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Suzette Martinez Standring

Women: Stop Apologizing As a Preface to Comments

Suzette Standring | Posted 04.08.2016 | Women
Suzette Standring

Ladies, can we stop apologizing for over-explaining our work? As nurturers we crave rapport, and pooh-poohing ourselves is a form of bonding. At best our intent is humility, but it conveys, "Forgive me for having thoughts."

The Dog Master: An Inspired Read

Suzette Standring | Posted 08.18.2015 | Books
Suzette Standring

Back in Paleolithic times, humans befriended wolves, and thus, developed canine companionship. W. Bruce Cameron, New York Times best-selling author, imagines that first, eons-old encounter in his new book, The Dog Master, which I rank a 5-star page turner.

Mask Down: Gay Biker and Straight Vampires

Suzette Standring | Posted 12.21.2014 | Comedy
Suzette Standring

Years ago, I spotted the chubby gay guy, his hairy butt hanging out of leather chaps. He stood on a patch of lawn, bare-chested in a studded harness, ...

Facebook: Deeper Than You Think

Suzette Standring | Posted 10.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Suzette Standring

I believe Facebook sharing often reveals the individual nature of goodness and hope, the antidote to destruction or how close we come to it, according to the daily news.

Surrogacy Between Close Friends: Think Twice

Suzette Standring | Posted 07.30.2014 | Women
Suzette Standring

Laurie Miller offers a cautionary tale about gestational surrogacy between close friends. Expectations and disappointment ended their friendship, and the two women never saw it coming.

Spring Fevered Bad Fashion

Suzette Standring | Posted 06.22.2014 | Style
Suzette Standring

After a long, skin-crackin' winter, fresh colors herald the spring. Pink, yellow and pale greens are budding everywhere on new clothes racks. I'm abou...

Close the Torture Houses in North Sinai and Egypt

Suzette Standring | Posted 05.12.2014 | Impact
Suzette Standring

Every day Meron Estafamos answers her phone with an aching heart. From torture houses in Egypt, Eritrean hostages plead for ransom on a captor's cell phone. Help me.

To the Romance-Resistant on Valentine's Day

Suzette Standring | Posted 04.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Suzette Standring

Valentine's Day draws near, and the romance-resistant need a little push. On Feb. 14, some women (or men) wish for hopeless romantics, but feel disapp...

Undeserved Columnist Bashing: Empty Calorie Screeds on Kathleen Parker and Others

Suzette Standring | Posted 03.08.2014 | Media
Suzette Standring

Let's talk about needless savagery that poses as column writing. On a seesaw of best and worst, columnist Kathleen Parker of the Washington Post is a ...

Muffin Top Movie: Reclaiming the Female Image

Suzette Standring | Posted 01.25.2014 | Entertainment
Suzette Standring

Muffin top is the bit of blubbery overhang on a woman's mid-riff. Even it is barely noticeable, the female mind expands it exponentially to a monster truck tire. On this natural and normal belt, sadly, self-esteem dangles in despair. Is it possible to reclaim the muffin top as something positive?

A-Rod, Men and Other Mythical Beasts

Suzette Standring | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Suzette Standring

If more men had A-Rod's money there'd be all manner of mythical portraits hanging on suburban walls. As it is the Average Joe will have to be content with Photoshop or clip art.