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Suzette 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."

61: Waxed For the Very First Time

Suzette Standring | Posted 03.10.2016 | Fifty
Suzette Standring

Sixty one, and waxed for the very first time... (sing to Madonna's Like a Virgin). Why has it taken me years to join this private ladies' club (or read backwards, a club of ladies' privates)?

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.

Kayaking for Guatemala Garbage Dump Kids

Suzette Standring | Posted 09.29.2014 | Impact
Suzette Standring

In mid-July Dr. Deborah Walters, a 63-year-old grandmother, launched a kayaking trip 2500 miles from Maine to Guatemala, solo. No stranger to wilderness, she once camped alone near polar bears on a six-week expedition to the Arctic.

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...

Sudden Retirement: Wows and Warnings

Suzette Standring | Posted 05.27.2014 | Fifty
Suzette Standring

For years, David's work schedule had him out of the house at sunrise, returning way past sundown. Now he's home with me 24/7, and as a couple, we have much to relearn about each other in that sudden togetherness. Apparently, I talk out loud to myself... a lot.

Matthew McConaughey: Gratitude Reciprocates

Suzette Standring | Posted 05.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Suzette Standring

"He [God] has shown me that it is a scientific fact that gratitude reciprocates," said best actor winner Matthew McConaughey in his recent Oscar speec...

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 ...

A Ritual Ties Past Lessons to Future Hopes

Suzette Standring | Posted 03.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Suzette Standring

Try this unforgettable New Year's ritual that can tie past lessons to future hopes. Years ago my invitation read: A Gathering of the Goddesses The n...

December Birthdays: For Once, the Full Limelight

Suzette Standring | Posted 02.05.2014 | Entertainment
Suzette Standring

Those whose birthdays compete with Christmas deserve their full moment in the sun... uh... snow.

Thanksgiving: Under the Gay Turkey Wing

Suzette Standring | Posted 01.25.2014 | Home
Suzette Standring

The dinner was a triumph. We laughed and ate and belched and laughed and later dug into a swoon of a pumpkin pie. Our two friends had scaled a culinary Mount Everest.

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?

Heidi Montag's Spiritual Void

Suzette Standring | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Suzette Standring

In a world where surgical sculpting is considered an investment in one's career, what exactly is too much, over the top, the absolute back of beyond?

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.

Michael Jackson -- Moonwalking through Milestones

Suzette Standring | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Suzette Standring

In 1969 the King of Pop was a pipsqueak when I heard the lead singer of The Jackson Five belt out "I Want You Back." Even now the songs "ABC" and "I'll Be There" take me back to my teenage days in San Francisco.

Winning Wallets of Christian Consumers

Suzette Standring | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Suzette Standring

Christian buying power can change business for the better. Integrity, excellent products and wholesome advertising beget loyalty from a demographic that spends $1.5 trillion annually.

Irene Fernandez: The Best or Worst of Malaysia?

Suzette Standring | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Suzette Standring

It is a textbook case of laws being used to crush critics of governmental operations. Malaysia may be 9,296 miles from the US, but authorities seeking to silence protest is universal.