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Susan Lynn Peterson has made a career of writing about complex topics in a straightforward, entertaining way. Her books range in topic from martial arts to history, from business to computers. What they all have in common is her interest in taking a few years to wrestle a topic to the ground before presenting it to the reader. Her Timeline Charts of the Western Church took ten years to put together. While writing Western Herbs for Martial Artists and Contact Athletes, she looked at several hundred articles and studies. While writing Clare, she flew to Ireland, and walked the streets her character would walk.

Between the five of them, her books have been translated into five languages. Her Timeline Charts of the Western Church earned a Gold M...more


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For the month of October, I’m offering Clare on a “set your own price” basis. Just go on over to Smashwords, download a 5% sample, and then decide what you want to pay for the rest. If you’ve ever thought books were too expensive, here’s your chance to do something about it.


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“When Americans find out I grew up in the tenements, the question they invariably ask me is “how did you end up there?” Americans, it seems, find comfort in reasons and explanations. They honestly believe that if they can find the reason for someone else’s misfortune, they can avoid that misfortune themselves. If they could find out how I ended up in the tenements, they could assure themselves that it could never have happened to them.”
Susan Lynn Peterson, Clare

“Things were different back then. Today if a woman was asked to do the things we did back then, she would revolt, declare that she wasn’t anyone’s slave, wouldn’t be put upon in that fashion. But you have to remember that this was before automatic washers and dishwashers, before blenders and electric knives. If the carpet was going to get cleaned, someone, usually a woman, would have to take a broom to it, or would have to haul it on her shoulders to the yard and beat the dirt out of it. If the wet clothes were going to get dry, someone had to hang them in the yard, take them down from the yard, heat the iron on the fire, press them, and finally fold or hang them. Food was chopped by hand, fires were stoked by hand, water was carried by hand, anything roasted, toasted, broiled, dried, beaten, pressed, packed, or pickled, was done so by hand. Our version of a laborsaving device was called a spouse. If a man had a woman by his side, he didn’t have to clean and cook for himself. If a woman had a man by her side, she didn’t have to go out, earn a living, then come home and wrestle the house to the ground in the evening.”
Susan Lynn Peterson, Clare

“Just because it’s natural doesn’t mean you can be as stupid as you want with it.”
Susan Lynn Peterson, Western Herbs for Martial Artists and Contact Athletes: Effective Treatments for Common Sports Injuries

“Theologians in all the great faiths have devised all kinds of myths to show that this type of kenosis, of self-emptying, is found in the life of God itself. They do not do this because it sounds edifying, but because this is the way that human nature seems to work. We are most creative and sense other possibilities that transcend our ordinary experience when we leave ourselves behind.”
Karen Armstrong, The Spiral Staircase: My Climb Out of Darkness

“When Americans find out I grew up in the tenements, the question they invariably ask me is “how did you end up there?” Americans, it seems, find comfort in reasons and explanations. They honestly believe that if they can find the reason for someone else’s misfortune, they can avoid that misfortune themselves. If they could find out how I ended up in the tenements, they could assure themselves that it could never have happened to them.”
Susan Lynn Peterson, Clare

“What did you work at?” Colum asked, shifting a bit on the bench to look more directly at me.

“I was in service,” I said quietly, more quietly than I intended. I wondered if maybe the answer had gotten lost in the rumble of the engines. It didn’t.

“Honest work,” Colum said. I knew that that was what people say about work they consider beneath them. Hauling and scrubbing and digging are “honest work.” Grubbing and mucking? “Honest work.” Tell someone you’re a doctor or a mill owner, and they never say “honest work.”
Susan Lynn Peterson, Clare
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“Things were different back then. Today if a woman was asked to do the things we did back then, she would revolt, declare that she wasn’t anyone’s slave, wouldn’t be put upon in that fashion. But you have to remember that this was before automatic washers and dishwashers, before blenders and electric knives. If the carpet was going to get cleaned, someone, usually a woman, would have to take a broom to it, or would have to haul it on her shoulders to the yard and beat the dirt out of it. If the wet clothes were going to get dry, someone had to hang them in the yard, take them down from the yard, heat the iron on the fire, press them, and finally fold or hang them. Food was chopped by hand, fires were stoked by hand, water was carried by hand, anything roasted, toasted, broiled, dried, beaten, pressed, packed, or pickled, was done so by hand. Our version of a laborsaving device was called a spouse. If a man had a woman by his side, he didn’t have to clean and cook for himself. If a woman had a man by her side, she didn’t have to go out, earn a living, then come home and wrestle the house to the ground in the evening.”
Susan Lynn Peterson, Clare

“Just because it’s natural doesn’t mean you can be as stupid as you want with it.”
Susan Lynn Peterson, Western Herbs for Martial Artists and Contact Athletes: Effective Treatments for Common Sports Injuries




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