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

Timing is Everything

Timing is Everything

When I have a conversation with someone, I have a tendency to not wait for my time to speak. I get overly excited to share and inevitably I over talk the other person. I don’t take my time to talk and then listen well. I pounce to talk and share. Sometimes I have to remind myself to wait, pace, listen, and then speak. I am a good listener, but when I’m excited to share information, I pounce and speak. The little voice in my head will say, ‘Sue, take a moment and breath.’

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Published on April 30, 2021
Published on January 14, 2019
Published on December 31, 2017
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Published on April 1, 2021
Published on June 17, 2019
Published on April 8, 2018
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Published on March 19, 2021
Published on October 8, 2018
Published on October 15, 2015
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Published on April 30, 2018
Published on April 30, 2017

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

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

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
Published on July 4, 2016
Published on January 23, 2015
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Published on January 8, 2021
Published on March 9, 2020
Published on January 7, 2019

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

Journaling, Meditation and Wonderings

Journaling, Meditation and Wonderings

Years ago, my dear friend told me I should do yoga. She said I would love the spiritual journey and exercise. At that time, I didn’t have the need to go on a spiritual journey. Every time I wrote into my journal, I was on my own personal spiritual journey. Daily I write and meditated with myself and my thoughts. Sometimes, I can sit for an hour and only write 1 page. What am I doing which takes so long? It shouldn’t take me more than 20 minutes to write 1 page. Truthfully, I get lost in the words, the thoughts, and the time. I enter a place in my mind and become detached from reality.

My journaling is meditative.
My journaling is mindful.

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Published on October 25, 2020
Published on August 4, 2019
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Published on September 27, 2020
Published on August 18, 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

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 meditating.
I thought, I must have bored the student so much they went off into a meditative state.
In this regard, I suppose my class was terribly boring and drastically needing some excitement. I felt very concerned…

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Published on August 6, 2020
Published on September 27, 2018
Published on October 8, 2017

Being Perfectly Impurfect

Being Perfectly Impurfect

A very long time ago I made a bold decision to reduce some of the high expectations “I” had created in my life. Not all, just some to ease the stress. Some of the nonsense stuff that’s useless and irritating. This idea started when someone asked me how to spell my name. My given name is Suzanne. I have been called, Suzanne, Suzie, Sue, Suz, Susan, Susanna, Suzette, Suzannie, Susonna, Su, and even Steve. The list is very long.

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Published on June 26, 2020
Published on January 25, 2016
Published on May 9, 2014
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Published on June 10, 2020
Published on April 17, 2017
Published on February 2, 2016
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Published on June 1, 2020
Published on June 17, 2018

Keep It Going Go! See! Be! Do!

Keep It Going Go! See! Be! Do!

By trying new physical activities or mental challenges, we grow as individuals. We allow ourselves to interact with the world in a different way. We meet new people and expand our minds and bodies. Perhaps we will find a new hobby, love, or interest. Right now I’m learning ASL – American Sign Language and I love it!
We keep it going! We move it forward! Let’s GO!

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Published on May 21, 2020
Published on April 11, 2017

A Microscopic Moment

A Microscopic Moment

There is so much to see in the garden at any time of year. Actually, there is so much to see in anything, if you really take the time to look. When I finally get down to spending a few hours in the garden, I take a break from life as a human. I try to think of myself as a creature from the land. I disconnect my phone and my attachment to any technology. I escape into the micro damp soil.

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Published on March 21, 2016
Published on June 20, 2014

There’s something to be said about Experience

There’s something to be said about Experience

Perhaps the more you know how to do something; the more reliable you are at doing it.
I suppose I must continue to run up the hill at a controlled pace in order to get to the very top without running out of breath. I will need to do this often enough to be able to maintain a successful pace too. I will continue to teach those newbies on the foothills to pace before venturing up, for investing in their success will help share the succession of the hill.

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Published on April 20, 2020