Archive for Suzette Martinez Standring

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 […]

Father’s Day: I see you differently now

I needed a poke in the back.  I always thought my father’s lack of attention was benign. However, my dad never said, “I love you,” and rarely interacted with us. After work he’d head to his bedroom to eat and watch the Mike Douglas Show alone. But really, compared to addiction, womanizing or cruelty, my […]

International Family Day: Get Vaccinated, It’s What Family Does

May 15 is International Family Day, and a once-a-century pandemic heightens love and gratitude, and now the separation is lifting. Recently, I asked a friend where his wife was, and he said, “She did her two week waiting period after her second vax, and she was out like a shot to see the grandkids in […]

Spring Flowers: A Profoundly Short But Healing Life

Spring flowers are fleeting and fragile beauties. The metaphor for “living in the now,” is a crocus bloom. My dining room is alight in yellow forsythia and daffodils, budding azaleas, and shrub branches full of “pink, pearly thingies.” After 20 years I have a first-ever flower bower for my meal times. Pandemic isolation highlights home […]

Passover and Easter symbolize release from the bondage of despair

Once upon a time, in what feels like a galaxy far, far away, faith was about love, compassion, protection, and building each other up. Those things create a quiet, personal righteousness.  But now a loud, public righteousness is fueled by anger with no room for forgiveness or redemption. Passover and Easter symbolize the power to […]