Author Archives: Susan Spangler

About Susan Spangler

I'm a graphic designer and illustrator, observer and survivor. My website, www.susanspangler.com, contains a wide portfolio of my projects and images – some for pay, most for love, many for both. These graphic essays are inspired by things that catch my eye, my ear, my heart. Funny, confounding, astounding and encouraging, all at once. You know. Life.

Mom at 95: Still Barbara After All These Years

There’s old. And then there’s 95 years old. What does THAT feel like? Let’s ask my mom. Because she knows. Continue reading

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Top Ten Countdown: What I Learned This Year From Breast Cancer

Two breasts. Two cancers. What can you do but start with a party? And go on from there. One giant step at a time. Continue reading

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The H-Word

Happiness matters. Not as much as oxygen and water and gravity and light. But right up there. One of suvival’s necessities. Continue reading

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Talking in Color

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small wonder

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Shortcuts to Happiness

There are shortcuts to happiness, and dancing is one of them. Continue reading

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Mom Says Goodbye to Her Old House

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Mom and I Get Ready to Watch The Final Season of Downton Abbey

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Rockin’ the Purple

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Here’s the Thing

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