National Love Your Pet Day: Love your lifesaver

National Love your Pet Day is February 20.  Whenever I hear the rant-filled bullying of our public discourse, why doesn’t my dog Ginger wear a bright red vest emblazoned “THERAPY DOG”?  During the vicious storms of division, where’s MY thunder coat? Ginger is my teacup in the tempest. That dog makes me laugh despite my being weary and discouraged. Scampering full…

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Kobe and Gianna Bryant: It felt personal to me, but why?

The tragic deaths of Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, and seven others in a helicopter crash felt intimate to me, though I do not follow sports, nor have I ever met them. Yet imagining the sudden loss of a father and daughter is a dread I can feel in my bones.  Also, all of us are subject to the…

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San Francisco Writers Conference: Suzette Standring

The San Francisco Writers Conference is set for Feb. 13-16, 2020 at the Hyatt Regency Embarcadero in San Francisco.  I will be giving two classes as follows: Friday, February 14, 2020, at 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 “Use Self-Hypnosis as a Writing Tool” (Program also copied below). Sunday, February 16, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. “Mastering the Art of  Column Writing”…

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Unworthy vs. lovable: Can you really be both?

Can you be completely unworthy, but also believe you are unconditionally lovable? In Christianity, this is a common underpinning to understanding God’s love. I’ve long struggled with the emotional disconnect between the two. I used to bridge the gap with guilt. Nowadays God and I have a reproach-free relationship. Does that make me arrogant or spiritually healthy? At a Sunday…

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New Year, New Decade: Packing for it, and leaving old baggage behind

We are in a new moon phase entering the third decade of the 21st century and I’m relieved to see 2019 in my rear view mirror. Perhaps I’m not alone. Now it’s time to assess the hurts, disappointments, betrayals, and plain bad luck of the past year. Why? Because I’m packing for a new decade, and that kind of baggage…

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