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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
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    What is "physical"sobriety?

    5 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 or extreme...

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

    5 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 -- along with "We know AA...

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

    8 months ago

    Planning a funeral or memorial service is like planning a wedding. There may be good reasons to restrict attendance and ban certain people. Here is the why and how on making yours private.

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

    7 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...

  • Best Beauty Pageant Answers
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    Best Beauty Pageant Answers

    2 years 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?

    11 months ago

    Do you have a loved one who is an alcoholic? Understand the nature of alcoholism, as well as your codependent role. I write from personal experience, having lived both sides of the equation.

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

    5 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 most...

  • The Deer In the Graveyard
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    The Deer In the Graveyard

    8 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...

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

    6 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...

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

    7 months 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

    6 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...

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

    3 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

    6 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...

  • Can You Stop Someone From Drinking Themselves to Death
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    Can You Stop Someone From Drinking Themselves to Death

    3 months 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...

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

    4 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.

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

    7 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

    6 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 years? There...

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

    6 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

    6 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

    4 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...

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

    4 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

    16 months 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

    4 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...

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

    2 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

    2 years 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...

  • Are You a Problem Hubber?
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    Are You a Problem Hubber?

    8 months ago

    How is HubPages like Cheers? When you become a regular, everybody knows your (user) name. Like Cheers visitors, HubPage participants experience a heady sense of camaraderie and fulfillment. But there's no closing time...

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

    24 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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