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 a coveted job with McKinsey Consulting, he chose to come home to this small city with a population of 100,000. Read the rest

Rules of the Road

Rules of the Road

One of my favorite writing prompts to give students is What makes a good friend? In a classroom of students from different countries and cultures, the concept of friendship is universal, and I find that their answers are very similar to how you or I would answer the question. I think of a healthy friendship as two people bringing their best selves to the relationship. Read the rest

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 it online. Read the rest

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 clue was when, in the dead of winter, I came across snow pictures oddly familiar to the ones I was posting. Read the rest

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 bonus was that she was a writer, like me. Read the rest