Susan Rushton

The more things change …

Before I write about the upcoming election, I must make a correction to last week’s column. I discussed my participation in the Auburn Co-op, on the first Thursday of the mon ...

Choosing between solitude and companionship

About the time I went off to college, I discovered J.D. Salinger’s “Franny and Zooey.” For my purposes here, I focus on a scene toward the end, where Zooey stands ...

Books, rap, performing, volunteering, brevity, music

I’m writing this in the Auburn Library. Coming in, I bumped into Donna Ruth, who says she’s had houseguests for two and a half weeks and they JUST left. Instantly she s ...

Lifting yourself out of loneliness

A couple of weeks ago, wanting a few minutes with my crossword puzzle, I entered the coffee shop. As I moved toward the counter with my mug, I passed a table where a man and a woma ...

FBI, murals, music, science, restaurants

Bob Snyder, who arranges the speakers for the Friends of the Auburn Library NOON Program, asks that I share the information that FBI agent Angel Ruffcorn will return on Friday, Mar ...

Hearts, weather, chamber, fairgrounds, food, admiration

Right before Valentine’s Day, I presented some of my favorite movie scenes to residents at Auburn Ravine Terrace. I do this regularly, and we have a good time. As I left, a c ...

What we’re reading and loving lately

  Time to write about books again. Me first: I don’t think I’ve shared my fondness for Alan Alda’s “If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My ...

Lessons from a brand new kitchen

I loved everything Jean Kerr wrote. I was about 12 when I first pounced on her books of short pieces, beginning with “Please Don’t Eat the Daisies.” Later, I dis ...

Errors, Lions, arts, gold, First Amendment, comedy

I got Katie Kenoyer’s name wrong in my Denizens column on Dec. 24. At the December Chamber of Commerce mixer at the Journal, she and I talked about donating blood and plasma ...

What we’re reading and loving lately

   Good. Time to write about books again. Next time you meander through the Auburn Library, take a look at those new books. You didn’t find them there three weeks a ...

Free press a friend, not an enemy

I just thought I'd make my voice clear. I consider the free press vital and valuable.  I cherish the presence of a robust free press. I support the free press - it's ...

Collections, books, Citizens Awareness, trivia, entertainment

I ran into Karen Edmonds recently at the Auburn Library. She asked me to mention her mother’s Smokey Bear collection in the display cases this month. So you just have until J ...

What we’re reading and loving lately

Time to write about books again. Sue Stack emailed me about “‘Anthem,’ by Shainee Gabel and Kristin Hahn, from 1997. I love the way these two women write, and i ...

An aspect that the media have missed

I’m supposed to focus mainly on Auburn in this column. If not Auburn, keep it to Placer County. Usually I do... if I don’t quote people who live here, I investigate wha ...

Leaders, artists, parties, veterans, pancakes

Congratulate the 2016 class of Leadership Auburn. Bob Snyder invited me to join Journal Features Editor Carol Guild, KAHI General Manager Jerry Henry and website developer Dave Nav ...