Author Archive for Suzette Standring

Valentines Day for the quiet and uptight

Valentine’s Day calls to mind the young, the sexy, the hormonally driven. On passion’s official day, the quiet, the methodical and the somewhat uptight are overlooked. But Cupid’s arrow hits them, too. Take, for example, my British in-laws. Margaret and Norman embodied reserve, decorum and moderation, with days spent in their North Yorkshire garden, turning […]

Visit Prisoners (but isn’t it easier just to collect food and clothing?)

(Webster Correctional Institution in Cheshire, CT where I volunteered.) Visiting prisoners is encouraged in the Bible, along with feeding the hungry and clothing the poor. Yet for many, it’s less scary to collect food and clothes. Comforting prisoners is listed last in Matthew 25:35-36 when Jesus said, “For I was hungry and you gave me […]

New Year: Become, don’t just overcome

In 2019, I hope to “become” not to “overcome.”  To me, becoming is about awareness and inner change, while overcoming feels like a grinding discipline of must and should. Yet there is so much to overcome: the polemics of news, bad habits, ongoing hurts. But recently I fasted from TV for a week, and a […]

Baby Jesus: Still the star of the Christmas show

(Photo: Granddaughter Bella, daughter Star, Suzette, and granddaughter Lulu) Christmas is enchanting. Maybe it’s the twinkling lights on frosty streets, the aroma of holiday baking or merry music everywhere. For me, it’s a magical return to childhood. When I was little, the Infant Jesus began my family’s exciting lead-up to his birthday. My mother would […]

Hawk crash and other winter wildlife: spiritual messages

(Photo by Suzette Standring.  Hawk with a concussion right after its crash) Watching wildlife is a year-round Christmas gift as they scamper, trot, glide, and even slither freely nearby.  Our fenced-in back yard abuts an open field where coyotes, turkeys and deer are common.  Occasionally, the wild jolts the urban, as when a magnificent hawk […]