This Revisited was written in the Fall of 1999 as part of the BA degree I would receive the following Spring. It has been edited for clarity. "A Sense of Home" was also an award-winner in the creative non-fiction category in the IUS Writing Contest in 2000 and was previously published in the IUS Review, … Continue reading A Sense of Home
Too Good Not to Share* Ember mug showed up on my radar through an online ad sometime before Christmas last year, and I immediately thought it could improve my morning coffee routine. With my coffee on a table beside my chair in the morning, I tend to become distracted catching up with email accounts, checking … Continue reading Ember Temperature Control Smart Mug
Ahhh...space in which to create. Photo by Susan Fischbach Isaacs The home office I’ve maintained in my recent years as a student had slowly become over-taken by piles of paper waiting for the shredder, over-filled files of class notes I’ll never look at again, and within the last year, a tall stack of storage totes … Continue reading Creating Creative Space
This week's Revisited is a poem from 1992. My two little boys were playing in a friend's basement with her three boys, and they had all gone upstairs for something. A few seconds later there was the stampede of little feet coming back down. It reminded me of running downstairs to watch cartoons on Saturday mornings when I was a kid.
Too Good Not to Share* Seriously, not sexy unless you’re into safety. We’ve been using Rain-X for probably 20 years, and I’m always shocked that it’s not a standard car care item for every car on the road. Based on personal experience alone, it feels much safer to drive a car with a Rain-X treated … Continue reading Rain-X Original Glass Water Repellent
“Say what you mean, mean what you say, and don’t say it mean.” I learned this phrase in an anonymous group, although it may have come from their local tradition. Whatever its origins, it’s been a powerful message in my life. It functions as both a way to check myself and a way to clarify … Continue reading Say What You Mean
For the inaugural Revisited we’re going almost all the way back to the beginning. This little ditty appeared in Prairie Winds Anthology, 1981, a statewide publication which celebrated the creative endeavors of South Dakota high school students.
Too Good Not to Share*, Inaugural edition I did a 30-day booze free experiment a little over five years ago and since then have been on the hunt for something that drinks like an adult beverage but without the alcohol. Through the scary magic of Facebook advertising Curious Elixirs came into my world. This is … Continue reading Curious Elixirs
Fall is my favorite time of year, and I have always associated that sentiment with my birthday in October; but this morning, in early September more than two weeks before the official start of the season, I realized for the first time another reason to love Fall -- and perhaps the real reason I do. … Continue reading Good Morning, Fall
This Labor Day weekend has me pondering, as someone who doesn’t bring home a regular paycheck, what is the work that I do? How do I -- or am I -- contribute(ing) to the good of society? Most importantly, am I contributing for the good of God’s kingdom? It’s timely that the homily I heard … Continue reading Am I Doing God’s Work?
Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska. Photo by Susan Fischbach Isaacs Part of the joy that lingers in my soul after visiting Glacier Bay National Park on the coast of Alaska is the fact that there were 2000 of us—just on the same ship as I—who stopped our lives, our conversations, everything to watch a … Continue reading The Peace of Unknowing
Written on the North Pacific Ocean, somewhere along Vancouver Island, July 14, 2019.
Recently in dialog with a young man about the age of my sons, he suggested the metaphor of a cave for the darkness, loneliness, and isolation he sometimes feels -- a cave where he feels stuck and that no one else knows it exists. Though painful, he says that he also finds treasure there that … Continue reading Treasure in the Cave of Isolation and Darkness
I'm sorry to see it's been so long since I've been here. Several things have kept me away, not the least of which is you -- or should I say my fear of you -- the reader. At this point I realize that most of my readers know and (I'll go out on a limb … Continue reading Ground Rules for Family & Friends
My husband and I were married 29 years ago today. I had no idea at the time that the willing selflessness Dean showed on that day would be a model for his life as a husband and a father. It still amazes me -- his continuing and patient willingness to give everything he has and … Continue reading Wedded Bliss: After All These Years
For the past couple of years, I’ve been working on minding my own business, and what an eye-opener that has been. Several factors converged and convinced me to take a look at how critical I can be. Now, there is constructive criticism, to be sure, and I can be good at that. If someone asks … Continue reading Biting My Tongue and Finding My Voice
Most examples that a person can give about love in regard to popular culture are such clichés that one is hesitant to bother calling these things to mind. In modern usage and thought, love is supposed to be easy. It is a feeling that either is or is not – of its own volition and … Continue reading A Similitude of Eternal Beauty
I received a divine birthday gift, given to me on my actual birth day that I might spend my life giving it away; and instead I found it, just this week, buried in the back of the closet. The sad thing is I hadn’t even realized it had been misplaced. It got set down for … Continue reading The Divine Present
I wrote poem below several years ago about my faith journey at the time. Not only is it still relevant to my faith journey, but to many other aspects of my life’s journey, as well. Specifically, right now, this poem speaks to my journey as a parent of young adults who are finding their own … Continue reading The More Things Change the More They Stay the Same