Keris Sirek, Author at Susan Hunter

All posts by Keris Sirek

Prologue – Dangerous Deception

  • June 15, 2022

Monday, June 1 If today is any indication, Police Captain Rob Porter is going to have a very good week. He smiles as he watches the sun sinking on the horizon, feels the light breeze on his face, hears the slap of small waves as they gently rock the fishing boat moored to the dock […]

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And Another Thing

  • May 12, 2022

There are times when I breathe deeply, center myself, and send silent blessings to the people and things that are impinging on my attempts to find inner peace. Right now is not one of those times. I don’t feel like looking at the big picture, realizing how insignificant daily irritations are in the big scheme […]

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There is no friend like a sister

  • April 14, 2022

Once, when making small talk with a colleague, I asked her how her sister was doing. I was surprised—no make that stunned—when she said she didn’t know, because she hadn’t talked to her in months. Today, I celebrate my good fortune in having four sisters, each of whom I speak with, laugh with, argue with, […]

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My Day at the Office

  • March 23, 2022

When I worked in a traditional job in a traditional office, it was common practice during a push to meet a deadline to retreat to cubicles or offices, close doors, send calls to voicemail, and focus entirely on getting the project done. I find that harder to do in my home office because the other […]

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The Only Constant is Change

  • February 16, 2022

Recently I read one of those posts that periodically make their way around social media, asking you to cite your favorite song, or TV show, or book. This one asked for a favorite quote. Now, one of the things I like best about reading is the way you can suddenly come upon a sentence that […]

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Situational Extrovert

  • January 20, 2022

My introvert inclination toward a social event involving more than a few friends is to search for a polite excuse. I don’t dislike people. I just find large numbers of them gathered in one place somewhat overwhelming. This is especially true when I don’t know most of them. My store of casual chit-chat is rapidly depleted […]

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This One’s For You, Aunt Helen

  • December 15, 2021

The holidays are a natural time for looking back, but I was struck today by how the unremarkable objects of everyday life can stir a flood of memories any day of the year. Whenever I make a cup of tea and drop in an ice cube to bring it to drinkable temperature, I think of […]

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A Secret Order

  • November 10, 2021

My name is Susan, and I have a very messy desk. I’m hoping that out there is a chorus of people shouting “Hi, Susan,” in recognition, solidarity, and non-judgment. Though I’m sure some looking at the actual, real-life photo of my desk that accompanies this post are recoiling in horror. The inability to maintain workspace […]

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Dangerous Waters Prologue

  • September 9, 2021

Bryan Crawford steps from his warm house into the cold air of a March night. He is heading to his outdoor sauna, as he does every Friday evening of the year. The light rain that hits his face makes him shiver. He’s glad his sister Rhonda isn’t here. She’d be nagging him to wear a […]

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Bob’s Your Uncle

  • August 12, 2021

Probably all families have a store of catch phrases—familiar “in house” sayings that serve as shorthand for getting a point across, or calling up a common memory. Some are universal, like “Don’t make me come up there,” or, “Do you want me to stop the car?“ But others are particular to an individual family’s experience. My […]

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