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Suzanne Clores
Suzanne Clores is the author of Memoirs of a Spiritual Outsider and the founder of The Extraordinary Project , an online story collection of our most unusual human experiences. She writes and speaks on the topic of the extraordinary, and hosts events to celebrate and normalize their presence in our lives. He work has aired on Chicago Public Radio and has appeared in Salon, The Nervous Breakdown, Gaiam, Shambhala Sun, and other publications. She lives in Chicago.

Entries by Suzanne Clores

Turning 'It Was Meant to Be' on Its Head

(0) Comments | Posted December 21, 2015 | 5:34 PM

Writing a book about extraordinary experiences is more of a hot button issue than I thought. Not only is it awkward to describe (try saying, "I'm examining the science and stories of meaningful coincidence" at a holiday party and you'll know what I mean), but it's a puzzling...

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How I Came to Enjoy the Most Uncomfortable Part of the Creative Process

(0) Comments | Posted December 2, 2014 | 2:44 PM

The weekend before Thanksgiving I did something terrifying but rewarding: I read an excerpt from my book in progress to a room full of people. Live. To me, this is the psychological equivalent of jumping off a bridge in a tutu, and performing air ballet before hitting the water in...

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Talking To Teens About Sex: Don't Forget the STD Story

(0) Comments | Posted October 29, 2014 | 6:46 PM

Part of being a parent is sharing stories with your child to help them learn. Tales about not talking to strangers or being kind to a classmate have teaching points that cover everything from friendship and hardship to safety and health. With such a great teaching tool as the story,...

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The Awkward Truth About Having 'The Talk'

(0) Comments | Posted September 29, 2014 | 1:13 PM

Conscious parenting may sound like it's all apple cider vinegar and handmade socks, but facing good news and bad news with grace and mindful action doesn't always feel natural. In fact, parenting can get particularly awkward when it comes to addressing children's sexual behavior, so take a deep breath. First,...

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Dear Car Talk Brothers: Thanks For Saving My, My Friend's, and Her Dog's Life 20 Years Ago

(4) Comments | Posted July 17, 2014 | 3:22 PM

Dear Tom and Ray,

I've been meaning to write you a thank you note for, well, a very long time: almost 20 years to the day, actually. I've always been a slow writer, and that's part of my excuse. But the bigger and more legit part of the excuse in...

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The Science of The Secret: Does 'Asking the Universe' Really Work?

(7) Comments | Posted July 9, 2014 | 12:41 PM

Did you ever notice when you need something, really need it, an extraordinary moment tends to occur? Your spirits need a lift, and out of the blue, you get a call with a party invitation. You're strapped for cash when suddenly, an unexpected freelance opportunity comes up. Or true story,...

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Why You Should Bring Your Child, and Yourself, Into the Woods This Spring

(1) Comments | Posted March 2, 2014 | 6:57 PM

Last week, my daughter and I had the opportunity to fulfill one of my dreams. We had escaped the polar vortex and landed in a friend's loft space not far from the northern California landmark known as the Muir Woods National Monument, one of the last old growth...

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The Man Who Made Me Feel Grateful to See 2014

(0) Comments | Posted January 2, 2014 | 11:23 AM

On the last day of 2013, I met a man, Paul, who told me he had died in a ditch in Florida several years ago. He had flipped a boat he was towing down the highway onto his truck, and then rolled over several times like a crushed can. He...

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The Dark Side of Coincidence

(0) Comments | Posted September 30, 2013 | 6:50 PM

It's almost that time of year when people start talking about weird dreams, ghost sightings and their grandmother's superstitions they can't quite forget. I used to lump strange coincidences into that category, but no more. Recently, an intense flight from New York to Chicago made me see how important it...

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Carie's Return

(0) Comments | Posted May 26, 2013 | 4:36 PM

An hour goes by fast in the intuitive medium's office. With a pad and pen, I prepared for the discussion of health, home, career and the status of our dearly departed babysitter who left us almost a year ago. Never had I asked Delphina to talk to the dead before....

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Sex Scandals Got You Down? 6 Ways Yoga Helps Heal Invisible Wounds

(1) Comments | Posted February 5, 2013 | 11:40 AM

One of the benefits of teaching private yoga sessions, as I did at a friend's home last Thursday night in our quaint, university town, is you learn where the pedophiles live.

I was surprised by how much insight -- and terror -- this data provided. Down the street, an...

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Second Chances

(4) Comments | Posted November 19, 2012 | 2:06 PM

I'm sitting on a thin metal bar. I'm holding onto two coarse ropes. I'm trying not to scream out of both terror and disappointment. Though I registered for this trapeze class, I am well aware I cannot return. Very simply, I am too scared. It is six weeks before my...

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Carie's Ghost

(222) Comments | Posted October 5, 2012 | 5:34 PM

Our favorite babysitter unexpectedly dropped dead of leukemia at 37, and I'm struggling to explain it to my 4-year-old who already fears death.

Her fear started in her second year of Montessori preschool. Right before bed she would ask, What if I die in my sleep? Given that the Montessori...

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