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Author Archive for Susan McNeal Velasquez

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A Sense of Balance Summer officially arrived this week and our festival openings are upon us. As the season shifts, let’s see if we can lighten up and enjoy the summer months. If you feel like you have been walking a tightrope without a safety net, daily living could seem downright treacherous about now. At […]

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 The Power of Imagination Susan McNeal Velasquez     The theme of the Pageant of the Masters 2011, “Only Make-Believe,” is a tribute to artistic imagination unleashed. Imagination is an exceptional gift that can also be used to access inner-wisdom.     Today, I want to invite you to use your imagination. Your memories, approached correctly, can […]

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Exercising Your Own Voice My friend of 38 years came to stay with me. She needed to get away from home. She is 90 and recently had a mild stroke. Though the damage done is almost imperceptible, she has had to do physical and speech therapies to regain the mental and physical strength lost. All […]

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Creditability A letter came from a credit card company, thanking me for my loyalty. Call me shameless, but not only am I disloyal to Master Card, I am triple-timing him. I remember my first credit card. American Express. Unfortunately, the relationship was somewhat disappointing. It wasn’t anything American Express did. I thought he would bring […]

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Shopping Doldrums Last week I was invited to lunch at an elegant French restaurant in South Coast Plaza. I was excited because I was finally going to have a face-to-face meeting with a woman who I met years ago by phone, as a result of writing this column. I decided to go early and do […]

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Funeral Divas Just Want To Have Fun By Susan McNeal Velasquez On March 27, my Aunt Marie died at age 89. She lived in New York City and had Alzheimer’s disease. Her husband was her sole caregiver. As death approached, many decisions had to be made, and I became his long-distance partner. It has been […]

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Funeral Divas Just Want To Have Fun On March 27, my Aunt Marie died at age 89. She lived in New York City and had Alzheimer’s disease. Her husband was her sole caregiver. As death approached, many decisions had to be made, and I became his long-distance partner. It has been an intense experience of […]

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Sensory Overload As a result of my work as a consultant, each week I get a sampling of the challenges others are facing here in Laguna and across the country.   The number of tragedies and near catastrophic events of late are starting to pile up like planes on a runway, waiting for permission to […]

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Rock-a-bye Ladies I met a delightful couple, Gary and Dee, at the last Laguna Canyon Conservancy meeting. During dinner, Dee exuberantly shared about a collaborative program between Assistance League of Laguna Beach and the Intervention Center for Early Childhood. This free program serves developmentally delayed infants and their parents. Professional support is provided from occupational […]

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Your Friendship Quotient “Life without a friend is death without a witness.” (Rose Macaulay-1928) A benefit of living in Laguna is the easy involvement opportunities like the L.B. Woman’s Club or the American Association of University Women (AAUW), to name just two. There are over 150 non-profit organizations contributing to our community. Why not jump […]

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Tend and Befriend Are you a person who values commitment or are you an involvement person? If commitment is your strong suit, you score high in reliability. You do what you say you will do. You plan your work and work your plan. Task focus rules. When events go awry, you systematically backtrack to uncover […]

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Plain Speaking Mark Dressler, a drama teacher extraordinaire who has supplied leadership for the drama programs at Laguna Beach schools for many years, took the time to write a note to the editor in response to my column of a few weeks ago about the “Think It Over” parenting project at Thurston Middle School. As […]

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Plain Speaking  Mark Dressler, a drama teacher extraordinaire who has supplied leadership for the drama programs at Laguna Beach schools for many years, took the time to write a note to the editor in response to my column of a few weeks ago about the “Think It Over” parenting project at Thurston Middle School. As […]

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Wisdom Workout

Wisdom Workout

Think It Over   As I reached the Peppertree Lane entrance, the teenage girls standing nearby were regrouping. “Oh my gosh! This man across the street yelled at me, telling me I was filled with sin and I’d be hearing baby cries for the rest of my life!” The girls each had their arms wrapped […]

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Wisdom Workout

Wisdom Workout

Think It Over   As I reached the Peppertree Lane entrance, the teenage girls standing nearby were regrouping. “Oh my gosh! This man across the street yelled at me, telling me I was filled with sin and I’d be hearing baby cries for the rest of my life!” The girls each had their arms wrapped […]