womens rights

When…If not NOW

Will I be dead when women have as many rights as men in this country? The first introduction of the proposal that women should be allowed to vote was made in 1878. It took until 1919 (41 years later) for the House of Representatives (voting 304 to 89) and the Senate (voting 56 to 25) …

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life change pivot

Embracing the Pivot

For almost three years I’ve been podcasting… sharing the stories of those who embrace the “pivot”…who choose what makes them happy…feeds the person they are and their creativity…and, hopefully and likely…makes the world a better place. Podcasting is the most fun I’ve ever had “working.” It was born of my willingness to pivot. How How …

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least expect it

Just When I Least Expected It…

For more than two years now, I’ve been hosting a video podcast called Creating From the Heart: The Artistry of Living. The focus of this endeavor is to encourage people to tell their stories about how they have found ways to do work they love…work that makes them eager when they get up every morning. …

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Greening My Life

“My life suuuucks! I don’t have time to do anything!…I don’t even know what I want to do…I feel like a gerbil on a treadmill…in a rut…I can’t stop…I keep doing this!” “Help!” I ask the powers that be. Have you ever been here? At 42…I definitely Was STUCK. I’d been a lawyer in downtown …

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spinning class

Keep Moving!

When I was 65 a friend of mine gave me the book Younger Next Year by Chris Crowley and Henry Lodge. It rocked my life! Written by a doctor and his 70-year-old patient, they each gave their commentary on becoming and staying active in later years. The humor…of both of them sold me. Every once …

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february is haiku month

Will You Be My Valentine?

February is the month of Valentine’s Day…a day dedicated to the poetry of love. But…did you know…February is National Haiku Writing Month! Well then…let’s celebrate it! Let’s write a Haiku…maybe even every day of February…what fun would that be? I’ve been doing this…writing Haiku on and off (not every day…well nobody’s perfect 🙂 ) over …

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my life portfolio

My Portfolio

When I was young in the summers, I changed my clothes many times each day…from running around and playing in the forest clothes…to going swimming clothes…to waiting on tables clothes…to swimming clothes again…to waiting on tables clothes again…to playing kick-the-can clothes…to prayer service clothes…to beach picnic clothes or playing kick-the-can clothes again…getting into bed clothes…to …

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suzy mom

A Haiku is a Memoir in 17 Syllables

My phone rang. It was 2:30 in the morning. My brother was calling to tell me our mother had died suddenly. By that Tuesday evening, my brother from Flint, my brother from Grand Rapids, my sister from Houston, and I had gathered in Grand Rapids. That evening we ate together and shared memories about the …

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