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Sue Pratt (Marsei)

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I was born in Arkansas and have lived in a suburb of New Orleans for 40 years.  After selling a small business I operated for 15 years, I  now work at home as a scopist and proofreader for court reporters.  My husband and I are both outdoors people and spend as much time as possible at our camps in Kentwood, Louisiana and Strong, Arkansas and on the water in our fishing boat.   We have two grandchilren and three cats. I love writing and sharing the lessons I've learned in life, hoping to make someone's path a little easier.  









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  • Depression:  Rethinking My Conclusions

    Depression: Rethinking My Conclusions

    6 days ago

    I have put up a respectable battle most of my adult life again depression, always thinking that if I could just get past it, I could begin to live again. Now I wonder if it was all bad.

  • Change is Challenging

    Change is Challenging

    9 months ago

    As I approach the big "70," turning 69 this March, dealing with change has become the biggest challenge in my life. Not knowing what surprises and

  • Going Fishing in Louisiana

    Going Fishing in Louisiana

    11 months ago

    This hub is about yesterday's fishing trip. We ventured father out toward the Gulf then ever before. We caught 15 or 20 rat reds (redfish under 16 inches, not keepers), enough to keep it interesting.

  • Class Reunion

    Class Reunion

    11 months ago

    High school reunions have gained a bad rap, I think. Mine was fun and left me with good memories of people I may not see for another ten years.

  • Turning 68

    Turning 68

    11 months ago

    My birthday was March 14th. When I wrote the article about my 67th birthday, I did it on that day. Somehow this year I had no inspiration and decided to wait and let more things come to mind about the past year. Those...

  • Spring Comes to the South

    Spring Comes to the South

    9 months ago

    This is a short hub about the healing power of nature and I've used it as a forum to show off some truly beautiful birds and sunsets.

  • A Story about Art

    A Story about Art

    9 months ago

    This is the story of Artie. He made my childhood special and helped me understand the wonders of nature -- and life.

  • Should I Stop?

    Should I Stop?

    5 months ago

    This is the story of two people I had never met before and have never seen since their appearances in my life. They were both in need in different ways. I have tried many times to figure out exactly what my interaction...

  • Son of a Feral Cat

    Son of a Feral Cat

    9 months ago

    Thirteen years ago this June, we discovered that the feral cat that had taken up residence in our backyard was not a he, but a she. So we named her Frankie instead of Frank. She had a litter of six kittens under a sheet...

  • The Deer Camp

    The Deer Camp

    11 months ago

    We arrived here in Arkansas July 3rd. It is halfway through our trip. The days are drifting by and nature is healing us both of worries and sorrow.

  • Diagnosing Sleep Apnea

    Diagnosing Sleep Apnea

    11 months ago

    When I went for my sleep study, I hadn't a clue what to expect. You will if you read this article.

  • The Black Car

    The Black Car

    9 months ago

    I had a dream about a man in a white shirt and black pants, driving a very old black car. The grim reaper?

  • Going Fishing

    Going Fishing

    11 months ago

    After two summers of fishing from a tiny boat, we bought a boat and are looking forward to adventures on the water.

  • The Draw of the Dark

    The Draw of the Dark

    3 months ago

    I have written a 12-step programs for depression. These are the things that helped me get well and enjoy life again. They are not easy steps to take, but the rewards are amazing.

  • Geneva Convention

    Geneva Convention

    11 months ago

    My husband and I visited Geneva two years ago when the Kiwanis International Convention was held there. I fell in love with the history, architecture, and beauty of the country.

  • Hurricane Isaac Came to stay

    Hurricane Isaac Came to stay

    11 months ago

    We were a bit ho-hum about Hurricane Isaac, but after three days of wind and rain, no power, and overall misery, I give him due respect. He did a lot of damage. There is nothing more depressing and frustrating than a...

  • AIDS Volunteerism in the '80s

    AIDS Volunteerism in the '80s

    11 months ago

    This is the fourth of a series of five articles I am writing about my work with people with AIDS during the late 1980s. Jeremiah was my fourth assignment. He became a dear friend, who was kind and funny and protective...

  • AIDS Volunteerism III

    AIDS Volunteerism III

    12 months ago

    This is the story of Frankie, the third man I was assigned as a buddy to during my volunteer work with people with AIDS during the late 1980s. Frankie was what I would call a beautiul man, with coal black hair and dark...

  • Secret Worship

    Secret Worship

    6 months ago

    Somewhere deep in my subconscious, there is a memory of my mother telling me about a church of sorts that she attended. Some thought it was a cult. She said her parents called it a secret society. It was in the 1920s...

  • Bow Valley Parkway

    Bow Valley Parkway

    12 months ago

    I believed that nothing could compare to the mountains in Denver, especially Estes Park. In 2007, Joe and I took at trip to the Canadian Rockies. They are Denver times ten. Not only the mountains but Lake Louise, the...

  • Time Gets by

    Time Gets by

    11 months ago

    These are my reflections at the age of 66. It seems that suddenly I'm old: not ancient, but old. And it's okay. There is definitely good to be found with age, at least from my perspective.

  • BFI Powder

    BFI Powder

    2 years ago

    My father-in-law was a repository of wisdom, gained through years of experience and discernment. One of his firm convictions was that there are two products that will cure anything.

  • Volunteerism in the '8Os

    Volunteerism in the '8Os

    9 months ago

    In the late '80s, I volunteered as a "buddy" to five different men who had full-blown AIDS. Other than a short poem, I never wrote about them because there was too much emotion attached to even consider it. ...

  • Nature:  The Ultimate Healer

    Nature: The Ultimate Healer

    8 months ago

    My husband began hunting at the deer camp in Strong, Arkansas when he was 8 or 9 years old and still hunts there for at least a month every fall. We make periodic trips to the camp, riding our four-wheelers, fishing,...

  • Lessons Learned

    Lessons Learned

    11 months ago

    We were in Florida for a few days this past weekend. During the trip, we visited Alligator Point. While there, we saw a wooden bridge that was built over the wetlands. The fact that we couldn't see where it led from...

  • A Fawn Named Tiny

    A Fawn Named Tiny

    11 months ago

    Last summer, my husband and I were riding our four-wheelers through the woods in Arkansas when he hit a tiny fawn that was lying in the trail. In the span of just a few hours, our hearts were captured by the gorgeous...

  • Prayer at Stonhenge

    Prayer at Stonhenge

    11 months ago

    This article is based on a dream I had about a gathering of spiritual leaders at Stonehenge. In the dream, I was a magician of sorts, who helped organize the gathering. It is about a grand experiment, although we...

  • Coast of Maine

    Coast of Maine

    11 months ago

    Our trip along the Maine Coast was full of adventures, the most spectacular being the waves Hurricane Bob brought to pound the rocks along the coast and pull the natives perched on them out into the water, breaking...

  • Signs and Symbols

    Signs and Symbols

    12 months ago

    Throughout my life, I've received signs from someone or something, a watching presence that is somehow aware of what happens with me and when I need help. Some will say they are mere conincidences. I chose to...

  • Depression:  The Bell Jar

    Depression: The Bell Jar

    12 months ago

    From the time I was a small child, I experienced bouts of depression, "the plague" I've always thought of it as. When I was a child, those dark days were worse than any boogey-man. I have left most of it...

  • Louisiana:  Proud to Swim Home

    Louisiana: Proud to Swim Home

    12 months ago

    We moved to New Orleans 40 years ago. It is filled with friendly, fun-loving, mostly religious people. Although they work very hard when they work, the people here love to play and that is what they do best: From...

  • Giving a Deposition

    Giving a Deposition

    8 months ago

    Discovery depositions may be intimidating if you don't know what to expect. This article contains suggestions about how to proceed in a depo after having been sworn and realizing that it is a non-threatening atmosphere...

  • Feral Frankie, a Not So Gentle Soul

    Feral Frankie, a Not So Gentle Soul

    2 months ago

    Feral cats make wonderful outdoor pets. This is the story of Frankie, who's lived in my backyard for many years. She has an irritable disposition and still spits at the ones who feed her, but we love our wild girl who...

  • The Fascination of Orbs

    The Fascination of Orbs

    9 months ago

    While visting our cabin in rural Arkansas, I decided to snap a photo during a nighttime walk and discovered orbs of light in my viewing screen. I'm facinated with orb photography, with both the white and green orbs I...