Author Archive for Suzette Standring

Turning 65: A senior with benefits

(Photo: Suzette Standring with granddaughter Lulu at The Cahoon Museum of Art in Cotuit, Cape Cod, MA) I’m a senior with benefits, very different from “friends with benefits.” Turning 65 is a loaded baked potato: retirement, social security, Medicare, all slathered in anti-aging creams, and sprinkled with AAA senior discounts. What just happened?  One minute […]

Patience: Friends enhance the waiting time

(Photo: Vivian aka “Muggins,” Suzette,  Alice and Elvira aka “Curly” – friends since 1960) Patience is hard, especially when a problem rents headspace 24/7.  Others may talk about kids or personal passions, but no, somehow I want to insert my issue into every conversation.  I had to choke-chain myself when childhood friends came calling.  Could […]

9/7/2019 Cape Cod Writing Retreat With Suzette

Saturday, Sept. 7, 20129 Writers’ Retreat with Suzette on Cape Cod. Sign up now. Limited to ten attendees. $150/each Writers! Learn how focused relaxation (self-hypnosis) can enhance your writing process and creativity. Suzette Martinez Standring will lead ten writers on a memorable day retreat at her Cape Cod home on Saturday, 9/7/2019, 8:30 a.m. – […]

Weeds, like difficult people, serve a purpose

Weeds, labor-generating and vexing as they are, serve a purpose. Eventually, they break up unworkable soil. Then they are removed or replaced, just like troublesome folks in our lives. Yet we grow from conflict. Twenty years ago, there was a garden patch of dry, clay-like soil when we bought our home.  Only weeds sprouted there, […]

Mothers Day: She’s giggling in a Heavenly Somewhere

I miss my mom, and out in a Heavenly Somewhere she’s giggling because I’ve circled back to faith.  It’s been years on the threshing floor separating the chaff from grain. Years ago, my parents Esteban and Josepha emigrated to the U.S. from the Philippines and Americanized themselves as Steve and Josie.  My mom practiced her […]