Mercedes: When the person praying looks scary

(Photo of All Hallows Roman Catholic Church, my childhood parish. From San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library. http://www.sfpl.org/sfphotos When all the shouting’s done, humble goodness shines forever.  Temporary power and posturing are empty calories that disappear. But quiet strength continues to nourish decades later.  I remember Mercedes, an old woman whose last name I never knew.  As a child…

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My burden is light: when realization is a heavy load

Christianity gets bad PR from our so-called “very own.” The label “Christian” doesn’t automatically make one Christ-like. You’re not a financial expert just because you play Sudoku numbers.   Many outsiders stereotype Christianity as inflexible, judgmental, harsh, exclusive, and self-righteous. In one sense, they are right. Christianity has been hijacked to a public and perverse platform that excludes gentleness, forgiveness,…

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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 I’m 18, all grown-up glamor,…

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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 I be fully present sans…

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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. – 3:30 p.m. Meals are included:…

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