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

Love is Love

Love is Love

As I was walking down my drive way I noticed an unusual pattern in the snow. Although, the design was created by tire tracks, it astounded me. Two hearts were side by side facing me.
I felt this design was a message. Someone sent me a divine message of love. I am a true believer that love is love. It doesn’t matter who or what shares it, it’s genuine and beautiful. I love to be loved and I love to share love. Today, someone sent me LOVE!

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Published on February 11, 2019
Published on February 13, 2018

X-Ski Etiquette

X-Ski Etiquette

I am a cross country skiing lover! Seriously, it’s my most favourite winter sport. I have been doing it since my early 20’s. The sport has everything I need, cardio exercise, arm, leg and abs workouts, fresh air, and gliding speed. It’s also very inexpensive and requires little advance planning. Sort of all the same reasons I like running too.
The only major problem with this activity is the length of season. Cross country skiing requires natural snow. Unlike downhill skiing, where artificial snow can be made to lengthen the ski season, natural snow is needed for cross country skiing.

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Published on February 7, 2021

Pet Peeves – Ya Got Any?

Pet Peeves – Ya Got Any?

Text: One of my crazy pet peeves is dirty winter boots. I know this seems completely ridiculous and no need to get all upset about it, but it really bugs me! During the winter in Canada outdoor boots get covered in sand, salt, slush, dirt, snow, rain, and mud. What bothers me is when someone is dressed really nicely, but their winter boots are covered in salt stains, dirt, sand, slush, and more dirt. It simply takes an occasional wipe with a wet towel to clean winter boots. It just bugs me! I clean my winter boots all the time, because I find it unsightly and that’s a pet peeve of mine. Silly, eh?

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Published on January 15, 2021
Published on February 17, 2020

Recipe of Life

Recipe of Life

Truth be told, I don’t follow a recipe very well. Perhaps it’s my need to improvise all the time? Maybe it’s the methodical time involved in carefully following the steps? Maybe I just can’t “FOLD IN THE CHEESE?” Although, this week my son said, “Ma! You made a fantastic, the best ever Mac N’Cheese.” So, perhaps I do know how to “Fold in the Cheese?”

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Published on January 24, 2021

The Hat Advocate

The Hat Advocate

The minute there is a cool breeze, my hat is on. It might start in mid-October and stay on until Mid-May. Even cool nights in the summer are a great time to wear a hat. Overtime I’ve become a Hat Advocate! During the Fall and Winter, even the early Spring I insisted my children wear a hat. Maybe I sound like my mother, yelling at them when they leave our home? Although my children will describe me more as a Hat Maniac now!

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Published on January 17, 2021

Get your groove on baby

Get your groove on baby

There seems to be a lot of trouble in the world these days. Everyday something terrible happens somewhere. Lately, there have been horrific attacks on our free society and people. How does one turn this ugly boat around? We have to dig very deep down into our souls and find something, anything which will makes us feel better. When we find this aspect of happiness, we need to harvest it, and get some good groove on.

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Published on January 15, 2021
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Published on January 8, 2021
Published on March 9, 2020
Published on January 7, 2019

Participate in Something

Participate in Something

Talk about excitement, when I heard we were doing the fitness test in gym class, I nearly lost my mind. I’m not a competitive person with anyone else except for myself. Every year I tried my best to earn the Award of Excellence. I wanted it so badly. I wanted to be the fittest I could be. Problem was I just couldn’t get through the Flexed Arm Hangs test.

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Published on December 27, 2020

You Are Fabulous!

You Are Fabulous!

You are fabulous! You are amazing! You are fantastic! You are wonderful! You are all
these things at something you do. Everyone is fabulously talented at something.
Everyone has the ability to be really good at doing something. Think about it. What are
you fabulous at? Oh…By the way, only you need to think you are fabulous at that
thing you do. Only you need to please yourself.

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Published on December 3, 2020
Published on December 23, 2019

Quick! Send Candy

Quick! Send Candy

The red and white striped box caught my attention and especially the lettering. I opened the box and there it was rows and rows and rows of different types of candy. Here is the list of contents: licorice, gummy bears, jelly beans, sour peaches, chocolates, marshmallows, almond bark, gum balls, fudge, rock candy, candy buttons, taffy, caramels, chocolate covered almonds, yogurt covered raisins, coffee crisps, toffee, chocolate covered marshmallows, and Swedish berries.
Suddenly, my mood shifted. What was I going to eat first? It was as though I just entered the Candy Garden of Roald Dahl’s, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory movie.

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Published on December 13, 2020
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Published on November 14, 2020
Published on November 24, 2019

Everything Gratitude

Everything Gratitude

I love teaching. My classes are always a joy to me. But… every once in a while, something happens which reminds me why I love teaching so much. A student reads something, sings something or creates something special which makes the class think even harder than before. It’s like magic enters the classroom and everyone feels it. Let me share some MAGIC with you!

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Published on November 29, 2020

Just Try Your Best

Just Try Your Best

The best we can do is simply do our very best. Not perfection, just our best.
I might never be a good cook. As long as I try my best, I can accept this reality. I can assure you the table will be set really nicely with candles, matching napkins in napkin rings, beautiful glassware and gorgeous plates. Perhaps with a stunning floral center piece. The meal… that’s a different story. You will know that I tried my best!

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Published on November 15, 2020

Sh*ve It Up Your…

Sh*ve It Up Your…

So you think I’m going to take this sitting down? Do you think I’m going to just wait around for things to change? Think again Buddy, this horse has left the barn! It’s my RODEO!
Instead of complaining about everything, GET OFF YOUR… AND DO SOMETHING USEFUL!
The key word here is “useful”.  To be useful is to be responsible for yourself and responsible for the world.
Get off your… and do something to help someone.  There is so much need out there. Get useful and then you will feel better about everything.

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Published on November 8, 2020

Ur so Annoying!

Ur so Annoying!

I’m not perfect! You’re not perfect! Everyone and everybody is annoying to someone at some point. Live with it.
If you realize that nothing is perfect, you will appreciate the imperfections of everyone and everything and get over being annoyed.
However…
Nothing could be more annoying than completing a 1000 piece jig saw puzzle and realize one piece is missing. Ask my friend Lisa, as she just completed a huge puzzle and it was missing one darn piece. UGH! That’s so annoying!

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Published on October 25, 2020
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Published on September 27, 2020
Published on August 18, 2020

Sue & Elvis

Sue & Elvis

Honestly, I could write a lengthy book about Elvis Presley. A long detailed book about his life and my love for him. It’s real and personal and could be a page turner. Maybe one day I will write daily about him and develop our book. For now, here’s a glimpse into this personal passion. My interest in Elvis started a long time ago. Perhaps I was 10 or 11. I was born in 1962. It was around 1972 when I first noticed him. I was entering puberty and he was the hottest, sexiest and most adorable man alive – I thought.

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Published on October 11, 2020

Really!!! What’s wrong with complaining?

Really!!! What’s wrong with complaining?

Ok, ok, no one wants to listen to someone who constantly complains about everything.
You’ve got to pick and choose what needs to be complained about.
But, not complaining at all? Means you might just be too complacent?
Imagine if women never complained about inequality? Imagine if teachers never complained about low pay wages? Imagine if doctors did not complain about the lack of safety materials? Imagine a world without complaining, not much would get done.

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Published on October 4, 2020

Movements don’t happen when the Waters are Smooth

Movements don’t happen when the Waters are Smooth

Just the other day, I went to a bakery. The sign on the door said, only 3 people allowed in the store at one time. I opened the door to peek inside to see how many people were in. Standing near the door was an older tall man, who was a customer. As I peeked in, he rudely put up his hand up and literally shoved it into my face. In a stop sign gesture, he said, “Only 3 people wait outside.”
I said, “Put your hand down and away from my face. My eyes can guide me quite well.”
He looked at me with astonishment when I said, “You would’ve never done that to a man, would you?” Another woman glared at him.
Imagine if he had done that behavior to man? A fight would have broken out!

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Published on September 27, 2020

X-Tra Special! Read all about it! Will you miss news in print?

X-Tra Special! Read all about it! Will you miss news in print?

So, I’m going on a trip with my girlfriend. In my knapsack is a book, some magazines, my journal and personal agenda. ALL PAPER PRODUCTS!!! My friend laughs at me. “Sue, you’re so stubborn! Why are you carrying all that stuff? Really, all you need is this.” She pulls out her laptop and cell phone. My friend explains how she can get all the same information and more from either her cell phone or laptop. AND… She adds, “Writing in a paper journal is simply a waste of time, when it can’t be saved or shared in anyway, unless it’s physically borrowed. Really Sue, get with the program!”

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Published on July 21, 2019
Published on August 30, 2020