If Jesus Were President

If Jesus Were President

I know, I know, I'm an atheist, and I don't believe Jesus was the Son of God because I don't believe in a God. But having been a Catholic for 38 years, and a nun for 6 of them, I do know something about Jesus. Or at least the values that Jesus represents. Let's see,...

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Life Is a Highway

Life Is a Highway

I wrote a blog last week about the two things I wanted in a new car: cup holders and it had to be red! Well, we bought our new car. First of all, it wasn't a red Ferrari, which I'm very glad about. Their mileage is terrible, and the price tag is $242,000. Not to...

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Am I Sexist? Yes!

Am I Sexist? Yes!

My husband noticed a Ferrari in front of us the other day. It turned into the McDonald's drive-thru right in front of us. I laughed. "Fast food! Maybe that's how he was able to buy the Ferrari." It was actually my husband who noticed that the car going to...

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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 Black...

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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 to write...

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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. The land is wild...

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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...

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RAIN: Southern California Style

RAIN: Southern California Style

Rain in California is very different than rain in other parts of the country. I know that from years of experience. When I was growing up in St. Louis, it was either raining or it wasn't. Let me explain. The weatherman- yes, it was always a man- might say," It's going...

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Lies. And More Lies.

Lies. And More Lies.

When I was about five years old, I took a beautiful blue crystal rosary from a classmate and told my mom I had "just found it." I got in big trouble for taking it – and for lying about it. I learned then that lying is bad. When I met my husband, years later, the thing...

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Hi, I’m Sue Mattern.

I always wanted to be defined by my music… and by my writing—something I accomplished artistically. But one spring Sunday in 1986, a new definition was suddenly written about me. I was the mother of a 5-year old girl who was attacked and almost killed by a mountain lion in Orange County.