Coffee Break

Suzanne Faith, That's Life, Writing

This last week, one friend was accepted into a graduation school program and another was denied. I was thrilled for my friend who has a clear path forward in her career dream, and sad for my friend who received a no. Sad, but not discouraged, nor doubting the path. One thing I’ve learned through this writing gig: God is in the …

Wednesday’s Wonderings: The Problem with Mirrors

Suzanne Amish, Amish Wisdom, Faith, Family, hospitality, house update, Kitchen remodel, Simple Living, That's Life, Uncategorized, wisdom

Over the last eight months, we’ve been renovating the bathrooms in our house. If you’ve ever done any remodels, you know it’s not a one-person job—lots of coordination is required to keep progress moving forward. Contractor, plumber, electrician, tile guy, counter guy, mirror guy … and of course, the inspectors. The last bathroom was the master bath, and we had …

Wednesday’s Wonderings: True Hospitality

Suzanne Faith, Family, hospitality, Simple Living, That's Life, wisdom

I love to chase down root words—their history, their origin. More often than not, it widens or shifts my entire perspective on a topic. Want an example? Think of the word “host.” To me, being a host always conjures up anxiety. Hurrying to get ready before guests arrive, always a little behind schedule, more than a little concerned that everything …

Friday Photo Caption Contest: Waiting for your Wit

Suzanne dogs, Family, Guide Dogs for the Blind, Revell Books, Simple Living, That's Life

Winner of last week’s photo caption contest was Loretta M.: “I can’t believe I’m doing this.” Loretta, email me with your mailing address and I’ll send you a signed book. And to everyone else…I love reading your comments! It’s always hard to choose just one because they’re all good. Here’s this week’s photo…waiting for your caption. It’s a pix of …

A Trip to Facebook HQ

Suzanne Amish, That's Life, Writing

A week ago, my friend who works at Facebook (in Seattle) was  in town, so he invited me to  come to Facebook Headquarters in Menlo Park. I grabbed it!   I’ve been to Facebook HQ four times now. What shocked me this time was how many more employees there were! My friend has worked at FB for four years; he …

A Day in My Life: The Unexpected Thing about New Kitchen Appliances

Suzanne Family, house update, Simple Living, Summer, That's Life, Uncategorized

As much as our Summer of House Updating has stressed my fragile mental health, I have to admit I’m still dazzled by the new kitchen appliances.    Our old appliances were 25 years old. They still worked, but they worked LOUDLY. The biggest change I’ve noticed with the new appliances is that everything is so quiet! Whisper-hush.     The …


A Day in My Life: Holiday Luncheon for Guide Dogs for the Blind

Suzanne That's Life

A week or so ago, I was invited to the holiday luncheon for Guide Dogs for the Blind, held at the St. Francis Hotel in Union Square (oh-so-posh!). Such a wonderful event—celebrating the work of partnering a well-loved, well-socialized, well-trained dog with a visually impaired individual. You could have heard a pin drop in the large banquet room as speaker …


A Day in My Life: Fox 8, Cleveland

Suzanne That's Life

People tend to glamorize the writer’s life…but the truth is it’s really not so very glamorous! For me, it means lots of time spent in a laundry room. But recently I had a rather surreal moment–a TV interview on Fox 8 in Cleveland, Ohio. Surreal, yes. Glamorous, no. So much of behind-the-scenes TV is not the small piece of what …

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Dan Walsh’s Thoughts on Veteran’s Day

Suzanne That's Life

A few years ago I hosted Dan Walsh on my blog to share his thoughts on Veteran’s Day — his words are just as timely today. Thank you to all the men and women who’ve made sacrifices for our country! I want to thank Suzanne for inviting me to share some thoughts about some unsung American heroes here on Veterans …

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A Day in My Life: Miller’s Bakery

Suzanne Amish, That's Life

The next time you’re heading to or through Holmes County, Ohio, you’ve GOT to make a stop at Miller’s Bakery. Hot-from-the-Amish-oven baked goods, fresh spices, treats to take home (or, as in the case of my sister and me, to eat on the way). Jams and jellies, candy and coffee. Stocking up on fresh spices is one of my all-time …