ARTICLES

Suzie writes for a variety of on-line and print magazines, including New Spirit Journal, The Union newspaper and others.

December 14, 2019

Dear Friends…. For this holiday, our family decided to gift togetherness and adventure rather than pretty wrapped gifts. Money spent on frivolous sparkly items, soft gloves, warm hats, the newest and best gimmicks of the season will instead go to staying and playing together in a small town in New Mexico. We will cook, play games, visit local sites plus tour the art and vibe of Santa Fe. Memories will be made, laughter will fl...

October 24, 2019

Dear Friends… the last few months have been filled with odd energies swirling in dissident directions. Sometimes the energy was upsetting, other times, loving and kind. When a decision I made felt secure, it became shaky. What seemed like a certain direction flipped 180 degrees. Plane flights were rearranged more than twice. Plans were cattywampus, uneven, disrupted and unreliable.

My sensitivity to the psychic energy of others...

September 19, 2019

Seven percent! That is the club we now belong to having been married for 50 years. This statistic seems low to me, since we have long-term friends in this same club. We recently met up with two other couples from college who were married in the sixties and are still together. Is it easy to be in the seven percent club? Not necessarily, but it is incredibly interesting to be with the same person for so many years and still, sti...

August 15, 2019

At almost 91, mom died of old age at home. Without a defining illness, she did not qualify for hospice care. We were alone floating on an island of ignorance and confusion. Mom was my neighbor for over 27 years and I became her champion for the last chapter of her life/death continuum.

At first, I was an emotional, reluctant, impatient and unskilled caregiver. Rather than quietly caring, I bulldozed my way around her needs. Mom...

July 10, 2019

The concept of letting go seems so simple. Just let whatever is bothering you float away on a strong clear current towards the sea or on a gust of warm wind. Yet, it is not simple, nor easy to let go and replace worries with emptiness or a fresh thought. I find the more I let go of: expectations; worry; the need to be right; concern for myself and others; future potentials; a desired specific outcome to an issue; or any bother...

May 29, 2019

My continuous lack of sleep caused tiredness, frustration, limitations and anger with myself. I knew I needed help and relief. Sleeping pills, CBD, sleep aids, potions and melatonin were completely ineffective. Blurry eyed, I googled sleep issues in my area and found an expert in sleep problems. I thought Cognitive Behavioral Therapy would be helpful, however, my therapist suggested we do a four-week course he created in mindf...

April 8, 2019

A friend calls you with terrible news. It could be any one of a myriad of human issues: their beloved parent is dying and they are at their wits end; their child has received a terrible diagnosis and is suffering; their spouse had a heart attack and is in the hospital; the job they loved is ripped out from under them or they are on emotionally shaky ground not finding a way out of a life situation. What can you do?

To begin wit...

March 4, 2019

At 71 years of age, I am beginning to understand how time and age changes energy and perspectives. Over a twenty-five year span, my parents were our neighbors allowing me the opportunity to watch them gradually slow down. I did not understand where their energy went. They were in their later years (close to my age now!) and I was in my prime. My energy was high and moving fast, theirs slow and go.

My calendar was full with fami...

January 29, 2019

Unless you’re a professional caregiver, a healthcare professional, or someone who has sat with dying people, it’s likely you’ll be unprepared for the experience of a loved one’s last days. At least, that is what I discovered watching life disappear in my mom’s last days. At first, I went into the mad cap, adrenaline flowing “what to do now” scenario. After stumbling, lost in a fog of disorienting confusion, I discovered tools...

December 24, 2018

Oh me oh my, here we are in the midst of the holidays! Each year it seems a different holiday perspective presents itself. Some years are fully planned and executed and some are on the fly. This year, we are in the midst of moving from one state to another and I have not yet settled into the season. Instead of shopping for gifts, we will revel in the big adventure of living in a new state close to our adult kids. That is the b...

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