Susan Bearman is a writer/editor/freelancer/blogger, mama of four, stepmom of two, reluctant pet store owner and intrepid insomniac. In her dreams, all her manuscripts are published bestsellers; in her waking hours, she is still working on that. Her fondest wish is for more hours in the day. Read more at Two Kinds of People and The Animal Store Blog. Even better, you can hire her as a freelancer via her Website. Her clients frequently say things like "She makes me sound brilliant." Find Susan on Twitter @2KoP and on SheWrites.

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Great Backyard Bird Count

The Great Backyard Bird Count

February 20, 2011 | Comments (2)

Every year, for four days in February, the National Audubon Society and The Cornell Lab of Ornithology sponsor the Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC). The project engages citizen scientists in taking a “snapshot” of birds across the continent. This year’s GBBC will be held February 18-21 and everyone is welcome to participate. The program has […]

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Google and Art

February 8, 2011 | Comments (0)

What did we do before the Internet? I’m not being facetious; sometimes it’s hard to remember what life was like before we could find three disparate ingredients left in our kitchens, enter them into a search engine and come up with a dozen possible recipes. Every day there are new wonders to be discovered. I […]

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It’s Not Over Till It’s Over …

January 13, 2011 | Comments (3)

… and it’s never over. Parenting, that is. I knew this. I really did. I have two step children who are 29 and almost 32 (and who I love dearly), so I know that the parenting gig never really ends, the issues just change. You become more of a consultant — but that doesn’t mean […]

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Internet Power and Parental Guidance

December 23, 2010 | Comments (1)

There is power in the Internet. Sometimes that power can be used for good, as when we make connections, discover  important new information, or find a recipe that uses the only four ingredients you have left in your kitchen. Sometimes it can be used for evil, as when protesters plan to meet up to disrupt […]

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Photo Enforced Justice

December 9, 2010 | Comments (4)

Last week I made four (count them) four round-trip treks from Evanston to O’Hare in less than 48 hours. I somehow became the designated cabbie for our departing out-of-town Thanksgiving guests. And I was happy to do it. Until I got a $100 ticket in the mail today for “running” a red light. I am […]

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Lighting Up Our Hanukkah Nights

December 8, 2010 | Comments (1)

Our Hanukkah is feeling a little off this year. Personally, I hate when it starts so close on the heels of Thanksgiving. We had barely digested our turkey when it was time to haul out the menorahs (technically, hanukkiyot). We have seven menorahs, one for each member of our family (including the dog — not […]

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Prematurity Awareness Month/Day

Prematurity Awareness Month/Day

November 17, 2010 | Comments (3)

November is Prematurity Awareness Month, sponsored by the March of Dimes. Today, November 17, is also the 8th Annual National Prematurity Awareness Day. It also happens to be the birthday of my two favorite preemies, my twins. I think it’s fabulous that Prematurity Awareness Day falls on their birthday. What a wonderful way to celebrate […]

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Picture Book Plea

November 5, 2010 | Comments (11)

2010 Dear Parents, Teachers, Grandparents, Childcare Givers and Babysitters, Please do not abandon me. A recent New York Times article says that picture books are fading from the literary landscape (an interesting observation coming from another format that is on a serious downward slide). It’s easy to blame the economy; picture books with their beautiful […]

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Lotsa Helping Hands

Helping Hands That Really Help

October 14, 2010 | Comments (6)

When I was a kid, my mom had a radical hysterectomy. Still not an easy operation today, back in the days before laparoscopy, this surgery required a large incision and weeks of healing — tough to do with two little kids running around. One of the most distinct memories I have of that time is […]

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College: A Match to Be Made

September 24, 2010 | Comments (11)

It’s never too late to learn something new, and I’ve learned a lot in the last year about colleges, applications, financial aid, and all things related to institutions of higher learning. In fact, I’ve learned it twice (or at least learned twice as much as most people), because I have two very different twins who […]

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Caution and Compassion: My Cup of Tea

September 14, 2010 | Comments (8)

It’s been a roller coaster of a day. My DH offered (for the second morning in a row!) to get up before me and do the school drop offs. Yay for me, since we have kids in three different schools. I was surprised when he came home 20 minutes later with our middle schooler. They […]

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River of Denial

River of Denial Runs Swift and Deep

September 1, 2010 | Comments (23)

I am happy for her. So happy. She is going to a school of her dreams — a small liberal arts, all-woman college on the east coast. I am proud of her. So proud. Button-popping proud. If you knew her story, how she started at a pound and half, not breathing on her own, and […]

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