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Suzette Martinez Standring is syndicated with GateHouse Media for her spirituality columns.

Her Amazon bestselling Kindle and book, The Art of Opinion Writing: Insider Secrets from Top Op-Ed Columnists features the personal stories, obstacles, triumphs, and writing strategies from long-time columnists such as Ellen Goodman, Kathleen Parker, Dave Astor, Dave Lieber, Connie Schultz, Cal Thomas, Clarence Page, Joel Brinkley, Derrick Jackson, Mike Masterson, and others. (RRP International, 2013) It's available on Amazon.

Her previous book, "The Art of Column Writing: Insider Secrets from Art Buchwald, Dave Barry, Arianna Huffington, Pete Hamill and Other Great Columnists,"is used in university journalism courses and has won awards.

On her Cable TV Show, "It's All Write With Suzette," she interviews authors and columnists about their work and writing processes. Episodes can be found on ( and on (

She is a past president of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists and presents writing workshops nationally. She lives in Massachusetts.

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Mask Down: Gay Biker and Straight Vampires

(1) Comments | Posted October 21, 2014 | 12:34 PM


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, sipping a beer. "I want to talk to that...

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Facebook: Deeper Than You Think

(1) Comments | Posted August 11, 2014 | 11:49 AM


Are Facebook postings superficial? There are big smiles amid balloons, vacation snapshots, or a dinner entrée of note. Some say it is a fake set up of life. Yet I believe Facebook sharing often reveals the individual nature of goodness and hope, the...

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Kayaking for Guatemala Garbage Dump Kids

(0) Comments | Posted July 30, 2014 | 10:43 PM

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. Now she's paddling to raise...
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Surrogacy Between Close Friends: Think Twice

(0) Comments | Posted May 30, 2014 | 6:33 PM

"Jillian" just had a birthday. Her surrogate mother, Laurie B. Miller of Bridgewater Mass., keeps track on the Facebook sidelines in secret. Nearly 19 years ago, giving birth to Jillian was a loving gesture by Miller to "Meg," her best friend. Then things went horribly wrong. Miller offers a cautionary...

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Spring Fevered Bad Fashion

(0) Comments | Posted April 22, 2014 | 12:24 PM


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 about to be fashion blindsided. Put those pink daisy pants down!

Who wouldn't want fun and flirty wear...

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Sudden Retirement: Wows and Warnings

(2) Comments | Posted March 27, 2014 | 12:38 PM

About 10,000 Baby Boomers will retire this year, and this average will continue for the next 19 years. My husband just crossed that threshold. 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...

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Close the Torture Houses in North Sinai and Egypt

(0) Comments | Posted March 12, 2014 | 4:07 PM


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. They are torturing us. Please, please. Estafamos, a native Eritrean who lives in...

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Matthew McConaughey: Gratitude Reciprocates

(0) Comments | Posted March 7, 2014 | 2:07 PM

"He [God] has shown me that it is a scientific fact that gratitude reciprocates," said best actor winner Matthew McConaughey in his recent Oscar speech. It's true. Gratitude is a gift that keeps on giving, and there is a science behind it.

When I was a little girl,...

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Oscar Winners: We Crave Genuine Gratitude

(0) Comments | Posted February 26, 2014 | 1:07 PM


Oscar speeches and spirituality? Confession is good for the soul. At the annual awards, five little words set my teeth on edge, "And I want to thank," followed by the long, obligatory list of industry insiders. Just once I'd love to...

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To the Romance-Resistant on Valentine's Day

(1) Comments | Posted February 12, 2014 | 9:34 PM


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 disappointed by the just plain hopeless. The guilty find that unfair.

The office door opens, and heads...

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

(3) Comments | Posted January 6, 2014 | 1:56 PM

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 fulcrum. Hamilton Nolan of Gawker lists her as one of "The Least Important Writers of 2013." Yet I devote a chapter to...

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A Ritual Ties Past Lessons to Future Hopes

(1) Comments | Posted December 31, 2013 | 10:42 AM


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 new year is upon us! Bring a small token symbolizing a lesson you learned...

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December Birthdays: For Once, the Full Limelight

(4) Comments | Posted December 6, 2013 | 10:04 AM

Which one is my birthday gift?

Those born in December get the short end of the seasonal stick. Of course, it's hard to imagine Brad Pitt, Jay Z, or Taylor Swift as coming up short of anything. Still, those whose birthdays...

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Thanksgiving: Under the Gay Turkey Wing

(3) Comments | Posted November 21, 2013 | 1:28 PM


Recently, a friend described her Thanksgiving table as the Land of the Misfit Toys. "Anyone who doesn't have a place to go comes to my house," she said. Years ago that was us when David and I were new to the...

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Muffin Top Movie: Reclaiming the Female Image

(5) Comments | Posted November 17, 2013 | 6:53 PM


"Muffin top" are two words that set a woman's teeth on edge. We're not talking about the delicious, sugary, primo part of a muffin. Muffin top is the bit of blubbery overhang on a woman's mid-riff. Even it is barely noticeable,...

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Miley Cyrus: Birthday Advice to the Queen of Twerk

(4) Comments | Posted November 6, 2013 | 7:19 PM


Miley Cyrus, you made me laugh when you told Matt Lauer that sex stops for the over-40 set. Oh, I just slapped my knee and guffawed when Lauer revealed he was 55 and you said, "Oh, then you're really, definitely not sexual." Ouchies,...

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Useful Mind Tricks for the Next Snowstorm

(4) Comments | Posted January 15, 2011 | 12:56 PM

As one matures, the existentialist question intensifies, "Why am I here?" This question becomes most fierce when I am shoveling snow -- over 12 inches, all alone at my home near Boston. I am ready for the rapture. Take me away.

Like other New Englanders, I face the elements with...

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Rabbi Michael Lerner: Polemics and Distortions Are Anti-Peace

(22) Comments | Posted May 6, 2010 | 7:50 PM

Extreme polemics are anti-peace and they further a cycle of violence. Rabbi Lerner's San Francisco home was defaced by political posters permanently glued on by whom he suspects to be right wing Zionists critical of him and Richard Goldstone, who led a 2009 fact finding mission and authored a...

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Teen Empowerment Creates Agents for Positive Change

(0) Comments | Posted February 23, 2010 | 3:17 PM

The regenerative power of youth can heal violence. Kids just have to be empowered to do so. Since 2000, 36-year old Craig McClay has been a program coordinator for The Center for Teen Empowerment. He knows firsthand how teens will choose non-violence over aggression if they have hope in their...

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Heidi Montag's Spiritual Void

(10) Comments | Posted February 18, 2010 | 2:30 PM

Actress Lisa Rinna, implants, bee(hive) stung lips and all, thinks Heidi Montag, reality star of The Hills, has gone too far. To resemble a Nordic goddess, Montag, at age 23, underwent ten plastic surgeries in one day. Rinna's disgust compelled her to tear Montag's cover off her home copy...

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