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

The Superhero in You

The Superhero in You

When presented with a glass which is half filled with water, I’m asked, “Is this glass half full or half empty?”  For me, it’s neither.  I see the glass entirely full to the top!  The glass is filled with water and air, both which are required for life.  If the water is clean to drink, and the air is clean to breathe, and the glass is clean to drink from, the glass is wonderfully full of hope!

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Published on November 5, 2018
Published on November 5, 2017

Man-unkind, unevolved

Man-unkind, unevolved

OP/ED – With all the advanced technologies, discoveries, and theories why are we not better at being humans? If we can put men on the moon over 49 years ago, why are we not more intelligent? As humans we should have become more intelligent over those 49 years, yet now people are being killed in churches, synagogues, and schools… friggin schools!!! Is there no place of peace anymore?

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Published on November 7, 2018
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Published on November 4, 2018
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Published on October 21, 2018

It’s No Wonder…

It’s No Wonder…

There were only a few differences between my jumpsuit and Elvis’. The buttons on my suit were plastic and his were metal. The weight of my suit was somewhat lighter than his. Elvis’ suit was much tighter to his body than mine. I also added the cape and some red satin lining for image effect. However, at the end of the night, my body was exhausted from wearing such a heavy suit. I didn’t dance and sing under hot lights in it. I didn’t sweat like crazy in it. I didn’t perform in front of 30,000 + screaming fans in it. I just wore it and walked around smiling.  The next day I needed Advil every four hours to deal with my shoulder and back pains. My knees were also aching from the platform boots. I couldn’t imagine wearing this jumpsuit night after night…

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Published on October 22, 2018
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Published on October 8, 2018
Published on October 15, 2015
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Published on October 7, 2018

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! Students say many things to me after a class or workshop. Mostly, they ask questions about the course materials and content. This was the first time a student compared a creative writing workshop to meditation.

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Published on September 27, 2018
Published on October 8, 2017
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Published on September 23, 2018
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Published on September 13, 2018
Published on September 10, 2017
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Published on September 9, 2018
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Published on August 27, 2018
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Published on August 13, 2018
Published on August 6, 2017

I’m Old(er)

I’m Old(er)

I used to be able to work in the garden all day. I still work in the garden, but I need to take into consideration my achy back and stiffer knees. I also need to eat, drink and pee more often. Now, I cover my skin entirely to prevent sun damage and skin spots. I usually stop my gardening activity when my back can no longer tolerate the bending over. BECAUSE I’M OLD! It’s getting easier to say it.

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Published on August 12, 2018
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Published on July 30, 2018
Published on September 24, 2017
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Published on August 3, 2018

It Could Always Be Worse

It Could Always Be Worse

During a gorgeous hot summer night, I was out walking with a couple of girlfriends.  While walking the girls started to vent! To vent means to get the steam out. To discuss everything that is causing psychological, emotional, or physical distress. In some cases, venting may cause your arms to swing, feet to stomp, voices to yell, and hair to be pulled.  Actually, it may look like a visual display of madness.

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Published on July 16, 2018
Published on July 21, 2016

Gotta Get a Green Thumb

Gotta Get a Green Thumb

Everyone has a special talent within them. It might take years to uncover it, but it’s definitely there. The key is to unlock your talent and utilize it to its maximum potential.  When I was younger, I didn’t know I would be a writer. I knew that I needed to write in my diary every day.  I didn’t know this passion would become a profession. It took years for my writing seed to germinate and grow. I suppose the seed was always there inside of me. I just needed to harness and develop it.  Some people have innate talents, which are completely a part of their landscape. No lessons are required to hone their skills — they just got it!

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Published on July 3, 2018

I Found Myself

I Found Myself

I wasn’t a lost person, always looking for themselves.  I knew who I was early on.  I felt connected to my world and work quite quickly.  However, now I would love to talk to my 20-year-old self and say, “Hey, it’s ok to say NO – often.  It’s ok not to agree.  It’s ok that people won’t like you for being you. It’s ok to be independent.  It’s ok to live along your own path even if it’s unpopular.  It’s ok to simply be you!”

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Published on July 2, 2018
Published on July 25, 2017

The Profession Which Pays in LOVE

The Profession Which Pays in LOVE

And… What profession am I talking about? How do you get paid in LOVE? Is actual LOVE the currency? Am I talking about matchmaking?  Am I talking about a form of Professional Love?  Also… What type of love am I referring to? The love people have for each other, or for animals, or for inanimate objects?  Tell me! Which profession pays in love?

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Published on June 18, 2018
Published on June 25, 2017