Category Archives: Suzanne Strazza

Ooh, that smell!

Print this articleF—ing skunks. If you have seen me recently, you may have noticed that once again, I am injured. And once again, there is a great story to the injury: one that includes a large amount of clumsiness and … Continue reading

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Groovin’ to the music, once again

Print this articleI went to my first Telluride Bluegrass Festival in 1988 – the 15th annual. My friends and I loaded up the car with tie-dye, squirt bottles, blankets, and enough peanut-butter pot cookies to incapacitate an entire army. We … Continue reading

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Groovin’ to the music, once again

Print this articleI went to my first Telluride Bluegrass Festival in 1988 – the 15th annual. My friends and I loaded up the car with tie-dye, squirt bottles, blankets, and enough peanut-butter pot cookies to incapacitate an entire army. We … Continue reading

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A penny for my thoughts

Print this articleI put together one of these last year and was asked to provide a new one, annually. What follows is a compilation of scribbles on scraps of paper, direct from brain to hand, unfiltered, and somewhat embarrassing in … Continue reading

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Loving Mick — it was a gas, gas, gas

Print this articleSeems like the older I get the less inhibited I become. Is this a good thing? Jury’s out on that one but I am certainly spending less time questioning what others think of me. Again, good thing? Or … Continue reading

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Things you should know before we date, 2/19/18

Print this articleEight years ago, I was a hot mess, and newly single. I wrote a column titled “50 things you should know before we date.” I got myself a stalker suitor out of it. Now, once again, I am … Continue reading

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Alone again, naturally

Print this articleDue to a very large, handful of unforeseen surprises in my life (read: my life imploded), I find myself in a situation that I never thought I’d be in again… I live alone. I live with two cats … Continue reading

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Post-It notes from the edge

Print this articleBeing a writer, I am always having writerly thoughts – brilliant blips that are sure to bring me fortune and fame if I can just put them on paper then get them out there into the world. I … Continue reading

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Frozen

Print this articleI’d like to tell you about my favorite outhouse. Do you have history with many outhouses? you ask… Why yes, as a matter of fact, I do. When you pride yourself on being a dirt bag, ultra-hardy mountaineer, … Continue reading

Published in March 2017, Suzanne Strazza

Sitting on a plane. . .

Print this articleSitting on a plane next to, not only a bigot, but a preacher bigot. Just as I sat down we had a brief discussion regarding his Bojangles Fried chicken which is really, in my humble opinion, rude to … Continue reading

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Bridget, again

Print this articleIn January of 2004 a column appeared in this very publication titled, “Confessions of a Frivolous Woman”; it centered around one main character – Mr. Darcy. I wrote it. I confessed to an unabashed love for Colin Firth … Continue reading

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Junk car

Print this articleI just cleaned out my truck. Before you get too excited, it was a surface clean. No rags, cleansing agents, or muscle power used in the process. And I didn’t actually get to the glove compartment or the … Continue reading

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She’s gone country

Print this article“She’s gone country, Look at ‘dem boots  She’s gone country, Back to her roots  She’s gone country, A new kinda suit  She’s gone country, Here she comes.” — Alan Jackson Having grown up where I did and how I did, the world … Continue reading

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Amsterdam

Print this articleParenting in the era of legalized marijuana is an experience I never dreamed I’d have. When I was the age my children are now, I was definitely stoned, listening to The Dead, and hanging out in my basement … Continue reading

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The long way home

Print this article“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover … Continue reading

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Wrapture at Bloomingdale’s

Print this articleChristmastime never fails to evoke memories. While some vary from year to year, one is the constant; this little bit of nostalgia is at the forefront the minute I sit down to begin wrapping presents… Working at Bloomingdale’s. … Continue reading

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Thanks for the memories

Print this articleIn a bizarre, this-could-only-happen-in-a-small-town, alignment-of-the-stars circumstance, I had Thanksgiving Dinner in my old home. The heart-pulls that began upon walking in the door have grown from stirrings, to fluttering, to poundings. So many sentiments bubbled their way to … Continue reading

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Clothes make the (hu)man

Print this article“Our clothes are too much a part of us for most of us ever to be entirely indifferent to their condition: it is as though the fabric were indeed a natural extension of the body, of even of … Continue reading

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The friendly skies

Print this articleWhat I learned about airplane travel in a week. Day 1: Using miles to purchase your ticket does not elevate your status (as in “Welcome back Ms. Strazza – so nice to see you again.”) It actually sends … Continue reading

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To forgive is divine

Print this articlePreface: When I was 14, I convinced my brother Kent’s friends, Steve and Rick (aged 17) to teach me to drive Rick’s car. Kent was out for a run and my parents were in Europe. God only knows … Continue reading

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Touch of gray

Print this articleFifty. 50. Five-Zero. Not dollars in my bank account. Not miles that I ran. Not cups of coffee I drink in a day. Years. Fifty years. Fifty years old. As I write this, I am in the twilight, … Continue reading

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Fit as a Fiddle-Faddle

Print this articleMy stomach hurts. It hurts so much that every move I make causes suffering. Rolling over in bed is now something I wish to avoid. Why, Suzanne? What is wrong? You ask with deep concern mixed with a … Continue reading

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A tale of two hamsters

Print this articleEvery year, in the frenzy of getting holiday gifts out to family and friends, and dreading standing in line at the Post Office, I think of this day. It may be the most significant Christmas memory this family … Continue reading

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Cleanliness is next to … how does that go?

Print this articleI belong to a writing group. We get together each week to share our creativity, which is often inspired by a prompt that someone has chosen to throw at us. Last week, this was one of those prompts: … Continue reading

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Stream of consciousness

Print this articleWhy is it so difficult for me to get motivated sometimes? Running makes me so happy. I should really do this everyday. Why do those first steps hurt so much? God, my back is all cattywhumpus. Pearl Jam. … Continue reading

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Hello, Dolly!

Print this articleA friend was heading out to a concert in a really big stadium, in a really big city — one of those concerts where, even with binoculars, you can’t see the performers on the stage from anywhere but … Continue reading

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Test Anxiety

Print this articleSo it seems like every time I turn on my computer, there is a new “test” for me to take that starts with some version of “What kind of _____ are you?” I took one – to determine … Continue reading

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How are you?

Print this articleTrick question? Do you really want an answer? When Emily Post taught me my manners, she made it very clear that when you greet someone, you say those words. Unconditionally. The only time I ever gave any thought … Continue reading

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Note to self: Use more Post-Its

Print this articleMichele: Oh, okay. Um, I invented Post-Its. Romy: Actually, I thought of them completely by myself. I mean, all Michele did was say: “Whatabout making them yellow?” I’d like to thank Romy and Michele’s brilliant minds (or whomever … Continue reading

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Is it time to ramble on?

Print this articleBefore moving to Mancos, I had never lived anywhere (as an adult) for longer than two years, often fewer than two. Various apparent reasons: job, love, loss of job, loss of love, climbing. But beneath the surface there … Continue reading

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Lessons learned from the last four years

Print this articleI have recently had the opportunity (chore) of rereading everything that I have written in the last four years. I have come away with several thoughts, a few of which I am going to share, here, with you. … Continue reading

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All shook up

Print this articleI am so un-hip when it comes to music. Actually I’m pretty un-hip in general. But really, I think that I have better taste in music than anyone, which I prove through my relationship with the King. Yeah, … Continue reading

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Running on empty

Print this articleWent for a run today. Sand Canyon Sunday. I haven’t run for months; three months ago I stopped, gave it up fearing it was for good. “Why,” you ask, “would you give up something that you love so … Continue reading

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Harvest time

Print this articleWhen I was growing up, we never had a garden. We had a beautiful yard: green grass, rhododendron, dogwood trees, but the only edibles that my mom grew were just enough chives to go on our baked potatoes. … Continue reading

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My three sons

Print this articleSomeone called me an angel the other day, but my guess is that secretly he was thinking, “Idiot.” I’ve taken on another teenage boy; welcomed him into my home, my family. Holy shit, right? So he’s this great … Continue reading

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Swimming against the technological tide

Print this article“I consider turning my computer on to be work.” “Oh, I am right there with you.” Liar. Totally full of shit. I am on my computer all the time. When email really got up and going, I refused. … Continue reading

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Hot home cooking

Print this articleIn the last month or so, several, no many, people have asked me about this list that was published years ago; some want to remind themselves, some want to remind their husbands and some haven’t seen it but … Continue reading

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Why I’m a heat-seeking miss

Print this articleOkay, it’s official. I do not like winter. I am so damn sick of it right now and I am sorry to whine, but I am getting persnickety in my old age, so I’m going to say whatever … Continue reading

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Adventure on the high seas

Print this articleTwo truths and a lie: * We used to live in tents * We were part of a Mexican drug deal * We’ve been to Disneyland If you’ve known me for any length of time, you know that … Continue reading

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Super-shopper

Print this articleWhat’s in my grocery shopping cart for the week: • Gallons upon gallons of whole milk • 164-load laundry detergent (that I had to drag across the floor, unable to lift it) • Family-size box of instant mashed … Continue reading

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