susan rushton

Time for your Christmas gifts

Goodness. Twenty years ago (20! I’m impressed and amazed) I began my toasty tradition of giving you Christmas presents in the column that appears right before Dec. 25. I kn ...

More work needs to be done

On Sept. 21, 1981, I was in San Luis Obispo, meeting with a group of women in a classroom on the Cal Poly campus. I ordinarily wouldn’t remember the day or the place except t ...

It’s Thanksgiving, ready or not

You don’t need me to tell you that Thanksgiving is next week. We all know it, and we all know that it’ll be here before I’m ready for it. Even though I’ve h ...

These young people make a difference

I recently interviewed Thomas Schroeder on my ACTV show. The Placer High science teacher wore a T-shirt promoting blood donation. My T-shirt trumpeted that I’ve donated ten g ...

Our vaction: Going where no one else wants to

Was it my tone of voice or my facial expression? I tried to keep both neutral. But whenever anyone heard where my husband Don and I were going, I got looks of either tolerance or p ...

Celebrating the soon-to-be ordinary

Last March, three members of the Placer branch of PFLAG joined me on my Auburn Community Television show. PFLAG stands for Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual a ...

Lucky, wise, or selfish?

Over lunch, Gloria, Robin and I discussed the idea of selfishness. What is it, why is it wrong, is it wrong, what’s the opposite of selfish, is there a word that means selfis ...

Reader Input: Rushton column offers comfort

How comforting is Susan Rushton’s column of Sept. 14: (“More than one meaning of literate,” And Another Thing). I have been a fan of her articles and writing for ...

More than one meaning of literate

I think it’s probably a good thing that I’m computer literate. Relatively, anyway. I know what I know, know how to do what I know how to do, and I’m slowly (very ...

People do what people do

My husband recalls our trip to South Dakota with pleasure. In particular, he waxes nostalgic about the drivers. It’s wide open up there, for the most part. Long distances bet ...