Suzy Jacobson Cherry
Writer. Artist. Educator. Interspiritual Priestess. I write poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and thoughts on stuff I love.
She sat alone at a table near the dance floor, fingers touching the stem of her wine glass. On the table before her a book sat open, though she hadn’t read any of it since she walked in. Mariel had come to the club tonight to hear a guitarist she knew whose band would be on stage in a couple of hours. She came early knowing that finding a table was difficult once the doors officially opened. Bringing a book was a guarantee of keeping the creepers away. Nobody was interested in a boring woman who read books while drinking in public. It was one of the more useful benefits of being a book lover.
Drawn to the Dark
1972 was the year I began the shift from teeny-bopper to hard rocker. When I look back, I think of it as an almost overnight shift, but of course it wasn’t. The first time I heard an older boy sitting in the back of my school bus play “Stairway to Heaven” on an acoustic guitar when I was in 10th grade, I was a goner. I ran out as soon as I could and picked up Led Zeppelin IV. There would be no more Donny Osmond or David Cassidy for me after that until I reached the age of nostalgia.
A Magickal Reunion
It was amazing how little the park had changed in the past fifteen years. Elaine had changed, though. Fifteen years in an abusive marriage had forced a maturity upon her that had transformed her outlook in all situations. It had changed the way she remembered the events of her past and all the places she had been, except the park.
- Top Story - October 2023
One Minute Past MidnightTop Story - October 2023
The great-grandmother alternated pacing and sitting in her rocker threatening to wear two rocker-shaped holes in the wooden floor. Her eyes were red from the crying and she twisted the small cloth clutched in her hands back and forth until her wrists hurt. She muttered in a sing-song voice that would have led any eavesdropper to think she was casting spells. Indeed, perhaps she was.
6 Things I Realized While Doing Yoga This Morning
When I took a post-retirement job part-time, I didn’t predict that I would end up moving into a full-time position within a month. The part-time work had little effect on the “passive” workout routine I had developed in the Time of Covid. I had successfully lost over sixty pounds through movement and diet, was just a short five pounds from my goal weight, and had achieved a peaceful state of mind, both of which I planned to maintain through the same means by which I attained them.
Church, State, and Human Rights
I believe strongly in the separation of church and state. It is particularly imperative that the United States does not become a theocracy. That is, we do not and should not have a state religion. We have the constitutional right to follow the religion/spirituality of our choice or none at all.
Flag Day: celebrating the stars and stripes and the freedom of expression
That the flag of the United States shall be of thirteen stripes of alternate red and white, with a union of thirteen stars of white in a blue field, representing the new constellation. — Adopted by the Continental Congress on June 14, 1777.
The Women of "Lord of the Rings"
It has been noted that there are few women in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. In fact, many people only think of Arwen, Éowyn, Galadriel, and sometimes Rosie when considering this topic. This is especially true if one is a fan of the Peter Jackson films but has not read the books. Yet, even fans of the books, who have read them multiple times, often forget about the other women, who are minor or secondary characters.
Legendary Arizona Band Gentlemen Afterdark Sparks Memories
Then It's 1987 and two young women are heading in the door of The Mason Jar on Indian School Road in Phoenix. Dressed in Spandex pants, long creatively cut t-shirts, and boots, the women give their name to the doorman: Suzi-plus-one. The doorman looks over the guest list: yes, there it is on the list for Gentlemen Afterdark. The women slip into the dark club and head to the bar. Drinks in hand, they stake their claim at a table toward the front, ready for an evening of music and dancing.
Don't Thank a Veteran on Memorial Day
As Memorial Day approaches, we begin to see the annual onslaught of advertising for Memorial Day sales on everything from automobiles to hot dogs. In the past few years, more and more of that advertising seems to include references to honoring veterans and thanking those who serve.