I’ve probably said the words, “I’m dying a death by 1000 cuts,” about 1000 times lately. I let too many things get to me. If you’re also at your wit’s end because little things are killing you, maybe this will help.

What if your annoyances are caused by other people?

I’m the ultimate physical, mental & spiritual mess cleaner

Nothing screams “waste of a college education” like being stuck on the porch wiping poo off the dog because he’s made a mess and can’t do it himself. Realizing this is what my life had come to, I was ticked off.

Why I Suggest People Do More Than What They Love

When I talk to my young adult kids about their passions, I say to them, “Don’t be a one trick pony. Who are you outside of the thing you love?”

Here are a few things I ask and why I…

People saw grandiose vistas, but I saw….

It was a 300-foot drop. I saw somebody slide over the side. They died, broken.

My lips parted, but only air escaped. Like a mammoth in tar — dying by inches, I froze in place.

Thank God it wasn’t real.

Was to me. Enough to trigger a panic attack at…

Do you know why? What’s your role in someone else’s?

Some of us more mature (in age) folks know this catchy little saying. Some “newbies” don’t.

I realized my teen daughter didn’t and put a sticky note on her bathroom mirror to help her understand. She was having a hard…

Please don’t “Bing” me anymore gifts


Bing brought us a present…

We didn’t know what to do

Dead lizard on the patio

Thank god it wasn’t two.

He possibly was a lost pet

This guy was long and thick

Meatier than the others

But too bad he wasn’t quick.


30 Years Later, I Still Believed the Dog Was Taken To a Farm

One of my brothers is an epic bullshitter. He can light up a room and make everybody laugh. His stories are rousing and rude, full of color commentary people typically don’t say aloud, especially in public. But I have to admit, they’re entertaining and so is he.

As a kid…

I knew my oldest son was a different kind of kid the day he left for elementary school with a piece of cold lunch meat in his jeans. The front pocket. Ham specifically.

Not in a bag.

He left for school a different day with a hard-boiled egg in the…

You’d think as holidays start and families gather, for people who have lost loved ones, these times would be the hardest to get through.

They’re not.

Let me qualify that and throw an opinion at you.

It’s natural to feel the weighty absence during traditions when pivotal people are missing.

Mike and I, the one the President called “a little guy.”

Met the King — The Bittersweet Day I Met a US President Who Personally Changed My Life

Politics don’t matter to me. They never have, to this day they still don’t. My attitude’s always been someone smarter than me needs to lead us, and for the most part, someone has.

Susan Wilson-Willis

Author/illustrator of Uh-oh Otter, The Flying Meatball & owner of Werzcat Books. Dog shelter volunteer, yoga teacher, mom of 4, @swilsonwillis. Austin, TX

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