Susan Badeau

There are only two lasting gifts we can give our children - one is roots, the other is wings


If You Give a Man a Fish

Posted by Sue Badeau on March 2, 2017 at 10:10 AM Comments comments (8)

“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” Maimonides

This quote has captured the spirit of a great deal of social justice work particularly around poverty. I always thought it was a good sentiment and have quoted it myself on more than one occasion.

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The Magnolia Still Rises

Posted by Sue Badeau on September 26, 2016 at 4:25 PM Comments comments (6)

When, in my travels, I come upon a magnolia tree, I cannot help but to hear the hauntingly painful and yet beautiful voice of Billie Holiday singing "Strange Fruit." (written by Abel Meeropol in 1937) You can listen to it here if you like.

Today, I shared a profoundly moving experience wi...

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Please Sir, I want some more

Posted by Sue Badeau on March 25, 2016 at 9:35 AM Comments comments (28)

There is a famous scene in Charles Dickens’ novel Oliver Twist, vividly portrayed in the movie version ( ) when young Oliver, filled with both terror and bravado, takes his empty gruel bowl to the head of the table and says, “Please Sir, I want some more.”

This scene encapsulates many ...

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The Top Ten list on Speaking UP with boldness, wisdom AND grace

Posted by Sue Badeau on March 14, 2016 at 10:10 AM Comments comments (3)

Some call this the "silly season" - that time on the U.S. calendar when politics reaches a crazy and fevered pitch. I would suggest this year it has become the "ugly season."  Language and actions - both by the would-be leaders and their followers -  have become hostile, hateful and harmful. Its enough to make you want to crawl under a rock until it is all over. 

But that is not really an option for people of faith called to be the eyes, ears, hands and feet o...

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All Who Labor

Posted by Sue Badeau on September 7, 2015 at 11:15 AM Comments comments (1)


n the end, it is about the labor.

Not the cook-outs, beach days or parades. 

In the end, it is about honoring everyone who works.

Works with their hands, with their backs, with their minds, with their spirits. The origins of the day are filled with bloodshed and controversy about labor - the right t...

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Robin Williams, Michael Brown and The Information Age

Posted by Sue Badeau on August 15, 2014 at 4:30 PM Comments comments (4)

We live in the “Great Information Age.”

Have a question? Wonder about something? Google it.

There are answers for everything.

Every corner of the earth has been explored. Humans have been to outer space and the depths of the o...

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Hope for the Bad Mom in all of us

Posted by Sue Badeau on June 11, 2014 at 9:40 PM Comments comments (2)

Recently, I was invited by my friend Kathi Lipp to share some examples of “Bad Mom moments” to help her prepare for the launch of her new book,  I Need Some Help Here!: Hope for When Your Kids Don't Go according to Plan.

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Something More

Posted by Sue Badeau on October 15, 2013 at 8:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Recently, Vicki Moss embedded my "Broken Shell" story into one of her columns entitled "Something More".  I hope you enjoy it!  


Homeless but not Hopeless

Posted by Sue Badeau on September 2, 2013 at 9:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Hi friends - I took a bit of a hiatus for the second half of August during which I took a much-needed and long awaited vacation AND we got ready for the official launch of our book - September 1st!  So now I am ready to start blogging again!  But for now, I  invite you to visit my friend Jeanne Doyon's blog, where I was her guest blogger this week.  And if you leave a comment, your name will be entered in a dr...

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Open Youth Mouth

Posted by Sue Badeau on July 30, 2013 at 5:40 PM Comments comments (0)

The last two weeks, I have shared guest blog posts written by friends.  This week, it is my turn to be a guest blogger on another friend's site, but I wanted to be sure all of you had the chance to see - and hear! - my blog!  Yes, I said you can hear it because Lisa has created an audio version that knocked my socks off - hope you will get chills too!  OPEN YOUR MOUTH!!!

Check it out here: