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Susan Winston is an award-winning television producer and writer in Los Angeles. She is also a practicing psychotherapist working within the industry focusing on those who have lost employment due to downsizing, ageism, and other outplacement situations.

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My Dog Charlie & LinkedIn

(1) Comments | Posted November 14, 2014 | 5:03 PM

Did you ever go to school and tell your teacher, "The dog ate my homework"? Ours once ate airplane tickets, but that's another tail or tale. In this case, my dog stepped on my computer while I was on Linkedin and not only uploaded my entire mailing list but did...

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No Tools for Living: Department of Education, Listen Up!

(2) Comments | Posted August 11, 2014 | 12:31 PM

It's an understatement to say I am disappointed in how our kids are educated. I am horrified. I own up, and yes, did send my kids to one of the supposedly "best" schools in the Los Angeles area. They could have obtained as much from a good public school as...

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Where Did YOUR 200 Billion Dollars Go?

(1) Comments | Posted June 21, 2014 | 1:08 PM

I get incensed. Perhaps that is my fatal flaw, but there is stuff that people do that just fries me and I cannot bury it as just a part of life. I fight and write letters and call congressmen and organizations starting as far up the ladder as I can...

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Have You 'Aged Out'? Not on Your Life!

(0) Comments | Posted May 5, 2014 | 10:58 AM

I work in two industries -- TV production and also as a psychotherapist. I chose to go into the field of psychotherapy, since when one is a TV producer one spends their life giving advice, talking people off the ledge, and helping people solve their problems... all for free. So...

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Really Hot Stuff

(0) Comments | Posted April 7, 2014 | 5:35 PM

Have you noticed how everything now is spicy? Dishes laced with jalapenos, exotic chilies, or peppers? I actually wrote this article before 60 Minutes aired their exclusive interview with the family-owned Tabasco Company. So while Tabasco may have started it all in the U.S., note that for thousands of years...

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An Olympic-Sized mess

(0) Comments | Posted February 12, 2014 | 5:44 PM

Shame on you, NBC. You have shown us the beauty of the country, the people and the talents of the athletes in Sochi. Your coverage has been just wonderful. As a TV producer and director I appreciate the pains you have gone through in finding new ways to highlight the...

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Santa Did Not Come This Year

(0) Comments | Posted January 2, 2014 | 4:51 PM

There are many who are thrilled to say goodbye to the year 2013. Maybe it was the number '13' in the way. Whatever the cause, it was a trial. I work with one particular guy who spent a career in business helping others get their start. We'll call him "Jake."...

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Why Just 1 Month?

(0) Comments | Posted October 25, 2013 | 11:28 PM

Why just one month?

Really! It's National Bullying Prevention Month. So why did they pick October and forget the rest of the year? Bullying goes on all the time, not just during this month or if it does, I need to write this very quickly. And while it is great...

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Tools for Living

(4) Comments | Posted October 7, 2013 | 12:37 PM

I'm a psychotherapist and as such I work with a lot of adolescents. Many of "my kids" are in their senior year and off to college next year. When we talk about what concerns them most about leaving home and being on their own, I am surprised about how little...

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The Almost-Empty Nest

(2) Comments | Posted September 5, 2013 | 11:33 AM

Three down and one to go. No, this is not a football game. It's the countdown in our house regarding children who are out the door and "somewhat" on their own. As each flew away, I did shed my tears. They were off to college and starting their adult life....

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The Angelina Applause Scenario

(0) Comments | Posted June 4, 2013 | 11:00 AM

Who cannot applaud Angelina Jolie for going public with her medical issues and her decision to have a double mastectomy after learning she carried a genetic mutation that could dramatically increase her odds of breast and ovarian cancer?

The mutation in question is the BRCA1 gene and according to...

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Puck This

(0) Comments | Posted January 31, 2013 | 9:35 AM

I am a newcomer to the world of ice hockey. I mean, how can one avoid it especially in my family which, if it has a ball or other projectile and it's on TV, the TV is on. Truly, my guys would watch lawn bowling if that were the only...

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When You Really Love a Friend

(0) Comments | Posted January 10, 2013 | 10:20 AM

My kids complained that the last blog I wrote had too much humor and a little too much "'tude." I think they were freaked out that I admitted had ever smoked pot. They are my ardent and critical audience, so asked to get back to the more serious and thoughtful...

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So Now My Kids Are Driving Stoned

(41) Comments | Posted December 12, 2012 | 5:30 PM

Remember oh so long ago -- like about a month ago -- when we worried that our kids might be driving loaded with a drink or two? Inebriation is a no-no in our society. If you live in my neighborhood, every weekend, there are sobriety checkpoints set up throughout the...

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Down and Really Out in Beverly Hills

(9) Comments | Posted November 25, 2012 | 5:31 PM

The movie, Down and Out in Beverly Hills was a 1986 farce about Beverly Hills street bum (Nick Nolte) who attempted to drown himself in Bette Midler and Richard Dreyfus' pool. Art did indeed imitate life as Beverly Hills has become home to a new group of severely depressed people:...

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