South Bend Love

South Bend Love

When I read Pete Buttigieg’s memoir, Shortest Way Home, the first thing that struck me was his love for South Bend, Indiana. As the title suggests, the book is about his personal journey back to his hometown where he is now Mayor Pete. After Harvard, Oxford, and...
Taking it Online – Kelly & Katie

Taking it Online – Kelly & Katie

I’m to the point of owning it now. I just straight up admit that I have an unusual hobby—I like to travel around to meet online friends in person. There. It’s who I am. But recently, I’ve been doing it backwards. I’ve been meeting people in real life and then taking...
Twitter Goes Local – April

Twitter Goes Local – April

If only my Twitter friends lived nearby! How often I’ve wished that. Well, my wish has been granted. By some miracle, I’ve discovered that one of my Susie Young at Heart Twitter friends just happens to live in the Twin Cities area. I had no idea! My first...
California Dreamin’ with Jennifer

California Dreamin’ with Jennifer

Late last summer on my Susie Young at Heart Twitter account, @susieyoungheart, I came across a lovely lady named Jennifer and started following her. I was drawn to the photos of her lush California garden and her scrumptuous recipes. Wow! Another pie baker! But the...
The Only Girl

The Only Girl

Some of my aquaintances refer to me as “Susie Friendship” once they hear about my website and blog. I have to admit it’s fairly accurate. Friendship has been central to my core for as long as I can remember. Is this because I’m a sociable...
Seeing Annie Again

Seeing Annie Again

Back in May of 2010, I embarked on my great internet adventure and met my first online friend, Jen. She would later become Annie in Chapter 4 of my memoir, Novel Friends. That trip to Durham, North Carolina was my first trip, and thus, especially memorable. Annie...