Ed Harper

Ed Harper

[Photo: Ed Harper next to his plane in World War II] I’ve been privileged to know many amazing and wonderful people in my life. One of them was my brother-in-law, Ed Harper. Ed died four years ago at age 93. He was the second-to-last survivor of the original...
Why I Blog

Why I Blog

I started writing blogs so that I could tell people about my book, “Out of the Lion’s Den.” I created a Facebook author page, which is @susanmatternauthor and went on Instagram (as mattern.susan) for the same reason. My blogs have actually been so much fun...
Haggis and Neeps and Tatties

Haggis and Neeps and Tatties

I have loved every moment of my visits to Scotland, and now that we have an adopted set of relatives there courtesy of my daughter-in-law’s mother, it’s even more special. Even though I’m Irish and German, I felt an immediate affinity for Scotland....
I Love My Shirt (with apologies to Donovan)

I Love My Shirt (with apologies to Donovan)

There are many ways to gain confidence. I’ve belonged to Toastmasters for years, and I’ve gradually gotten to be a better speaker just by getting up in front of people and conquering the fear of public speaking. Everyone in Toastmasters is like me – people...
Shamrocks and Henna

Shamrocks and Henna

I was a guest at a wonderful wedding recently. A long-time Pakistani friend, the bride, got married to a young man of Irish Catholic heritage. The wedding took place here in Orange County. What a delightful blend of cultures. The bride wore a traditional Pakistani...