Suzanne Reisler Litwin

Living in the Now

A writer and educator with a keen eye and a quirky sense of humour, Suzanne observes and comments on just about everything

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“Heeelllllloooo! When are we going? I don’t have infinite time ya know! I’m 85 this year. Are we going soon? I hope so. I will make the eggie sandwiches and bring the towels. You should bring the bug spray and the paddles. Let’s go soon; I really need to do this.”

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I went for a run last week on Mount Royal in Montreal. My favourite park in the whole wide world. It’s my place of peace and tranquility. When I am in this park, I feel all the stress automatically leave my body. I do many activities there. Here is the order of my most favourite to favourite…

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On a chilly evening in mid-March, I was sitting at my dining room table. The table had piles of coloured papers, stickers, envelopes, a surprise gift and stamps on the surface. I’m stuffing envelopes with some family members. This is the assembly line effort to put together my annual JDRF (J…

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Welcome to The 2020 Spring Series – The More You Know. In the series you will read about people and situations which will broaden your horizons. We will enter into places and spaces which are not frequent paths. Certainly, what you will come to appreciate is the value in knowing more. This m…

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SERIOUSLY!!!! Stop all the fricken complaining! “It’s so annoying. I can’t do this and I can’t do that. I can’t go there and I want more of those.” Blah, Blah, BLAH! All I hear in my mind is, I want, I want, I WANT! I understand that everything is out of sorts. It’s a crazy time in the world…

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“Sue, you should write about what’s currently going on in the world now.” I hear this piece of advice every day. I do write about what’s going on in the world, but I reserve it for my personal journal. I yell and scream, cry and rage, pray and wait in my private writing space. I let it all o…

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Welcome to The 2020 Spring Series – The More You Know. In this series you will read about people and situations which will broaden your horizons. We will enter into places and spaces which are not frequented paths. Certainly, what you will come to appreciate is the value of knowing more. Thi…

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Welcome to The 2020 Spring Series – The More You Know. In this series you will read about people and situations which will broaden your horizons. We will enter into places and spaces which are not frequented paths. Certainly, what you will come to appreciate is the value of knowing more. Thi…

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Welcome to The 2020 Spring Series – The More You Know. In this series you will read about people and situations which will broaden your horizons. We will enter into places and spaces which are not frequent paths. Certainly, what you will come to appreciate is the value of knowing more. This …

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Welcome to The 2020 Spring Series – The More You Know. In the series you will read about people and situations which will broaden your horizons. We will enter into places and spaces which are not frequent paths. Certainly, what you will come to appreciate is the value in knowing more. This m…

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You know what I’m talking about. Everyone has them. Some people have many and some people have too many. Some have just a few. It’s kinda fun to have a conversation about everyone’s pet peeves. It’s a happy exchange, because it’s usually really silly stuff.

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Hello beautiful readers. I hope you are enjoying my weekly articles and especially the Saturday newsletter. Here is a little summary of what’s going on with the newsletter.

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Not too long ago I saw a great show at my local community theatre. During the intermission, I was standing around having my favourite ginger ale drink. I was also making chitty chat with a much younger new friend. We were talking about the show, the weather and our families.

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Now what am I supposed to do? Am I supposed to eat plant-based foods, exercise more often, eat my greens, eat less sweets, be kinder, give more, have more patience, spend less and save more? Get a gym membership, start that needed diet, read more, and be more tolerant and helpful? Think befo…

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You are fabulous! You are amazing! You are fantastic! You are wonderful! You are all these things at something you do. Everyone is fabulously talented at something. Everyone has the ability to be really good at doing something. Think about it. What are you fabulous at? Oh…By the way, only yo…

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Alas! I now understand myself better. I thought I understood myself quite well. I thought I knew who I was. I thought I was the 2nd generation canoeist in my family. However, recently my mother gave me a picture of my Grandmother canoeing! In this 1920 summer picture, Sadye Lightstone is 16 …

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Oh it’s very real. It’s all around us. It’s everywhere you may look. It’s on your street, in your community, and certainly in your city. It’s quiet. It’s alone. It’s simple.

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Ok. Ok! OK! Enough of your wining. I’m tired of hearing it. I know it gets darker earlier and it’s getting colder outside. Seriously, is this your first fall/winter in Canada? Could this be your 40+ year living here? This isn’t news to you. This is normal. Normal weather and day light for th…

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“Can we talk?” Those were Joan Rivers’ famous words. The late celebrity and talk show host explained in an interview the roots of her three magic words — which actually aren't rooted in much of her doing. "I always try to be very honest. My humor is truly stripping everything." she explained…

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I hear these statements all the time, “Have you seen the Netflix show…” or “Are you watching Stranger Things?” or “Sue, you seriously need to watch Breaking Bad!”

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The summer has definitely evaporated. If you know me well, you know I’m happy to see it go. I need cool air in my lungs to feel well. I have polar bear blood. I’m invigorated by cool temperatures and dampened by the heat.

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You might be wondering who my celebrity crush is. Could it be George Clooney? Nope. Could it be Liam Hemsworth? Nope. Could it be Jason Momoa? That’s a great sexy possibility, but the answer is still nope.

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When I was a little girl I played school. I loved playing the role of teacher. My friend Gloria Gorman was my excellent student. We traded roles all the time, but I mostly preferred to be the teacher. I would deliver a lesson, prepare a class assignment, and give out homework. We pretended i…

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Isn’t acceptance the first step of healing? I accept the fact that I am in love with ice cream. There, I said it. I admit this love in published print. Here is something I will also admit, I cannot control myself when I’m eating ice cream.

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Ahhhhh, it’s so relaxing. I’m sitting outside on a cozy chair. I have my journal resting on my lap. I’m writing about yesterday. I’m gazing outwards, thinking, dreaming, asking myself to remember. How did I feel then? Who was I with? What was happening? When did this take place? Where am I i…

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Ahhhh! It’s summertime. This is the time to vacation. I do not teach classes during the summer. Although I will be preparing for courses in September, I won’t be starting this for a while. This is the time to slow it down. S l o w   i t   d o w n.

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Everyone has their own philosophy, rules and ideas to live by. Everyone has a different perspective and point of view. Everyone interacts with the world differently. No two people are the same, but sometimes alike or very different. Actually, it is said that opposites attract. I think I marr…

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Welcome to PART FIVE of the Spring Series: Do What You Love and Love What You Do. This Spring Series is devoted to women who totally love the work they do. Each article features 3 women, from 3 different professions, describing what they do and why they love it. Each woman was interviewed us…

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Welcome to PART FOUR of the Spring Series: Do What You Love and Love What You Do. This Spring Series is devoted to women who totally love the work they do. Each article features 3 women, from 3 different professions, describing what they do and why they love it. Each woman was interviewed us…

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Welcome to PART TWO of the Spring Series titled: Do What You Love and Love What You Do! This Spring Series is devoted to women who totally love the work they do. Each article features 3 women, from 3 different professions, describing what they do and why they love it. Each woman was intervie…

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When I teach my classes, I drink a lot of water. I usually start the class with a full glass of water and by the mid-break time, I need to fill it up again. On this night I was giving a lecture on perspectives and how it affects writers. I was explaining how everyone has a different perspect…

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The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) will be holding it’s annual Sun Life Walk to Cure Diabetes event on Sunday, June 9 at the Centre de La Nature in Laval, Quebec. This annual fundraising event brings together a community of friends, families, colleagues and sponsors whose main …

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A few nights ago I couldn’t sleep . The excitement of a pending snow storm kept me from falling into a deep sleep. I got up every hour to look out the window and see the snow accumulate. It was going to be a really big snow fall. All the schools were to be closed. A real snow day was fast ap…

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When I was a little girl, my parents went to New York City and brought me home a yellow nightgown. The words, I Love You, repeated 3 times vertically on the front in orange print. The word, Unnerstand, followed in green print. Every time I wore this nightgown my parents would say, “I Love Yo…

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There is something to be said about experience. The more experience you have the better you are prepared for the unimaginable. The other day, I went for my regular run. I usually run for about an hour up and down hills. The main hill I run has a long, even incline that takes a good solid 10-…

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Every once in a while someone tells me I write with humour. This surprises me A LOT because I don’t think of myself as a funny person. I certainly can’t tell a joke. My timing is horrible. Sometimes, things just happen in a funny way and I can recount that. I guess I can tell or write a good…

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Some people would say I’m a bit boring. I tend to agree. I’m not much of a daring, take big risks kinda person. I like to do the same things over and over and over again. Year after year, I do the same perennial things. Like little spiritual rituals.

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When I’m tired but I don’t feel like sleeping, I like to watch movie clips from movies I’ve seen before. Like the movie clip “Don’t stomp your little last season pradas shoes at me honey”, from the movie Legally Blond. Or my favourite, “My biological clock keeps ticking and ticking”, from My…

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Sometimes I just sit and shake my head. Sometimes I just can’t believe what I see and hear. Mostly, I am in disbelief of how some people behave and speak. The question I ask is, “Who raised these animals?” Then I feel badly for associating these people to animals, because I believe animals b…

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Ok, so it’s November. We all know what’s going to happen in the next little while. It’s going to get darker earlier. There will be less day light hours. It will get colder. Cold enough so hopefully we will have snow for Christmas. People are going to stay indoors more. This is also the begin…

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So… I have a friend who asks a gazillion questions. I told her she should work as a border security guard or as a police interrogator! She’s excellent at getting people to talk. However, how many questions are people allowed to ask in a simple conversation? I ask, because her continuous ques…

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Just when you think everything you planned is going to go this way, it goes that way. Sometimes that way is the better way. Sometimes it’s not. Bottom line; be prepared for the unexpected.

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Suddenly, I’m here. I’m born from this mother and father. Sister to these siblings. Cousin to these relatives. I live at this home and go to this school. I play with Gloria, Beverly, Ellen, and Jodi. Then, I hang out with Alissa, Gayle, Heidi and Sally.

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A very, very long time ago I learned a valuable lesson about the difference between want and need. This lesson was defining and changed my perspective on life. For the first time, I couldn’t get what I wanted. Even if I worked my ass off for it, I still couldn’t get it.