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Man with Asperger Finds His Voice in Toastmasters

Clive Wan has Asperger Syndrome and for those on the autism spectrum, social interaction can be difficult. He joined Quincy 675 Toastmaster’s Club to gain confidence when speaking. Typically quiet, he admitted, “I don’t have a lot of social interactions.” Yet the 34-year-old Braintree resident became the club’s president.

My mother’s unloved diamond ring

We treasure what loved ones left behind, like a favorite piece of jewelry. Or was it? My mother’s engagement ring has quite a story, and now at age 67, I understand why she never wore it. She married my dad in 1950, and later in the 1980’s, after my mother’s death, the sparkly European-cut diamond […]

Suzette Teaches How To Write About Death and Dying – Register!

Writing about death is intimate.  More personal than writing about sex, your bank balance, or whatever “stayed in Las Vegas.” Beginning Tuesday, October 12, 2021, I will teach a 7-week writing course for The School of American Thanatology. My classes will blend practical writing tips and guided imagery exercises toward authenticity, vulnerability, and effective writing […]

Ask yourself: is this the way you want to live?

What change do you yearn to make? Take a deep breath and share it with a trusted someone.  Make it real through declaration. There is accountability when you hear, “So what’s happening with…?” Recently, “Jenny,” a friend in her 30’s, announced, “I need to look for a new job.” This is no small thing.  Previously, […]

Trees talk to each other and now I’m listening

A 75-foot oak in my backyard impresses me with its intelligence. Trees protect and interact with each other more than I knew. Trees in my yard and the adjacent back field form a community that “talks” to each other.  These trees may date back at least 100 years when a larger tract of 10 acres […]