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Susan Harvey

Milestone Birthday Becomes Dream Vacation

As a young girl I read Anne of Green Gables and dreamed of visiting Nova Scotia. Every year when my husband asked where we wanted to vacation, my vote was Nova Scotia. However, the other three family members voted Myrtle Beach. After the divorce, I never found the time and money – at the same […]

The One and Only

By Susan Harvey

The One and Only

Weddings are life changing events, and I should have known from the start that life with my betrothed would not hold the potential I expected. However, I was head over heels in love with my high school sweetheart, and love conquers all negative feelings. Both of us grew up in poverty, so we probably were […]

Unchanging Change

By Susan Harvey

Unchanging Change

Change, the only constant in life, prepared me for new beginnings, yet at the same time it taught me to fear the unknown. Two changes have made significant impacts on my life: long-distance moves and technology. I resisted relocation, but learned to embrace it; I embraced technology, but learned to resist it. Marrying a U.S. […]

Joyful Life Changes

By Susan Harvey

Joyful Life Changes

Through the years, I’ve encountered several life-changing events: marriage, childbirth, divorce, surgeries. All of these events included other people or their actions, but the one event that made the most dramatic change in my life involved only me – earning a college degree. In the summer of 1990, I took my younger daughter to her […]

Winning the Losing Game

By Susan Harvey

Winning the Losing Game

When my orthopedic surgeon told me to lose one hundred pounds, his words sent me into a state of panic. Joint problems had reduced my mobility, and now I faced the requisite hip replacement. I trusted this doctor, so when he told me without the surgery I would soon be unable to walk, I believed […]

Save the Best for Last

By Susan Harvey

Save the Best for Last

Life’s a roller coaster. Is the best part the anticipation during the long slow climb, the first heart-stopping drop, the middle twists and turns or the smooth glide into home port? As a child growing up in poverty in rural South Carolina, I dreamed of a day without bill collectors, eviction notices and auto repossessions; […]

Party of One

By Susan Harvey

Recently, I gave myself the perfect party in honor of the twentieth anniversary of my divorce. Being a southerner and coming from a family of stand-by-your-man-’til-he-finds-someone-new women, I wasn’t sure my divorce anniversary party would be in good taste, but I decided to indulge myself anyway. I sat down to make a guest list. Hummm…I […]

Solitude

By Susan Harvey

In my younger adult days, I never wanted to be alone. For me, solitude was synonymous with loneliness. Back then being with friends, family and even strangers nourished me, gave me a sense of worth, or as Abraham Maslow labeled it: a sense of belonging. Smack in the middle of his Hierarchy of Needs theory; […]

How I Survived the Great American Dream

Today, we face tough situations and accept them as a way of life. We live and work under stressful conditions in which worry and insomnia are constant companions. Some of us lose our jobs, creating more stress and worry, which lead to health issues, which lead to more stress and worry. And the cycle goes […]

Mother of the Bride

By Susan Harvey

Mother of the Bride

Dread describes my feelings on the day of my daughter’s wedding rehearsal seventeen years ago. I admit, dread is an unusual feeling for the mother of the bride, but this night I would see my former Hubby for the first time since our divorce. I would also meet the New Wife. I’d heard she was […]

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