Blog - Susan Hunter

The Lightning or the Lightning Bug

  • July 14, 2021

I’ve written on the topic before, but it’s an endless source of amusement to me, so I’m sharing some additions to my husband Gary’s unique take on the English language.   I like words, some just for the way they sound, rolling off your tongue. I like others for the nuances and delicate layers of […]

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Something Will Turn Up

  • June 9, 2021

I’ve been thinking about a couple of favorite, though very diverse, literary characters in relation to my own outlook on life—Eeyore and Mr. Micawber. Eeyore, as you probably recall, is the donkey from Winnie-the-Pooh, who is prone to a gloomy take on things. He’s the polar opposite of the optimistic Mr. Micawber from Charles Dickens’ […]

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You’re Such a Fred

  • May 12, 2021

May is my dad’s birthday month, and I’ve been thinking about him a lot. He’s been gone for almost 15 years and I still miss him every day. Dad had many wonderful qualities, among them genuine kindness, keen intelligence, and a deep well of tolerance for diverse ideas and people. He also had a sense […]

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To Seek … and Not to Yield

  • April 15, 2021

On my tenth birthday, my mother lit the candles on my cake and said, “Now you’re in double numbers. Now the years will go by fast.” It seemed such an odd thing to say. It had taken me so long to get to ten, how could time possibly begin to go faster? And yet it […]

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Readers and Writers

  • March 10, 2021

For me, and I think for many authors, one of the most fun things about writing is reader engagement. That can come in the form of a review, a response to a blog post, or a comment on social media. But my favorite connection with readers comes from the emails I receive. Sometimes the notes […]

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Someone to Watch Over Me

  • February 10, 2021

It seems to me that I suffer from more bumps, trips, tangles, and thumps than the average person. This is partially caused, no doubt, by my failure to acknowledge the power of the preventable moment. For those unfamiliar with the concept, a preventable moment results from that split second when you could choose to avoid […]

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Falls the Shadow

  • January 15, 2021

I have often and sadly noted the distance between what I envision something will be like, and what it actually turns out to be. Nowhere is the distance between the real and the ideal more clear than in the delirium that periodically makes me attempt to knit a shawl, or take up scrapbooking, or cook […]

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Everyday Kindness

  • December 16, 2020

During the Christmas season, I often wish that I’d spent the past year being a better person—kinder, more thoughtful, more actively engaged in helping. As a result, I usually make a futile year-end attempt to cram 12 months’ worth of doing good into a spree of charitable giving, cookie baking, and good will toward men. […]

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Not Cursf, Please

  • November 18, 2020

I’ve read several articles lately on the debate over teaching cursive writing in schools or tossing it out. Those in favor of ditching it argue that with texting, tablets and computer keyboards, there’s no need for cluttering up the curriculum with a skill whose time has passed. On the other hand, advocates of teaching “longhand” […]

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All in Good Time, My Pretty

  • October 18, 2020

When I was a kid, I’d sometimes go with my father to visit his favorite aunt, Florence. She was often seated in front of a large window from which she could see the birds that came to feeders in her yard. She’d tell me little stories about their antics and how much pleasure it gave […]

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