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Susan Baller-Shepard, MDiv, MSW
» October 2014

Posted by Susan Baller-Shepard on: 2014-10-29 @ 21:50 pm

"I am your Mother, Not Your Shelter" poem  Publish Date: 10/09/2014 on WGLT's Poetry Radio Program http://wglt.org/artslife/poetryradio/ Run Time: 4:04 written and read by Susan Baller Shepard; music by Wynton Marsalis and Karen Briggs (Morning Song from Reeltime)  http://wglt.org/podcasts/poetry_radio/audio/100914MOTHER.mp3

Posted by Susan Baller-Shepard on: 2014-10-27 @ 10:40 am

  I jump in. There's no "easing back into" this. There's no easy way to catch a glimpse of myself in a Speedo, even though my friend Nancy assures me the fabric "sucks it all up, in all the right places." The water's warmer than I like, languid, no burst of cold to make me want to warm up quickly. Aqua Fit bobs over there on their side of …

Posted by Susan Baller-Shepard on: 2014-10-26 @ 13:40 pm

  From Jesus to Hollywood: Author Jay Parini Perhaps you know his name from his book Jesus: The Human Face of God, or perhaps you know him as author of The Last Station, which was turned into an Academy Award-nominated film? However you might know Jay Parini, Jay's a man of many stories. I asked Jay about his work, here are his answers: Q: As a poet, author of historical fiction, and …

Posted by Susan Baller-Shepard on: 2014-10-25 @ 16:15 pm

  10 Wedding Tips from the Mean Minister* *mean, because I care 1. A wedding, a marriage, does not make.  Let's start with this one. Bridal magazines and Pinterest boards don't often speak of this, but I will: Your wedding day is one day of your life. Your marriage, God willing, will last longer than one day. Case in point: Once, a few years after I got married, I …

Posted by Susan Baller-Shepard on: 2014-10-19 @ 20:50 pm

      This first appeared May 03, 2014 4:00 am  •  By Susan Baller-Shepard FOR THE PANTAGRAPH   When I'm anxious, the words we say during communion resound in my brain: "And when Jesus had given thanks, he broke it and said, 'This is my body that is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.'” In the same way he took the cup also, after supper, saying, 'This cup is …

Posted by Susan Baller-Shepard on: 2014-10-19 @ 16:20 pm

Some day you will stand before the casket, and the last sentence you had with that person is what you'll remember. You'll recall the last smile, the last joke, the last knowing glance, when you caught her eye, and you knew she knew exactly what you were feeling, without saying a word. This will happen. The one you love will die. Maybe you'll be alive for her death, still …