Susan B had major surgery on Thursday, March 16, 2017. The five hour procedure was more complicated than her doctors anticipated, and because of related heart and lung complications, she is still in the hospital. She will update this notice as her situation improves. ...
Susan specializes in writing content related to lifestyle industries. She's written thousands of articles on gardening, landscaping, plants, and flowers, and two published books as a ghostwriter. She also writes about construction, home living, and green living topics.
Susan's academic training in music history and Ancient and Medieval history helped her become an outstanding researcher with the ability to dig deep to find the most credible and authoritative information for her clients.
Throughout her ten-year career as a content writer, Susan has and continues to develop a reputation as an expert writer in many industries, including but not limited to:
Health (especially dental health and senior care topics)
Real Estate (rental properties and property management)
Other specialties include:
Articles that offer advice and helpful hints
Marketing content, including product descriptions
General interest articles
Books and eBooks
Susan excels at helping clients build their brand, develop engaging websites that resonate with their target audience, and craft digital content that interests, entertains, and helps each client’s' readers, inspiring them to become regular site visitors, customers, and loyal followers.
Susan enjoys working with clients who want one writer to create their blogs, articles, and website content for the sake of consistency. Her positive attitude and willingness to go the extra mile are attributes that have helped her earn a spot on 422 love lists.
Susan is a life-long organic gardener with a passion for sustainable gardening, self-sufficiency, hydroponic gardening, and aquaponics. In addition to writing, Susan B is a collector of tropical plants, a passionate and dedicated gardener, a nature lover, a hummingbird fanatic and an avid reader. Susan uses only organic gardening practices, and to that end, she is always trying to learn about holistic ways to deal with typical gardening and plant issues. She enjoys spending time with her husband - especially when they scout the Central Texas area in search of native Texas wildflowers.
Susan has always loved calligraphy. As a member of the first class to enroll at the University of Iowa Center for the Book Graduate Certificate Program, Susan was exposed to bookbinding, letterpress printing, and Japanese papermaking. She still enjoys book arts activities. Susan's calligraphy pieces were displayed in a Cedar Rapids book arts show that showcased the work of Iowa book artists, calligraphers, and writers. Her work was also exhibited as part of the University of Iowa Book Arts Club yearly Multiple Talents shows for at least four years during the early 1990s.
Susan grew up in a musical household. Her father's love of music and his talent and popularity as a classical violist in the some of the nation's most well-known orchestras inspired her to pursue a degree in Music History. Susan has written program notes, biographical profiles of composers and musicians, and in-depth research reports on topics related to Baroque music and performance practice.
She enjoys going on architectural tours, visiting museums, botanical gardens, drinking coffee, eating sushi, reading historical fiction and mysteries, spending time outdoors, and swimming. She loves to collect plants, grow her fruits and vegetables -either in a garden or in pots she keeps on her patio. She also enjoys watching classic movies with her husband
Susan is a die-hard Iowa Hawkeye football fan. She's a new fan of Baylor, Texas A&M, and UT football.
University of Iowa Center for the Book
History of the Book, Medieval Manuscript History,
Graduate Certificate in Book Studies
Chicago College of Performing Arts of Roosevelt University
Music History, Literature and Theory with minors in piano and harpsichord.,
B. Music degree
Honors and Awards
Illinois State Scholarship
Susan B received an Illinois State Scholarship for the entire duration of her undergraduate music conservatory education. Recipients of the scholarship earn the designation of Illinois State Scholar, a title they keep for the entire time they are receiving the scholarship.
Pi Delta Phi National French Honor Society
Pi Delta Phi is the National Honor Society for French students. College and some high school students are invited to become members when officials from the organization, and faculty members at a member college or school, choose to recognize outstanding academic work and achievements in French language and literature study. Susan B joined the society as a sophomore in college.
Betty Taylor Clarke Memorial Scholarship
Susan B was awarded the Betty Taylor Clark Memorial Scholarship four different times for writing submissions that were entered into yearly contests. The Scholarship was awarded at Chicago College of Performing Arts of Chicago Musical College and made the pursuit of a B. Music degree possible.
University of Iowa Center for the Book
Susan became a member of the UICB Book Arts Club in the early 1990s, before the Center launched the accredited graduate certificate program. She participated the club's yearly exhibits, showing her calligraphy work and handmade books. She also participated in a one-of-a-kind show where Iowa calligraphers created artwork using the work of Iowa writers.
Pi Delta Phi, National French Honor Society
Susan B. received her key upon initiation into Pi Delta Phi at the now defunct Mundelein College, Chicago Illinois in the Spring of 1974.
Graduate Certificate in Book Arts
University of Iowa
Susan B applied to the University of Iowa Center for the Book Certificate Program and was accepted as a member of that program's first graduating class. At the time that she was a part of the program, it had not yet been accredited as a degree program, although it is now.
During her tenure there, Susan studied classical Latin and was consistently ranked at the top of her class in all of her course work. She also studied Medieval Latin Paleography, the History of the Book, papermaking, including western and Japanese papermaking practices, calligraphy, bookbinding and letterpress printing.
Susan's focus was on the historical aspect of things and her certificate reflects her specialization in academic book studies.
Her efforts to have the Center for the Book combine a program with the University of Iowa School of Library Science succeeded, but not until long after she was gone. The school now offers a joint degree program, conferring Master's Degrees in Book Arts and Studies and Library Science, with a focus on Special Collections, because that is the area of library science that houses the types of things that are part of the Book Arts program curriculum.
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