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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Hell

Hell

I, a confirmed atheist, have found the definitive definition of hell. Now, hear me out, please. If there really were a hell, and who knows, maybe there is, I discovered what it would be. We had to cancel our five-week vacation in Europe after one week because of my...

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Food Schmood

Food Schmood

Do you ever feel you get too much information about food? I might not be an expert on food, but I've had a long relationship with it. And I thought I knew a few things about what to eat and what not to eat. That is, until I find something on the Internet that tells me...

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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.