#32: A Chew By Any Other Name…

#32: A Chew By Any Other Name…

‘Tis the season for holiday baking, and if you’re like me, despite your occasional flirtations with new recipes, you have your signature goodies that you make year after year. Maybe your mom always made them when you were growing up, and just the thought of them conjures up warm memories of family and Christmases past. […]

#28: Christmas Ice Capades

#28: Christmas Ice Capades

Having worked in a hospital for most of my adult life, I am accustomed to missing out on holidays with family and friends or, at the very least, celebrating major holidays on a day other than the actual day. My family has graciously adjusted their plans to fit my schedule, sometimes celebrating Christmas a day […]

#24: Letter to a Much Younger Me

#24: Letter to a Much Younger Me

Dear Younger Me, Don’t freak out. You don’t really know me, but I know you. Oh, boy, do I know you. I’m your future self, some thirty-odd years down the road. And believe it or not, I still run into remnants of you from time to time. Still see you staring back at me in […]

#20: Abracadabra

#20: Abracadabra

I have just recently started watching, from the beginning thanks to Netflix, ABC’s “Once Upon a Time”. I had heard people here and there rave about it, so one night I added it to my streaming queue and settled in to see what the fuss was all about. Three evenings and eight episodes later, I […]

#16: Cesar Milan’s Field Day

#16: Cesar Milan’s Field Day

When I was around nine years of age, we got a West Highland White Terrier and named her Tish. Well, her full name was actually Gloria’s Bonnie MacTish, as a nod to her Scottish roots, but Tish was easier to say on a day-to-day basis. She was a great family dog — the perfect blend […]

#12: The Language Singer

#12: The Language Singer

“Seen chowww”, I said, trying to mimic the inflection of my instructor. I had asked the sweet Vietnamese lady to teach me a few words in her native tongue, and now I was mimicking her like a myna bird waiting for a cracker. “Oh, you learn fast, Susan! You go to Vietnam, you learn in […]

#8: Love It or List It

#8: Love It or List It

I have recently become obsessed with home improvement ideas. It all started several months ago when I began feeling the Six Year Itch with my little townhome and found myself, fairly frequently, surfing realty sites looking for that perfect next home. But the reality of movin’ on up is that it’s quite difficult to do […]

#4: The Adventurous Homebody

#4: The Adventurous Homebody

“Home is where the heart is, and my heart is wherever I am at the moment.” ~ Lily Leung Hi, my name is Susan, and I’m a homebody. No, really. It’s true. I am very content in my home, surrounded by some degree of routine and familiarity. I enjoy a quiet night by the fire […]

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