Category Archives: Books

Pollyanna…Shot Through the Heart

 For those of you who may not know, Pollyanna, the heroine in Eleanor H. Porter’s 1913 classic children’s book of the same name, is code for optimism. A Pollyanna is someone always opting for sunshine, rather than clouds. Definitely a … Continue reading

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Let’s Talk Turkey

When I was a kid, Thanksgiving was a favorite holiday of mine, despite the fact the entire family got drunk and disorderly. I remember when my mother stabbed my father with her super-duper carving knife, delaying dinner till he returned from … Continue reading

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A Word That Doesn’t Matter

 I read a lot, and occasionally a word will jump off the page, smacking me good across my cheek. Bagatelle, is the latest. A noun that means, a thing of little importance.  A throwaway occurrence or set of circumstances…in other … Continue reading

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What’s Wrong With Me Ed?

I’m a Bobby Kennedy fan. I even have his picture in a nice, silver frame on my window sill, so it’s not unusual for me to be reading about him still again, as in, Robert Kennedy, a Memoir, by Jack … Continue reading

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And the Cell Phone Shall Inherit the Earth

The world is on the phone. It actually has a sci-fi-feeling to it, like those awful Godzilla movies you watched as a kid. What bothers me most, are the unconscious conversations one must endure daily, no matter where you happen … Continue reading

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Good Writing

I’m reading essays by journalist, Pete Hamill, a favorite writer of mine.  If I had picked up, Piecework, earlier, it would have led my latest reading list. Compiled in 1996, I recall reading this collection then, but his writing has … Continue reading

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Not Seeing Is Believing

I’m not religious, at least I don’t think I am.  After my dear mother wielded Catholicism like a machete, I’ve hung up my bible for good, at least I think I have. I was 40 before realizing, God wouldn’t strike … Continue reading

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Susannah’s 2017-2018 Fall, Winter Reading List

I’ve done a lot of reading these hot, summer months, my new passion being… TRUE CRIME. Who knew Agatha Christie, with a shot of America’s Most Wanted, bubbled through my bloodstream.  I should have been tipped off by my O.J. … Continue reading

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Did You Know?

The expression…your name is mud, some say, came from Dr. Samuel Mudd, who was convicted and jailed in 1865, for setting John Wilkes Booth’s broken leg, after he shot and killed Abraham Lincoln.  Though pardoned by President Andrew Johnson, released … Continue reading

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Three Naked Men

I’ve been feeding cats. I know, you were hoping for a little porn on a sultry Sunday, but I will say, it was like having lunch with three hot, longshoremen, just with tails. Buddy is the biggest…white and tan,   like … Continue reading

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