Category: feminism


  • Remembering Susie

    Obituary originally posted here. Photo slideshow: https://www.tributeslides.com/embed/CFSIFRAM/dem10727/11m61217470d60e0 Obituary May 14, 1946 ~ August 6, 2021 (age 75) Susie Elizabeth Duncan Sexton, 75, of Columbia City, IN, passed away unexpectedly Friday, August 6, 2021, at her home. Born on May 14, 1946, in Fort Wayne, she was the daughter of Roy and Edna (Lewis) Duncan, who, in her words, […]

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  • In a Sense…a Broad!

    As I consider myself nothing nor nobody more than Peter Sellers in Being There or at my liveliest as Inspector Clousseau, it is difficult to make “Susie” sound interesting? I am proudest of being the Mother of Roy, whom I consider the person I would most wish to be. I grew up in a very […]

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  • Zuzanna Orzel, artist who created the cover for “Secrets of an Old Typewriter”

    Meet the talented artist who created the book cover for “Secrets of an Old Typewriter”! Here is her profile… Zuzanna Orzel is from Poland & writes on her blog: “Greetings from Poland! I am happy to announce that today already appeared the book ‘Secrets of an Old Typewriter’ by Susie Duncan Sexton, whose cover is …. […]

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  • i cry every day…empathy is the only word i believe captures what seems to be missing

    Following is a series of excerpts from a Facebook conversation I had last night with a wonderful friend and animal rights activist Trish Chambers: ___________________________ i cry every day…those who brag about never crying or wonder about crying? make me really wonder about their ability to feel and empathize…how sad NOT to cry. (and some […]

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  • hey, some instruction is necessary…

    hey, some instruction is necessary to teach quite a lot of human beings about humane-ness…let’s get really busy on this. forget everything else and concentrate on encouraging HUMANE-NESS and thanks for caring enough to EDUCATE…do not ever be afraid to EDUCATE…do not ever be intimidated into stopping the caring and the EDUCATING…and do stop to […]

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  • Marching to my own drummer…

    ‎”If a man loses pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured, or far away.” ~ Henry David Thoreau i have always loved this quote and thoreau as well. such fun when a doc once told my mom that […]

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  • probably we need some “jerk whisperers”…as animals are more difficult to advocate for than can possibly be imagined

    so tired of all the thuggery in our country. this is the 21st century and not the dark ages…and no longer a primitive world. disgusted with bullying and weaponry and sheer stupidity. time for punishment of those who seem to enjoy killing and have forgotten how to think and to reason and to empathize. …i […]

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  • Status time…no more killing, no more bullying, no more selfishness

    status time–just now read a post stating that record numbers of innocent dogs and cats are murdered (yes killing is killing — a catch-all/short-hand term) in shelters every day now. so, if they are dumped due to the economy –and not out of pure apathy and selfishness… well, for starters, do not be intimidated by […]

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  • My birthday wish… 2012

    On this day, my birthday, I offer this wish… THINKING is how i categorize what i write here. our hearts are totally involved as are our minds, and therefore we can make a vast difference. what a combination… the brain combined with the heart can eventually educate and reverse these tragedies. hope in action. we […]

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  • of all the -isms….

    what is interesting is that a professor whose lectures appear on facebook said that of all the ‘-isms’, species-ism is the hottest issue…that the volatility associated with this topic is nearly insurmountable. this is 2012, however, and if we begin to live harmoniously and not desperately, the sensible status of no more brutality and barbarism […]

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  • rolling over and playing dead…is not wise

    EVERY DAY IS THE SAME FOR ANIMALS…..i envy them that, except that every day more of them than not…considerably more…are ignored and abandoned and killed…please care second by second…be aware and help brighten a life or two or three. thanks for pausing to think of another lonely heart and doing something about it! no matter […]

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  • the prejudice against our gender is undeniable.

    i sorta believe that i get underestimated every day…and before i die, all that i wish is, in real time, for a handful of sincere apologies from a handful of folks who have blown me off far too often and tried to demean my interests and my beliefs mostly because i am a female. the […]

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  • Lessons Learned in Kindergarten…Twice – published in InD’tale Magazine

    My essay “Lessons Learned in Kindergarten…Twice” has been published in InD’tale Magazine This is really quite neat! You you can read it at the this link – the story starts on page 24 – you advance the pages through the arrows at the bottom of the screen after you click this link. You can also download a PDF or print. […]

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  • can you believe that this is america in the 21st century? (2013)

    Sarah Palin is not the answer to a woman’s prayer for equality in real time while we live. The “conservatives” have offered up what they believe to be the voice of a female, in several instances…bachmann, coulter, etc. I never did take to cheerleaders who are allowed to jiggle their wares on the sidelines of […]

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  • golly! I am dead serious.

    In response to this New Yorker article – click here – on pig-farming in my home state (and China?!?)…just down the road from where we live … this article is beautifully written…i read it loud to some folks tonight…I believe this intelligent writer thinks that these people here in Indiana are not only greedy but also quite nuts and […]

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  • blood-letting is blood-letting. all sentient beings matter.

    so, too many republican hoosier state legislators insist they want voters to decide issues? really? why would that be when those very legislators are interested in lining their own pockets and dream up legislation that would please specifically the “big money” interests? over and over and over again…let’s start with canned hunting for instance…not to mention their […]

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  • if we truly care about children…

    I’ve loved animals since forever but just recently have gotten quite conscientious. I have gone where angels fear to tread and gotten some definite scars, so believe me when I say that support and encouragement mean everything to people who share this adoration and respect for all creatures great and small! This business can get […]

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  • A WILD AND WOOLLY AND COMFORTING AND HARROWING AND CHECKERED AND HILARIOUS AND ULCER-PRODUCING AND EXORCISING AND CATHARTIC RIDE AND A HALF

    “Compassion for animals is intimately connected with goodness of character, and it may be confidently asserted that he who is cruel to animals cannot be a good man.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer i wrote to indiana’s sen. donnelly…a very long treatise…and got his explanation/rationalization for mass buffalo killing? from a democrat? from a liberal? and it […]

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  • watch this space … we are forever locked in cowboy land

    dammit. how sad and infuriating!Teen With Asperger’s Loses Therapy Dog After Neighbor Shoots Him IN GUN TOTIN’ AMERICA THE BOYS LIKE TO PLAY WITH THEIR GUNS/PHALLIC SYMBOLS! it’s that season again…costumes, tree stands, weaponry, photo ops and taxidermied heads of animals, hunting accidents in spite of “safety” tips for the great white hunters, and murder […]

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  • oh, do listen to the words…and let’s change this world tomorrow morning. 2014.

    first off, happy belated birthday to paul helmke. happy birthday, fellow hoosier…and one of whom we are very proud…class, intelligence, determination and fair-mindedness are qualities we admire and should all aspire to…thanks for your fine example, sir! oh, how this story (see following link) shreds my soul – “Semi carrying more than 2,000 piglets overturns in Indiana” … a true […]

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  • Got (almond) milk? Books, movies, politics, culture, and AGRIganda

    A photograph of my bed? Wow! A really firm mattress is possible! Thanks to delightful Sheryl Mandel for sending this … Well, Sheryl, I am on the 7th of my nine lives, and if I were to pull out a book to read from that bed, I’d be lopsided…as usual! So I just try to […]

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  • Try to remember exactly WHO made us this week’s national laughing stock (2015)

    I love protesting to restore love and compassion. We ain’t called the “hurryin’ hoosiers” for no reason. Doing damage control for our beloved state that used to be sweet and is gonna return to that kindness, after a few misguided careerist politicos get voted outta office (even some who have been near and dear and are now […]

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  • I do cross party lines. We all should. That’s very American. 2016.

    I would love to be a political COMMENTARIAN – a new word …. but I do not have the good fortune nor the luxury to abide in a region where my services are needed as I well know by now! LOL… Any truthful viewer…and I am one…must admit that Wednesday evening (January 27) television should […]

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  • Please don’t criticize someone’s eyebrows.

    I just answered this college alumni questionnaire. I hope they appreciate my joie de vivre! my passion? the welfare of animals of all persuasions, from ants to elephants! scary experience? childbirth…but my son is a gift to the world…the best individual on the planet! ask me about his accomplishments! job market? have tried my best to avoid such […]

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  • Prayerful Attacks: A Lesson in Current Events. 2016.

    First a moment of prayer and then the prayerful male attacks Attorney General Loretta Lynch. Shame on the committee. Hypocrisy run wild. Hard to watch. Unbelievable. At least the Democrats on the committee are using their 5 minutes to discuss actual pressing issues…rather than insulting or pontificating rudely in Loretta’s direction. Sad to watch good […]

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  • Retrospection can hurt like hell sometimes.

    Wondering WHY during all of these jamborees of politicians flooding our TV screens…and jabberjawing media chatterbugs interrupting one another…that NOBODY mentions the importance of the animal kingdom. That is when true peace would start. That is when all violence could end. All LIFE matters. Humans are just another species…a species who should know better than […]

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  • Zelig. Trust me…look at my scars! 2016.

    “Mike Pence alone cannot save the Republican party????” Mike Pence and his ilk are exactly what is WRONG with the GOP! Oh, don’t even get me started. ZELIG! How to be a GOP monster… Zel·ig … /ˈzeliɡ/ nounNorth American noun: Zelig; plural noun: Zeligs a person who is able to change their appearance, behavior, or attitudes, […]

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  • Sad I am? Ha!

    I do not LIKE “green eggs and ham” nor… computers…nor LinkedIn…nor pop-ups…nor naysayers…nor politics…nor some pundits…nor that OTHER party. Dr. Seuss, I miss you. Kurt Vonnegut, I miss you, too! And so it goes. Thinking of you both and trying to see the humor in this confused and confusing messed up world! Sad I am? […]

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  • I have the heart of a lion … when I am not too nervous to live?

    I am an insomniac like the Donald! YET, I go into a coma-zombie-like sleep like Hillary. Thus, I relate to both of those Baby Boomers, and they both take the cake. They would be an excellent combo, if they were not involved in warring. I could see them as prez and veep. The Donald makes […]

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  • How about you?

    I do not fit into a demographic, and I wish the demographic-ists would stop pigeonholing all of us all the time. ‘Deed i do – how ’bout you? Hey, my dad could have bought the house next door for four grand back in the Forties. IF HE HAD, my husband could live there and so could my […]

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  • If there must constantly be LABELS?

    [Rumpydog is an inspiration. Read the latest piece which prompted the following comment by yours truly…] Thanks for this statement, so perfectly expressed. My husband is the cat lover; I am only a close second. Not sure he wants other males to know that he is – he is not all the way trained! Ha! I am […]

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  • Still going strong…with one size 11 foot and one size 9 1/2

    Beth Kennedy, inspired and prolific author of the clever and kindhearted blog I didn’t have my glasses on, wrote these two fabulous posts this week, reminding me how much of a kindred spirit she really is. Enjoy learning about the word “nelipot” here and here. I was born a nelipot, and, condescendingly, a podiatrist foot doctor once informed me […]

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  • Signed: Ms. Lonelyhearts

    Why do aging ex-marines wish to be my friends on Facebook? Do we have love of animals in common? Mutual Facebook pals? Nope. These blokes are always “widowed” or “divorced,” so I may still have my charms when all is said and done? What fabulous news … I guess? Still a mystery. And maybe the […]

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  • #TryEmpathy … 2016

    Hopefully, all humans – all voters – can be sympathetic and empathetic about the “physical condition” of other members of humanity. BTW who DOESN’T feel like fainting these days?!? Seems like folks have forgotten how to relate, and the pundits might try shutting the hell up! Geesh! Feel better, Hillary. Your stamina is amazing! Maybe […]

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  • “Be your own person, be independent.”

    I hate hate hate computers. For nearly a week, this contraption has been behaving in such a nutty fashion I am ready to throw it out the window. And finally file all of the paperwork I have generated for the past decade. Oh, and this 2016 election? Also taxing any patience I have left! Other […]

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  • Personhood

    “IN ANY MOMENT OF DECISION, THE BEST THING YOU CAN DO is the right thing. The next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.” ~Theodore Roosevelt (American President (1858-1919) Hillary Clinton reminds me of lots of strong PEOPLE I have known…including sometimes even myself! I value her […]

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  • Quiet please. 2016.

    Quiet please, there’s a lady on stageShe may not be the latest rageBut she’s singing and she means itAnd she deserves a little silence Quiet please, there’s a woman up thereAnd she’s been honest through her songsLong before your consciousness was raisedNow doesn’t that deserve a little praise So put your hands together and help […]

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  • Heart attack of the soul

    “I believe in a passion for inclusion. …I believe in the spirit of equality, and that the spirit of this country is one of love and compassion and kindness. My performance will uphold those philosophies. That kid that couldn’t get a seat at the cool kids’ table, and that kid that was kicked out of […]

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  • Go ask Alice …

    One pill makes you larger, and one pill makes you smallAnd the ones that mother gives you, don’t do anything at allGo ask Alice, when she’s ten feet tall And if you go chasing rabbits, and you know you’re going to fallTell ’em a hookah-smoking caterpillar has given you the callAnd call Alice, when she […]

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  • May the merry, merry option continue! UNCLE!

    “Not Ready to Make Nice” – Dixie Chicks Forgive, sounds goodForget, I’m not sure I couldThey say time heals everythingBut I’m still waiting I’m through with doubtThere’s nothing left for me to figure outI’ve paid a priceAnd I’ll keep paying it I’m not ready to make niceI’m not ready to back downI’m still mad as hell […]

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  • This may be code…but my true friends can decipher!

    I have returned from NORMANDY…I guess? Signed: sad sack the war-torn and shell-shocked and disillusioned soldier named Sue! Let’s have a damned happy new year, one and all. God bless the animals among us: what lessons they teach. Time to appreciate the beauty of the world and animals happen to top my list! “They are […]

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  • Parallel universes … holy crap!

    Came back here to my SHOE treetop cluttered up back room which is heinous and am sitting with one light bulb with some sun coming through the dirty 1962 window. I have a library in my house because I am allergic to public libraries? And I wish I did NOT have all of these books … I […]

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  • Old Friends … Glad I reached out! I can breathe a little today. I can!

    Totally convinced that in order NOT to jump outta a 22nd floor window in order to end it all and to fly away, that confiding in someone is a great idea…what a tonic! That way, brick-wall judgmental folks who do never admit that life sucks don’t say after the fact. “WHY didn’t she or he […]

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  • Have a great Tuesday. Gotta start somewhere!

    This world is giving some of us heart attacks for sure! Why? Because some of us have hearts most probably. And wow, this lack of communication and aloofness and failure to connect really can damage beating hearts. Let me take a moment to address Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh and his accuser … Hot damn! Sharing […]

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  • Status Update: Animals should rule! Signed: Chuck Darwin!

    STATUS UPDATE: the pharmaceutical “industry”, the medical “industry”, the agricultural “industry”, the drug “culture”, the war “culture”, the entertainment “industry”…all terrible bastardizations of perfectly good words once…”industry” and “culture”. Industrial Revolution? Remember that one? Maybe an alright concept with reservations. Culture wars, a new entry…kinda sucks! Wherein does the word “politics” land? In the mud […]

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  • “What have you got to cry about?” Do correct inconsistency. Stay brave.

    “She persisted. Became intimidated. For that shyness she is ashamed and only that. Do correct inconsistency. Stay brave.” ~ S. “Disrespect is worse than hate.” ~ Congressman James Clyburn “Let nothing dent your dignity!” ~ Mom of John Lewis Geesh…I got yelled at for crying today? Nothing new, but what’s up with that? “What have […]

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  • Emancipation Proclamation

    Something to behold–odd “white male rage”?In this more enlightened day and age?Poised on such a precarious stageStartled, our threatened environmentSighs while veering toward retirement!Time “tick tocks”, imploring improvement.Evolution! Welcome its movement.Peace on Earth… ~ Susie Sexton (the poet in me trying a POEM, thus a POET TRY so my soul relaxes and feels happy?) P.S. […]

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  • Nomadland. A movie. A review. A life.

    Wow, does this beautiful, dreary, metaphorical, meaningful film resonate for days and days after viewing carefully. Nomadland. Mesmerizing, sad, hopeful … no matter what age bracket / demographic crap you happen to be categorized within. If you are very very fortunate, you will live at least until your 70s in this troubled yet fascinating earth […]

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  • Writer Types, Stereotypes, Daguerreotypes, and Archetypes

    Feeble-minded knaves label writer types, Forcing  free spirits their genres to declare. Novelist?  Poet?  Playwright?  Stereotypes! Squeezing into one round hole a peg so square. Participles! Fear not. Feel free to dangle. Infinitives ought (surely) be…split in two. Preposition proposition?  Not to mangle Grammar RULES!  Still go wherever you want to! My mom’s at her […]

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  • ALL WE KNOW OF HEAVEN….

    Knee-jerk loyalty to either political party lurks far behind me now.  Seriously considering the possibility of returning to that sensible life-style of the Native American Indian pre-dating this continent’s getting messed up beyond redemption–stolen from those who subsisted/coexisted peaceably compatible with the planet.  “Simplicity is an acquired taste,” wrote author Katharine Fullerton Gerould.  “Mankind, left […]

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  • BEAT ME DADDY– 13 TO THE BAR or PRAISE SLITHERS A ONE-WAY STREET THUS FAR

    “Lord, why’s all of fickle LIFE this persistent scramble?” “It is written…in the constitution’s preamble!” “Heathens’ roll call lists females, Arabs, and freed up minds.” “Heritage, bigotry, isolation–all that blinds.” Forced conversation with a power so divine, supreme– Wilts, defeats, seldom ever fulfills.  Much rather scream! Measured syllables, sans internal rhyme, squash free verse. As […]

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  • Sticks and Stones…AND Words…Can Hurt!

    Arthur Schopenhauer opined that the three stages of TRUTH seem to be “Ridicule”, then “Violent Opposition” and finally “Acceptance”. To arrive at that conclusion involves quite a lot of living with and among other human beings.  And although truth cannot be hurried, occasionally it falls upon one’s noggin like an apple bopping Isaac Newton into sensible, reasoning logic. Well, […]

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  • FOLDING NEWSPAPERS–Pulp Fiction OR Reality?

    Why are newspapers reducing the voice of the people to American Idol status, with SIMON Legree types comfortably yet precariously poised at the top kowtowing to whichever side provides the most revenue while encouraging on-lookers via sophomoric surveys to hoist thumbs up or down?  BTW, don’t forget to pre-pay for your obituary. Our currently raw wound of a […]

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  • Waiting to Exhale

    Home-town hypocrisy, within my Hoosier state, daily reaches ever higher levels so severe as to be indigestible.  Folks impersonate soldiers renamed oxymoronic “prayer warriors”.  When refraining from pretentious extolling of mysterious galaxies of heavens or hells as well as of famed halls of gods or goddesses, consider yourself outside the loop or sphere of influence.  An individual thinker is either misunderstood or downright condemned. Third world, primitive […]

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  • TRILOGY of POETRY

    “Soap and education are not as sudden as a massacre but they are more deadly in the long run.” (–Mark Twain) Non-Contest  “Parenting” qualifies as a word to dislike– Artificial, “all aboard”, domineering clap-trap! Accidental, “out-of-the-nowhere” little tike? Aye!  Free entrance “into-here” toward growth with no map. Momentary Links–Between Generations  “…Record that (we) are born.” You be […]

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  • Listen to the Mockingbird

    The Story About a Jeep, a Boat and a Helicopter: https://www.michaelhartzell.com/blog/the-story-about-a-jeep-a-boat-and-a-helicopter “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” and variations thereof, we learn early.  ‘Tis amazing how frequently this sentiment reflects the truth, occasionally leading us to believe, somewhat snidely, that there may be no accounting for taste.  Until marketers proceed to perfect their […]

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  • Climbing Jacob’s Letter — whoa there now!

    To Dear Jacob from Dear Susie: (neither of us shooting the messenger I hope.)  Your beautiful name filled with Biblical allusions running the gamut from purchase of brother Esau’s birthright to synonymy with ” Israel “?  Well, be advised that “Susie” Is Hebrew-originated also.  Thus, our Judeo-names, selected by our parents, place us squarely upon […]

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  • Media Medea

    Darling, perky, bubble-head work-out queen Bestest runner-up ‘Laska’s ever seen Terminator of all fuzzy wild-life Snow-mobiling mommy causing fresh strife Whacks Charlie Darwin-touts Adam ‘n Eve Finish that tangled web once “gals” conceive Cart-wheeling right-to-lifer blows off CHOICE Feminine lemmings chant-cheer in one voice HER God creates pipe-lines, bans naughty books Gentlemen voters adore her  […]

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  • Previously Sabotaged Alert

    Opinion page debates rage on, blaring out one side or the other.  New school building?   Same old school-house?  Alternative energy resources versus fossil fuels.  Barack or “Mac”?  Usually somebody somewhere registers offense, or, at the very least, complains of trampled toes. Recently, an analytical letter of generalized opining got lost in the (e-)mail or in […]

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  • North Carolinians and Indianans share a chance to make or break history

    A Hoosier’s advice to Tarheels during Race ’08:  Truman and “Ike” introduced a large portion of us “boomers” to the political world of spirited competitions in hot pursuit of the White House.  One “last hurrah” arrives via this present phenomenal contest for the Democratic presidential nomination. Such tremendous and obvious excitement permeates the land! Though […]

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  • The Demise of Huntley, Brinkley, Cronkite and Sevareid

    We democrats wish to halt the Iraqi skirmish, reverse No Child Left Behind, stabilize the price of oil, address the war on the middle class, advance stem-cell research as well as rejuvenate scientific break-throughs, acknowledge the threat of global-warming, deal fairly with the immigration issue, solve the mortgage crisis, tax-trounce those  privileged 1% of the […]

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  • Well, there you go again! 

    Dearest Hillary, Well, there you go again!  Winning yet another debate!  Your all-encompassing knowledge of facts, daily current events, statistics, the ever-changing political landscape, crucial issues which matter to us all, and how to score points in significant discussions/debates impresses this voter continually!  The televised exchange in Austin, Texas, allowed you once again to demonstrate […]

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  • Stop the madness

    Stop the madness! Message to newscasters, magazine editors, fashion pundits and entertainment gossip-mongers: Please refrain from forced comparisons stacking up fabulous Michelle Obama alongside fantastic Jackie Kennedy, both portraits of perfection revealing two distinctly different, spectacularly mesmerizing personalities. Do not minimize the allure and limitless potential of Obama, downgrading her charms to retro-competitiveness with Kennedy. […]

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  • The battle between Age-ism & Sexy-ism

    Emergency room visits plant one face to face with this rat race called life. Monstrous, miserable scuttling through that messy maze proceeds with a vengeance. Patients fork over an immediate $1,000, purchasing the most minimal care and concern coupled with instructions to languish at home while, for instance, nursing two broken limbs for three full […]

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  • 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

    [Written during 2008 Democratic Primary] Congratulations to those who may finally grudgingly acknowledge the pathetic duplicity of candidate/politician Barack Obama. I supported his candidacy for nearly three weeks in the early autumn, not that his performance even then took precedence over Hillary Rodham Clinton’s consistent mastery of all of the debates. Disenchantment truly set in […]

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  • Marriage dinosaur?

    Didn’t the Apostle Paul, a bachelor, originate the universal concept of the sanctity of marriage for, quite simply, economic purposes and crowd control? That’s what anchor and commentator Peter Jennings reported several years ago, when he explained, via a bold telecast, the human need for a Messiah and hyped St. Paul ‘s role as the […]

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  • Susie, In a Sense…a Broad! 

    As I consider myself nothing nor nobody more than Peter Sellers in Being There or at my liveliest as Inspector Clousseau, it is difficult to make “Susie” sound interesting?  I am proudest of being the Mother of Roy, whom I consider the person I would most wish to be.  I grew up in a very […]

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  • A life richly lived and appropriately, effusively celebrated –  Ball State University honors Susie Duncan Sexton

    From Roy: “I couldn’t be prouder of my mom Susie Duncan Sexton. This article is from The Ball State University Honors College alumni magazine. The author Olivia Power captured my mom’s spirit and soul. This is a beauty, and Olivia wove all of the threads of my mom’s life – her writing, her books, her advocacy, […]

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  • ALLUSIONS OF GRANDEUR

    Congrats! Record, “I’m born!” From Mommy’s arms one’s torn. Snips, snails, puppy dog’s tails? Sugar, spice, nice. No males. Hitchcock called all, “Cattle!” Brando challenged, “Battle!” Actors recite their lines. “World’s a stage.” Stand in lines. Be macho, macho! Man! Create monsters we can. Female deer, doe-too bad. No more fun to be had. Bob […]

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  • REVEALING FACEBOOK STATUS POSTINGS GREET 2010: A Short Collection of the Best, Myself Among Others

    Why do “bleeding hearts” suggest driving poor lost souls to counseling…when we are all DRIVEN to counseling every day by–each other? Ba rum pum! What a news day: Mark McGwire=steroids (big shock?), Sarah Palin=Fox News commentator (“fair and balanced”?), Simon Cowell=leaving American Idol (“pitchy” singers relieved?) Didn’t ever think I’d see a news day in […]

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  • BLENDED HUMANITY–A Noble Goal

    When talented, charismatic, wholesome, young Tiger Woods burst onto the scene, I followed his televised career on the links, read all of the magazines and books, clipped out newspaper articles to savor forever, named my cat after him, and bought a bobble-headed version of the cute golfer. What a gentleman! Upon startled completion of twice […]

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  • GRANDMOTHER CLAUSES–INSIGHTFUL OR INCITEFUL?

    Try though I may, I cannot resist responding to this week’s political news-hot-flashes! These latest revelations surely should strike us voters as unfortunately routine occurrences. Yes–thinking that our government is long overdue to fall into the capable hands of weary post-menopausal ladies wearing pantsuits and who entertain no romantic designs whatsoever upon their youthful male […]

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  • Rat Packs, Hoosier Lobbyists, & Blind Boys!

    True, I seem to qualify as a participant in a “clique” of folks a bit more advanced in age, experience and hard-won wisdom…who also specialize in nostalgic FUN!  For instance, classmate Dr. Harry Staley notified me that he often accompanied his dad after sunset to assist in repairing the Blue Bell factory’s countless sewing machines.  Don York shared that Harry’s dad, Harry, Sr., […]

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  • THE GAME OF LIFE? NO CONTEST! My Attempt at CATharsis — Meow! =^..^=

    “Gentlemen, start your engines!”  Seriously, if I qualified as a gentleman, I would refuse to start my engine.  Not unlike Marlon Brando, George C. Scott, Katharine Hepburn, or Sacheen Littlefeather, with regard to races and/or contests and/or competitions, I am a non-believer.  Fighting others to win laurels is an unattractive, pointless endeavor and significant maybe only […]

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  • … A Life in MEMES

    I now think in memes. Computer life has completely overtaken my brain in our new Orwellian culture. What’s a meme you ask? According to Wikipedia (does anyone own … or edit … REAL encyclopedias anymore?!?): “A meme (/ m iː m / MEEM) is an idea, behavior, or style that spreads from person to person within […]

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  • MARIANNE WILLIAMSON, MOVE OVER!

    An Op-Ed Rhyming Essay and Collection of Scattered Random Thoughts, Questions, & Current Events for Our Time “A successful person is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks that others throw at him or her.” ~ David Brinkley Tweeting a bloggy podcast thingie now, and my muted show follows for all the […]

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  • “THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS” — Navigating in a Sea of Zombies

    “Health food may be good for the conscience but Oreos taste a hell of a lot better.” “The technology available for film-making now is incredible, but I am a big believer that it’s all in the story.” “It’s an honor putting art above politics. Politics can be seductive in terms of things reductive to the soul.” ~ Robert Redford Linked […]

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  • Subject: a need so impossible?

    sometimes lives can intersect.  often hearts and minds connect.  (not to be too circumspect) internet travels spark fun. street corner chats once were done. communication begun!  either format much the same. human to human the game. face to face? laughter the aim!  therapeutic screen to screen. type language to those unseen. instructive but never mean. […]

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  • INTUITION AND INSTINCTS AND BUMBLE BEES! OH, MY!

    “What happens at Georgetown Prep stays at Georgetown Prep!” ~ current Supreme Court nominee   As I lounged sleepily on a lawn chair three summer seasons past, I devoured a ROLLING STONE article about this blondish fellow named Donald Trump, a guy presently stacked in my musty basement, he being featured on umpteen PEOPLE Magazine covers highlighting zippy, scandal-hinting essays […]

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  • RACHEL AND THE STRANGER — a “Current Events” Poem, plus a Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes, Too (the Past in Prose!)

     “Donald Trump should build his wall out of Hillary Clinton’s emails since no one ever can seem to get over them!” (borrowed from cute and witty Chicago friend Barb’s Facebook page where she can be seen hugging her dear friend Rahm Emanuel!) Been penning a “nostalgia” column for nearly a decade! Thought I’d recycle a fun previous backyard escapade— The […]

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  • PET PEEVISHNESS…PLUS THE REDEEMING GLORIES OF THE CAT IN THE BOX

    “I’d be a terrible superhero.  I’d see the signal calling in the sky from home and be like, ‘I literally just sat down.’ ”  Credit: darling fellow blogger Beth Kennedy! People who bore us all with their pet peeves?  THOSE very dopes are MY pet peeves.  Granted that life overflows with inconveniences, annoying humans, political shenanigans, […]

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  • ESCALATORS, AGITATORS, VARIOUS HEELS, VILLAINOUS REELS, CEILINGS OF GLASS, PLENTY OF SASS!

     Urban Dictionary: nelipot “Top Definition. nelipot. One who walks without shoes; one who goes barefoot. The nelipot walked slowly, letting the mud squeeze up between his toes.” SURE, SURE, I drove over to Ft. Wayne, Indiana for Tarantino’s HATEFUL EIGHT–in the dead of winter!  I became submerged…immersed beyond redemption…inside realistic, gritty, merciless cowboy land and […]

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  • SINGING (and sighing) OUT LOUD!

    “She is a successful woman…who has a zest for life and a feeling of kinship with all living things…”  ~ from Lou Porterfield’s 1956 Scrapbook Uh-huh!  To say the least, I wonder why I ever entertained the idea to write out loud…to record my innermost thoughts, to devise plots and characters, to reveal truths, to […]

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  • RUB A DUB DUB…Pitfalls of a Nostalgic Mind-Set

    Now, this may not be pretty, but the telling of it is a necessity.  Set nowhere at all in California like some Raymond Chandler detective novel to be revived via an atmospheric beach-front film noir hard-boiled crime drama, this piece is happening in Columbia City, the Land-of-a-Very-Few-Choice-Lakes.  I am not the first sort of writer […]

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  • JONI, I HARDLY KNEW YE…Confessions of a Dormant Hippie!

    www.youtube.com is my second home…my escape from the madness of life…a retrieval of song lyrics that inform while simultaneously lightening my soul.  Interest is revived in continuing to endure the pitfalls of life.  Hoosier author Kurt Vonnegut swore that music all by itself proves the existence of heaven.  Despite such photographic YouTube video-clipped time-warped evidence as […]

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  • A Love Story…starring Jack and Zelda

    “Some people don’t understand why we help animals in need.  We don’t understand why they wonder.”  – Lucky Dog Rescue Blog “Where do I begin to tell the story of how great a love can be?”  Well, now… that assignment is easy as pie!  Most folks who rrrreally know and understand me realize that I […]

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  • How Many Roads Must a Person Walk Down? 

    “How many times can a man turn his head and pretend that he just doesn’t see?  The answer, my friend, is blowing in the wind.  The answer is blowing in the wind…” ~ B. Dylan Slap.  Spank.  WAAAAAAH.  Boy?  Girl?  Free will?  Predetermined fate?  Conform?  Challenge the status quo?  Live until you die?  Hide yourself […]

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  • Marriage of Minds

    “In the midst of friends, home, and kind parents, she was alone.” ~ William Makepeace Thackeray Abigail Adams  served as the noteworthily supportive, possibly  nagging partner whom John sorely needed in order to excel as THE quirky, feisty, successful John Adams and to lead America to greatness.  She purportedly advised him to fly by the […]

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