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Susan Reid (Mighty Mom)

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Transplanted New Yorker by way of Boston, currently embracing California life with middle-aged gusto.

A Baby Boomer and member of the "Sandwich Generation," I am the mother of a stridently independent son. He was a teen when I started writing at Hub Pages!  So ... if he's now 24, what does that make me?

My day job is writing marketing materials for clients all over the world. My company is Mighty Pen. I choose not to link to my website because it needs more than a facelift.

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  • What is "physical"sobriety?
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    What is "physical"sobriety?

    4 years ago

    Want to be sober? Don't drink alcohol! By Erik Wannee (Own work) [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons According to the dictionary, "sober" means not addicted to intoxicating drink. It also means showing no excessive...

  • AA Is a Cult & Other Myths of Recovery
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    AA Is a Cult & Other Myths of Recovery

    4 years ago

    Last night I heard an AA member actually use the "c" word. He said when he first came into AA he refused to drink the Koolaid because... "AA is a cult. " I had just read those exact words --...

  • Family Funerals: How to Keep Out Unwanted Guests
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    Family Funerals: How to Keep Out Unwanted Guests

    2 years ago

    Planning a funeral or memorial service is like planning a wedding. There may be good reasons to restrict attendance and ban certain people, including family members. Why and how to make yours private.

  • Movie Review: The Social Network
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    Movie Review: The Social Network

    3 years ago

    "The Social Network" is the story of a Harvard student named Mark Zuckerberg, who becomes the world's youngest billionaire by creating Facebook. If you need me to tell you what Facebook is, you're even more of...

  • 2011 Celebrity Dead Pool
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    2011 Celebrity Dead Pool

    4 years ago

    The All New, All Year 2011 Celebrity Dead Pool Contest Back by popular (not to mention morbid) demand, It is time for the Celebrity Dead Pool Contest 2011 edition.  Our friend and fellow Hubber rockinjoe...

  • How To Choose The Perfect Diamond Ring
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    How To Choose The Perfect Diamond Ring

    4 years ago

    First Step: Romancing the Stone So you're ready to pop the big question. Now comes a key test of how well you know your bride to be. Is your fiancee's taste more traditional, old-fashioned, avant-garde or modern? What...

  • Dead Kittens -- A Poem
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    Dead Kittens -- A Poem

    5 years ago

    Is there anything sadder than a kitten that’s dead? Its eyes bulging out of its little dead head? Its coat matted down with dark blood that is drying Its face all contorted – no peace for the...

  • How to Choose Your Engagement Ring-- Part I
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    How to Choose Your Engagement Ring-- Part I

    5 years ago

    So you've found your perfect mate and she's said "Yes!" Now comes the challenge of finding the perfect engagement ring. Naturally, you want your fiancee to be overcome with joy and to wear her engagement ring...

  • Marry Me! A Guide to Getting Engaged
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    Marry Me! A Guide to Getting Engaged

    6 years ago

    So you're thinking about popping the question. The question is, how, when, and where should you do it? Getting engaged is a big step in any relationship. The actual marriage proposal is a big deal, too, for single...

  • Empty Nest Syndrome: Let Go, Mom!
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    Empty Nest Syndrome: Let Go, Mom!

    4 years ago

    There is no job on earth as rewarding as being a mother. Being a dad is cool, too, but different. Moms are biologically programmed to love, love, love and love some more. From the minute you hear those blessed words,...

  • Alcoholic Recovery. Is Relapse Necessary?
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    Alcoholic Recovery. Is Relapse Necessary?

    4 years ago

    The answer is: Yes, for most alcoholics (and drug addicts), relapse is part of the journey. The vast majority of people do relapse at least once on their road to sobriety. It is the rare alcoholic indeed who is...

  • Best Beauty Pageant Answers
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    Best Beauty Pageant Answers

    7 months ago

    A look at how beauty pageant finalists mess up on the big final question and lose the crown. A professional communicator advises how to answer 'loaded' questions and avoid disaster.

  • How does an alcoholic ruin your life?
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    How does an alcoholic ruin your life?

    7 months ago

    Alcoholism is a disease and the alcoholic's actions make no sense. The people around the alcholic become sick also as codependents.This hub helps anyone living with or loving an actively drinking alcoholic or using...

  • Oh Christmas Tree: a branch-by-branch guide
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    Oh Christmas Tree: a branch-by-branch guide

    4 years ago

    For those who celebrate the holiday, the Christmas tree ("tree") ranks right up there with gifts, eggnog, and sugar cookies as a must-have tradition. In fact, I would venture to say the Christmas tree is the...

  • The Deer In the Graveyard
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    The Deer In the Graveyard

    7 years ago

    There are no deer where I live. At least, I've never seen one in my neighborhood. But in Marin County, deer roam the hills freely and pop up in the oddest places. One afternoon a full-sized doe and her baby hopped...

  • What's Your Restaurant Personality Type?
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    What's Your Restaurant Personality Type?

    6 years ago

    Have you ever been embarrassed by your dining companion? Given a friend the benefit of the doubt, until her waiter abuse became too much to ignore? Or maybe you're the one who takes an agenda with you out to eat....? ...

  • Grandma Esther's Thanksgiving Pot Roast Recipe
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    Grandma Esther's Thanksgiving Pot Roast Recipe

    5 years ago

    Despite the Normal Rockwell (oops -- is that a Freudian slip? I meant Norman Rockwell) paintings, many American families celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday in alternative ways. Depending on their culture, their feast...

  • Your Halloween Costume Personality
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    Your Halloween Costume Personality

    7 years ago

    Halloween is as much for adults as it is for kids. Okay, so we may not get to trick-or-treat, but we do get to dress up. Whether you're going to a Halloween party or staying home to answer the door, you're bound to have...

  • Say Aloha to Hawaiian Hula Dance
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    Say Aloha to Hawaiian Hula Dance

    5 years ago

    Ah, the hula. If you've ever been to Hawaii you have undoubtedly enjoyed the exotic, hip-swaying dance called "hula." Beautiful island women (and men) tell stories and "act out" the music through...

  • Hangover Poem: Queasy Headed Morning
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    Hangover Poem: Queasy Headed Morning

    5 years ago

    Emotional napalm Exploding me awake   Can’t quite remember Wish I could forget    Jangly nerves twitch With too much caffeine   Acidic from last night’s Liquid supper...

  • You Might Be Alcoholic: Warning Signs
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    You Might Be Alcoholic: Warning Signs

    4 years ago

    The disease of alcoholism is baffling (actually, it's cunning, baffling and powerful). To the outside observer, the drinker's self-destructive behavior makes no sense. To the drinker him/herself, it doesn't make much...

  • Top '80s Indie Bands
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    Top '80s Indie Bands

    4 years ago

    Lesser known but still great bands from the 80s. Some faded away with the decade. Others are still around and performing. All these 80s bands had an impact on my life. They represent no particular musical genre. Some...

  • Songs About Love and Loss
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    Songs About Love and Loss

    3 years ago

    Love stinks, love hurts, love makes you cry. Sometimes when your heart is broken you need a song that lets you feel the pain. Patsy Cline, Rolling Stones, Beatles, Eric Clapton with Tracy Chapman,Righteous Brothers,...

  • How to Steal Your Family Inheritance
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    How to Steal Your Family Inheritance

    7 months ago

    This tongue-in-cheek hub describes how to get your hands on your own inheritance and get more than your fair share. It describes how to do this while one parent is still alive by implementing a legal trust and then...

  • Family Betrayal: My Sister Is No More
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    Family Betrayal: My Sister Is No More

    4 years ago

    My sister, My sibling, What have you done? Betrayed me, Dismayed me, Who have you become? Our father Our mother Grow older, regress My heart aches I care take Yet feel no duress They raised...

  • 10 Steps to Social Security Survivor Benefits
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    10 Steps to Social Security Survivor Benefits

    6 years ago

    In America, when a working parent dies, his/her family is entitled to survivor benefits from the Social Security Administration. This is something I'd never thought much about -- until last month. My 17-year-old's...

  • Sibling Rivalry: Why My Husband Is Jan Brady
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    Sibling Rivalry: Why My Husband Is Jan Brady

    5 years ago

    Okay, so my husband (Hubby, to those of you familiar with my hubs) is not the middle daughter of a blended family. He does not wear miniskirts. Heck, he's not even blonde. But recent events have caused me to see some...

  • Social Climbing for Klutzes (like me)
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    Social Climbing for Klutzes (like me)

    5 years ago

    Whether it's India's formal caste system or prestige based on job title, people are not created equal -- at least not socially equal. Ever since ancient times, when primitive man looked over and saw his neighbor...

  • Can you stop someone from drinking themselves to death
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    Can you stop someone from drinking themselves to death

    2 years ago

    Alcoholism is a baffling and frustrating disease. Watching someone drink themself to death is heartbreaking. You want to help the alcoholic but how? Everything you do seems wrong. The alcoholic keeps drinking. This hub...

  • Songs About Triumph Over Cancer
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    Songs About Triumph Over Cancer

    5 years ago

    A compilation of uplifting, encouraging songs put together in tribute to a friend battling breast cancer. These songs -- lots of funk and groove from the '70s can't help but make you get up and dance. If you or someone...

  • My Big, Fat, Ghetto After-Funeral Memorial Party
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    My Big, Fat, Ghetto After-Funeral Memorial Party

    3 years ago

    Futo nerals are a social occasion and the grieving family is the host. A case study of how organizing a "party" in the midst of grief makes funeral planning harder on the survivors.

  • Driving Test Day at the DMV
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    Driving Test Day at the DMV

    6 years ago

    This hub started out with the title "A beautiful day at the DMV." There I was. Sitting in the passenger seat of my car. Accompanying my son to his big, long-awaited, long-practiced-for driving test. Sonny was...

  • Dying: A Guide to Crossing Death's Doorstep
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    Dying: A Guide to Crossing Death's Doorstep

    6 years ago

    This hub offers a breath-by-breath-to-last-breath guide to help you recognize and participate in each stage of your loved one's last weeks, days, hours and minutes of life. Like fingerprints, each person's exit from...

  • Dying Guide: Why I Hate Hospice Care
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    Dying Guide: Why I Hate Hospice Care

    4 years ago

    Die young and leave a beautiful corpse? Or hang in til you reach a ripe, old age so people can say, "He had a good life."? Clock out suddenly with no notice? Or wither away slowly over weeks, months or even...

  • Scary Songs that Scare Me
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    Scary Songs that Scare Me

    5 years ago

    For Halloween or anytime you want to be spooked out, certain songs chill us to the bone because of their lyrics, their tone, or both. Here are some songs that I find scary. Includes videos of: In the Year 2525, The...

  • Christmas Sweaters: Light Up Your Holidays
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    Christmas Sweaters: Light Up Your Holidays

    5 years ago

    Embroidered vests, glittery sweaters, even clothing with lights. Christmas attire makes the wearer look like a decorated tree. Why do people decorate their bodies at Christmas more than any other holiday? The phenomenon...

  • Funerals -- a Survivors' Guide
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    Funerals -- a Survivors' Guide

    5 years ago

    I am not a morbid person. Honestly. True, this is the third hub I've written on the subject of funerals and dying. With any luck, I will be taking a long hiatus to write about the joys of sending a son off to his senior...

  • Sex After Rape -- Victims' Coping Tactics
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    Sex After Rape -- Victims' Coping Tactics

    3 years ago

    Trauma of rape affects victim's sex life in different ways. Some rape victims become promiscuous to try to regain control of their bodies. Other rape victims shut down sexually which hurts their relationships. Many...

  • 10 Scariest Movies Ever
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    10 Scariest Movies Ever

    6 years ago

    When it comes to horror, there are many genres. Personally, I lean toward the psychological thriller. Monsters from the deep or giant apes are not for me. Aliens from space? No thanks. But draw me into the sociopath's...

  • Obesity Epidemic in America: Who Is to Blame?
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    Obesity Epidemic in America: Who Is to Blame?

    3 years ago

    Americans are getting fatter and our on-the-road lifestyle is largely to blame. Fast food is fat food. Eating high fat, high calorie meals in the car is making us both fatter and sicker.

  • How to Comfort Your Man
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    How to Comfort Your Man

    4 years ago

    There's a joke that circulates on email every so often about how to please a woman (a list of about 50 items) vs. how to please a man (Show up naked. Bring beer). Sure, that's all well and good for everyday. But what...

  • If You Are Bipolar Stay On Your Meds
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    If You Are Bipolar Stay On Your Meds

    3 years ago

    Often people who are bipolar hate the side effects of their bipolar medications. They don't realize the meds are helping them until they stop taking them. This hub talks about the importance of working with a...

  • Is it morbid to plan your own funeral?
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    Is it morbid to plan your own funeral?

    4 years ago

    I just attended a lovely funeral. This being my first Chinese-American funeral, I had quite a bit of time during the Cantonese language portion of the program to think about how intensely personal, yet universal...

  • 10 Tips for Living Drug, Alcohol, Smoke Free
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    10 Tips for Living Drug, Alcohol, Smoke Free

    4 months ago

    Are drugs, alcohol or cigarettes ruling your life? Have you tried quitting only to pick back up again -- even though you really, really want to stop? Stop beating yourself up. You are not a failure. You're an addict. ...

  • How to Find and Pray to Your Patron Saints
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    How to Find and Pray to Your Patron Saints

    7 months ago

    I come from a Catholic household. Catholic of the Irish variety. I qualify this because different ethnicities have special saints they pray to and have festivals to honor. I thought today would be a good day to tackle...

  • How/When to Choose a Teen Drug Rehab
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    How/When to Choose a Teen Drug Rehab

    7 months ago

    First of all, I hope you never, ever have to. Second of all, know that you are not alone. If my experiences -- yes, plural -- can be of any help to you, I offer them here. The reality is that with today's super strong...

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