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We are four women, all from different parts of the country, different backgrounds, different talents and personalities.  There are two things, however, that link us together.  One, we all like to stick our hands in the clay and get dirty together.  Down and dirty and create!  Second, and I believe the most important thing, is that we not only love each other, but we all like each other. Now and then I  tell a family member "I love you but I don't like you right now."  You know, love and like don't always go hand in hand.  These three women, however, are my friends and I love them as well as like them.

Learning social media. UGH!
Learning social media. UGH!

Friends!  This subject is very near and dear to my heart this week.  On a loose schedule that was made for us by our social media advisor, I was assigned to write something about "friends".  Well, as it turns out, I need to write about friends.  On Sunday evening of this week a very close and dear family friend suddenly left us when he had a massive heart attack.  I have lost friends and family before, but never so suddenly.  My husband and I have been wanting to get with this couple now for several months, but the busy summer kept us pushing that time further into the future.

Now he is gone!  He had a very close relationship with my husband, Duane.  He called Jerry his "bare-naked buddy".  No, Jerry wasn't an exhibitionist.  But Duane could share anything with Jerry and Jerry would listen, relate and never judge.  Jerry and I had a different relationship all together.  I could get mad at him and he would never hold it against me.  He'd just grin and I knew he'd be thinking "Get over yourself, little sister!"  I loved that man.  There never was a time he couldn't make me laugh, even at myself.  We had a kindred spirit, I think.  Both stubborn and hard headed - opinionated and judgemental.  But both of us fiercely love our family and friends and God forbid if anyone ever messes with any of them.

Party-Time!!!
Party-Time!!!
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We even clean-up pretty well.

So now, here I am with one less wonderful friend.  I am thankful he was in my life and I look forward to the day he welcomes me home.  This sudden loss has made me so much more sensitive to all those I am able to still call "friend".  I am so glad that the Lady Fingers have started this blog.  It enables me to put into writing how much I care for each of them; how much I admire them as strong women of substance; how much I enjoy laughing and crying with them; and what an honor it is to be associated with each of them.

So, for those of you who read this, please take some quiet time and contemplate your relationship with your friends.  They are a very important part of you and you to them.  Value them, respect them, and above all take frequent friend-breaks and LOVE them.

~ Susan

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Simply Susan

Well, let's see, I was born in the year of the Lord...OK! OK!  I'm just kidding.  But I was born in Wisconsin and even as a little girl, I felt that God made a mistake about where I was to live.  I had this natural affinity for the South.  I read "Gone with the Wind" when I was about 10 and lost my heart to Georgia.  I also discovered the author, Eugenia Price of St. Simon's Island and determined I'd live in Georgia one day.

A lot of time has come and gone since those early days of dreaming about Georgia and its pine-scented woods.  Let's see, I was in the U.S. Army for five years.  I've been married twice (both from - guess where - Georgia, of course.)  The second one stuck, btw!  I've raised two handsome boys to young men and they, along with their dad, are the apple of my eye.

My husband and two sons: the apples of my eye
My husband and two sons: the apples of my eye

And yes, I moved to Georgia when I was 25 and it was everything I had dreamed it would be.  There was a minor pit-stop in St. Louis for 13 years, but I arrived back in the lovely country of Northeast Georgia and have fallen in love all over again.  Here I finely found my "tribe," a group of wonderful artists who befriended me and have loved and nurtured me. They are made up of old and new friends, always the best combination.

One of these special women, Patti Petit, came into my life when I was writing articles on artists for the local newspaper.  Patti is a potter and teacher, and while in her studio that day, she showed me a piece that one of her students made after just one lesson.  I was totally impressed and remember thinking to myself, "Now I could do that!"  Well, only weeks later I was one of her new students.  That was it!  After two sets of lessons with Patti, I was on my way to a potter's future.  And Patti had become not only my teacher, but my dear friend and mentor.

My Tribe.
My Tribe.

From there, I was introduced to Jaymi, another artist and potter.  Now Jaymi is someone I aspire to be when I grow up.  I thought I had a pretty well developed imagination, but Jaymi is certainly at a higher level (or maybe another planet).  These two ladies have inspired me in my new endeavor in countless ways and always are encouragers.

So after a few years into my love of pottery I, too, became a teacher (of sorts).  A friend from my distant past retired and moved to Northeast Georgia as well.  I invited her to visit us on a Friday when the three of us worked together in a gallery studio.  Next thing we knew Patricia was down and dirty with the rest of us -- hence our tribe.

I'm in love with Northeast Georgia and all its beauty and not only the wonder of all the nature that surrounds us, but in love with pottery and the people I've come to know and love here.  I hope you will join us on our journey together.  Who knows, maybe YOU will become one of the tribe!

You can view me and my pottery at the following link:

Simply Susan's Pots: http://www.etsy.com/shop/simplysusanspots

~ Susan