Susan Rushton

Presenting your Christmas gifts

In 1994, I started a tradition of giving gifts to my readers in the last column before Christmas. So I get to do this again, even though it feels odd to hand them over on Dec. 16. ...

Barbershop, singers, donations, banjo, Handel

At Tre Pazzi a week ago, Don and I sat next to Jo An Loop and Auburn Host Lion Bob Hostler (on AAUW’s Trivia Bee team last March!) and their grandson Ben Alesci. They were ce ...

Decide to solve a solvable problem

Over the years, I have been urged more than once to stop complaining. Some people tell me if I can’t say anything polite or pleasing or agreeable, I should shut up. Some peop ...

Art, cigarettes, trivia, photos, fashion, music

I focus most of Gold Country Denizens in and around Auburn, but a while ago I visited Mokelumne Hill — also gold country. In the Petroglyphe Gallery, I chatted with artist/co ...

Thankful for what I take for granted

Last year, the bunch of us gathered at my older younger brother’s house for Thanksgiving. More people came last year than will be at my house next Thursday. We’ll miss ...

Elections, acting, students, typewriters, Symphony

I served as a roving inspector at four Rocklin elections precincts on Tuesday. It’s an honor to be a part of this process. I’m so proud of those of us who work to make ...

Voting, performers, costumes, saying goodbye

I saw Julie Edwards in La Bou last week, studying her voter information. I thanked her for this, and she said “Well, I’m working my way through it, devoting this week t ...

Considering the spelling problem

In Scotland, as Don and I walked the several blocks from the hotel to the Edinburgh train station, and then walked a couple of blocks from the Glasgow station to our second hotel, ...

Scotland, mythology, naps, Symphony, wall, cellos

I want to tell you about all the Californians Don and I have seen here in Scotland. And by Californians, I mean, in particular, Placer County-ites. This is a new experience. I&rsq ...

Not the only one

I have felt on the verge of erroneousness all my life. I’m always convinced that any minute now I’m going to make a mistake — offend somebody, miss my deadline, m ...

Striping, Co-Op, fair, politics, arts, fairies

Briefly: I’m channeling John Downs with a Time Traveler-like rant, but then I’ll get back to normal. So bear with me. Don’t get me wrong. I love Caltrans. They p ...

Tobacco, books, quilters, fundraisers, art, help

From what I gather, Butt Lady Sally Dawley finds at least a thousand butts whenever she goes out. The concept is appalling. She agrees, as does everyone else who approaches her to ...

All my fault — or is it?

I apologize. Everything’s my fault, and I’m sorry. I’m the primary abuser of fossil fuels, so all the fires lately are my fault. The primary abuser of fossil fue ...

Daffodils, veterans, music, books, movies, cookies

Two springs ago, March 2017, I gave credit to the wrong people when I wrote about the daffodils that annually bloom so enthusiastically on the northeastern end of Auburn Ravine Roa ...

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 ...