Susan Rushton

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 ...

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 ...

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, ...