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Suzie Ivy

Small Acts of Kindness

As a law enforcement officer, I was constantly aware of my surroundings.  Hidden dangers could mean life or death.  A year after retirement, I’m still alert.  But it’s not danger I’m spotting.  It’s small acts of kindness. Thank you for your… Continue Reading →

Recipe: Paleo Non-Wheat Thins To Tempt Even Non-Paleo Eaters

It’s winter.  It’s cold.  Another record arctic blast is predicted.  Time to fire up the oven and distract everyone with the delicious aromas of something warm and wonderful wafting from the kitchen. Last year, my husband and I made a 3-month commitment to tackle some… Continue Reading →

A Paleo Year of Change

Last year, 2014, became our paleo year of change. Our New Year’s resolution was to change our lifestyle, live healthier, and make significant headway fighting my husband’s type two diabetes.  Paleo was the result of months of research.  Starting in October… Continue Reading →

Sharing Holiday Spirit And Favorite Reads

This time of year is so hectic it’s hard to find the time to read. I love nothing more than a heartwarming Christmas story to put me in the holiday spirit. Unfortunately, I usually don’t find the time until the… Continue Reading →

Strength in Motherhood

I’ve always been proud of my children. From infancy to adult and motherhood, my daughters have amazed and humbled me. I am the proud grandmother of ten precious wonders and each has a special place in my heart. Grandbaby number… Continue Reading →

My Hero’s Footprints

Twelve years ago when I lived amid the hustle and bustle of the city in Phoenix, Arizona, I read an article about a hero in our local newspaper and clipped it out. A woman came home from work, entered her… Continue Reading →

Bad Luck Cadet #19 – Pepper Spray Me, Shoot You

Pepper Spray Me, Shoot You is the nineteenth installment in my Bad Luck Cadet Series that follows my adventures at the police academy after my mid-life crisis. It’s all about fun, laughter and PAIN!  If you are new to the series, you can follow… Continue Reading →

Bad Luck Cadet #18: The Most Popular Cadet

The Most Popular Cadet is the eighteenth installment in my Bad Luck Cadet Series.  Graduation day was only five weeks away. I wish I could say the academy was easier at this point, but it was only getting harder. Sgt. Dickens never thought… Continue Reading →

Bad Luck Cadet #17: The Police Perspective

The Police Perspective is the seventeenth installment in my Bad Luck Cadet Series. The academy was changing me, physically, as well as mentally. Physically, I didn’t just have arm bicep muscles. I had muscles in my forearms, thighs and butt. No jello cheeks… Continue Reading →

Bad Luck Cadet #16 – No Jerking Off on My Range!

No Jerking Off on My Range! is the sixteenth post in my Bad Luck Cadet Series that follows my adventures at the police academy after my mid-life crisis. It’s all about fun, laughter and PAIN!  If you are new to the series,… Continue Reading →

Bad Luck Cadet #15 – You’re Not Dead Until I Say You’re Dead!

You’re Not Dead Until I Say You’re Dead! is the 15th installment in my Bad Luck Cadet Series.  I wish I could say the next two days of Practical tests went as smoothly as the first, but it didn’t. I struggled with… Continue Reading →

Bad Luck Cadet #14 – Testing Hell Week Begins

This is the 14th installment in my Bad Luck Cadet Series.  Monday morning brought our midterms. It would take half the day. We all attended the previous evening’s study session and I had a review at my breakfast table that morning…. Continue Reading →

Bad Luck Cadet #13 – Gun Fights and Car Chases

Bad Luck Cadet #13 – Gun Fights and Car Chases is part of my Bad Luck Cadet Series that follows my adventures at the police academy after my mid-life crisis.  The first in the series is Bad Luck Cadet #1 –… Continue Reading →

Bad Luck Cadet #12: Small Acts of Defiance

Small Acts of Defiance is the 12th installment in my Bad Luck Cadet Series.   Week six began with us sporting our new polo shirts and the sounds of Class 96 being yelled at by their Sergeant. It was nice… Continue Reading →

Bad Luck Cadet #11: The Red Shirts Bring Pain

THE RED SHIRTS BRING PAIN is the 11th installment in my Bad Luck Cadet series that follows my adventures at the police academy amidst my mid-life crisis.  I managed a quick trip to my chiropractor’s office over the weekend for a readjustment… Continue Reading →

Bad Luck Cadet #10: I Have An Egg Head

I Have An Egg Head is the 10th installment in my Bad Luck Cadet Series.   After my week in hell, courtesy of Sgt. Dickens, I finally broke down and told my husband everything going on at the academy. He… Continue Reading →

Women and War

The summer after I graduated from the police academy I was asked to give a speech for our city’s July 4th celebration about women in service to our country. I was honored. Through my research I was amazed with the… Continue Reading →

Bad Luck Cadet #9: I Will Never Call D!!kface D!!kless Again

This is the 9th installment in my Bad Luck Cadet Series.   My weekend consisted of lazing around and doing as little as possible. It didn’t matter that the house was a mess. Keeping the ice packs in place under the… Continue Reading →

The House

There’s a house in my neighborhood. It stands tall but sad beside the road. It’s known as the “murder house” in my small town. A great tragedy happened there on a cold day during the onset of winter. I can… Continue Reading →

Bad Luck Cadet #8: The Worst Possible Enemy

The Worst Possible Enemy is the 8th installment in my Bad Luck Cadet Series.  To follow my adventures at the police academy after my mid-life crisis it is best to start at the beginning  Bad Luck Cadet #1 – Accidents Happen…. Continue Reading →

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