Recent Reviews for Susan K. Smith
STC - The Satellite Test Center (Book) - 8/7/2010 7:10:27 AM|
Sounds interesting Susan. more please...J'nia
Samantha at the Crossroads (Book) - 8/25/2008 10:24:22 PM
Having grown up in the Southeastern United States, but now living in the Pacific Northwest, I have an interest in the subject of comparing and contrasting growing up in the two regions. For that reason, when the book Sam at the Crossroads was recommended to me by a friend, I decided to give it a try. I’m glad I did.
In reading it I instantly recognized the area of Montana in which the story takes place. I have traveled there several times and have always found the geography to be most interesting. I don’t want to give anything away, but having explored the Lewis and Clark Caverns in Montana, I also found some of the geological aspects of the story to be most interesting.
Sam was not the usual coming of age story, and Sam is not your usual coming of age young lady. I think Ms. Smith has accurately captured and portrayed a young, rural, Montana girl coming of age in the late sixties.
I thought that the social and geographical aspects of the story would be of more interest to me than the character of Sam, per se. As I read the book, however, I found myself almost embarrassingly amused by and sympathetic with Sam. She is obviously a character very dear to Ms. Smith and one that she appears to know well.
No matter how you look at this book – sociological, geographical or historical setting, or characters and story – Ms. Smith’s book rings true. I very much enjoyed it and most enthusiastically recommend it. I am not normally driven to write reviews, but I truly did enjoy this book. Thank you, Ms. Smith.
Anastasis (Short Story) - 2/6/2013 7:33:11 AM
in the defense of truth...
The Great Depression - 1929 - 1945 (Short Story) - 5/1/2012 3:43:23 PM
Good story. My father lived through the Depression and often spoke of it. As bad as it was in the north, it was far worse in the south. The southern 'good ol boys' took to the woods and hunted game. A few had boats and they took to the water, often bringing home a sizable catch of the day. The gathering of oysters and mussels helped too. The rivers and lakes weren't poluted then. It was tough times, but tough people made it through.
Memories of Japan (Short Story) - 5/1/2012 3:33:37 PM
I've never made it to the orient, but your account makes me want to go. Well done.
Memories of Japan (Short Story) - 6/9/2010 11:55:05 AM
Thank you for sharing this most interesting account, Susan. Love and best wishes to you,
Memories of Japan (Short Story) - 8/12/2009 6:55:03 AM
This is so fascinating Susan. I read your Mother-in-law's precious excerpts and quickly became engrossed. I hope she keeps writing. Hugs, J'nia
Cherry Blossoms (Short Story) - 8/1/2009 10:49:06 AM
A beautiful memory captured in writing.
Cherry Blossoms (Short Story) - 5/24/2009 7:35:12 AM
Wow! What a story. Fortunately we are loaded with them here. Yummy blossoms which last for weeks. Glad you finally saw them. Cheers, J'nia
The Great Depression - 1929 - 1945 (Short Story) - 1/29/2009 1:35:42 PM
Could probably include the Bush years as-well . . . nicely penned!!
The Great Depression - 1929 - 1945 (Short Story) - 1/29/2009 6:35:27 AM
Great story, Susan; well done!
(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :D
Native American Osmosis (Article) - 11/15/2013 7:24:58 AM
An interesting concept I hadn't thought of before. Since I became a member of the Order of the Arrow in Boy Scouts, I have always honored Native American culture, in many ways superior to the culture of Americans in general.
You have me thinking about the last Mohican. It's the kind of part that John Wayne would play as the last authentic Western American.
Real Hope for America (Article) - 11/7/2013 12:53:05 AM
Wow Susan! What a wonderful series of prays for our county! Now, back in my teen years I was lost and confused because I thought the apostles were all perfect and without sin. I used to look at the statues in the Catholic church and think, "I could never match the perfection of these giants so why even try?" Little did I know the story behind Paul when he was Saul. The love and forgiveness that Christ showed all of us even extended to the most revered apostle that ever lived! So today I think, "If Christ forgave and loved Paul when he was Saul how much could Christ love and forgive me for my sins?" The truth be known, the love of our Lord Jesus is way beyond our comprehension because if we knew Saul today I doubt if there is a person alive that would completely forgive him and forget his transgressions. Billy Graham and others like him taught the truth right from the Bible to reveal to all of us that our Lord is truly amazing! Thank you Susan! Thank you Jesus and God Bless America!
PS: As for Ron, "Lord please forgive him for he knows not what he is saying." Amen!
Real Hope for America (Article) - 11/2/2013 9:36:56 AM
I'm happy you stopped by, Ronald, and wrote from the heart.
The grass withers and the flowers fall,
but the word of our God endures forever"
Real Hope for America (Article) - 11/2/2013 7:34:08 AM
In the land of "freedom of religion." Billy Graham's Protestant Christian ministry seems to have a lock on the government. Billy has befriended and counseled almost every president, regardless of their behavior, never calling some of their bad behavior "immoral." Most government functions, including the inauguration, begin with a Protestant Christian prayer, many times delivered by Dr. Billy Graham, himself.
I have found that as people age, particularly in my own family, their religious beliefs become as hardened as their arteries. I believe it is a defense mechanism built into the brain as certain reasoning powers are lost and the brain focuses on memories and reinforced dogma for survival. My grandmother who had Alzheimer's displayed almost ridiculous religious fervor before she no longer spoke and just stared, ate and slept until her eventual death.
Graham's declaration of immorality is nothing new. That claim goes back as far as Socrates. I do recall a phone call I had with my "other half" (we were nearly the same age and I stayed in his house in Karachi for only four days, but we had a kinship in January 1978, that was really hard to explain since we lived a globe apart). When Talha called me from his brother-in-law's here in the states on a visit about 15 years later, we picked up the conversation like we had seen each other the day before. Sometime while we were talking, Talha declared that he "feared for the country's morality" and it and it seemed soacteristic of him. We all know what has happened to Pakistan since, now under the control of extreme dogmatic fundamentalists. Back then, secular affairs outstripped religious activities. We went to see a religious parade as though it were entertainment rather than a required activity. The Sunnis and Shia were clashing than as they are now. Back then, it was rather comic to watch.
That is the view I get when I hear about Christians talking about morality. What they really want is to control the country like they always have, but much worse, with the iron hand of religious dogma.
What is the Bible Basically About? (Article) - 9/9/2013 4:54:59 PM
Thanks, Ronald, for your thoughtful and honest comments. I respect that, a lot
I found Keller's comments consistent with J. Vernon McGee's Five Year Bible Study. (ttb.org) It's about your world view and who you believe Jesus really is.
What is the Bible Basically About? (Article) - 9/9/2013 6:40:03 AM
I just watched the video and find Tim Keller very disturbing. Apparently, Keller has all the answers. Weak people follow authoritative people like Tim Keller because they find scholarship difficult and would rather fall back on something old and apparently invincible like the Bible, interpreted by someone else rather than think for themselves. In other words, genuflect.
I like the story of Jesus very much. He apparently was very humble and fine man. Sorry, I don't buy it. The son of God part, that is.
PC Watch (part 1) - Political Correctness (Article) - 8/29/2013 7:11:45 AM
Wow! You've taken on quite a challenge. I love the little political incorrectness, especially when it's used in humor… And even better when it's satire. What I don't seem to like is when it's rapped in my face with repetition to form a Gregorian chant designed to change a part of my brain into believing something that is absolutely absurd.
Changing subjects, I thought that being handicapped meant that I had an advantage when shooting pool, bowling, or even horse racing. It was quite a put down when a lady tied to a board at an angle on wheels that her husband built told me that the word meant, “Cap in hand.” Since then, I have a disability that makes me disabled. That is, until recently, when I was getting free books to “the disabled,” and I was reminded that some people would not want to request a free book because they did not like being called that. Anyway, I like being called “crippled,”' because it's kind of cute.
Biblia Files (part 1) - Thru the Bible (Article) - 8/21/2013 1:51:46 PM
Excellent resource Susan! I'll pass it along to others.
God bless you sister.
Doomsday Preppers (Article) - 8/12/2013 12:19:10 PM
I think preparing for doomsday is a bit much, but we all need to prepare for the eventuality of being without what we consider essential during either a disaster, civil strife, or out right war. The problem is, these scenarios require different preparation, and many people, even preppers, could be caught away from their secure places and never get there. Underground bunkers can be quite dangerous because they can be easily flooded.
Still, we prepare mightily for hurricanes in these parts, because power can be out for weeks after one of them, and flooding is often much more disastrous than expected.
Last year I wrote a set of apocalyptic short stories, ending on my birthday (and my twin brother's) December 21 at 5 pm. On December 11, 2012, my lungs were being invaded by an infection that didn't respond to the usual treatment and would have cause my death on or about the 21st had I not been operated on to physically remove the infection from my lungs.
The Enola Gay (Article) - 8/5/2013 12:44:36 PM
As usual, a well researched article enlightening those who may have not known the history of World War II and the part that the Enola Gay played.
I was fortunate enough to tour the Air Force Museum in Dayton and I believe that I saw either the Enola Gay or her sister ship in the museum.
Let's just hope that that's the last we will see of nuclear conflict.
English, Literature, and Musings (Article) - 7/30/2013 7:35:27 AM
I enjoy very much your articles on how we butcher the English language. As an American, I often forget that the language I use came from Great Britain with a long line of development going back to the Greeks and Romans.
Having worked with many people from foreign lands, I agree with everything you said. Engineers simply can't write. Their minds are on mathematical concepts and physical construction, not how to communicate it. My partner is Vietnamese. We've been together 20 years and counting. This morning she was talking about the “Quinn” and I had to remind her that it was pronounced, “Queen.” She always thanks me when I correct her writing or speaking.
As a professor, I often read 120 assignments a week and prided myself in being able to read some of the worst handwriting on the planet. Universally, I found that college students wrote very poorly. I've also found that many here on AD have very poor English and writing skills. I try to humor them.
Continue to enlighten us…
From Galileo to Apollo (Article) - 7/18/2013 6:26:08 AM
The greatest human accomplishment––ever. It took Galileo in a long line of dreamers, scientists, and innovators to pull it off. It is very strange that most people do not realize the significance of standing on another planetoid (the moon) and looking back through the void of space at our earth, our home and our nest, our Garden of Eden. As time goes on, over one hundred years from now, all our great wars, religious and political battles, will pale compared to our venturing onto other planets.
Love (Article) - 5/15/2013 11:38:37 AM
I am glad to see you are another demonstration of the fact that one can be well educated in many ways including science and still believe in God. So many use their knowledge of science as a reason for being an atheist. I always remind them that Newton, Galileo and many other scientists such as Michael Faraday were devout religious men. Albert Einstein was not an atheist either.
I also agree with you that our God is a God of love. That was the central teaching by Jesus. In the Old Testament, too, we find a God that loved his people. Love is everywhere in the Biblical teaching. Why do so many people fail to see that?
Right on. Susan.
Black Holes - What does it look like inside them? (Article) - 5/15/2013 11:26:48 AM
A very interesting article, Susan. I realize most cosmologists believe Blackholes exist. I am still skeptical after years of reading about the evidence. I have studied the mathematical physics and the work by astronomers. They are possible but far from certain.
The idea seems to have begun with the Indian astrophysicist, Chandrasekhar, a student of the great Eddington. In 1924 this man studying collapsing stars realized the possibility of the objects we call blackholes today. You may find interesting that when Chandrasekhar decided to present his work at a professional meeting he was followed by his mentor, Arthur Eddington, who proceeded to ridicule the idea. Others believed, so in the thirties men like Oppenheimer continued the work on collapsing stars.
Despite my skepticism I find the mathematics of cosmology fascinating. Recently I found another solution of the Friedmann equations that does seem to say we are inside of a monstrous Black hole. I find that incredible but an interesting thought. If that is true we do know what the inside of a black hole looks like.
Keep up the good work.
Death and Taxes (Article) - 4/11/2013 5:05:40 AM
I just discovered your blog and will have to go back and read some of the other American stories after this one on taxes. You certainly have done your research, and I appreciate the information.
As far as I remember from my history and economics classes, the state of Wisconsin (incubator for the Republican and Tea Parties) was the first state to inaugurate an income tax. My state, Texas, seems very proud not to have one. Income taxes are considered to be progressive, meaning that they help provide equality by taxing the rich more as you illustrated in the article with the original intent of income tax in 1913. The gerrymandering of the income tax laws by many loopholes and private, personal tax breaks has led to the unfair burden on the shrinking middle class for taxes today. Sales taxes and moneymaking schemes like the lottery unfairly taxed the middle class and the poor because any income made is generally spent immediately and taxed. Thus, progressive taxation provides money for the government to pay for it while regressive taxation puts stress on those least likely to pay for government.
The fear of tax day and IRS audits, has caused many people seek out tax preparers to do their taxes for them. Payroll taxes take money from wage earners before taxes are due without paying interest. People who don't pay any taxes at all end up paying people to do their very simple taxes for them, take a high interest loan on the refund, and fill the pockets of those shysters who prey on them. Meanwhile, the rich have lawyers and accountants figure out ways to remove income from the books so they don't have to pay taxes at all.
If we are audited and the IRS finds that we owe taxes (taxes are so complicated that most Americans make mistakes or give up and cheat a bit on their returns), they can go back five years and charge horrendous interest rates on past due amounts.
No wonder Americans fear April 15.
Death and Taxes (Article) - 4/10/2013 10:18:45 AM
I am glad I did my taxes over a month ago. Thank you for the stark reminder, Susan. Love and best wishes,
Vernal Equinox (Article) - 3/17/2013 2:11:37 PM
I went to the link and read the rest of the story. I too am a astronomy student. I majored in it in college. Always had my head in the stars. Glad to know you!
Layoffs (Article) - 3/12/2013 7:42:01 AM
Most people see no difference between being “laid off” and other forms of termination because it means the same thing in the pocketbook. From my youth, people are often laid off during the off-seasons for various industries, and then hired back when things were better again. With a few exceptions, that is no longer the case.
Also, in the past, jobs were based primarily on health, willingness to work and physical ability. That is no longer the case. Jobs today require skill sets that are quite complex and often changing. The exception to this is service jobs in the retail sector where pay and self-esteem are very low. As I pointed out in my article on Jobs and Work, we need a job in order to live (extended family support is no longer available in our disconnected society), but we need real work in order to feel fulfilled.
Education, and particularly higher education, have fooled the public into believing that obtaining educational credentials entitles one to a good paying job. That has never been the case, but is widely believed.
But your concern is about how employers treat their employees. Since the accountants took over running corporations in the 1990s, focusing on showing profits on balance sheets by outsourcing and replacing people with technology, thereby providing short-term profits and benefits to the shareholders and corporate executives, terminations have become exceedingly impersonal and devastating.
For people who do not have the latest skill sets or buzzwords on their resume, getting back into working in a weak economy is very difficult. We are partly to blame because we often operate in a deficit mode, borrowing against our future with credit cards and spending beyond our means, rather than saving and preparing for that rainy day when it does come. I believe that the real unemployment is closer to 30% and that most of these people will never get back in the job market.
Gilligan's Island and Breast Cancer Awareness (Article) - 10/25/2012 7:05:15 PM
Thank you, Susan. Love and best wishes,
Fractal Dimensions – Twilight Zone? No, Nature! (Article) - 11/1/2009 1:21:24 PM
Black Holes - What does it look like inside them? (Article) - 8/15/2009 10:33:50 AM
You're a mathematical genius with the heart of a writer. Granted, the calculations spun me around a bit, but I was pulled in with intrigue and delight. Nicely done.
Mr. Spock and Dr. Einstein (Article) - 4/11/2009 12:00:48 PM
Space is the final frontier, and to this day, it continues to hold so much mystery, so much possibility for us stargazers. And somewhere in that vast region of stars, there may indeed be a Vulcan slowly spinning on its axis and revolving around worlds not yet discovered.
Winter Driving - It's all about the friction (Article) - 1/11/2009 7:46:13 AM
A worthy aritcle! Well penned, Susan!
Mr. Spock and Dr. Einstein (Article) - 1/5/2009 2:37:46 PM
I loved your article "Mr. Spock and Dr. Edison." It was truly engaging. I will return to view more later. Thanks for the enjoyment.
Fractal Dimensions – Twilight Zone? No, Nature! (Article) - 11/8/2008 8:00:55 PM
Even More Interesting,i.e.I Was In Near Death Auto Accident 1993 In Which Not Only Did I Disappear--My Car Went With Me Into Sort Of:
Like Massive Pores In Your Skin,Unbelievable Static/Electrical Noise In My (Head)Ears,Like In (New Born Baby FloatingPlacenta),Gone (Look Watch Prior)Approx 5-7minutes--What I Saw Was With My Mind Not My Eyes,i.e. There Are Obviously Other Dimensions In Which Life (Exists) Goes On...Other Dimensions Have Fascinated Me Since Childhood In Which (Many Which I Have Observed (How I Came Here As 3 Year Old Child In UFO) UFO's Move (Travel) Back (In Out) Forth...
Credit Illuminating Write... For Being 1 Intelligent Lady You Sure Got Your Act Together...
Frozen Time (Poetry) - 3/26/2013 8:56:07 PM
Our memories shape our souls. Wow! Thoughtful poetic thoughts...
Peace, love and Easter Blessings,
John Michael Domino
Seeking (Poetry) - 12/29/2012 11:24:15 AM
Sometimes, the answers are never out there but within. Beautiful poem.
Lamenting the Good Ol' Days (Poetry) - 9/22/2012 9:35:02 AM
Substance to make one reflect, Susan. Thank you. Love and best wishes,
Night and Day (Poetry) - 5/11/2012 6:28:01 AM
the simplicity of Night And Day is powerful and especially that last stanza... well done Susan
Seeking (Poetry) - 10/29/2011 1:38:07 PM
This reads like a prayer and stands as a testimonial of your faith, Susan. Thank you. Love and blessings,
Seeking (Poetry) - 10/18/2011 5:56:18 AM
What a thrilling poem, Susan! I missed it in July, but was very encouraged by your words today.
On Mortality (Poetry) - 11/4/2010 4:02:15 AM
Time passes by so quickly, we must hold on to those memories. May God bless you every day of your life.
Turning Point (Poetry) - 10/11/2010 11:21:39 AM
Your poem is very relevant today. I can feel the pendulum of layoffs swinging closer to my head, but your poem gives me hope. When one door slams closed, maybe a new adventure, new life awaits through another.
Vain Glory (Poetry) - 6/5/2010 8:42:19 AM
There are those that will step over whomever to reach their dream, but once that dream is fulfilled and faded, what are they left with? Too many bridges have been burned behind them, and nobody will be looking to give them another chance.
Out West Again! (Poetry) - 4/28/2010 4:21:02 PM
I was born and raised on the prairies of northern Alberta so I can relate to what you have expressed via your verses here, Susan. Thank you. Love and best wishes,
Success (Poetry) - 12/25/2009 4:20:48 PM
Yes! Trust in the wisdom from above; from the true and living God. Advise and direction that originates with the creature is deceptive. Trust Christ. Excellent words from a faithful guide.
Success (Poetry) - 12/4/2009 2:14:00 PM
Look above for your direction
To the star in the sky
And don't be afraid to fail
And be not afraid to try!
I appreciate your advice, Susan. It provides a recipe for success. Love and best wishes,
Wind (Poetry) - 11/22/2009 2:12:48 PM
Indeed, Susan; my sentiments exactly. I have always felt a spiritual "presence" in the wind. Thank you. Love and best wishes,
Out West Again! (Poetry) - 11/19/2009 5:57:18 PM
This poem draws the reader in, beckoning Westward. It sounds majestic! In this part of PA, hills and mountains interrupt the sweep of the sky, so we are not likely to enjoy a view like yours.
On Mortality (Poetry) - 10/30/2009 10:37:46 AM
I love these snappy small verses / They are brisk and tell the tale in its entirety without all the trappings / Te recall those days long past is but a whisper in the wind . . . Loved it . . .
Frozen Time (Poetry) - 10/30/2009 10:35:36 AM
This gives me pause for reflection, Susan. Thank you. Love and best wishes,
Lamenting the Good Ol' Days (Poetry) - 9/4/2009 7:23:38 PM
A gentle poem to nudge us all to be grateful for today. I am guilty of this...spending so much time in the future and yesterday, that I miss the blessing of today. Thanks for sharing this one Susan.
Frozen Time (Poetry) - 8/15/2009 10:01:01 AM
Memories do define us, and forever will they remain frozen in the hands of time. Beautifully written.
Night Watch (Poetry) - 8/2/2009 12:46:09 PM
You have very effectively recalled and shared the mood of this experience via your verses, Susan. Love and best wishes,
Snow (Poetry) - 8/1/2009 11:34:02 AM
Winter is so beautiful, and snow seems like perfection. But everything has a flaw, and with winter, it lies within its cold touch. Great poem.
On Mortality (Poetry) - 8/1/2009 10:42:18 AM
I love the flow to your words. Moments do fly by so fast, but they also linger somewhere deep.
Feelings (Poetry) - 7/13/2009 9:10:55 AM
A most apt and timely write, Susan; as applicable now as ever. I do like the way you end on a metaphorical hopeful note. Thank you. Love and best wishes,
Feelings (Poetry) - 7/5/2009 6:35:59 PM
Very touching poetry.
Night Watch (Poetry) - 6/7/2009 11:23:41 AM
Beautifully written. :)
Feelings (Poetry) - 5/1/2009 10:19:35 AM
I like this poem for many reasons, but especially two-
the way you remind us that the world is not presently functioning as it was originally designed to, and also the realistic hope that the day will arrive for certain, when it will. We all need hope,and "Feelings" offers that. Superb write!
~ from a fellow human and poet, Zach
On Mortality (Poetry) - 4/3/2009 6:29:20 PM
"A shadow that only the mind can see." This is so true. Today's reality becomes blurred tomorrow as the realities of a new day obscure the truths of the past. Photos and journal entries are our effort, perhaps, to hold on to the moments that flee so quickly from our grasp. Well done, Susan.
Night and Day (Poetry) - 3/29/2009 7:03:48 PM
I do appreciate your philosophical point of view, Susan. Thank you for sharing it. Love and best wishes,
On Mortality (Poetry) - 3/25/2009 8:38:48 PM
You have captured the feeling perfectly. B r a v a !! xOx 'Pea' xOx
On Mortality (Poetry) - 3/12/2009 3:30:11 PM
A good reflection on whatever that has happened in the past stays in the past, and shall not return!! Wonderful write, Susan!!!
Sandie Angel :o)
On Mortality (Poetry) - 2/27/2009 8:45:52 PM
There is much wisdom in the brevity of your poem. "Hold to a moment..."
if only we could. Thanks for this, I loved reading it to my brother.
Vain Glory (Poetry) - 2/23/2009 2:01:21 PM
Right on. The praises of man eventually echo their final refrain. But the heart, it remains to everlasting. Thank you for this. Blessings, J'nia
On Mortality (Poetry) - 2/23/2009 1:58:47 PM
Time, that illusive shadow we cling to, that construct which informs us of our reality. Excellently penned. Blessings, J'nia
On Mortality (Poetry) - 2/7/2009 9:55:48 PM
Can't grab what's flown by. I dig your philosophical perspective, Susan. Thank you. Love and best wishes to you,
On Mortality (Poetry) - 2/2/2009 12:18:02 PM
Fantastic writing Susan!
On Mortality (Poetry) - 1/29/2009 12:02:33 PM
So lovely and so beautifully written...I forget more and more each day Susan and these write help me to remember...thank you for you touching and lifting write. Love and hugs, Bonnie
Metamorphosis (Poetry) - 1/23/2009 10:38:29 AM
a thoughtful expression of the cycle of change creation continues to spin through! You say profound things so precisely.
-Zach keep using your talent for the glory of God!
Night Watch (Poetry) - 1/23/2009 10:33:15 AM
this is a beautiful write that takes you there. Love the lines about the sleeping creatures and the way the moon promises.
Snow (Poetry) - 1/23/2009 10:12:10 AM
Liked the way you evoked the many shades and hues of this stuff called snow, and also the analogy between humans and snow. Yes, someday the Ultimate Spring will arrive. Great poem!
Vain Glory (Poetry) - 1/23/2009 10:07:52 AM
Wow! I have seen this and that last line "yet it is the HEART that lives forever" powerfully expresses a truth all humans need to heed!
I really enjoy reading your poetry Susan
On Mortality (Poetry) - 1/23/2009 10:00:48 AM
I just relish the fresh way you have put down timeless truth,Susan! :)
You have captured, so well, the idea of how fleeting each moment is.
Night and Day (Poetry) - 1/5/2009 2:44:24 PM
I truly enjoyed Day and Night. Wonderful.
On Mortality (Poetry) - 12/28/2008 9:51:06 PM
You can't get a tighter poem than this, rhyme, beat, form and meaning all on time.
On Mortality (Poetry) - 12/28/2008 11:54:06 AM
A very wise and timely poem!
Happy New Year!
Vain Glory (Poetry) - 12/24/2008 11:46:30 AM
This is very true in a lot of working environments. Thank you, Susan. Love and best wishes,
Snow (Poetry) - 12/24/2008 11:45:09 AM
A most apt and timely write which I find symbolically meaningful. Thank you, Susan. Love and best wishes,
Snow (Poetry) - 12/18/2008 5:16:14 AM
Nice to discover you and read you as well. "Snow" is a fantastic poem of how feel and interact with seasons and nature as a whole. Love the gentle flow of the poem. Thanks for sharing
Night and Day (Poetry) - 12/15/2008 3:24:22 PM
Amen dear Susan.....This is brilliant in it's simple yet profound wisdom......We humans need to boil down the scary parts of life into such compact morsels of truth......Well done my friend!
Snow (Poetry) - 12/11/2008 11:35:31 AM
Clevery conceived and prosed - Bravo on this write!!
Snow (Poetry) - 12/7/2008 3:16:22 AM
This is a beautiful poem,I enjoy it very much
Snow (Poetry) - 12/6/2008 10:55:37 PM
Dust is woven
Crocheted to snow
And robes the world
From heaven, below
That is a fantastic image and stanza in this delightfully chilly poem :)
Snow (Poetry) - 12/4/2008 2:38:59 PM
Awwwww, how beautifully descriptive with just the right touch of imagination...
Be always safe,
Snow (Poetry) - 12/4/2008 9:52:10 AM
Beautiful poem and imagery. It is a shame that snow does get a bit tainted from pollution though.
Wind (Poetry) - 11/28/2008 1:12:37 PM
How beautiful and poignant dear Susan......A great description as only a poet can portray.......
Vain Glory (Poetry) - 11/21/2008 6:19:18 AM
Glad I am not in the working world no more. I try to get along with all who live in my apartment building. No gossip about others do I wish to share in. I give each a chance for friendship and see the best in others and not the worst. Sometimes that brings me needed peace of mind too.
Vain Glory (Poetry) - 11/21/2008 5:54:09 AM
An excellent poem.Office politics are such a pain,take care
Vain Glory (Poetry) - 11/20/2008 3:01:34 PM
The number one thing I always made a point to stay away from, nice writing....
Be always safe,
Vain Glory (Poetry) - 11/20/2008 11:19:50 AM
Office politics can be very stressful, and misery is the one who has to work in the middle of two who are at wars with one another.
I had the experience of working amongst such individuals, and it was really hard to stay on neutral ground. They each want to pull you to side with them.
And some are big bullies with loud voices, they bullied their ways to the top paying little attention to who they step on.
Such is life!...and we have to see and work with these people in most of our waking hours.
Sandie Angel :o)
Feelings (Poetry) - 11/5/2008 4:11:59 PM
Wow this is powerful, like the analogy of labour pains..Yep, know that situation, and the world is very much in 2nd stage labour IMHO...
Love this and great to meet you.
:) Hugzzz Ch'erie
Night and Day (Poetry) - 10/23/2008 5:02:06 PM
Sage observation as the soul is what God implanted in us and what he died for.
Night and Day (Poetry) - 10/16/2008 2:29:37 PM
Wow, the workings of the universe....
Be always safe,
Night and Day (Poetry) - 10/16/2008 11:54:48 AM
A very good poem,I enjoy reading it,I like the flow of it,take care
Feelings (Poetry) - 10/11/2008 10:17:20 AM
This is a very bautiful write. I really love
the optimism in this piece.
Harold M. Nash
Feelings (Poetry) - 10/6/2008 8:14:38 PM
Expressed so well and authentically. Thanks for sharing it. (What a beautiful ocean in the background of your bio-pic! The Pacific, of course.)
Feelings (Poetry) - 10/5/2008 7:47:34 PM
excellent write Susan
great to be reading you again
I am trying my best now to hang around longer
to read & write
Love & peace
Feelings (Poetry) - 10/2/2008 5:20:28 PM
You are right. Falling down on our face makes us look up to God.
We all learn valuable lessons from hardships, it' the sandpaper God uses to make us "smooth" and teachable. I like this poem very much.
Feelings (Poetry) - 10/2/2008 4:03:01 PM
Very nice. I look forward to those new hopes and dreams.
Feelings (Poetry) - 10/2/2008 3:15:26 PM
Oh you are so right and have captured the moment well. Yes, all things seem to have a way of cycling so hold on and be patient...
Be always safe,
Feelings (Poetry) - 10/2/2008 2:17:55 PM
This is a very good poem,I especially like the ending of it.In a world fill with negativity and uncertainty,there is still light at the end of the tunnel.It may not be a big light,but a little light can make a difference.take good care of yourself
Feelings (Poetry) - 10/2/2008 11:49:28 AM
I hope that from all this corruption, greed, hate, and planet abuse --there will be birthed a better, more caring and supportive humanity.
Feelings (Poetry) - 10/2/2008 10:06:23 AM
Excellent poem. I thinks reminds us, there is always hope.
Wind (Poetry) - 10/1/2008 9:19:20 PM
This is indeed a beautiful poem!
It is a tribute to GOD.
Until this day, no man can control or even explain the wind.
God's mystery still lies within.
Night Watch (Poetry) - 9/28/2008 8:53:20 PM
A beautiful nature write
love the still of the night
As you try to figure out
the sounds comming from the unknown
Love & peace be with you
Night Watch (Poetry) - 9/25/2008 3:25:24 PM
Filled with visions of beauty and a sense of transitional peace...
Be always safe,
Night Watch (Poetry) - 9/25/2008 8:54:48 AM
Nice I like It, Take care
Metamorphosis (Poetry) - 9/23/2008 11:20:39 AM
ashes to ashes. the cycle repeats. -- Jeff
Metamorphosis (Poetry) - 9/22/2008 12:28:53 PM
Interesting poem, and what one thinks of for autumnal days.
Metamorphosis (Poetry) - 9/19/2008 5:14:14 PM
This is so "alive" and the transitions so flowing like slides in a projector. Thoughts are what make us - "As a man thinks in his heart, so is he." The "dust" part is where all of us will end, and
used in the final lines, it's just perfect.
Metamorphosis (Poetry) - 9/18/2008 8:45:56 PM
Philosophical rendering well expressed...
Be always safe,
Metamorphosis (Poetry) - 9/18/2008 6:44:05 PM
Interesting thoughts in this abstract, philosophical poem.
I like the way you used the cliche of dust to come back to
the beginning of life.
Metamorphosis (Poetry) - 9/18/2008 11:49:06 AM
It's so true, life is a circle. Everything will start dying in the fall, be like death in the winter, life in the spring and summer, and it starts all over again. Beautiful words to describe this ongoing cycle.
Metamorphosis (Poetry) - 9/18/2008 8:59:43 AM
Susan, great writing and I love the philosophical intentions.
Success (Poetry) - 9/15/2008 12:10:47 AM
Wonderful lines in rhyme, verse, and content - masterfully woven in heartwarming style. Perfect closing line: "And don't be afraid to fail...and be not afraid to try!"
Success (Poetry) - 9/11/2008 5:07:24 PM
Wise thoughts to share and even when one falls, get back up and try again, never give up...
Be always safe,
Success (Poetry) - 9/11/2008 9:49:25 AM
Wisdom is these words! I believe the only failure is not trying at all.
Out West Again! (Poetry) - 9/8/2008 8:34:05 PM
The reader can feel your ethusiasm in this and it makes you smile along with you :) Michelle
Seeking (Poetry) - 9/7/2008 8:04:12 PM
Your poem provides us the reality of life. In faith we learn our fate. We do not need to find the meaning of life anywhere, it has been with us since the time we saw the first light. And I can see that you found it already.
Enjoy life to the fullest.
Turning Point (Poetry) - 9/7/2008 2:01:15 PM
I have been very fortunate never to have experienced this, Susan. I do appreciate the tone of your verses and I like the way the poem ends on a hopeful note. Thank you. Love and best wishes,
The Shooting Star (Poetry) - 9/7/2008 1:59:49 PM
This is a fine tribute, Susan. Thank you for sharing it. Love and blessings to you,
Out West Again! (Poetry) - 9/4/2008 7:59:01 PM
Ah, the west coast has much to be proud of all the pristine beauty that unfolds leaves one breathless. Yet, there are many placed throughout this country that has remained untouched, each with its own individual beauty.....
Be always safe,
Out West Again! (Poetry) - 9/4/2008 4:31:44 PM
I love the open plains of the west and those star filled skies at night.
Lamenting the Good Ol' Days (Poetry) - 8/28/2008 7:31:01 PM
A sort of meloncholy walk down all the could have beens and yet has such a soothing, sweet overtone....
Be always safe,
Lamenting the Good Ol' Days (Poetry) - 8/28/2008 2:35:40 PM
Montana sounds beautiful, someday I hope to see some part or parcel of it...I have a friend, who I haven't spoken to in quite sometime, residing in Livingston...As for the poem, we always seem to want something different than what it is, don't we? At least that is what I got out of this write...Ed & Rufuz (w00f)
[welcome to the Den]
Frozen Time (Poetry) - 8/26/2008 6:16:32 PM
I Like this piece Susan
Thanks for sharing
Love & peace be with you
Seeking (Poetry) - 8/24/2008 9:10:53 PM
I bought and read your new book, Sam at the Crossroads, where this poem is found. She said that, knowing I am interested in the geology of the northwest, I would find some interesting information in your book.
She was correct. I recognize the region you describe in the book and did find that aspect of the book most interesting, but I have to admit that I enjoyed the story as well. You have an interesting character in Sam and I enjoyed meeting her and sharing her "adventures". Thanks for the good read. I look forward to your next publications.
St Maries ID
Turning Point (Poetry) - 8/20/2008 11:33:47 PM
Like an open door, this poem reveals a lot more to see than what was left behind. Like Abraham, sometimes God lets us leave Ur and Haran, to have our "turning points" with Him, and to give us greater assignments.
Blessings to you,
Wind (Poetry) - 8/20/2008 11:28:25 PM
How volatile and moving this poem is, as fleeting as the wind! A good point for those who do not believe God exists.
Wind (Poetry) - 8/14/2008 6:49:18 PM
Beautiful poem. It takes you along with it like the wind it describes. Well done.
Seeking (Poetry) - 8/14/2008 2:34:41 AM
Good Morning Susan
Your Poem Embraces The Reader With God's Eternal Love
Much Love & Peace To You
Embraced ~ Embrassé
Turning Point (Poetry) - 8/11/2008 8:32:57 PM
An excellent piece Susan
Thanks for sharing
peace be with you
Turning Point (Poetry) - 8/7/2008 4:43:59 PM
All the good-bye's and all the new hello's seem to work hand in hand. Sometime things happen for a reason and soon the reason is revealed. Yes, there are many crossroads, or turning points as you say, but it is always how we choose to react that makes the difference. Nice writing...
Be always safe,
Turning Point (Poetry) - 8/6/2008 11:46:59 AM
Hey SK.I know that things will be better for you and this new page that you are turning will be fill with happiness.Take care of yourself.I enjoy reading the poem
Turning Point (Poetry) - 8/6/2008 10:09:59 AM
Some things do work out for the best.
Turning Point (Poetry) - 8/6/2008 7:22:14 AM
Been there several times but things always got better and I went on living pretty good. Good write though.
The Shooting Star (Poetry) - 8/4/2008 1:23:29 PM
This is a great tribute to a man of God who touched so many hearts while he was on earth.
The Shooting Star (Poetry) - 8/2/2008 9:27:52 AM
Good spiritual remembrance giving us all something to think about here.
Seeking (Poetry) - 8/2/2008 9:26:56 AM
Great that you found the peace God gives to all who seek him. This is a great write, so sentimental to me.
The Shooting Star (Poetry) - 7/31/2008 1:43:17 PM
A very special, blessed man of God who led his flock valiantly for the better part of twenty five years and miss him tremendously I do. Thank you for your heartfelt, inspirational words....
Be always safe,
Seeking (Poetry) - 7/31/2008 11:01:36 AM
Beautifully written... finding Him within is to find peace... Blessings, Janice
Seeking (Poetry) - 7/31/2008 8:49:31 AM
A spiritual and inspirational poem about finding true inner peace with truths that are within ourselves.I enjoy reading it.take care
The Shooting Star (Poetry) - 7/31/2008 8:47:50 AM
Hi Susan,seeing the pope is an amazing experience and I'm glad you had such a wonderful and spiritual time.Thank you for sharing your experiences.He is a sight to see.Take care
Seeking (Poetry) - 7/24/2008 11:41:49 AM
A most worthy write of inner truth, honesty and spirituality....
Be always safe,