Susan Rushton

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 ...

Recovery, voting, music, gardens, books, lobbying

Auburn’s “butt lady,” Sally Dawley, is back from her daughter’s home in Corning. Sally’s recovering from cancer surgery. The staples are gone from her ...

Another View: Big turnout at Silver Screen

I thank the Auburn Journal and Gus Thomson for the wonderful piece on Silver Screen Classic Movies on Thursday, March 1. The story of March’s movie, “Not As a Stranger, ...

Art, cigarettes, museums, cribbage, chili, radio, crab

Until the end of April, you can see Patty Pieropan Dong’s watercolors in Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital. The show is part of the hospital’s Art Can Heal program. Just loo ...

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 ...

Auburn community focuses on literacy

Some people might think the end of February is too early to promote a variety of events taking place in April. Well, probably — if we were talking about a movie or a play or ...

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 ...

Cigarettes, musicians, farmers market, DVDs, literacy and art

Sally Dawley, the Butt Lady, has her numbers as of last Wednesday: “970,587. I can’t believe it,” she said, “and the people I talk to are just shocked.&r ...

Resolving to make 2018 better

The year ends tonight. You know that. How could you miss it, what with everybody (including me) reminding you? Ring out the old year, ring in the new, ring-a-ding-ding. I don&rsqu ...

Reflections, blood donation, museum, aces and eights, chimneys

Sharon Watson-Hamilton shares her idea for what the rear outside wall of the State Theatre should look like. Because it’s right next to the Armed Forces Pavilion and Communit ...