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Susan DeBow

For Every Gardener There is a Season

It is a good day to write about tomatoes. I’m not talking the tomatoes in the store that have gotten better through the years. No, I’m talking about the home-grown kind, the ones my husband has planted every year we have lived in a house. Nick grew up in Cleveland. He attended public school. On […]

The Evolution of Womanhood

While talking to the owners of a house I wanted to list, my half-slip fell off. Slipped right down to the ground. It shouldn’t have surprised me, as the elastic waistband was stretched and loose. Still, I had to decide how to recover the white, lumped garment that lay around my feet like a wreath. […]

Everybody Needs a Mary

By Susan DeBow

Everybody Needs a Mary

My dear friend, Mary, is 97. Last year she moved into a nursing home because she got a wicked case of shingles that left her with neuropathy. So, she turned in her car keys and house keys and moved into the Country Manor Nursing Home. She had gotten her new car when she turned 95, […]

Hello World. I'm Back.

For over 18 years I have been a writer. From the comfort of my office in my house, I have written columns, essays, a novel, poems, articles and short stories. The people I have met have been mostly in my head. Enjoyable people, for the most part, and if they bother me, I can shut […]

Leafpeepers and the Fall

I am a middle-aged woman. (Yes, I am. I heard recently a 120-something died. I am sure of it – or maybe 114, which is close enough.) I just returned from a trip to New England, where a majority of middle-aged women and a few left-over men trot in October in order to qualify for […]

Under the Boardwalk

By Susan DeBow

Under the Boardwalk

I just finished reading a book about a woman and man and their two children who moved to Italy for a year. Currently, I am reading a book about a divorced woman whose long-term relationship with a man has ended, and she sets out in her car to travel across Canada to the Yukon, sleeping […]

Not Just Another Meal

By Susan DeBow

Not Just Another Meal

Please don’t ask me what I had for lunch today, or what I did yesterday. I won’t remember. But ask me about my first trip abroad by myself, to Ireland, which was thirteen years ago, and I can tell you almost every detail and regale you with stories that would fill a movie. And not […]

Just Blame it on Your Childhood

Just blame it on Barb Soufflé. As we all know, everything that happens in our lives, whether it happens at 30 or 60, goes back to our childhood. Take the fact that I am now fat. The story of that can easily be traced to these few elements of my youth. My mother drank Diet […]

Putting Yourself and Friendships in Time-out

When my kids were growing up, the concept of “time-out” was not in our vocabulary. We sent kids to their room or told them to, “Sit there and don’t make a sound!” but never did we say, “Okay, you are going to get a time-out.” The whole concept of that, to me, was stupid and […]

My Better Half

By Susan DeBow

My Better Half

The last piece I wrote for Sasee had me weighing in at a house and a half. My new hip had led this horse to water to swim and start moving. The walk from my car to the pool made thoughts run through my mind such as: My, my, can’t they have a moving walkway […]

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