Author Archives: Susanna J. Sturgis

About Susanna J. Sturgis

Susanna edits for a living, writes to survive, and has been preoccupied with electoral politics since 2016. She just started a blog about her vintage T-shirt collection: "The T-Shirt Chronicles." Her other blogs include "From the Seasonally Occupied Territories," about being a year-round resident of Martha's Vineyard, and "Write Through It," about writing, editing, and how to keep going.

2022 License Plate Report

Three states were still missing when the clock ran out on 2022, but it’s a great year when not only Alaska and Hawaii are on the map but so are South and North Dakota. NB: There was no November report … Continue reading

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A Fantasy for Greg Abbott

So it seems that Texas governor Greg Abbott, following what seems to be a well-worn page in the MAGA playbook, sent several busloads of migrants to Washington, D.C., and had them dumped in front of Vice President Kamala Harris’s residence. … Continue reading

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Where the Money Goes

The end of the year fast approaches, with the arrival of 1099s and tax time soon to follow. I am a bit ahead of my usual: I have almost finished inputting my credit card transactions into Quicken. This is proving … Continue reading

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Giving Thanks

I like the idea of Thanksgiving — a day for counting one’s blessings, giving thanks, and hanging out with friends and family. Reality is more problematic, as reality invariably is. Notice how, in the run-up to the holiday, news outlets … Continue reading

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Fall Slides Toward Winter

Monday was sunny but cool enough that I kept the front door closed. Clearly it was time to swap the screen insert for its sturdier cold-weather alternative. This I did. Just in time: Monday night’s temperatures produced the first ice … Continue reading

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October License Plate Report

Sorry to be so late with this one: state names have been swirling through my head, but they weren’t on license plates, and I don’t remember ever obsessing so much about Arizona, Nevada, and Georgia in particular. All three of … Continue reading

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If you haven’t voted yet . . .

or know someone who hasn’t and maybe could use a little nudge, or more information, or a ride to the polls — I posted my “Pre-Election Prep Talk” a couple of weeks ago. If you read it, you will recognize … Continue reading

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What We Envision

Like the stillness in the wind before the hurricane begins . . . Dylan’s “When the Ship Comes In” has been one of my most favorite songs since my college antiwar activist days. I still know all the words, but … Continue reading

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Trust Your Eyes

People say this all the time. I do too. It’s metonymy: it’s less about your literal eyes and more about your perception, non-visual as well as visual. But my eyes have been crappy since I was in elementary school, and … Continue reading

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Pre-Election Prep Talk

I thought of titling this “The Perfect Is the Enemy of the Good,” but (1) it’s too long, (2) it’s a cliché, and (3) I don’t always agree with it. However, when it comes to electoral politics, it’s a good … Continue reading

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