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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

Christmas: Being mindful of mental illness

The Christmas season reminds us to be generous. Folks everywhere, religious or not, stock food pantries, collect warm coats and donate to charities. How about those who struggle with mental illness, which is one in five adults, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. Extra kindness can make a difference. So much mental suffering […]