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Old 09-30-2014, 12:38 PM   #1  
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I am a child of the 50's. I was raised in both the northwest and southwest portion of the United States. I have been married for 46 years to my high school sweetheart. We have two grown children, and one little grandson who is the light and love of our lives. We've had more adventures than two kids from the west valley of Phoenix ever dreamed of. And a piece of our hearts resides in all those places.

I have been a member of Splitcoaststampers since 2010, a Dirty Dozen Designer from January - June 2014, and now an Alumni. I am hosting one of the HYCCT challenges, Heart Song, this year with my dear friend, Rosalee Coke, in mind. Rosalee was diagnosed with breast cancer in May of this year. I'd also like to mention another friend, Nancy Worzell, who is a 10 year breast cancer survivor.

I have had a life time of serious. 19004_10200151808825464_225526371_n_zps034eca76.jpg

I am a former Navy wife, and the mother of a former Marine who became an analyst with an expertise in north African affairs. During a point in my career I worked with my husband (a retired navy officer and cryptologist) in the same office for over 4 years.

The majority of my career was spent as a Defense Contractor supporting the Intelligence Communities. In 1999 I was asked to serve at the pleasure of the President of the United States as a FOIA Officer for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and was deployed to the National Reconnaissance Office in Chantilly, Virginia in the Office of Policy. Factoid: Did you know that Julia Child worked for the OSS (the forerunner to the CIA)? Her time in the OSS is listed in the book, Sisterhood of Spies: The Women of the OSS Our connection to friends and colleagues during our time in the navy and working in the intelligence community are ones we still cherish today.

I have met with the first woman appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court, Sandra Day O'Connor, in her chambers. She is a woman of true grit!

I've flown in the side sling seat of a C141 from Adak, Alaska (one of the last islands in the Aleutian chain) back to the mainland of the U.S.

Now I enjoy time in my studio rekindling my love of art. 1477960_10202203856525374_1229996352_n_zps6d711365.jpg

Some sprinkles of sugar and spice you might like to know about me: Nana_B_-_Sugar_and_Spice_8_copy_by_PaperPunchScissors_zps9aea579d.jpg

I am the character of Nana B (along with my little peep, Teddy, who provides plenty of material for stories).

I love a good cuppa with milk and sugar.

My favorite book: Hinds Feet on High Places.

My favorite film composer and conductor: John Barry.

I love all the James Bond films. My favorite: You Only Live Twice.

I never tire of telling the love story of our son and daughter-in-law.

I have been creating real Gingerbread houses for 30 years - some have been donated to places like: San Diego's Children's Hospital, Christmas parties for homeless children in Washington, D.C., and Senior Assisted Living Homes in northern Virginia.

I am bringing back the "Felt Board" for our little grandson with felt board sets made from stamps and die cuts

I would love to write and illustrate a children's book featuring Nana B NanaB_zps1f6629e8.jpg

I am a woman of many faces whose story is still unfolding through the many mediums of art.

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Thank you so much for joining us in the 2014 Hope You Can Cling To Challenge. We appreciate YOU!
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I LOVE your story. I remember the surprise and delight I felt when I realized I'd picked a spy FOIA Officer for the Dirty Dozen! I'm secretly assembling a zombie apocalypse team - I've got you, an airline pilot, a beer taster, a person with access to unlimited Hershey products and - well, I'd tell you the rest but I'd have to kill you.

I love your peaceful space - I can see it in every beautiful card you make! Thank you for hostessing!
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Old 10-12-2014, 09:24 PM   #3  
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Thank you, Lydia. It's a good thing I was not covert. I would be channeling either Goldie Hawn (looking for a pink uniform) or the woman officer in "Police Academy" Freeze sucker! Neither would be pretty *Bwhahaha* Although I've been known to take no prisoners in a briefing.

It has been my pleasure to take part in the HYCCT challenge this year. And if we need to get out of this place fast -- I'll be on the next flight with Jen
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Susie, I just read your dear son and daughter in law's love story out loud to Mike, and I have to say, you are a marvelous story teller indeed! Mike said, "Who wrote that?" You are just so full of surprises, Susie! What a beautiful studio you have to play in, and how about that cute little Teddy! His cheeks are so chubby, I could just squeeze them! You are so blessed! Isn't God so amazing?
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Wwow! What an exciting life! Thanks for sharing with us!
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You are an amazing woman!!
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what a sweet way to start my day. thanks for being an inspiration.
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Thanks ladies!

We're half way through our HYCCT challenge and card drive with over 1,400 cards made - amazing! That's a lot of encouragement wrapped up in pretty packages isn't it? Thanks again for giving of your time and talent to be part of this worth while event. And thank you too for visiting my "Meet the Host" page. Appreciate it.

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Very cool read! Sounds like an exciting, busy life. I hope you do write & illustrate a book with Nana B, I love your illustrations, and writing!
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Susie, you had such an INTERESTING life! I am so glad you shared it with us! Thank you for being hostess for HYCCT!
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