Susan’s Musings

IVF and Abortion

In the United States, it is becoming clear that the Democrat Party and its supporters hope to make abortion the issue that will provide them with victory in the next election. After all, it isn’t easy to get people to ignore rising crime, hordes of illegal aliens, rampant inflation, and sick ideologies spreading in schools,...

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Self-Checkout: Money-Saving Innovation?

One of the great joys of moving to the Pacific Northwest after many years of living in Southern California, was discovering Costco. Not only did the drive from our home entail crossing a long floating bridge over Lake Washington providing a feast for the eyes, but the warehouse store was a treasure trove. Clean and...

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Inflation

If you have been stifling shocked sounds each time you pay at the supermarket, you are not alone. While government officials tendentiously explain why inflation isn’t actually occurring, those of us who are not political puppets know very well that our dollar is not going as far as it did only a short while ago....

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Buy Yourself a Friend

Over the years, along with giving up or sharply reducing my consumption or patronization of Ben and Jerry’s ice-cream, Target, and Starbucks, we stopped our subscription to the Wall Street Journal. In varying degrees, each one of these businesses was advocating or endorsing positions to which we object. However, at the risk of letting you...

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Does a Broken Heart Lead to a Great Marriage?

Back in 2006, Arthur C. Brooks, an economist who focuses on the intersection of economics, culture, and politics, wrote a book based on the results of studies he conducted. Today, in 2024, what he did sounds outrageously courageous. When the results of the study did not align with what he expected (and hoped) to find,...

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Horatio Bunce – American Hero

If I asked you to name ten American heroes, George Washington would probably make the list. If you thought in terms of more modern history, perhaps you might add names such as Marcus Luttrell, the Navy SEAL who told his harrowing tale in his book, Lone Survivor. I doubt that Horatio Bunce would be on...

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A Better Union?

As my husband repeatedly warns, crusaders don’t do cost analyses. They are too obsessed with change to consider the costs of that change. Unintended consequences invariably result, often giving truth to the phrase that the road to hell is paved with good intentions. (Of course, sometimes the crusaders’ dictatorial intentions are not good from the...

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Red or Blue?

Anyone who has parented a toddler knows the game of pretending to offer free choice without actually doing so. We say, “Do you want to wear the blue shirt or the red one?” hoping to remove the beloved but stained, too-small, ready-for-the-rag bag, tie-dyed option. Sometimes, it even works. Much of the news today treats...

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From the Ozarks to Ballerina Farm

If you have not heard of Ballerina Farm, you’re in good company —or at least my company until a few days ago. Not being a social media user, many of today’s ‘influencers’ pass unnoticed by me. However, I have good friends who occasionally send items my way that they think would interest me. Ballerina Farm...

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A Soldier is a Soldier

A friend, the mother of a West Point graduate, shared a link to a program at the military academy. The cadets were standing tall and straight, singing what I assume is a West Point song. It was heart-warming and lovely—and troubling. What disturbed me was the very notable female presence. From statistics I saw, it...

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