So many to choose from! Which would be the best?

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Published on August 15, 2021

Zephyr Kind of Day

Zephyr Kind of Day

On this day with a gentle breeze, I went to do some errands. I carry a knapsack and pull a light grocery cart with me. I walk and shop and store all my things in either the knapsack or pull cart. By the time I get home I’m tired from pulling and carrying the weight of all the stuff I’ve picked up. But, I think it’s a good form of exercise.
However, on this particular day, there was a lovely zephyr.

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Published on August 8, 2021
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Published on August 6, 2021
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Published on July 25, 2021

Lessons from the Canoe – Being 6 or 86

Lessons from the Canoe – Being 6 or 86

With precision and careful adjustment, Noonie was comfortably seated in the stern (the back), her favourite seat in the boat. I gleefully sat in the bow (the front). All our equipment was near the center thwart close to the yoke. It’s critical to keep the boat balanced with the weight evenly front, center and back.
Dipping our personalized paddles into the perfect lake water, we set off to a private little camping beach site to eat our picnic lunch.

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Published on July 18, 2021

The 2021 Spring Series – Pumping Up Positivity – Part Five – Fabulous Final Four

The 2021 Spring Series – Pumping Up Positivity – Part Five – Fabulous Final Four

Welcome to the final segment of The 2021 Spring Series – Pumping Up Positivity.
In Part Five, I introduce you to four women who will finish our positive series on a very POSITIVE NOTE!
Maureen Burnett – Curious, creative & generally happy person, Suzie Shaffer – Realtor, proud mom, aspiring writer and closet painter, Marcy Kastner – Director of Day Camps & Early Childhood, and Heidi Tucker Puritt – Marketing and amateur food guru, people pleaser hostess. Enjoy!

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Published on July 11, 2021
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Published on July 4, 2021

Pumping Up Positivity – Part Four – Les Soul Sistas

Pumping Up Positivity – Part Four – Les Soul Sistas

In Part Four I introduce to you three women who don’t know each other, but I feel they have intertwining, soulful budding new life directions, also known as Les Soul Sistas. Fatima Rizzo – Translator, aspiring writer and lover of everything ocean, Lucy Verebes Shapiro – Real Estate Professional Extraordinaire, athlete, mom, and very busy person, Lynn Cantin – Artist of incredible talent and beauty, strong, and soulful.

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Published on June 27, 2021

You Are My Wheels

You Are My Wheels

As soon as the event was over, our team sat on my backyard deck, snacked, hydrated and talked about the walk and all the years we have been doing this. How much fun we’ve had in the past and how much fun it was today.
Within the first 30 minutes, someone asked, “Hey Sue, what’s the plan for next year?”
My feet were still hot from the walk!
“Next year? Already?”

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Published on June 13, 2021
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Published on June 13, 2021
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Published on June 11, 2021
Published on July 30, 2018
Published on September 24, 2017

The 2021 Spring Series: Pumping Up Positivity – Part Three – These Two Youts!

The 2021 Spring Series:  Pumping Up Positivity – Part Three – These Two Youts!

Welcome to The 2021 Spring Series – Pumping Up Positivity – Part Three – These Two Youts!

In Part Three I introduce: Sophy Agelopoulos, The Deli Queen, laughter is life, joking around with our customers is my favourite part of the job
& Lea Beddia, Teacher Extraordinaire, Mother, Beautiful Writer and aspiring speller with a green thumb in-training.

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Published on May 30, 2021

The 2021 Spring Series – Pumping Up Positivity – Part Two – So Talented!

The 2021 Spring Series – Pumping Up Positivity – Part Two – So Talented!

Welcome to The 2021 Spring Series – Pumping Up Positivity – Part Two – So Talented!
In Part Two I introduce: Meredith Fine, Talent Agent helping make dreams come true for 34 years, who’s funny, outgoing and loyal … and the keeper of many secrets & Sy Prevost, Mount Royal based POP ART painter and sculptor, also creative producer and artistic director in television, cinema and stage for the past 30 years.

Everyone is living a very different life, especially now. Everyone has a different perspective and interesting tools for living in the positive. I asked an eclectic group of people to answer a questionnaire based on their “Positive Perspectives”.
Their responses are about living through challenging times with an encouraging positive perspective.
Enjoy, Living in the Now!

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Published on May 16, 2021
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Published on May 14, 2021
Published on May 29, 2017
Published on April 9, 2016

The 2021 Spring Series – Pumping Up Positivity – Part One – Do It!

The 2021 Spring Series – Pumping Up Positivity – Part One – Do It!

Welcome to The 2021 Spring Series – Pumping Up Positivity!
This is the most encouraging series you will ever read. What’s it about? It’s about living through challenging times with an encouraging positive perspective.
Everyone is living a very different life, especially now. Everyone has a different perspective and interesting tools for living in the positive. I asked an eclectic group of people to answer a questionnaire based on their “Positive Perspectives”.
In this series, I share with you their very generous and thought provoking responses.
Part One, I introduce: Andrea Bassel, Dragon Boater & Emet Davis, Fitness Maven.
Enjoy, Living in the Now!

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Published on May 2, 2021
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Published on April 30, 2021
Published on January 14, 2019
Published on December 31, 2017

You Know YOU!

You Know YOU!

Many people have stated that along their career paths, others have tried to discourage them. Telling them they are not good enough, not great enough and will never make it. So many people have been wrong as success is truly within YOU. I’m glad I didn’t listen to that nasty, horrible, career destroying person. I listened to me and the encouragement from other professionals. Listen to you! You know what’s best for you! You know YOU!!!

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Published on April 20, 2021