For Susan


Dashing, splashing, vibrant colors

left in the wake

of a dashing, splashing, vibrant person


Spirited smile, thoughtful teacher

sincere critiques, always wanting us

to leave the middle ground, and 

soar to the heights of what is possible


The waves of life tossed her about

overwhelmed at times, she kept going

her favorite expression…lol


Susan gave and gave 

until she had no choice

but to finally rest 


This is not an epilogue

for we carry her good will 

and shared knowledge with us

always, never ending




Shirley Radcliff Bruton

6/11/21

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Goodbye, for now

“Stop it, or I’ll start crying,” Susan said.

“But I want you to know how much I love the blanket you gave me,” I said.

I shared my love of her blanket just months before Susan Tuttle’s passing. She had a habit of giving me small presents, usually cat themed. My favorite is a leopard printed throw in unusual and bright colors. I curl up under that blanket most every time I sit in my lounge chair.

Susan and I enjoyed a great love of cats. Her last cat was an imaginary girl named PITA (pain in the ass), and I have six food-to-poop converters. I bet PITA didn’t throw up hairballs daily. I wonder if I could get an imaginary cat or cats.

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Flourished Section Breaks

Space between paragraphs in a section break is sometimes accompanied by an asterism (either proper ⁂ or manual * * *), a…or other ornamental symbols. From Wikipedia. See link for additional information.

I’ve always used * * * for section breaks in prose or poetry. Recently, I was trying to find out if you left a blank line before and after the asterism in prose. Asterism was a new usage of the word asterisk to me. While doing research I came across the Wikipedia page and found out how very little I knew about breaks. And, yes it does appear that it is correct to place a blank line before and after the asterism.

My new favorite section break is called a fleuron a stylized forms of flowers or leaves. I have place three of them below.

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There’s a Ornamental Dingbats chart, seriously, if you dig deep enough and want to use a different break symbol. Happy section breaking.

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Favorite YouTube Influencers

For the last three and half years I’ve had trouble sleeping at night. To keep me quietly occupied, I have developed the habit of watching YouTube videos and listening to them through my earphones. I’ve learned many things from these mostly much younger woman that are mothers and YouTube Influencers. They’ve showed me how to lessen my load around the house. I’ve tried many of the products they use and I like most of them.

Here are two of my favorites:

THE WADS

Beauty & The Beastons

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