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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 weeks 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

    11 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

  • Spring Comes to the South

    Spring Comes to the South

    11 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

    11 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?

    7 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

    11 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 Black Car

    The Black Car

    11 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?

  • The Draw of the Dark

    The Draw of the Dark

    4 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.

  • Secret Worship

    Secret Worship

    7 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...

  • 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.

  • AIDS:  Volunteer Work in the '80s

    AIDS: Volunteer Work in the '80s

    3 days ago

    Ritche was the second man I was assigned to during the time I worked as a volunteer providing support to people with AIDS. Blaine, the first man I worked with was a gentle soul and had made peace with the world and...

  • Volunteerism in the '8Os

    Volunteerism in the '8Os

    11 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

    9 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,...

  • Coast of Maine

    Coast of Maine

    12 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...

  • Depression:  The Bell Jar

    Depression: The Bell Jar

    6 days 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...

  • Giving a Deposition

    Giving a Deposition

    9 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

    3 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

    11 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...