Archive for Suzette 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 […]

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 […]

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Reclaim Their Mental Health

Telling the truth is never convenient and has no perfect timing. Struggles are shared when one realizes mental health is at stake. No one expected the wife of Prince Harry to be fearful or suicidal, yet that was Meghan Markle’s experience as told to Oprah Winfrey during a TV interview. I hope many battling mental […]