Let the holiday shopping games begin

Let the holiday shopping games begin

On the new episode of Flaws Are the New Black, the holiday shopping games have begun and already I'm certain I've purchased the wrong thing for my gorgeous teenage nieces. It all started innocently enough when I hit retailmenot.com's cash back day, eager to get cash...

The Grief Keeper

The Grief Keeper

The Grief Keeper is what the lovely folks at TEDxTyons call me in their promo flyer for the event this Saturday, November 9th. (I'm in the morning session for which there are EIGHT whole tickets left. Get one - they're going fast!) The Grief Keeper moniker is apt and...

Testing…testing…

Testing…testing…

3D glasses not required at TED Talks! The people in the above photo? I have no idea who they are. But I did test my upcoming TED Talk on several groups of willing victims and got some terrific feedback: "One of the only TED Talks I've heard with an idea that is...

Best Vacation Ever

Best Vacation Ever

Me and my honey on the beach at sunset in Olde Naples, Florida. I've just returned from the best vacation ever. My sweetheart booked us a condo for a week in Olde Naples, Florida, and from the moment we set eyes on the place we fell in love with it. Right now, it's #1...

A wet walk

A wet walk

My outdoor office. Up early, working away, life's grand. I get up to take a walk. Slip on socks. Skies open. Go back to desk. Work. Wait. Rain lessens! Slip on sneakers. Total downpour. Go back to desk. Work. Wait. Rain stops! Rush to park. First lap, light drizzle....

Red’s my color

Red’s my color

So delish! Discovered it at Claire's at the Depot. We were at Davios in Philadelphia when we discovered this to-die-for Malbec. And we found this incredibly delectable blend at Field and Main. I'm in love with it. Forever and ever, I've talked and written about how...

On My Mind

On My Mind

This quote, "Only the mediocre are always at their best," has been on my mind the past few days. I've written, rewritten, and rewritten again a talk I'm giving in the not too distant future and I fluctuate between liking my efforts, hating my efforts, and really...

Does this happen in your house?

Does this happen in your house?

Seriously? Does this happen in your house? You wash the towels so they're clean and yummy smelling, dry them with softener sheets so they don't scratch and are even more yummy smelling and put them in the bathroom all pretty, like this (if you're hanging them on a...

Truth: perfect is the enemy of good

Truth: perfect is the enemy of good

Sometime ago when I was telling my friend Laura about how painfully slow my writing days can be because I fuss over every single sentence, she said, "You know, Susan, perfect is the enemy of good." I was very impressed. What a fabulous, accurate statement, I thought....

Losing Wendy

Losing Wendy

My pretty friend Wendy with her son Doug, on the left, and his friend Will. She was a rugby mom like the rest of us, standing on the sidelines watching her son the same way we all watched our sons – hands over our eyes, fingers parted just enough to be able to see....

When Valerie Monroe calls me

When Valerie Monroe calls me

Sometimes I give in to this fantasy about when Valerie Monroe calls me. Ms. Monroe, for those of you who don't know, is the Beauty Editor at O The Oprah Magazine. When she likes a product, its sales skyrocket. When she loves a product, its developers can go buy...

A conversation with my Dad

A conversation with my Dad

"Suz, how’s, how’s, you know, my favorite guy?” I’m on the phone with my Dad. He’s 90. Can’t hear. Can’t recall much anymore (including, sadly, his kids’ names, never mind those of our significant others). He also can’t stop talking long enough for me to help him out....

And now, another reason not to go hiking

And now, another reason not to go hiking

As if I needed another reason not to go hiking: bears are helping themselves to the picnics outdoorsy types bring to enjoy once they reach the summit of Old Rag Mountain, and they don’t care that folks are standing there, taking their picture as they make their escape. These are very comfortable bears, my friends

When terrible memories abuse us anew

When terrible memories abuse us anew

Why is it I can go along for ages with certain horrid memories tucked away so deep it’s like they never happened, and then BAM, awaken one morning – this morning – to discover one of them out and about and abusing me anew? I don’t know. He used to take the dog out...

On Writing

On Writing

My favorite Stephen King quote. If you don’t read, you can’t write I can’t tell you how many times people have approached me at book signings and writing clinics and told me they want to write a book, have to write a book, they’re going to write a book! But I can tell...