Susan Rushton

What we’re reading and loving lately

Time to write about books again. I’ll go first — but I want to talk about a play, not a book. I told you I drove up to Ashland and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival a co ...

Civil in spite of ourselves?

This was years ago, at a community college in a city five hours from here. I knew this guy was coming to the campus to speak. I’d read his letter confirming his presentation ...

Baffled? Dazed and confused? Ask Ms. Mootpoint

Dear Ms. Mootpoint: As a speaker. I’m perfectly capable of discussing current events and politics and I have numerous useful facts available to me when I need them. I have ex ...

What is the style these days?

You know I like old movies, movies from 1925 to 1980. Not to say I don’t watch newer ones. I have a few problems as a result. I’m whacked over the head constantly with ...

Elections, Shakespeare, full moon, cookies, music

  My elections adventures keep getting bigger. This time, last Tuesday, I served as a roving inspector. Voters have no idea of the behind-the-scenes activity going on before, ...

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 ...