Pandemic: Overcoming busyness, guilt and helplessness

PANDEMIC:  Overcoming busyness, guilt and helplessness.  By Suzette Martinez Standring Are we defined by busyness? The pandemic forces a standstill, making us feel helpless. We Americans multitask: family, career, volunteerism; just cross the next thing off on the to-do list. It’s not in our cultural DNA to navel gaze. Yet time and separation gives unexpected permission to ask scary questions: …

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Suzette Standring: Guided Meditation to Relax

During this pandemic, as we all wrestle with stress, isolation and uncertainty, I created a guided meditation to relax.  All you have to do is listen and let go.  We all have the ability to get centered and find peace within.  We do it with connection with friends, family, pets…even at a forced distance as now. Years ago, I never thought…

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Surgery Postponed: I feel like an imposter

Yesterday, my March 4 surgery to remove a tumor on my left lung lobe was cancelled while I was in the surgery staging area. Today, the first thing I said to David was, “Well, I still have all my lobes.”  The good news: that load of laundry in my closet won’t fester for a week after all.  (If you’re tuning…

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Freak Paralysis Leads to Strange Discovery

(Photo: Taken in front of a picture at the Zelos Hotel in San Francisco.  It represents that I’m not worried  at all. ) This is how I know God is my pal.  In November I had a freak paralysis of my right leg that lasted five hours, documented by doctors at BID Milton Hospital. Then my mobility returned to normal. …

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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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