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    What’s in a Name? Why Coyote Susan, You Ask?

    Everyone wonders, and it’s about time I answer What’s the Deal with Coyote Susan? In the mid-90s, I chose the moniker Coyote Susan as my AOL email address. Way back then, many of us were uncomfortable using our real names. We thought deeply meaningful nicknames might protect us from getting caught in that newfangled thing called the World Wide Web. We still valued privacy and wanted to protect it. Anonymity was our defense against thieves and bandits on the uncharted frontier of a rapidly expanding technology. Everything was happening so fast, right there in front of us on our gigantic monitors, in real time. Protecting our identities seemed prudent. And we had…

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    How a Fire Extinguisher, an Allergic Reaction, and the ER Changed My Life

    Doctors never helped, so I tried a couple of alternatives I try to remember the name of the newest doctor as I stare out the car window. Farmhouses and barns are white and red islands in seas of corn and soybeans. I resist the urge to ask my mom how much longer before we get there. I cannot resist the urge to scratch my scalp or rub my eyes. She catches me and gives me the look. No words needed. Scratching and rubbing make things worse, but I’m a little girl and sometimes I can’t stop myself. I have a feeling this will be our last attempt to find a…

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    About Me and My Blog

    Welcome to my website. Thank you for popping in. I like to write. Journals, essays, memoirs, commentaries, anything I find interesting can make it onto a page or screen. In 1976 I won a writing contest in junior high. I kept a diary and because I had an active and colorful dream-life, for many years I wrote down my dreams every morning. In 1988 my mentor in college told me I had a voice and that I should write. So I did. However, life happens and time passes… In 2009 I began thinking about blogging when I saw the movie, Julie and Julia. I joined the St. Charles Writers Group…

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