Following Susannah

I’m frequently asked how is it, I have so many stories to share?

Why am I always engaging with strangers?

Just so you know, I thought about this long and hard before responding.

It’s the writer in me…it’s where my avid curiosity comes from.

I’ve also read a lot about journalists, writers who started their careers conjuring up leads for demanding newspapers, achieving this by paying attention. Nora Ephron, an idol of mine, began that way as did my other hero, Pete Hamill.

Then of course you have those who stayed cloaked in columns till they could write no more.

Mary McGrory coming to mind.

It’s also why I make it a point to read Peggy Noonan’s op-ed every Saturday in the Wall Street Journal since her observations tickle the mind and prod the imagination.

Walt Whitman was famous for talking to those he didn’t know. Could be why he said, “Don’t be judgmental, be curious instead,” advice I take along in my travels.

Toss in my commitment to this blog I’ve always treated like a paying job, and engaging with passersby seems to be a rite of passage, no pun intended.

So, that’s my well thought about answer to why I’m always in the thick of situations no one else seems too concerned about.

As my writer friend David Stewart had printed on little rubber bracelets, for those moments of doubt and confusion….


SB  🙂




About Susannah Bianchi

I'm just a girl who likes to write slightly on slant. I've had a career in fashion, dabbled in film and to be honest, I don't like talking about myself. Now my posts are another matter so I will let them speak for themselves. My eBooks, A New York Diary, Model Behavior: Friends For Life and Notes From A Working Cat can be found on Thanks.
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20 Responses to Following Susannah

  1. skinnyuz2b says:

    Susannah, I’ve always believed that writers are great observers of human nature, as well as having a reporter’s curiosity with the four W’s – who, what, where, and why. You certainly fit the bill. And I love the quote “Don’t be judgmental, be curious instead.” Thanks for sharing it.

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    • I’m a big Walt fan, and he didn’t have an easy time in his day. He self-published Leaves of Grass, that now is so loved and respected. Crossing Brooklyn Ferry is my all time favorite poem, along with When the Lilac Last in the Dooryard bloom’d, about Lincoln’s funeral train. So here’s to you Walt, from me and Skinny, wherever you are…:)

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    • Was musing about Walt, and remembered during the Monica/Bill/Blowjob scandal, no one gave Bill any credit for giving Monica a copy of Leaves of Grass. I’m not condoning his canoodling by any means, but he didn’t exactly give her the Memoirs of Betty Boop. No one was the least bit impressed that he chose Walt as a gift. But I was…:)

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  2. Good advice. Another blogger was complaining about lack of inspiration. It’s not that but more of a lack of confidence that everyday happenings can be interesting. Stuff is happening all over and it just matters how you tell it. You can make putting on shoes interesting.

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  3. Love the photo of the bracelet. 🙂 I think writers share the skill of being able to find stories in everything. The key is just to pay attention.

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  4. I’m so glad you’re a writer, no matter what.

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  5. Then, may you always write.

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  6. Grasshopper, once again you open my eyes to some truth.
    David Stewart ROCKS!

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