Susie Duncan Sexton's Blog - Posts Tagged "love"

status time--just now read a post stating that record numbers of innocent dogs and cats are murdered (yes killing is killing -- a catch-all/short-hand term) in shelters every day now. so, if they are dumped due to the economy --and not out of pure apathy and selfishness...

well, for starters, do not be intimidated by the humongous expense of veterinary care. the best and most effective care a human can provide for an animal is LOVE AND NURTURING.

BTW, the alternative to just reaching out and adopting a stray or a shelter animal is DEATH for that homeless living being...and that's worse than insufficient veterinary care. DO NOT BE INTIMIDATED. LOVE IS THE BEST MEDICINE.

please stop giving up on animals...please do not dump them...please adopt and thanks so very much...the healing they provide, in this selfish and money-hungry world, is way better than human psychiatric treatment and human psychosomatic illnesses.

i have a handicapped cat myself...precious girl she is...wish everyone had the hearts of those of us who care about them enough to go that extra mile. wow. wouldn't that be great? cuz many more hearts are needed in this battle to revere all living beings.

...i tried to figure out what might be the problem with all of this second by second mass-murdering and why it is going unchecked and disregarded. so appalling. time for cooperation among all human beings...allllllllll human beings...those who care should not be intimidated into giving up pets...and those who do not give a d*mn should begin to think of something besides themselves. end of statement. period

...people disappoint me on a daily (sometimes hourly) basis...ungrateful and non-responsive and unappreciative and disloyal and undependable...other than that humans are fine! ;D lots of nice ones

...however, follow-through and life-long commitment to causes and passions and each other? not so much! failing grade there! (and usually the wrong folks get all the glory...) want loyalty? adopt a dog...or cat! =^..^=

...what absolute s**ts! tired of mincing words about blood-thirsty crappers! is that better! ;D and some people feel some killing is okay of some animals...geesh again...cannot even fathom that lack of logic!

tired of being forced to get shy about these atrocities...the joys of living in a very small town i guess? ;D well f**k that!

thinking outside ourselves is fantastic! thanks for reading...now please go get a pet...or open your front door to a stray! LOVE HEALS ALL WOUNDS! ♥ ♥ ♥

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Nice comment from Sylvie Caltrider about the "Secrets of an Old Typewriter" video: "I LOVE THIS VERY MUCH. I was raised in a very small town in Normandy, France, and you bring back good memories. Very refreshing thank you...I am glad that I made your day as you make so many of us happy."

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awww, the screaming talking heads can just shut up now...men discussing marriage in any form whatsoever is just gaggy and unconvincing ... and the entire concept is a dinosaur ... count the divorces and check out the adultery.

one big pose since its advent. men? women? let's start referring to all human beings as persons...and shut up about SEX at last...

...gone about as low as it can go...so great when people are not afraid to speak up in the face of horrors like bias and bullying and slaying animals and so forth. i am glad obama spoke up on behalf of goodness and kindness today...about time. about time. hopefully, folks start easing up on nasty crap now...it is no longer nor never was cute...it is disgusting. and elections should start reflecting that. no more bigots. no more witch-hunters.

yep...and lunatics they are...i don't care how "right" they think they are, mean is mean -- and the biases and the bullying are getting way outta hand. sick of the nasties among us! way too many of 'em...and many claim god would approve of their crap...well, huh-uh!~ no way!

my husband spoke of the frightening fundamentalist movement about 10 years ago and has never relented...i disagreed with him...but day by day it is getting deeper and deeper in a very shallow way....know what i mean? and the sheer hypocrisy is startling...take a good look at the types who purport to be holier than thou...and baby they are not now nor have they ever been. incredible. and it is horrid.

plastic headed boobies... stupid idiots can be dangerous in large groups...and they always gotta be in groups cuz of their sissiness...a lot of macho types are actually as sissy as h*ll...that is why they operate in groups. i would love to write more about this and list those groups...but some of those groups might smack me down...;D hopefully, you can fill in the blanks. wheeeeeee. and oh, yeah, the hypocrisy is UNREAL...cannot believe how many who have behaved sooooooooo questionably are on board the heaven-bound express. if that's where they end up i would rather go to h*ll! gladly!

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Read original post by clicking here and view YouTube video here. Talk of the Town coverage here.

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Interview with Zuzanna Orzel, the cover artist, here.


In Susie Duncan Sexton's follow-up to Secrets of an Old Typewriter, she offers her second essay collection of provocative, funny, and heartwarming/heartbreaking observations. Entitled Misunderstood Gargoyles & Overrated Angels, this volume celebrates the underdogs and the unappreciated among us... and sets its sights on the hypocritical and the hyped among us as well. Through the context of a life fully lived-with an affinity for pop culture, an aversion to small town small-mindedness, and a passion for animal rights-Susie weaves a rich tapestry of punditry and advocacy.

Her son Roy Sexton, a marketing executive as well as semi-professional actor/singer in Southeast Michigan, observes, "My mom loves art, Doris Day, theatre, literature, William Faulkner, musicals, pop culture, Annie Lennox, classic television, movie stars, Kurt Vonnegut, thoughtfulness, kindness, love, wit, words, canasta, conversation, smoking, martinis, Mad Men and mad men, and most of all animals of all shapes and sizes, souls and temperaments. This grab bag of biographical influences (and more!) can be found here-look for the clues, play with the text, and enjoy the images and thoughts offered."

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Anyone who has ever lived in a small town certainly knows that secrets are sometimes not so secret. Duncan Sexton of Columbia City/Fort Wayne, Indiana has tickled the keys of her trusty old typewriter for nearly five decades, and that venerable machine (now actually a Dell desktop computer) continues to reveal its secrets. Duncan Sexton's writings may be about small-town life, but the ideas contained within are expansive.

She currently writes monthly columns "Old Type Writer" for a popular local blog Talk of the Town and "Homeward Angle" for the Columbia City Post and Mail newspaper. She has been a frequent contributor to the literary journal "Moronic Ox," and her poetry was selected by poet Charles Michael Madigan and by Wayne State professor M.L. Liebler to be featured in "Poetic Resonance Imaging: Behind the Door." She also has been featured in Our USA, Writing Raw, Where Writers Write, and InD'tale magazines. Her first book Secrets of an Old Typewriter is currently available as a paperback (as well as download formats) at www.open-bks.com, www.amazon.com, and www.susieduncansexton.com. The follow-up Misunderstood Gargoyles & Overrated Angels will be released October 31. More information about the book including an excerpt and pre-orders is available at www.open-bks.com and www.susieduncansexton.com.

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"I am so overjoyed by where all of this has gone in such a short period of time. And I really want to thank everyone who has supported me along the way," notes Duncan Sexton. "My first love will always be animal rights and I weave those themes somewhere into just about everything I write. However, both books - the first one and this second one - serve as a Valentine of sorts to my loving parents and to my husband and to my son. My mom and dad taught me the transformational power and joy of language and of art and of generosity, and I hope that these books, taken together, leave some small mark on this world consistent with those teachings. Readers will find many references to my parents and to the special lives they led and to the way my husband and I have tried to replicate that with each other and with our son."

Editor and fellow Open Books author Kelly Huddleston observed, "Susie Duncan Sexton is one of a kind! That much was obvious in her debut title with us. Now her old red Royal, from North Carolina's Pilot Life Insurance where her mother worked during the Great Depression, is ready to tell all again in Misunderstood Gargoyles and Overrated Angels. She is in rare form! At a recent author event as part of Ann Arbor, Michigan's Arts and Culture Series, Susie even roasted actress Shirley Jones in a reading from the new book (view YouTube video here). That's the way you do it, Susie!"

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Duncan Sexton will be appearing in Fort Wayne, Indiana on November 9 as part of the Allen County Public Library's 2013 Author Fair from noon to 4 pm More info can be found at http://www.acpl.lib.in.us/. She will also present at an author event on November 17 at 2 pm at the Whitley County Historical Museum in Columbia City, Indiana: http://www.whitleymuseum.com/.

ABOUT SUSIE DUNCAN SEXTON: Susie Duncan Sexton grew up in a very small town, Columbia City, Indiana. After graduating twelfth in her class at Ball State University (winning the first ever John R. Emens award for "most outstanding senior"), she returned to her hometown where she has worked as a teacher, a publicist, a museum curator, and a health lecturer.

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She currently writes monthly columns "Old Type Writer" for a popular local blog Talk of the Town and "Homeward Angle" for the Columbia City Post and Mail newspaper. She has been a frequent contributor to the literary journal "Moronic Ox," and her poetry was selected by poet Charles Michael Madigan and by Wayne State professor M.L. Liebler to be featured in "Poetic Resonance Imaging: Behind the Door." She also has been featured in Our USA, Writing Raw, Where Writers Write, and InD'tale magazines. Her first book Secrets of an Old Typewriter is currently available as a paperback (as well as download formats) at www.open-bks.com, www.amazon.com, and www.susieduncansexton.com. The follow-up Misunderstood Gargoyles & Overrated Angels will be released October 31. More information about the book including an excerpt and pre-orders is available at www.open-bks.com and www.susieduncansexton.com.

Describing her work, Susie says, "I willingly share nostalgic trips to the past as I have now achieved such an old age that no one remains who can question the authenticity of my memory of places, people and events that were very much never what they were cracked up to be."

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New book Misunderstood Gargoyles & Overrated Angels will be released October 31. More information about the book including an excerpt and pre-orders is available at www.open-bks.com and www.susieduncansexton.com.

View YouTube video of me reading from the new book here.

I will be appearing in Fort Wayne, Indiana on November 9 as part of the Allen County Public Library's 2013 Author Fair from noon to 4 pm More info can be found at http://www.acpl.lib.in.us/. I will also present at an author event on November 17 at 2 pm at the Whitley County Historical Museum in Columbia City, Indiana: http://www.whitleymuseum.com/.


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Secrets of an Old Typewriter  Stories from a Smart and Sassy Small Town Girl by Susie Duncan Sexton

Read about movies and nostalgia, animal issues and sociopolitical concerns all discussed in my book Secrets of an Old Typewriter - print and ebook versions available (click the title to order from publisher Open Books' website). Also available in both formats at Amazon.com, or download from iTunes

Meet other like-minded souls at my facebook fan page

Visit my author website at www.susieduncansexton.com

Join a great group of animal advocates Squawk Back: Helping animals when others can't ... Or won't

Secrets of an Old Typewriter: Stories from a Smart and Sassy Small Town Girl
Latest Homeward Angle column - about the joys of my recent book reading event in Ann Arbor, the friends with whom I caught up, and the hijinks that ensued! Plus, info on the upcoming release of my second book Misunderstood Gargoyles and Overrated Angels. View the scanned version here.

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You can view Michael Madigan's photo album of the event (including photos by Michael, Richard Reeves, Rebecca Winder, Don Sexton, and Keith Kleespie) by clicking here - and Richard Reeves' video here.


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"THE OUT-OF-TOWNERS!"


Post & Mail newspaper publisher Rick Kreps accidentally locked himself inside our bathroom 20 years ago. Obviously, we eventually released him with the help of a credit card -- or was it a kitchen knife? I forget. After about a half hour of socializing with other guests on our front porch, we all began to notice Rick's absence. We initially offered to shove food under the door in case our feverish attempts to respond efficaciously -- to his plaintive cries of "help" -- failed. DÉJÀ VU! Columbia City native and realtor, mortician, U. S. Army vet, preacher's kid Keith Kleespie nearly suffered the same fate a couple of weeks ago. Returning home from Ann Arbor, Michigan, we three senior citizens -- Don, Keith and I -- stopped at a Big Boy near the border of the Wolverine State and good ole Indiana. Mr. Kleespie, snoozing all sprawled out filling up the back seat, had seat-belted himself so cozily and thoroughly that we almost summoned a SWAT team to extricate him.

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What a stupendously adventurous afternoon we had all just shared…rolling into Ann Arbor to a divinely open-minded cultural arts center tucked inside a wooded residential area and holding an impressive audience of folks ranging in age from four to at least 97. I immediately hugged Pam Simmons -- perky organizer of the day's events -- and Facebook animal activist pal Kim Elizabeth Johnson as well as several Penny Seats pals o' mine! Michigander Roy, transplanted from Hoosierland, sang his heart out: "The Music of Home" originally crooned by Tony Perkins in the musical "Greenwillow"; "This is the Life" from "Golden Boy" starring Sammy Davis, Jr.; "Ben" a super sensation about a kid and a rat -- made popular by Michael Jackson; "Send in the Clowns"; "Little Tin Box" -- dealing with political corruption -- from "Fiorello"; "Corner of the Sky" a wistful "Pippin" number, and John Lennon's "Imagine". His introduction of his Ma, "The Old Type…Writer", included all of those glorious melodies with which he masterfully summarized my life and likes. Stunning, talented Rebecca Biber accompanied him on a Clavinova. Bravo!

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Next! My turn! I hobbled to the podium and introduced my "props" (and "characters"!) which included both Keith and Don for starters…then pulled from my pocket a beaming Shirley Jones button and lanyard. I read aloud my rather (gently) acerbic essay, "Me and Shirley…Shirley Jones", praying that Ms. Jones, in the exact same vicinity for her own book signing, would be nowhere nearby to stumble onto my performance! Honestly, the two of us "dueling divas" -- as Facebook friend Beth Kennedy (author of the blog I Didn't Have My Glasses On) dubbed Shirl and Susie -- in the same place at the same time for a second occasion within two years? Now what would be the odds of that? My 2011 piece, published in the Post & Mail, alleges that Shirley treats her female fans a bit brashly and dismissively while charmingly batting her false eyelashes at the "gentlemen callers" lining up to "meet and greet"!

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Little did I realize that I'd be video-taped for posterity by a delightful artist named Richard Reeves. I -- and LOTS of human beings -- have watched and re-watched that recent posting on Facebook. I ain't viral, but I have attracted a bit of a following, including Neil Simon? No, not THAT Neil Simon -- but a writer nonetheless. Since I may be the love-child of Jonathan Winters and Bob Hope, it took me 20 minutes to wade through my seven paragraphs. I offered up outrageous faces, wildly gestured, and seemed to be channeling pianist Victor Borge who'd regale audiences with a couple of measures of a tune, then prattle on about something or other only to reclaim his piano bench, flip out the tails of his tuxedo jacket, and resume another measure and a half prior to wandering repeatedly toward the microphone to gab and gesticulate further. Guess what? Accidental stand-up improvisational comedy is far more thrilling than living out one's life poised in front of a keyboard of whatever variety.

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"How ya gonna keep 'em down on the farm, after they've seen Par -- ee?" Not that I don't respect and revere the community into which I got born and have inhabited on and off -- for what may be centuries --, but once I get invited out of town to enjoy a ripple of applause, to witness several sincere encouraging smiles, to acknowledge what might be categorized loosely as "gales" of laughter, and to top such revelry off dining at Paesano's Italian Restaurant, it's tough to concentrate on "patching the roof, pitching the hay…feeding the turtle and walking the pig" (lyrics from the "Pippin" musical, again!) I admit I love the bright lights of show biz, even though my "opening act", deftly delivered by brilliant baritone/impresario Roy "Mario Lanza" Sexton, outdid my concoction of an offering by a country mile, to be perfectly honest! As theater critic Walter Kerr once wrote, I "had delusions of adequacy."

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Postscript: During our giddy afternoon replete with Roy's and Susie's dual performances/book signing ably assisted by John Mola/ introduction of my next book "More Secrets of an Old Typewriter -- Misunderstood Gargoyles & Overrated Angels" available October 31st (www.susieduncansexton.com) /, a glorious outdoor sign and clever indoor posters/ a scrumptious personalized cake via Marla Rondo and a variety of cheeses, I met a charming fellow named Michael "Chuck" Madigan who'd published several of my poems in a magnificent anthology "Poetic Resonance Imaging: Behind the Door". I shook hands with a handsome "Detroit Free Press" reporter! In addition, I was overwhelmed that Terry Branoff, the son of Ronald Reagan's White House secretary, brought a gift of top 'o the line jelly beans to thank me for my previous "Post & Mail" column entitled "Reagan's Jelly Beans Result in Treasure" and asked that I provide an autograph for his mom! Book signings can be a hoot! Hopefully, across town, "Mrs. Partridge", allowing bygones to be bygones, enjoyed as delightful an afternoon as I did! This just in: My book's press release gained an early honor as one of "Broadway World's" … "hottest articles" overshadowing "Duck Dynasty's Si-Cology", an Ayn Rand related treatise, a discussion of Jim Henson's art and life, and a movie starring Jeff Bridges and Meryl Streep herself? Mercy, the month of September treated me quite well indeed! Hopefully, Meryl won't be too disappointed…


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thanks for the comments!

Beth Kennedy: "ooh, thanks for the shoutout, son and mother - one of the dueling divas!"

Neil Simon: "'I ain't viral, but I have attracted a bit of a following, including Neil Simon? No, not THAT Neil Simon -- but a writer nonetheless.' and I am very honored to be in there!"

Rebecca Biber: "Thanks! Nice recap of our madcap - I was way too excited about the Victor Borge reference, btw. I have always wanted to be him a little."

Mary Shaull: "an amazing woman!"

Carole Craft: "Susie never runs out of material, and good material at that! I enjoy it all."

Carol Baker: "Susie, you had me at 'delusions of adequacy'. Aaah... kindred spirits."

John Mola: "I just KNEW that I was an able assistant! What a great column!"

Amber Hoffman: "Thanks! Always enjoy!"

Kim Elizabeth Johnson: "I see I am mentioned here! Very sweet of your mom!"

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New book Misunderstood Gargoyles & Overrated Angels will be released October 31. More information about the book including an excerpt and pre-orders is available at www.open-bks.com and www.susieduncansexton.com.

View YouTube video of me reading from the new book here.

I will be appearing in Fort Wayne, Indiana on November 9 as part of the Allen County Public Library's 2013 Author Fair from noon to 4 pm More info can be found at http://www.acpl.lib.in.us/. I will also present at an author event on November 17 at 2 pm at the Whitley County Historical Museum in Columbia City, Indiana: http://www.whitleymuseum.com/.


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Secrets of an Old Typewriter  Stories from a Smart and Sassy Small Town Girl by Susie Duncan Sexton

Read about movies and nostalgia, animal issues and sociopolitical concerns all discussed in my book Secrets of an Old Typewriter - print and ebook versions available (click the title to order from publisher Open Books' website). Also available in both formats at Amazon.com, or download from iTunes

Meet other like-minded souls at my facebook fan page

Visit my author website at www.susieduncansexton.com

Join a great group of animal advocates Squawk Back: Helping animals when others can't ... Or won't

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