Susan J. Owens is a writer, marketing consultant, wife and mother to four boys. Her  blog, Susiej, focuses on creating a heathly lifestyle through food, fitness, gardening, as well as imparting bits of wisdom through her parenting adventures.  Her work also appears in national publications, and she consults with Fortune 500 companies across the globe to help them create meaningful connections with their customers and employees.  

It’s Time To Break The Shroud Of Secrecy on Women’s Health

As women, we are masters at dispensing wisdom and knowledge. ...more

Camp Lake

I worked and played as hard as I could. The scene was the lake, where a canoe strengthened my arms on windy days, and fortified my determination. Without an ACL, even fireworks offer a challenge to move out of the cinder and ash trajectory ,...more

You are Cleared For Surgery

If she had not used the word “tourniquet” in the discussion about my own knee reconstruction, I might have felt better. The nurse was...more

So, This Year, The Dog Wore A Life Jacket

In last summer’s 4th of July Parade, Rosie jumped shipped, and caused us all to panic. So, this year, we kept her on the shore… While this dog sailed by. Safe, in his life jacket ....more

Tonight, I Get To Turn Off My Phone

With one boy, far off and away at college, and another one who stays out late, I always keep my phone by my bed — on. I never know what I might be called upon on those late night hours of sleep. ...more

I’m Friends With My Son’s Ex-Girlfriend

I get random texts from her, I follow her on Facebook — because she delights me– and sometimes, when he’s not around, I actually sneak over to her house and look at her Europe photos. She just got back. I’d like to spend even more time over there — but I can’t ....more

My Favorite Backpack

The first rule of crutches is — no purses. You can’t have a purse dangling off your arm, bumping your crutches. A backpack is the way to go ....more

Fearing of Infinity

There was that one day, nestled between all the rest, when the sun lasted long enough to get everything done, and the boys acted like little boys again, taking the canoe way across the lake to spot the fish beds, and spy on the frogs. That was the day we laughed at Charlie, or his nemesis, when he thought he could hide from us by stealthily walking through the weeds — but we could see him with the binoculars. That was the day, when I had to look two, no three times, to make sure that was our neighbor, who never steps a toe in the lake, put on her swimsuit and take out the kayak for a water cruise ....more

We Still Call Him Charlie

The word Charlie slips out Everytime we see him — and there’s always a kid around to remind us that “He Died.” So, we say, this is his daughter Charlotte, or his son Chaz. But those names never stick. It’s still Charlie. ....more

Not Your Mom’s, But Your Grandmother’s Preservation Methods: No Pressure Cooker Required

Before there were pressure canners, and mason jars, and rubber seals, there were root cellars and salt. Check out these methods of preservation that are as much beautiful, as they are easy and nutritious. Related posts: This is what I'll miss when they're all in school .. ....more