Suzy Jacobson Cherry
Writer. Artist. Educator. Interspiritual Priestess. I write poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and thoughts on stuff I love.
Murder Most Memorable — Television
Mysteries have not been trapped between the bindings of books since the invention of film. In the 1960s when I was still a kid, we watched a few of the crime shows that were on television. The ones I remember are 77 Sunset Strip, Route 66, Adam-12, Dragnet, and The Mod Squad.
Murder Most Memorable — Books
I became an avid reader at a tender young age. It was inevitable with a mother who read bedtime stories to me from the classics and spent most of her free time with her nose in a book. When I was younger, Mom’s favorite escapist genre was mystery, particularly those of Ellery Queen, Erle Stanley Gardner, Dorothy Sayers, John Creasy, and of course, that Queen of murder mystery, Agatha Christie.
I Was a 1990s Telephone Psychic
It was 1997 and I had recently become single again. My youngest child was an infant and I was on leave from work. I had some savings and I owned my tiny trailer, which I had purchased for $800. Still, I needed extra income, and I wanted to do something I could do from home.
Memories of the May
Making May Baskets When I was a little girl in Minnesota, we made May Baskets in school. I remember cutting construction paper into strips and weaving them together. We would then fold up the woven sheets and secure them into little boxes with staples or glue, finally stapling on a handle made from a strip of construction paper. We made flowers with tissue and pipe cleaners to fill our little baskets. We would take them home with us to wait until May 1, when we would trudge over to the neighbor's house, hang the baskets on the door, knock, and run. It was great fun.
Good Books for a Contemplative Life
In a previous article, Reading About Spirituality: Inspiration for learning and growth, I defined spirituality as “our sense that we are part of something greater than ourselves and our search for meaning and a sense of the sacred in our lives” and Interspirituality as “finding and connecting to spirituality across traditions.”
Reading About Spirituality
Spirituality is our sense that we are part of something greater than ourselves, our search for meaning, and a sense of the sacred in our lives. Many people find answers to their questions about truth and meaning in a specific religious tradition, while others find it in other ways. Interspirituality is finding and connecting to spirituality across traditions.
I’m one of those people who analyzes movies and television shows. I do this mostly in my head or in conversation, although when I was in my 20s I sat down and wrote out a five- or six-page treatise on symbolism in the movie The Lost Boys, just for fun. So, what I want to share with you today is not without precedent.
How MTV Saved My Life
We did not have cable television in 1981. That was the year Video Killed the Radio Star, and the way we heard the songs we loved changed forever. I did see that video at someone else’s house the day it happened; but in our house, it would be another two or three years before we had MTV. Still, that day was a harbinger of a future I could not imagine. At the time, I thought I was doomed to live the rest of my life in misery, fear, and pain.
Signs You May Have Time-Traveled Back to a 1980s Rock Club
I was in my twenties during most of the 1980s. The first six years of the decade were tumultuous for me, and what I needed most was to escape the life I had become trapped in. Staying busy with work, school, and the Air National Guard helped. So did writing; however, what really helped me escape was MTV.
Book Series for Spiritual Growth
Many people have the idea that spiritual growth is something that happens only when we follow a pattern of study focusing on a specific set of teachings. Those who are part of a religious tradition often believe that their spiritual growth hinges solely on their study of the texts, or scriptures, which are sacred to their tradition.
Hula Hoops, Batons, and Playlists
Ya’ll, I’m 65 years old. I can see the entrance to the other side in the hazy distance. Only a short ten years ago, I would have said the idea of stepping through the veil between this world and the next as a result of age was only a concept.
Affirmations Based on My Yoga Practice
When I first learned about yoga in my early 20s, I was impressed by the spiritual aspect of it. I had been introduced to a form of martial arts called Jiu Jitsu when I was twenty and found the stretching, breathing, and focus to be both exhilarating and empowering.