Susan’s Musings

Threats and Promises are Meaningless

I was recently in the waiting room of a medical facility. As we masked strangers waited and waited and waited to be seen, a video monitor rotated different messages. One of those was, “(Name of facility) has a zero tolerance policy towards abusive or disruptive behavior.” That sounds fine, but at one point, a disgruntled...

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See a therapist?

Don’t you just love it when you expect to hear a standard piece of advice and instead you hear something that spurs you to look at an issue in an entirely different way? In my case, a magazine I was reading presented a relatively common parenting issue. A mother wrote in revealing that her eight-year-old...

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The Truth Isn’t Always True

It’s been over a year and I have yet to write about the events of January 6th, 2021. Few Americans are paying attention to the hearings regarding those days. Even fewer paid attention over the past year to the betrayal of the American justice system in its treatment of those who were accused of crimes...

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The Blessing of (Extended) Family

For many of us, June is an event-filled month. Graduations, weddings, Father’s Day, and stepping-into-summer celebrations abound. This month has already been a packed one for my husband and me. Joined by many of our children, we attended the wedding of our niece as we celebrated the adding of a new home to our family...

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Greatness Unlimited

There are books whose titles outshine their content and there are books whose content surpasses their titles. I am reading one of the latter. The Girls Who Stepped Out of Line by Mari K. Eder tells the stories of 15 women who served their countries and the cause of civilization in World War II. I...

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Beware the ‘Cool’ Aunt

Is nothing sacred? Over the past few years, the idea of being the ‘fun aunt’ or the ‘cool aunt’ has become popular. Yet, I am seeing a change in the definition of the role, especially on trendier sites. From one perspective (the healthy one), being an aunt allows you to be an important presence in...

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Constructive Construction

There is a lot of construction going on outside our window. Bobcats are maneuvering around cranes and cement mixers are dancing around excavators. If I was a seven-year-old boy, I would be ecstatic. But I am not; so I am not. Access to our street is often impeded, our parking spots are blocked, construction noise...

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Two Americas

When an airplane falls from the sky, we are quick to ask, “What happened?” Yet, as my husband points out, that is the wrong question. The answer is a rather simple one – gravity. The question we should be asking is, “What amazing forces regularly keep airplanes up in the sky?” Many of us are...

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A Republic…if You Can Keep It

There is so much going on that one could get whiplash toggling between breaking news headlines. Are we watching the collapse of the great American experiment and a tragic answer to Benjamin Franklin’s words from 1787? Asked what the Constitutional Convention had produced, he responded, “A republic, madam, if you can keep it.” Well, we...

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Tell Me What You Think

I admit that Elon Musk’s purchase of Twitter has made me consider getting a Twitter account, something that I previously never desired. However, even if the company ceases to act as a fawning Big Brother for the Democrat Party and a Leftist agenda, its fundamental flaws remain. One of these is restricting the length of...

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