Posted by: suesilver | November 6, 2014


Dear Readers I am so happy to announce the publication of my poem ” Heading That Way”
In Lummox #3 2014. You can find that publication at and order a copy, which I hope you will as it has so very much to offer.
I am very grateful to be included in this publication. There are many wonderful writers in this tome of 170 poets which includes interviews with Grace Cavalieri,John Macker, Doug Holder, Rick Smith and Daniel MCGinn. There are lots of photos and some cartoons. This is a publication to keep at your bedside table, take with you on a long trip or to the islands this winter.
You will find my poem on page 69 and attributed to Susan Topping (Silver) rather than my usual nome de plume Sue Silver. This due to a misunderstanding with the editor RD as it is Susan Topping who pays the bills.
Yes it is time I officially changed my name. Is that hard to do? I will soon find out…

These days I am living between Annapolis, MD and Shepherdstown and I am really enjoying Annapolis. What an interesting town, filled with interesting and wonderful people just like Shepherdstown in so many ways, but of course so much larger.
I am not going to put my poem here just yet. Please support Lummox by buying a copy if you can.
Here’s a poem by Grace Cavalieri:

After Taking The Train To Martinsburg

–for Angel

Did you think that I could

Come to the mountains

Where it is raining

Without finding something to praise,

Only this time it is a dream

Shimmering like the new green

Out every window,

The remembrance of traveling

When young, feeling that

Something was needed but finding

The porches seemed small

From a distance,

Then left with nothing in particular

Your cheek next to mine

And how I’d like to show you

The mourning doves building

Their nest in the crook

Of that far tree

Stick by stick by stick

As if it will last forever.

Posted by: suesilver | October 5, 2014


I see that these days because I am busy with work ( giving anesthesia at a GI center), so it’s not like I have long to sit down during cases where in the past, dear reader, I may have had some time to write a poem or an essay usually the former.Get some thoughts down on paper or to my iPhone notes.

What can I tell you about writing. I am so grateful that I can write. It seems to run in my family. I have enjoyed writing since childhood.
I had Great-Aunts that were poets. I think that is notable.
I am hoping to get a copy of a book of poems published of my Great Auntie Cis’s poems.
At this time I am not putting any poems on this site unless they has been previously published, as I am hoping to publish what I have written.

I am so grateful for my life.The beauty of it, the hard and the easy, the painful and the joyful.

So I am writing for my life….. all of it.

Posted by: suesilver | September 6, 2014

A Share for you from the Sai Maa blog I wrote

Arriving at the Denver Program the last event of Sai-Maa’s Passion Tour, I am drawn to the bookstore and there a large photograph of Maa, a close up of Sai Maa’s beautiful smile and loving eyes. My heart is so full and tears came readily as I sit with what can only be one of the most powerful photographs of Maa at Shivarartri.

This was the last stop on the Passion Tour with Sai Maa. The hall, completely full with standing room only. Many seeing Sai Maa for the first time. With Maa’s arrival my heart is bursting with joy and gratitude. My tears flow; these are tears that clear the way to my heart of hearts, opening my whole self, allowing it to be filled with that divine love, that divine Grace that just is, in Maa’s Presence.

Watching the many people go up to Maa to receive her Darshan I see how very generous Maa is of herself. How much Maa gives to us to raise our vibration, to educate us, and take us to the experience of the Divine within.

I am blessed to receive Maa’s Darshan, and Maa upon looking at the photograph I present for blessing says, “Oh Shivarartri, very powerful.” I am again in Maa’s Grace, which I remember each time I see in my mind’s eye this precious moment, face to face with her.

There is nothing so precious as being in the presence of Sai Maa. When Maa said “for those of you who are in pain, give it to me” my tears flowed, tears at the kindness and generosity of Sai Maa. Tears of joy, tears of love and devotion, welling from deep within. Those tears that come in the Presence of Maa are like no other.

Sai Maa’s Successors, Joey Klein, Lucinda Hanover, and Adam Rizvi, speak of new possibilities to step into. Possibilities of a much deeper relationship with the Divine. Joey speaks of discipline in the practice of one’s sadhana. The importance of physical and mental strength, of conscious thinking, and I am so glad that I have created a workout schedule that I can stick to and a daily sadhana . We meditate, and I see a golden light. When we dance, my feet are so light. The whole room is alive with happiness.

It is a “ turning point day” for me.

I was honored to be asked to write the blog article on my teacher Sai Maa’s Passion Tour stop in Denver, CO.

Posted by: suesilver | September 6, 2014

I do have something to say about teachers

You can jump out in this world as a human and get teachings from all walks of life.
I myself have a spiritual bent. Always have.

So I have this to share from visiting my teacher Sai Maa.
Who is Sai Maa?
“Sai Maa is a world-renowned spiritual master, healer, and humanitarian. With a unique fusion of Eastern spiritual wisdom, Western therapeutic knowledge, and energetic mastery, Sai Maa shares teachings to uplift and empower others to master their lives as she has her own.”
I am quoting here from her website http//
Why should you be interested? ‘Cause I said check her out.

How did I find her?

My friend Tantra Maat told me about her.

I want to tell you, will you listen ? Can you hear? Your being will be healed. Sai Maa’s,
signature program, The Journey of Profound Healing is a most powerful program.

Take advantage of this. You will be amazed! Your heart will be healed, all that, all that has been carried, will be healed..
All the pain you have carried in your cells will be healed. Sai Maa pulls it out by the roots.
I am so grateful.

Posted by: suesilver | July 4, 2014

Supreme Court Decision

What is going on in the USA? Religious freedoms are being trampled by the Conservative Supreme Court that’s what. The vote was 5 to 4.
I am appalled and I am sure many of my dear readers are too. How did this happen and please take the time to read the transcripts of this decision. You can read it here.
It is one thing to be in business and another to jam your religious beliefs down the throats of your employees by denying birth control insurance coverage to them.
Our Supreme Court to me has an extreme right view. Not just where the religious freedoms of this country are concerned , but also in allowing corporations to be viewed as people, and donate as much money as they like to political parties and candidates.
What’s left is for the people of this great nation to vote with their feet. Deny Hobby Lobby  Stores Inc and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp your business. Probably not many people will read my post here, however the wonderful site American at has a great article although they do not suggest voting with our feet.

In the meantime how good Obama care looks in this situation where folks can get coverage and pick what coverage they want unburdened by the religious beliefs of those who think they know when life begins in utero and who would compel those who cannot afford to have more children to do so because they say so!! Am I going too far?

Oh I could get into a real rave here, but I have other things to get on with today, but truly, I believe  this Decision is definitely NOT what the USA stands for.


Posted by: suesilver | June 23, 2014

Meditation at The Mad Tea Party Jam 2014

What did you do this weekend? I was invited to lead a Guided Meditation  at the Mad Tea Party Jam. A music festival in our area which was produced by my friends Taco and Elise Olmstead. Hats off to them. Everywhere I went people were saying how the Festival was peaceful and what a pleasure it was to be there. And it was a beautiful festival on some very beautiful land in WV.  I was able to be there on the Saturday only as I had to attend some continuing education events in Washington DC.

An offering of this kind takes a whole lot of work and planning and there were many volunteers as well as staff.  Hats off to them as well!!

It was a new experience for me and I really enjoyed it. When I was younger I did go to a lot of festivals and it was definitely not like the Mad Tea Party Jam. There were several other workshops including mine. Other offerings were Yoga, for adults and kids, a painting workshop, Intermediate Hoop tricks, a Liquid Light workshop,an intro to Thai massage,  a nature walk and a kid’s bubble parade. 

There were a lot of families there with their kids and several children as well as adults attended the Guided Meditation. 

I feel honored to have been invited to do this and I look forward to participating in other festivals.ImageImage

Posted by: suesilver | June 3, 2014

Crazy world we live in

Are you living in the USA, did you know that the internet here is quite a bit  slower than the rest of the world? Zounds we want the country to put all our medical stuff online which is cool and all but really lets speed up the internet!! Yes especially in the rural areas.

Any comments or info please post!!



Posted by: suesilver | April 26, 2014

HERE IS THE LINK for The Poet and the Poem Interview

Hello folks, I am pleased to give you the link to the interview of myself and the West Virginia poet, my friend, Sonja James with Grace Cavalieri for her program “The Poet and the Poem “.


Posted by: suesilver | April 23, 2014


IMG_2212“The Poet and the Poem” is a program of Webcasts and Podcasts from the Poetry and Literature center at the Library of Congress with Grace Cavalieri as the host. It is an outgrowth of Grace’s program series from 1977 which aired on public radio.
I am pleased to announce that I was interviewed on April 17th for this program along with my good friend and a WV poet, Sonja James.
I will provide a link here when it is released and in the meantime you can listen to the Interviews of Grace Cavalieri at “The Poet and the Poem”

Posted by: suesilver | March 30, 2014

A Family that Fishes together….

I had just got off the phone with my niece having discovered that her partner and her sister’s partner are both into fishing.” Yowza, “I said to my friend, Mike, we are going fishing! I was in NZ in Wanaka at the time. Wanaka is in the South Island west of Queenstown. It was  mid December and I was about to meet up with my family in Cromwell, for a family wedding. Cromwell is on Lake Dunstan, and the beautiful Clutha river flows into the Dunstan there. I really, really like fishing and although I am not,  at least not yet, a fly fisherman, I have spent many years fishing  with rod and reel in and around the Blue Ridge area of West Virginia, where I live.

The morning of the wedding dawned and the men, my niece’s partners picked me up at 0630 or so. It was chilly and the skies were clear. We drove out to  the main highway looking for a likely place to fish. The men had their gear with them and I had a camera. No, no fishing gear for Sue. That’s OK I thought, this time I may get a couple of fly fishing lessons at least. We had arranged this just the night before and I had not as yet had time to get my own gear. Graeme followed a road in the direction of the water and we found ourselves going through rabbit world. There were thousands of them and pretty strong fencing to keep them off the local farm and home properties. Their burrows dotted the hills and they are seriously everywhere. We carefully locked the gates after ourselves and drove towards the water.

After some maneuvering over a twisting, narrow back road, we parked at a flat spot where the bank allowed easy access to the river. The men donned their waders and fishing gear, checked their rods and lines and waded out into the chilly waters. I watched, furious at myself for not buying some fishing gear and a license in Wanaka, when I first heard I would get the chance to fish. Oh well what can a girl do, but make the best of things. So I walked around had a look downstream, watched  the men fishing and took photographs. Oh  and I did get a couple of fly fishing  lessons from Graeme.

The beauty of a spot like the edge of Lake Dunstan is it is so beautiful there. Many lovely mountains rise out of the distant shoreline with colors of browns and beige, the sun is rising to the east and the early morning light pops the green of the trees. The birds are busy singing and that light is just lovely for taking photographs.

The second time we went out the women were with us, including my 2 nieces and a grandniece and we were geared up. We had visited the local fishing and sports gear store in Cromwell and bought expandable rods,  Shimano Raider, line  and some very nice reels, Shimano Cazna, by brand.  They may not be the most expensive rods and  reels,but they were decent and had a decent sensitivity to them. With a great tip from a local fisherman, we found a good spot and I,  dear readers, caught a good sized trout. That spot was down river from where we had been on the Saturday  and we had to wade out.  The mud was the kind you sunk into a bit so it was challenging. The exciting part of it was the Clutha flowed pretty fast into the Dunstan on our side of the waterway. The  water there was blue deep and fast flowing and that dear readers is where I caught my trout. Only one, but better than nothing.

It was a lovely day, the men caught lots of large New Zealand trout and we had a wonderful time. My grandniece is excited to go fishing again and so are my nieces and I  indeed  am looking to seeing all the pictures of those days. I will share them with you as soon as I get them uploaded, but just now I don’t have enough space on this computer to load up all my NZ photos.

I miss my New Zealand family  and friends so much and here’s a big shout out to you all!! Here’s a toast to all you who love fishing and love the outdoors!



IMG_2199                                                                                                   My family

#1 fishing spot

#1 fishing spot


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