Great Expectations

Great Expectations

I started a diet a few weeks ago. The doctor wanted my husband to lose a little weight because of his back problems, and I saw it as an opportunity to be altruistic and selfish all at the same time. I would help him out by going on the same diet (the altruistic part),...

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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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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.