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Posts by Suzy Toronto

Always Remember & Never Forget

As a child, I was taught the Magic Words “please and thank you.” Whether it was because my mother drove it onto me so much at such a young age, or that it’s just a trait I inherited from her, I get a little over-enthusiastic about the whole thing. I can never seem to just…

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Life Without Candy

Ok, spoiler alert…this is not about my favorite junk food and the evidence of the extra ten pounds I have been packing around for the last 20 years!  After my post last week about my friend Launi, who swooped in and rescued my broken soul after my best friend, Candy Swanson, had died of Ovarian…

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Life Without a Best Friend is Not Easy

When my best friend, Candy, died of Ovarian Cancer, I felt as if a piece of my life shattered like a fragile antique mirror. Frame still intact, I found myself going through the grieving process with each shard cutting deeper the sense of loss I felt, reminding me of her absence. Unlike her family, which…

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Am I Really That Happy?

I admit it: my life can sometimes get pretty, um… zany, to put it nicely! To say I lead a busy life is an understatement. I run a full operational professional art studio. I still do about 10 weekend art shows each year. I dance the hula twice a week with a Hula Halau filled…

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My Hands… My Mother’s Hands

Every Mother’s Day I think a lot about my Mom and Grandmother. They both had a tremendous influence on my life.  Not only did I learn a lot by their sides, there is no denying I look like them physically. I have my mother’s nose and eyes and my Grandma Suzy’s smile as well as…

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When No One Wanted to Be My Friend

At the age of 29, I married my husband Al, who was a widower.  His first wife, Jane, died of breast cancer. She left behind four children, a loving extended family and an entire town of friends. Helplessly, hopelessly in love with Al, the kids, and with only a slight tolerance for the dog, I…

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My $10.63 Miracle Dress

I sure do miss my mama. She died a little over two years ago but she is with me every day of my life. I feel so incredibly blessed that she passed on to me so many talents and skills and was such a great example to me. A skilled artist herself, her gift flows…

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The Real Reason My Characters Have Bare Feet

I love shoes. Now you must think this is crazy, coming from woman who is barefoot most if the time, and who has built her art around that fact. But I have to admit, I am addicted to shoes. My dear friend Candy, who died from Ovarian Cancer back in 2003, was a shoe nut…

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Wander Often, Travel Much

As a young college student, I remember dreaming about my future and thinking that I wanted to get rich, retire early (say 60-ish), and spend the rest of my life traveling with my husband.  Oh, those idealistic college days!  Well I’m 60-ish, not rich and not retired, but I do travel a lot — almost…

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